#HGHgate trends on social media, fans sticking by Manning

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DENVER --  Manning and #HGHgate, as it's now being dubbed, have been trending on social media since news of a report alleging the quarterback used doping drugs broke Saturday night.

But the majority of fans here in Denver seem to be backing the QB on this one, saying there’s no way he would do such a thing.

“I think there's a difference between him doing that to try and get healthy and those baseball players were doing it as performance enhancing drugs,” said a fan, Dylan Cook.

“Five years ago. Why didn`t anybody say anything then,” said Dylan Cook.

“It doesn`t really matter. It was 4 years ago,” said Josh Cook, a Bengals fan, said.

“I don`t think that`s possible. I don`t think he would do anything like that,” said Thomas Harris, a Denver fan visiting from Oregon.

To many in Denver, number 18 is and will always be an icon and believe his reputation won’t be harmed by the scandal.

“He’s a Bronco icon. He’s an NFL icon,” said Harris.

“He`s a classy guy. He always says the right things. He`s done good things for us with the Broncos. I`ve been happy to have him here,” said Cook.

Manning, they say, is a quarterback who's still the face, the brains and the leader of the Denver Broncos.

“He`s still the Marshall. Marshall Manning,” said Harris.

Many people also told us they don’t think any hard proof will surface.

The Denver Broncos also issued a statement in support of the QB, saying they back Manning's statements denying the claims "100 percent."

The Broncos’ full statement reads:

Knowing Peyton Manning and everything he stands for, the Denver Broncos support him 100 percent. These are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report.

Peyton is rightfully outraged by the allegations, which he emphatically denied to our organization and which have been publicly renounced by the source who initially provided them.

Throughout his NFL career, particularly during his four seasons with the Broncos, Peyton has shown nothing but respect for the game. Our organization is confident Peyton does things the right way, and we do not find this story to be credible.

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