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.