Washington Post — Five days before a documentary alleged that quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes had used performance-enhancing drugs, 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. They had come to this red brick house with a well-manicured lawn looking for the Slys’ 31-year-old son, Charlie, a pharmacist who was the primary source in the upcoming documentary. …
Manning’s lawyers … hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate Sly, and sent a lawyer to examine Peyton and Ashley’s medical records at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis. …
The story Sly said he made up contained at least a bit of truth, though: The Guyer Institute did ship medication to Ashley Manning, [Manning spokesman Ari] Fleischer confirmed.
Nothing to see here, folks. No need to be alarmed, citizens. It’s nothing more than Peyton Manning‘s hired goons doing a little bit of witness intimidation. Men in Black, showing up at the door of Charlie Sly’s parents and sister in order to make him forget all about the HGH he shipped to Peyton’s place. Only instead of using those little strobe light things, these guys take your memory with fear and passing themselves off as law enforcement.
So this is the way America’s Sweetheart conducts business. His thugs scare the crap out of old people at the door of their private residence while his other operatives are going through the medical records. And now all Manning is asking us to believe is:
- Those gorillas who showed up at Mr. and Mrs. Sly’s door and lied about being cops were paying a friendly visit, not scaring anyone to the point they’d call 911.
- The lawyer who “examined” the medical records at Guyer didn’t take out anything that would damage Manning if there was a further investigation by the NFL.
- The HGH that was shipped to Manning’s house was for Ashley. Peyton might have been flying around the world seeking treatments for his four neck surgeries that aren’t legal in the United States, but he drew the line at taking his wife’s hormone treatments. That would be wrong.
- He came back after his surgeries to have the best year of his career in his late 30s and set a record for touchdown passes. But he wasn’t on anything illegal.
I want to be clear: I don’t care that Peyton Manning might have used the miracle of modern chemistry to get back on the field and enhance his performance. All I’ve ever demanded is that he be judged by the same standard Tom Brady was on Deflategate. But that was before this latest development. Now that we know Manning’s people are running around scaring witnesses, tampering with evidence and admitting that he did get HGH sent to his house, we’ve got something no one ever had on Brady — an actual case. Well done, Washington Post. Now let’s see if anyone in America cares.