Private investigators hired by Peyton Manning’s lawyers visited the home of Charlie Sly, the source in Al Jazeera’s documentary “The Dark Side: The Secret World of Sports Doping,” who implied that the quarterback had obtained performance enhancing drugs, according to The Washington Post.
On Dec. 22, five days before the documentary was released, the investigators were reportedly sent to locate and interrogate Sly. The Post also reports that a lawyer was also sent to review the medical records of Manning and his wife Ashley at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, where the drugs allegedly came from. Sly issued a recanting statement on his comments in the documentary Dec. 24.
Charlie Sly spoke to ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Thursday and said that he didn’t think the investigators were sent to intimidate him. “Those guys were great guys,” he said. “Like, very good guys. Very professional.” He did not say when he spoke to them.
“I don't see how [Al-Jazeera] can say all this," Sly said. "There's no proof to any of this stuff.”
In the documentary, which was released in December, Sly was secretly filmed while implying that Manning’s wife had been sent the drugs in 2011 when the quarterback was recovering from neck surgeries.
Manning has previously denied the allegations, calling them “completely fabricated.” The NFL is currently investigating the allegations made in the documentary. Other professional athletes including NFL and MLB players were implicated.
Manning and the Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.