Peyton Manning Comments on Al Jazeera America Reportedly Shutting Down

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks on during the team's NFL football practice Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2016

Al Jazeera America is reportedly shutting down not long after starting operations in August 2013, according to Politico's Joe Pompeo, Hadas Gold and Peter Sterne.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't exactly saddened by the news, saying Wednesday, per USA Today's Lindsay Jones: "I'm sure that's just devastating to all their viewers."

The news outlet reported Manning ordered shipments of HGH in 2011 that were delivered to his wife, Ashley, but he vehemently denied Al Jazeera's accusations.

Part of the new collective bargaining agreement from 2011 required players to be tested for HGH. Although terms for testing weren't agreed upon until 2014, no player has tested positive since the initiative officially began, according to Jones.

Manning did miss the entire 2011 season as he was undergoing career-saving neck surgeries. That led to his departure from the Indianapolis Colts and a mostly successful tenure in Denver thereafter.

This season has been a bit of a different story, as injuries have plagued Manning and forced him into one of the worst years of his epic career. He was second in the NFL with 17 interceptions thrown in 2015 and was replaced for several games but Brock Osweiler, but has returned to start for the Broncos in the playoffs.

The Al Jazeera report only further put a damper on a tough year for the 39-year-old legend, but Manning has been staunch in his stance against it. His legacy isn't likely to suffer from the situation, as the consequences have been little to none so far. 

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