It sounds like former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won’t be suing Al Jazeera after all.
According to a report from Christine Brennan of USA Today, Manning has decided to spend neither time nor money waging a legal battle against the media outlet that alleged Manning and four other NFL players were using the performance-enhancing drug HGH.
“A person familiar with Manning’s strategy who was not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports in a recent conversation that the former quarterback has decided after a dozen conference calls with attorneys that he doesn’t want to spend the time and money necessary to file a lawsuit that would make public the personal records and private lives of both he and his wife Ashley,” Brennan wrote.
Manning has strongly denied using performance-enhancing drugs since the report came to light in February. Manning said that he was leaning toward suing Al Jazeera America shortly after its story went live.
Now Manning appears to have reversed course.
Brennan noted that two MLB players who were also named in the report have already filed suit against Al Jazeera: Ryan Zimmerman, who plays for the Washington Nationals, and Ryan Howard, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Manning has the luxury of seeing how their lawsuit goes if he decides to pursue legal action after all.