For the last three months, former NFL quarterback legend Peyton Manning has been quiet about what the future has in store after 18 seasons under center. While it appears he won't be in the broadcast booth for at least the 2016 season, everything else has still been left under wraps.
Now, one future decision seems to be made: According to USA Today, Manning and his wife have reportedly decided not to file a lawsuit against the television network Al Jazeera.
It came after a story broadcast on their now-defunct sister network Al Jazeera America stating that Peyton Manning's wife, Ashley, received HGH at their home while he was recovering from neck surgery in 2011:
A person familiar with Manning's strategy who was not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports in a recent conversation that the former quarterback has decided after a dozen conference calls with attorneys that he doesn't want to spend the time and money necessary to file a lawsuit that would make public the personal records and private lives of both he and his wife Ashley.
Peyton Manning and his wife reportedly received the shipment from an Indianapolis-based institute while he was still a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He denied the report after it was first broadcast, saying at the time he was thinking about filing a libel lawsuit.
Two other athletes named in the story, baseball stars Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, have filed lawsuits regarding the story. Manning is reportedly waiting to see if those cases are dismissed before making a final decision.
Manning recently retired after winning his second Super Bowl title, this time with theDenver Broncos. If both he and his wife were to sue, they would have to testify in court about their medical history...meaning that if he received any type of illegal supplements or drugs banned by the NFL, it could affect his chances of future team ownership or working in a team's front office.
See the athletes named in Al Jazeera's report: