On Wednesday, Al Jazeera announced it was shuttering its American news channel, Al Jazeera America. The news came as a surprise to employees; but to one famous athelete, vengeance apparently couldn’t have been sweeter. Peyton Manning, starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, was seemingly ecstatic to see Al Jazeera America close up shop.
At issue was an Al Jazeera expose that accused Manning of being involved in a performance enhancing drug (PED) ring. The report claimed the Guyer Clinic in Indianapolis supplied Manning with the PEDs. Pharmacist Charlie Sly stated the shipments of human growth hormone (HGH) were sent to Manning’s wife, Ashley, in an effort to disguise the possibility that Manning was using. There was one huge problem with Al Jazeera’s report: it was possibly fabricated.
In a YouTube response to the Al Jazeera report, Sly said, “I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those statements, recordings or communications be aired.”
Sly stated he was unknowingly being recorded and had not consented to being videotaped. It is unclear whether or not the news story that Al Jazeera ran on Manning, or Manning’s subsequent plans to sue Al Jazeera, had anything to do with its demise; but it brought out a bit of sarcasm in Manning when he heard that the network tucked tail and ran.
When asked for comment about Al Jazeera’s decision to cease operations in the U.S., Manning responded, “I’m sure it’s going to be just devastating to all their viewers.”