The twists and turns appear to never end when it comes to Al Jazeera’s shocking report on athletes and human growth hormones.
On Tuesday, the story took yet another turn when The New York Times’ Michael Powell looked into the allegations, and what he found potentially could be a game changer.
Powell digs right into Charlie Sly, who links multiple athletes to HGH in the Al Jazeera report, although he since has said he was lying. Sly, whether he was lying or not, has linked Peyton Manning, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard, Taylor Teagarden, Mike Neal, James Harrison, Julius Peppers, Dustin Keller and Mike Tyson to banned substances.
Powell did some digging and found that many of the athletes named in the report also are clients of fitness trainer Jason Riley, who co-founded Elementz Nutrition, which specializes in nutritional supplements, with Sly.
As the Times points out, not every athlete Sly named in the undercover Al Jazeera report also is a client of Elementz Nutrition. However, Powell found Zimmerman, Howard, Neal and Keller all featured on either the company’s website or Facebook page at one point.
The Times also points out that Derek Jeter is one of Riley’s clients, although the former New York Yankees shortstop is not linked to HGH by Sly or any other report.
And, in another curious angle to this story, Powell says Elementz Nutrition “voluntarily dissolved and closed its doors” last week, coinciding with the bombshell report.
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