I am far from a fan of Peyton Manning. His everyman demeanor seems to be a façade. He has been coddled his entire life and this preferential treatment extends to the sports media. His dopey commercials do nothing to distract true football fans from the realization that he has largely choked once the lights get the brightest. With this being said, I don’t care if he used HGH. I am not one to be outraged over what millionaire athletes put in their bodies to perform better, and in turn entertain us.
Following the Al Jazeera report that Manning, along with other notable athletes received HGH shipments, Peyton strongly denied the accusations. Whether he is telling the truth or not is irrelevant in my mind, the real issue is the football media’s coverage of the story. ESPN has long been lacking credibility. The Sunday NFL Countdown panel was quick to circle the wagons and support Manning. Tom Jackson, Cris Carter, and Keyshawn Johnson are either delusional or they have been neutered by the Worldwide Leader. Their blind support of Peyton is sickening as a Patriots fan. Meanwhile, we spent the last ten months listening to everyone drag Tom Brady through the mud due to the fact that the Patriots organization doesn’t play patty-cake with the media. During the heart of Deflategate, nobody outside of New England seemed to support Brady. Meanwhile, Peyton has his band of merry idiots backing his every word without any further investigation or questions. It will be fascinating to see this story unfold and if the media sinks their talons into the untouchable Peyton Manning.