Amid Game Day Furor, Al Jazeera Set to Air Doping Documentary

By Mark Joyella 

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After huge game day publicity, Al Jazeera America is set to air The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers, a documentary linking top athletes–including Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning–to the underworld of performance enhancing drugs.

Manning, in an interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters Sunday morning, denied the allegations and said he was “angry, furious…disgusted” with the report, produced by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit. The Broncos released a statement saying “these are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report.”

The documentary created a splash Saturday when The Huffington Post published a story based on a screening of the film, described as a “monthslong investigation in which Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover in an attempt to expose the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs in global sports.”

As ESPN reports:

Al Jazeera’s report, titled “The Dark Side,” contends that steroids and other drugs were shipped to the home address of Manning in 2011 in the name of his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Sly, now based in Austin, Texas, also said in the undercover video that Manning and his wife went to the clinic after its normal business hours for intravenous treatments.

The documentary airs in the U.S. at 9 p.m. ET.