NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:54 PM
If an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic did indeed ship human growth hormone to Peyton Manning’s wife to protect the NFL star from scandal, as alleged in the Al Jazeera documentary “The Dark Side,” it wouldn’t be the first time Ashley Manning took a hit for her husband.
The Denver Broncos quarterback dodged a deposition for a lawsuit filed six years ago by a man who said he was bitten by the family dog because, Manning claimed, the pooch belonged to his better half.
“Peyton Manning claimed it was his wife’s dog,” Indiana attorney Norman Reed tells the Daily News. “Because of that, he refused to make himself available for a deposition.”
In many ways, it was a typical dog-bites-man story: A groundskeeper named Harold Martin was trimming the hedges at a house next to the Manning’s stately Indianapolis home when the Mannings’ dog took a bite out of him.
Martin filed a lawsuit for damages in 2010 in Marion County Superior court, where records show the litigation dragged on for three years before a settlement was reached in 2013.
Sheryl McNeil, who represented the Mannings in the case, did not return a request for comment.
According to Al Jazeera’s documentary, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic called the Guyer Institute supplied the Denver Broncos quarterback with human growth hormone while he recovered from the neck injury that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season. The film claims the clinic shipped the banned drug to Ashley Manning to avoid implicating the five-time NFL MVP in a possible drug scandal.
Manning, who led the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50, angrily denied using HGH and said his wife has never supplied him with drugs of any kind.
But those denials probably won’t block Ashley Manning from joining the steroid wives club.
Kristin Armstrong, the former wife of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, played a central role in her ex’s sophisticated doping scheme, according to the 2012 U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that led to the seven-time Tour de France champion’s lifetime ban, Armstrong’s former teammate Jonathan Vaughters said in an affidavit that Kristin Armstrong wrapped tablets of cortisone, a banned substance, in tin foil and handed them out to riders.
Armstrong’s girlfriend Anna Hansen claimed she was driving when the cyclist hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen in December 2014. Hansen later told cops she took the rap to save her boyfriend from negative press. Armstrong pleaded guilty to charges related to the accident in February and paid a $ 150 fine, plus $ 238.50 in court expenses.
Roger Clemens’ wife Debbie acknowledged in the wake of the Mitchell Report on steroids and baseball that the disgraced pitcher’s former trainer Brian McNamee had injected her with HGH.
Debbie Clemens was forced to take the witness stand in 2012 after her husband was charged with lying to lawmakers during a 2008 congressional hearing on the Mitchell Report. Clemens was ultimately acquitted of the criminal charges.
The wife of Clemens’ Yankee teammate and longtime friend, Andy Pettitte, also figured in the Clemens saga. Pettitte told congressional investigators that Clemens acknowledged using HGH in 2002, and his wife provided the investigators with an affidavit supporting his allegations.
Pettitte’s father Tom also figured in the case – he admitted he procured HGH for his son through Kelly Blair, a relative who ran a gym in Pasadena, Texas.