Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is strongly denying a claim in a documentary alleging that he was among a number of professional athletes who were provided human growth hormone, or HGH, by an Indiana doctor.
“It’s completely fabricated. Complete trash, garbage,” Manning told ESPN on Sunday.
HGH is not illegal, but it is banned in many professional sports, including in the NFL since 2011.
That’s the same year that, according to the documentary by Al Jazeera America, the star quarterback used the performance-enhancing drug to aid his recovery from multiple surgeries.
Manning is not alone in denying the allegation of HGH use — the doctor and even the source who made the claim to Al Jazeera called the report false.