When I read that it was Al Jazeera America that had accused Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and other professional athletes of purchasing HGH, I said to myself, “Consider the source.”
So it’s no surprise to me that the “source” for their story has now recanted his allegations nor is it a surprise that this was Al Jazeera America’s only source.
The reason I am not surprised is that Al Jazeera America is, like the rest of Al Jazeera, an anti-American organization which seeks to damage the reputation of the United States both here and abroad particularly in the Muslim world.
While there are many professional athletes who are guilty of purchasing and consuming HGH, Peyton Manning is not only an NFL legend but is one of America’s most beloved athletes. OK, he’s not exactly beloved by New England Patriots fans. But even Pats fans don’t question his ability much less his character. Manning has been the public eye for more than two decades and he has scarcely had a whiff of scandal until now. It would have been a quite a coup for Al Jazeera America if they had managed to single-handedly destroy Peyton Manning’s reputation.
If nothing else, by focusing their attention on a popular public figure like Manning, Al Jazeera America would have got a boost in ratings. Since going on air in 2013 (thanks to Al Gore selling Current TV), the network is lucky to get 30,000 viewers during prime time.
Other athletes accused of purchasing HGH through the Guyer Institute in Indiana include former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and MLB players Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals as well as former big league catcher Taylor Teagarden.
Earlier this season, Manning passed Brett Favre as the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader. However, due to injuries and ineffectiveness, Manning was benched in favor of Brock Osweiler.
Manning is now threatening legal action against Al Jazeera America. I hope he does it. If for no other reason than to see the writ, “Manning v. Al Jazeera America”. I suspect that Manning and his attorneys would quickly penetrate Al Jazeera America’s defenses and reach the end zone.
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