The Ray Lewis “deer-antler story” has taken over New Orleans

January 29, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Thanks a lot Sports Illustrated.

The story that won’t-go-away came back to life in New Orleans on Tuesday when THIS PIECE by linked Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to a company called S.W.A.T.S. that says Lewis contacted one of the company’s owners late in 2012 and inquired about using deer-antler spray to help treat his torn triceps muscle.

The only problem?  Deer-antler spray contains a component (IGF-1) that is on the NFL’s banned substance list.

Yes, all hell has officially broken loose here in the Big Easy.

In fairness, the article on is extensive and has, apparently, lots of potentially damaging evidence against Lewis.  None of it should be mistaken for fact, yet, and that’s important to remember as you read the story and make your own assessment on what you think happened when Lewis suffered his injury back on October 14.  But this much is certain:  While doesn’t have a photo or any sort of irrefutable evidence to directly link Lewis to using the spray containing the banned substance, lots of details in the story don’t paint a favorable picture of No. 52.

This would also be the appropriate time to admit something.  My guess is some of you reading this have probably faced the same pink elephant in the room since Ray returned from his triceps injury in record time.  I’ll admit this:  nearly every media member I know at least giggled or raised an eyebrow or said under his breath – “gee, Ray, you sure did come back quickly from that “season-ending” injury…”  That is, of course, the story no one in Baltimore really wants to discuss, but it has to at least be put on the table when this deer-antler story (re) surfaces again.  Ray made a very quick recovery from an injury that typically has a recovery time of 6-9 months.

Now – let’s get back to FACTS:  Has he failed a drug test? Ray and the Ravens will both remind you, emphatically, the answer to that question is “no”.

To some, that will simply be enough to give Lewis the proverbial free pass.  In Baltimore, especially, most folks will either ignore the story or pass it off as a witch-hunt to unnerve the future Hall of Famer as he approaches his final game in New Orleans on Sunday.

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8 Comments For This Post

  1. Chuck Says:

    When asked about his link to HGH and banned substances Lewis appeared to have a deer in the headlights look.

  2. Brian Says:

    I couldn’t care less.

    As a matter of fact, provided we win, I hope Ray pulls out a red nose, slaps it on and yells to the camera, “Merry Xmas Baltimore ! I’m bringin back another Lombardi for ya !”

  3. Chuck Says:

    “Lewis had not talked to media for 10 weeks while he rehabbed his injury. Asked by SI if he had worked with Key and Ross during his recovery, he initially demurred. “I didn’t work with them personally this time,” he said.
    When pressed, Lewis said, “Nobody helped me out with the rehab. I’ve been doing S.W.A.T.S. for a couple years through Hue Jackson, that’s it. That’s my only connection to them.”
    Asked if he had talked to Ross the night of his injury, Lewis replied, “I told him to send me some more of the regular stuff, the S.W.A.T.S., the stickers or whatever.”
    And did they help?
    “I think a lot of things helped me.”
    So would he suggest S.W.A.T.S. to other players?
    “If I did, I would’ve done said it by now,” Lewis said. Asked specifically about the spray and the pills, Lewis walked away without comment.”- Sports Illustrated article on the Lewis matter

  4. Eddie Swift Says:

    Whay a guy does on his own time is his buiness . If Ray wants to hunt deer and use the antlers for spray that should be OK . there’s just to much histeria about guns and hunting , even though we have a big deer problem in this state ( auto crashes and lyme disease ). I say good for ray kill all those damn deer , Lyme disease is no laughing matter .

  5. Unitastoberry Says:

    I think it’s more for male enhancement than for triceps healing.The whole thing is a circus. I prefer horny goat weed.

  6. John in Westminster Says:

    I think more than just the media grew suspicious when a 37 came back from torn triceps in weeks, not months. As PFT points out, its banned but the NFL is not allowed to test blood so unless Ray admits use, there’s nothing to be done. Judge Ray’s ethics for yourself…unless you abide by God’s words “Judge not lest ye be judged”

  7. Tim Says:

    No, I’m not going to play the Lance / level playing field card, but you have to be naive to think ALL NFL players get this big and this fast “naturally.” There’s a testing program in place, players do get caught occasionally, and surely there are many, many ways to stay one step ahead.

  8. Justafan Says:

    If this “banned substance” helps speed the healing of serious injuries,why not use it? It serves a good legitimate purpose. Now, if it is used for something other than the healing of an injury, that is an entirely different matter. In this day and age, common sense has become as extinct as the dinosaur.

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