After a seven-month investigation, the NFL announced there is “no credible evidence” that retired quarterback Peyton Manning used any type of performance-enhancing substances.
In its official statement on the matter, the league said that both Mannings — Peyton and his wife, Ashley — cooperated fully with the investigation. While they did receive deliveries from an Indiana anti-aging clinic at their home, the Mannings maintained from the beginning that they were sent to, and used by, Ashley Manning. The league said the Mannings “provided interviews and access to all records sought by investigators.”
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These changes have been in the works since December 2015. The league needed to adjust its approach to handling violations of the concussion protocol in part because of an incident involving Case Keenum last season. Keenum was quite obviously concussed, and he was not immediately removed from the game for appropriate medical attention.
After being consistently under fire for its approach to dealing with the problem of concussions and their lasting effects on players, the NFL has made a concerted effort to at least create the perception of improving the way it handles these injuries.
The NFL recently parted ways with Dr. Elliot Pellman, who was involved with the execution of the medical components of the league’s concussion protocol despite denying the existence of CTE.
That decision, as well as enforcing stricter penalties for teams that jeopardize player safety by not adhering to the protocol, are belated but necessary steps toward rebuilding trust and better protecting players from the lasting effects of head trauma.
“Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals,” the league’s official statement clearing Manning read. “The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review.”
If the NFL and NFLPA representatives determine that there were “aggravating circumstances” involved in the violation, an additional fine of $50,000 can be assessed.
If it is determined by Goodell that the protocol was violated to maintain competitive advantage, it could result in more severe sanctions.