Peyton Manning has enlisted the services of former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer amid allegations that the Denver Broncos quarterback was sent human growth hormone (HGH) while recovering from a neck injury in 2011.
The accusation stems from an investigation into the sports doping industry by Al Jazeera.
In the report, British journalist Liam Collins secretly recorded Charlie Sly, a former intern at the Guyer Institute where Manning sought treatment for a herniated disc, who said Manning was given the performance-enhancing drug under his wife’s name.
Fleisher told The Denver Post on Saturday the report is completely false.
“There’s no truth to it,” he said. “What they have is a well-known con man from England who secretly recorded a former intern.”
Manning has also vehemently denied the report, which he called “complete garbage.”
“For the record, I have never used HGH. It absolutely never happened,” Manning told ESPN’s Chris Mortenson. “The whole thing is totally wrong. It’s such a fabrication, I’m not losing any sleep over it, that’s for sure.”