As seen in the video below, Peyton Manning responded to these comments in an ESPN video, where his anger and frustration are almost palpable to the viewer. Meaning refers to Sly as "slapstick" numerous times, and uses strong words like "disgusted" when describing his views on this "false" report.
Yet the story can not be fully ruled out yet. While some ESPN analysts have been surprisingly quick to jump to Manning's defense, the NFL has announced they will investigate the Manning controversy: "We are reviewing the matter," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. "Our procedure is to follow up on any information that potentially involves a violation of this nature." It is not too egregious to argue that Manning may have in fact used performance enhancers, since at the time in 2011, Manning looked to bounce back from a neck injury that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Coincidentally, the quarterback managed to have his best statistical season of his career just two years later, causing skeptics online to argue that this type of drastic turnaround must have been assisted by HGH.
Here is a statement from Dr. Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis pic.twitter.com/BP2VAd2tJm— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 27, 2015
Peyton Manning story has ripple effect in New England. Questions asked: Does NFL pursue as aggressively as it did Brady/PSI? National media?— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 27, 2015
New comments from Al-Jazeera investigative reporter Deborah Davies on Manning source Charlie Sly recanting story pic.twitter.com/A9is7i3VJ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 28, 2015
Tom Brady on WEEI: "I fully support Peyton (Manning) and my friendship with him and over the years. He's a guy I can always count on."— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 28, 2015