New England Patriots quarterback knows a thing or two about being caught in the middle of a controversy. After having spent the last summer under the weight of Deflategate and subsequently reversed NFL suspension, Brady knows how much support from peers and teammates means when trying to overcome such adversity.
Now he's stepping up to become a pillar of support.
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Speaking to Boston radio station WEEI (h/t ESPN), Brady addressed the scandal facing Peyton Manning, in which the Denver Broncos quarterback was the subject of an Al Jazeera documentary claiming the latter had shipments of HGH sent to his wife. Brady stood up for Manning and proclaimed his support for the beleaguered quarterback.
"He's been a great player for this league, for his teams, for his organizations. He's been one of the best players to ever play the game. Nobody has more respect for Peyton than I do, and everything he's accomplished. Those are always challenging times, but he's a tough guy, I know that. He's a very mentally and physically tough guy."
Brady stopped short of proclaiming Manning's innocence in the matter, stepping away from the question by noting that he couldn't comment on every story like this.
"There is nothing I really want to add, because I don't know; someone writes a story and to comment on the story that someone writes all the time, I don't know the details of anything."
Over the weekend, Al Jazeera released an investigative documentary in which it talked with a pharmacist named "Charlie Sly" who claimed to have sent multiple shipments of HGH to Peyton Manning's wife in 2011. Sly also named three MLB players – Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, and Taylor Teagarden – in his interview.
Manning has called the claims "garbage" and there is currently no indication that the NFL or MLB are looking into the issue at this time.