You’re an idiot if you think Peyton Manning didn’t take HGH

(RD)–On Thursday, the Washington Post released what they uncovered in their own investigation into Peyton Manning’s alleged use of HGH. To call some of their findings “shocking” wouldn’t quite do it justice, they were downright scary.

ESPN, (yes ESPN!) broke it down Thursday morning on SportsCenter:

According to the Washington Post, Al Jazeera told the athletes that were featured in his documentary that they were going to be in the film 5 days before he actually released it.  So naturally, the Manning camp panicked and then went into full-blown Soprano mode:

Manning’s lawyers launched the private probe shortly after Al Jazeera started contacting athletes who would be named in the documentary. They hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate (Charlie) Sly, and sent a lawyer to examine Peyton and Ashley’s medical records at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis.

So Peyton hired two men to go over to Charlie Sly’s house, the documentary’s key witness, and “interrogate” him. Here’s how that turned out:

“Two men hired by Manning’s lawyers visited the parents of the documentary’s key witness. Both men wore black overcoats and jeans and, according to a 911 call from the house that evening, one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but didn’t have a badge.

“After they told their daughter to call 911 the night of Dec. 22, Randall and Judith Sly stepped outside to talk to the strangers, who clarified they were private investigators, not cops.”

Private investigators, huh? Sounds more like two hit-men looking to keep a rat quiet to me. I mean, why else would you call 911? Think about it. You’re just chilling at your house on a Tuesday night, and then all of the sudden two men wearing black overcoats show up to your front door looking for your son. They tell you that they’re law enforcement officers, but won’t show you a badge to prove it.

Does any of this sound like normal or professional behavior to you? It shouldn’t, because it’s freaking terrifying, and it only gets more bizarre from here.

Later on Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s T.J. Quinn spoke to Charlie Sly about what went down at his parent’s house, and what transpired afterwards:

So conveniently enough for Peyton, his boys were eventually able to catch up with Sly and convince him to recant his statements and post them on YouTube:

Did that really sound convincing to you? Sly was clearly reading off of a script, in which he stumbled throughout the entire video, and he doesn’t look into the camera until after he’s done speaking. It’s also impossible not to notice how uncomfortable he appears to be. According to the posts article, Sly’s father recorded this video on his phone on Christmas Eve, but something just doesn’t feel right about it. It almost feels like there’s a guy standing next to him off camera with a baseball bat to keep him in check, while the other is holding up a script for Sly to read while he’s recording. Smells like the works of a cover-up to me!

But we’re supposed to believe what Sly is saying, because he told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that those “investigators” were “great guys. Like, very good guys. Very professional.”

Like, dude. Last time I checked, you don’t call 911 on two people that come across as “very good guys. Very professional.” Not only that, but he went on to say that “he didn’t believe investigators were there to intimidate him into cooperation.”

Really? REALLY?!? You honestly expect us to believe that? I mean, they didn’t come over for a cup of coffee Charlie, so what did those two men actually say to you?

That’s all up to speculation at this point, and we may never find out, but I’m willing to bet every cent to my name that it wasn’t a “professional” conversation, because it certainly didn’t come across as a genuine recant.

So was that not enough to convince you that Peyton took HGH? Ok, fine. Let’s recap to when he made his first public comments to ESPN regarding the allegation:

The following week, he’d go on to say that the NFL’s investigation would find a “big fat nothing.” That may be true, but unfortunately for you Peyton, the Washington Post found a big fat something:

“The story Sly said he made up contained at least a bit of truth, though: The Guyer Institute did ship medication to Ashley Manning, [Ari] Fleischer confirmed.”

Well gosh darn it Peyton! How do you explain yourself now? Are we supposed to believe that your wife coincidentally needed supplements of HGH at the EXACT same time you were going through your fourth neck surgery? Are we supposed to believe that you healed “naturally?” Are we supposed to believe that your record-breaking season in 2013 was a legitimate one? And are we really supposed to believe that you could naturally put up some of the best numbers the NFL has ever seen, all after the age of 35?

Still not enough? Ok, let’s talk about Peyton’s trusted representative, Ari Fleischer.

Who is this guy exactly? He’s a former White House Press Secretary who worked during the George W. Bush administration. He’s also worked with athletes such as Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods.  AKA: He’s the ultimate pro when it comes to damage control.  They say you’re only as good as the company you keep, and I’m sorry, but none of those people have a glowing track record.

Need more? Well apparently Peyton told his boy Peter King back in 2013 that his wife Ashley is a little pushy:

“C’mon guys, my wife made me do it!” How dumb does this guy think people are?

Still think he didn’t cheat? Well, one of the common side affects of taking HGH is that it makes your head bigger. You be the judge:

The sad part is, I really don’t care that he took HGH. I truly don’t. If it’s going to help you get healthier and recover faster, why wouldn’t you take it?  Especially if there aren’t any real negative side affects.  Except you know, the whole…head thing.

What I can’t get over though, is a liar. Peyton did not experience a medical miracle, and his refusal to admit any wrong doing is just foolish and arrogant on his part. Something doesn’t add up, and there’s a lot more to this story that’s not being told. And it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out, and then this entire thing blows up in his face.

So cheer for Peyton on Sunday all you want, but if Super Bowl 50 ends up being his last game, it definitely won’t be the final chapter in the book of Peyton Manning.

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