A new report claims that lawyers representing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sent private investigators posing as police to the home of the man accusing him of using steroids.
The Washington Post published the potentially bombshell report Thursday and said in part:
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.
The legendary NFL quarterback was accused of using HGH in December 2015 by Al Jazeera, but thoroughly disputed all of the claims. (VIDEO: Report: Peyton Manning Linked To High-Profile Steroid Ring)
Al Jazeera America has since been shut down, which resulted in Manning firing off a few jokes about how few people watched the news network. (RELATED: Peyton Manning Pees On Al Jazeera’s Ashes With Perfectly Delivered One-Liner)
NFL officials are reportedly monitoring the developing situation.