Lewis dismisses SI report saying he used banned substance

January 29, 2013 | Luke Jones

Lewis dismisses SI report saying he used banned substance

NEW ORLEANS — Appearing at media day for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, retiring Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was likely prepared to discuss the events that occurred in Atlanta from 13 years ago but wasn’t ready to deal with another controversy.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, the 37-year-old linebacker acquired a banned substance to aid in his recovery from a torn right triceps earlier this season. The story rehashed information uncovered by Yahoo! Sports two years ago regarding a company called S.W.A.T.S. and alleges that Lewis used holographic stickers and deer antler spray, which contains the banned substance IGF-1.

Lewis allegedly contacted the owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a two-man sports science company — to help in recovering from the injury suffered against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 14. He would not address the report when asked about it on Tuesday afternoon.

“Two years ago, that was the same report,” Lewis said at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans. “I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press. He’s not worthy of that. Next question.”

Mitch Ross of S.W.A.T.S. reportedly taped the phone call from Lewis, which includes the veteran asking for directions on how to use the deer antler spray. .

Coach John Harbaugh was aware of the piece written by David Epstein and George Dohrmann, but he offered his support to Lewis in a predictable manner considering the linebacker did not fail a drug test.

“Ray has passed every substance test in his career,” Harbaugh said.

Regardless of how much weight this story holds, there is virtually no chance it will impact his status for Super Bowl XLVII as any potential disciplinary action — as unlikely as it might be — would be met with the appeals process that would delay a decision until after a champion is crowned.

Lewis intends to retire after the season.

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  1. matt Says:

    congratulations. on the taped recording of lewis he says “just send me everything” the guy says “the deer antler spray too?” ray says “what i put that on my tricep?” “no, under your tongue”.

    i wouldnt come close to calling that an admission of use, more than being baited into asking how its used + no failed tests = ray lewis innocent

  2. matt Says:

    also, there seems to be some dark forces at work on espn. they are running the new a-rod PED reports directly before or after the ray lewis stuff trying to make people connect the 2 in their minds. in my opinion of course

  3. Unitastoberry Says:

    The company that makes this spray is cleaning up today.$$$$ Does SI get a cut?

  4. Gil From Perry Hall Says:

    I am interested to know if the phone recording complies with the Maryland two party consent laws. If this Mitch Ross is anywhere near the Super Bowl I would like some enterprising reporter to ask whether he has the requisite proof of compliance.

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