1. It's illegal to prescribe human growth hormones ("HGH") for off-label use. Unless you suffer from growth hormone deficiency, are wasting away because of HIV-AIDS or suffer from short bowel syndrome, it's illegal for your doctor to prescribe HGH to you.
2. The Guyer Institute has prescribed HGH in the past based on the personal account given by our most well-known local sports reporter, WTHR-TV's Bob Kravitz, who claims he was once prescribed HGH to treat a medical disorder by Dr. Guyer without success. The medical disorder described by Kravitz did not fit within the permitted medical conditions for treatment with HGH.
3. The Al Jazeera documentary quotes a former pharmacy intern at the Guyer Institute, Charlie Sly, as claiming the clinic regularly shipped HGH to Ashley Manning at an address in Florida.
4. Manning's spokesman confirmed Ashley Manning was a patient at the Guyer Institute and had a prescription with the clinic, the identity of which the Mannings have not disclosed. Manning has confirmed he was a patient there as well in 2010 for treating his neck injury, although he strongly denies he ever received HGH from the clinic.
5. Al Jazeera's documentary never directly accused Peyton of using HGH, although the subject matter of the documentary naturally led those reacting to the report, including Peyton, to infer just that. Sly's original claims strongly implied the HGH shipped to Ashley was actually for Peyton.
6. Al Jazeera is a reputable news organization despite its perception that it is aligned with radical Islam. Dolloff notes the news organization has won numerous awards for its reporting, including two Peabody Award wins for documentaries in 2014.
7. Peyton Manning has never denied Al Jazeera's allegation that HGH had been shipped to Ashley Manning in the past.
8. Sly has a motive to recant his allegations now that they've been aired because of potential liability he faces for violating the federal HIPAA law protecting patients from disclosure of their medical information.
9. Al Jazeera obtained verbal confirmation from the Guyer Institute that Sly had worked at its Indianapolis clinic for three months starting in October 2011, not the later 2013 date the clinic claimed he worked after the documentary aired.
10. The NFL is taking the allegations serious enough to begin a review of the information disclosed by the documentary.
UPDATE: The Star adds some more, unflattering news about Dr. Guyer. He's been going through a protracted divorce with his wife for more than five years, who accuses him of failing to file income tax returns since 2006 either personally or on his businesses. The Star says the IRS has filed numerous liens against him. His step-son, James Lockhart, III, died in a shoot-out with Fortville police in 2012 after he was stopped for a broken taillight. Police found a pound of marijuana and six guns in the car. Officer Matt Fox survived gunshot injuries from that shootout. Here's the most relevant information for the current allegations surrounding HGH:
In 2007, Guyer's name showed up in a federal indictment against Thomas Bader and his company, College Pharmacy of Colorado Springs, Colo. It alleged that Guyer received illegal Chinese HGH from College Pharmacy in February 2007. A jury found Bader guilty in 2010 and he was sentenced to 40 months in prison.So the feds knew this as far back as 2007 but left Dr. Guyer untouched. Why? Oh, and guess who Guyer was once a business partner. He was a partner in a business known as Guyer Durham LLC. That would be convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham. The bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance obtained a $268,990 judgment against the partnership in 2012 for what the trustee described as "fraudulent transfers." For those of you reading this blog from outside of Indiana, if you haven't figured this out yet, our city is a freaking cesspool of corruption. We badly need the intervention of the Justice Department to send most of our city and business leaders to prison, but we can't get their help.
Here's a WISH-TV news story of the 2012 shoot-out involving Guyer's step-son.