This is one of those times I’m not bother excerpting the article or fleshing out any of the details because this is the least surprising story since the Book of Genesis broke the news that the oceans are made of water.
Peyton Manning long ago left the NFL’s jurisdiction. But even if he hadn’t, there was never more than zero desire on the league’s part to find him guilty, so there can’t be a Patriots fan walking the Earth who thought there’d be any other result. Frankly, I think the NFL is lying about conducting any investigation at all, but the outcome is exactly what we knew it would be.
I’ll just say this. Based on the facts Al Jazeera caught a known PED dealer on a hidden camera bragging about dealing PEDs to Peyton Manning, we know Mrs. Peyton Manning was getting deliveries from the guy, Manning went to Europe to get treatments not legal in the United States, he sent goons to Charlie Sly’s parents’ house posing as the police to intimidate the hell out the man and he put together the best statistical season by a quarterback ever at the age of 39 after having four neck surgeries, it’s more probable than not that he took performance enhancers.
But in this universe, that standard only applies if you’re Tom Brady. And a definitive statement given on videotape with evidence to back it up carries more weight than some slappie texting the word “deflator” to his buddy in the middle of May. I was expecting this news, and long ago gave up on expecting justice.