Peyton Manning did an interview with Bill Cowher for CBS, and the former Steelers coach asked him if the league has contacted him about the HGH allegations from the Al-Jazeera report yet. “As far as I know, that’s gonna start after the season, as far as my role,” Manning answered. “And I welcome that investigation. And I understand when an allegation is made that the NFL has no choice but to investigate it. I get that.”
“But I can tell you what they’re going to find: Big fat nothing,” he continued. “It’s been completely fabricated, as far as the allegations of what they suggested that I did, it’s been nothing but pure junk, and I welcome that investigation.”
This isn’t altogether uncommon that the league wouldn’t have contacted him yet. Last year, four days after the AFC Championship game, investigators hadn’t yet asked Tom Brady about deflated footballs. It’s obviously been a bit longer than that, but outside evidence would need to be compiled (every Patriots fan reading this interpreted the word “compiled” as “misjudged” or “fabricated”) before targeted questions can be asked.
As a refresher for the Peyton Manning story, his spokesman Ari Fleischer did acknowledge that Manning’s wife was a patient at the anti-aging clinic and had an unspecified prescription, but there have been nonstop vehement denials that this was on the quarterback’s behalf. As MMQB’s Emily Kaplan noted last week, “it’s difficult to see anything coming of a probe unless higher authorities get involved.”