Nationwide, Papa John's on Manning allegations

Posted at 8:01 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 22:30:06-05

Nationwide Insurance hasn't given any statements about the HGH allegations against Peyton Manning on social media, but the Broncos quarterback is featured prominently on the company's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Other than that show of solidarity, Nationwide hasn't made it crystal clear whether it's on Manning's side.

According to the Columbus Business Journal, Nationwide told the paper in an email:

"Nationwide is aware of the reports involving Peyton Manning and is monitoring the situation."

The Fortune 100 company, based in Columbus, Ohio, has used Manning in its ads since 2014.

Papa John's however, seems to be taking a definite stand.

According to The Huffington Post, Papa John's called Manning a friend in a statement on Tuesday.

"Papa John's is aware of the speculation. During the course of our relationship, Peyton has represented himself, the game of football and Papa John's with the utmost honor and integrity," the pizza franchise said in a statement.

"Furthermore, he has been a trusted friend. It is a shame for all his hard work, to have one of the greatest comebacks against all odds, that he has to deal with these allegations."

Manning owns 21 of the pizza restaurants around Denver. He's been a Papa John's spokesman since 2011.

Manning has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Al Jazeera in a documentary. The network reports a clinic in Indianapolis sent HGH to Manning's wife. Al Jazeera tells Denver7 that it stands by the report.