Athletes Sue Al Jazeera Over Doping Report

By Mark Joyella 

Two Major League Baseball players, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, have sued Al Jazeera America for defamation over a report that the players used performance-enhancing drugs.

The reporting was part of the same documentary that linked Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to doping, a claim Manning has firmly denied.

In separate suits, Zimmerman and Howard accuse AJAM of libel and invasion of privacy. Reuters reports they are seeking punitive and other damages as well as a court order that Al Jazeera retract false and defamatory statements.


The AJAM documentary reported Zimmerman and Howard, both first basemen, had received supplies of Delta-2, a banned hormone supplement.