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

January 29, 2013 | Drew Forrester

As I said on the air today when we discussed this story, these days I’m never shocked when any athlete is linked to some sort of performance enhancing drug or any other substance they can get their hands on to help improve their performance or productivity.  I would, though, be disappointed in Ray if he used the deer-antler spray in November of 2012 when he knew, for sure, the substance (IGF-1) was on the league’s banned list.

I thought he should have been a little more forthcoming in today’s press conference at media day.  It would have been far smarter for Ray – in my opinion – to at least acknowledge and confirm that he has had business dealings with S.W.A.T.S., which, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean he used a banned substance.  But I think Ray would have been wise to not dodge the questions today.

I have no idea if Ray Lewis used the deer-antler spray to recover in time to play in this season’s playoffs.

I wasn’t there.

But, there’s no question he has had some sort of relationship with the company (S.W.A.T.S.) that produces the deer-antler spray and, according to the SI.Com story, contacted a representative of S.W.A.T.S. to learn more about applying the substance in an effort to speed up his recovery from triceps surgery.

“Contacting a representative” doesn’t mean Lewis is guilty.  It’s a phone call.

But it doesn’t look good, at the very least.

And, as much as we don’t want to admit it in Baltimore, it comes at a bad time for Ray Lewis as he prepares for the biggest game of his life.


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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