Manning HGH claims 'utterly ridiculous' - Colts


Accusations that Peyton Manning was supplied with performance-enhancing drugs in 2011 have been branded "utterly ridiculous" by the Indianapolis Colts.

An Al Jazeera documentary claimed human growth hormone (HGH) was mailed to Manning's wife after he underwent neck surgery while with the Colts.

Manning has since released a statement, labelling the allegations "complete garbage", while other athletes implicated have criticised the report.

A Colts statement read: "Peyton played the game in Indianapolis for 14 years the right way. 

"He never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs. 

"We also note that the 'source' of this allegation has since recanted his story. The entire Indianapolis Colts organisation and the Irsay family hope this crude effort to besmirch Peyton's reputation will not be permitted to tarnish the legacy of a great Colt."

Manning's current team, the Denver Broncos vowed to back their player "100 per cent" following the accusations.

A Broncos statement read: "Knowing Peyton Manning and everything he stands for, the Denver Broncos support him 100 per cent.

"These are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don't believe the report.

"Peyton is rightfully outraged by the allegations, which he emphatically denied to our organisation and which have been publicly renounced by the source who initially provided them.

"Throughout his NFL career, particularly during his four seasons with the Broncos, Peyton has shown nothing but respect for the game.

"Our organisation is confident Peyton does things the right way, and we do not find this story to be credible."