It was announced just a day ago that the NFL would investigate Peyton Manning’s alleged HGH use as the quarterback prepares for another Super Bowl appearance.
Manning’s potential use of HGH hasn’t reached nearly the level of media scrutiny, exposure or discussion that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots earned from reportedly doctoring footballs during last season’s AFC Championship game.
From a witch hunt as the league tracked down the culprit(s) to an investigation that is still ongoing, DeflateGate stole the headlines for months.
Comparatively, HGH rumors seems worse on paper. But that might not matter when comparing the two stories.
Whether it was because the Patriots had gotten caught cheating before, the fact that the source of the DeflateGate report was reputable and Manning’s comes from Al Jazeera America or what exactly, Manning’s HGH accusation hasn’t reached near the fever pitch DeflateGate had at this point last season.
If the investigation drags out, maybe Manning’s story catches fire. Until then, it’s interesting to see how the two stories surrounding high-profile athletes reportedly cheating are handled in the media and from the league.