Chris Mortensen Explains Why He Thinks The Al Jazeera Report Isn’t Credible
As he navigates an awkward return from a torn plantar fascia -- one that might not land him in the starting role once again -- Peyton Manning is busy managing another difficult situation (understatement) off the field. Al Jazeera has used secretly recorded footage of interviews with an employee of an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic to put the all-time touchdown leader squarely at the center of a human growth hormone distribution circuit. Manning allegedly had HGH sent to his home under the care of his wife while rehabbing a broken neck back in 2011.
Manning vehemently denied the accusations of PED use in an interview with ESPN on Sunday morning, but we've all seen extremely guilty athletes issue strong condemnations of reports linking them to banned substances before. Who to believe? The man in footage, Charles Sly, has already issued a statement claiming there was nothing true about what he said in the recordings. Do you believe him now -- when he's reading a prepared statement off a cue card -- or when he was dishing secrets about distributing HGH to professional athletes without knowing he was being videotaped?
ESPN's chief sports sleuth Chris Mortensen doesn't seem to think Sly is a credible source.
"I believe that he made up the story," Mortensen said on "Mike & Mike" Monday morning. "First of all, he didn't say that Peyton Manning used HGH. He does not sound credible based off the recordings that he gave to (Al Jazeera's undercover athlete) Liam Collins. He does not sound credible. Liam Collins' background does not sound credible. It was important to get everybody on the record."
Mortensen then went on to cite his reliance on unnamed sources that yielded inaccurate information about the number of deflated football found in the 2014 AFC Championship game as evidence that on-the-record statements tend to be more truthful than those issued off it.
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