Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Peyton Manning & HGH

I failed to post yesterday, because I was under the needle for 5 hours getting a new tattoo. Who knew lying, doing nothing for 5 hours could be so exhausting? It's got a ways to go (like the kitty going bye bye in a couple weeks, but so far so good.
Obviously the A-topic yesterday was news coming out of Peyton Manning (and others) banging HGH (Human Growth Hormone). It's hard not to give Peyton the benefit of the doubt, being that he's always seemed to do the right thing. However, I thought the same about Lance Armstrong, and we all know how that turned out.
The thing that makes me hesitant on Peyton, and question my trust in his way, is simply his response to the accusations. 
I realize we are all different, but if somebody accused me of something, and I was 100% positive of my innocence, my response would go something like, "Whatever. You're an idiot." Simple, and to the point.
Peyton's response was anything but. He told Lisa Salters (ESPN), "It’s completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage," He also used the word "furious" to describe his displeasure with the accusation. Granted, "trash", "garbage", and "furious" are hardly words that conjure up mistrust, but his lack of simplicity is what I question. Like I said, "Beat it" or "Pound sand" would have been a perfect response, or even no words! But the long winded, looking for excuses response doesn't sit well. He actually tried to distance himself from his wife, who the HGH was addressed to, saying, "Any medical treatments that my wife received, that’s her business," he said. "That has nothing to do with me. Nothing that's been sent to her or [that] my wife has used have I ever taken. Absolutely not. I have my treatments that I do, she may have hers and that is her business. There's no connection between the two." Really? We're supposed to believe that Peyton and his wife don't concern themselves with each other's health? C'mon, Peyton. Also, and maybe most troubling, is the fact he never actually dismisses the allegation that the HGH was shipped to his house.
And what may end up being the nail in Manning's coffin, is Charlie Sly, the pharmacist who prescribed Peyton the HGH. 
"Another time that I worked with Peyton, him and his wife would come in after hours and get IVs and s—," Sly was recorded as saying to Liam Collins, an undercover guy for Al Jazeera. And now, as you can imagine, Sly is backtracking faster than Darrell Green in is prime. "The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect," Sly said. That's because you were busted, Charlie.   
Bottom line is that this is only the start of what feels eerily similar to the Lance Armstrong case. A Golden Boy who ends up tainted. If that's how this indeed ends, it would be unfortunate, to say the least, but maybe stirs the argument for HGH in sports. 

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