An Al Jazeera documentary entitled The Dark Side: The Secret World of Sports Doping alleged that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was one of several star athletes who had used performance-enhancing drugs. To fight these allegations, Peyton hired the former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer who now works as a crisis management consultant.
The Washington Post reported how Manning’s lawyers hired two PIs to look into the source of these allegations—one Charlie Sly. This pharmacist has since recanted his allegations that Peyton and other athletes took banned substances. Sly claimed that Al Jazeera recorded the accusations without his knowledge.
The PIs went so far as to show up at Sly’s house and talk to his parents who initially had their daughter called 911 about the strange men at the door. Once they understood the situation, the Slys let the men stay until Charlie Sly got home.
Sly’s lawyer Travis Cohron claimed that everything Sly said was a fabrication meant to impress the undercover reporter who he thought was a potential business partner. Cohron claimed that Sly’s comments were “pure puffery.”
However, there was a grain of truth in Sly’s comments according to Fleischer. The institute he was involved with had shipped medication to Ashley …read more