Two baseball players sue Al-Jazeera over documentary on drugs

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies wears an America Flag patch on the side of his hat to remember 9/11 during the game against the Chicago Cubs on September 11, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Two Major League Baseball players have filed defamation lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America over statements made in a documentary about performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies filed the suits Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. The suits refer to the documentary “The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping,” which Al-Jazeera America broadcast Dec. 27.

The suit alleges that Charles Sly, a pharmacist who appeared in the documentary, made false statements when he said Zimmerman and Howard both took a human growth hormone.

The documentary also suggested that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took HGH while recovering from neck surgery.

Each suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

A spokeswoman for Al-Jazeera America says the network will not comment.