Ryan Howard Named in Al Jazeera PED Investigation

Al Jazeera is airing a documentary tonight called “The Dark Side”, which is described as a “monthslong investigation” in which an undercover investigator exposes the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Ryan Howard is among those implicated as having used PEDs, as well as Peyton Manning, Ryan Zimmerman, and Taylor Teagarden.

Travis Waldron and Ryan Grim wrote about the investigation at The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera’s report can be viewed here.

Howard is said, by a Texas pharmacist named Charlie Sly, to have used a drug called Delta-2. Delta-2 is a hormonal supplement that is “steroidal in nature” but is not actually an anabolic steroid. The drug “wasn’t detectable,” according to Sly.

Howard has denied the allegations. His (and Zimmerman’s) attorney, William Burck of Quinn Emanuel, released this statement to MLB Trade Rumors:

It’s inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Mr. Howard and Mr. Zimmerman. The extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source who has already recanted his claims.  We will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.

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