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Colts issue statement on Peyton Manning report

File photo of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calling a play during NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calls a play during the second quarter of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami, Florida, in this February 4, 2007 file photo. Manning was cut by the Indianapolis Colts after a 14-year stint with the franchise that included a Super Bowl win and four National Football League MVP awards for the quarterback, the team said on March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Peyton Manning hasn’t played in a game for the Colts for nearly five years. But because Manning reportedly used HGH while still with the Colts in 2011, the Colts apparently felt compelled to respond.

“We’ve been made aware of the recent Al Jazeera report concerning Peyton Manning and find it utterly ridiculous,” the Colts said in a statement issued during the team’s game at Miami. “We are thoroughly familiar with Peyton’s tireless work habits, his medical history, and, most importantly, his integrity. 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 organization 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.”

For a story that has been recanted by the only person who told it, a lot of people are making statements about it. Maybe that’s because the fact the story was recanted doesn’t necessarily make it untrue; it only means that Charles Sly has lied -- either when he thought no one other than one person with a wire was listening or when Sly knew everyone was.