According to a Sports Illustrated article hitting the shelves as we speak, Ray Lewis bought and used a banned substance, IGF-1 (found in deer antler velvet), to facilitate his recovery from his torn triceps muscle. He ordered it from a company called SWATS (Sports With Alternatives to Steroids). Here’s the recorded convo :
“Spray on my elbow every two hours?” Lewis asked.
“No, under your tongue” says the SWATS guy.
“OK, just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week” Lewis says.
Timing is everything I suppose. This story broke minutes before media day for the Ravens, and is made media day a whole lot more interesting. When asked about the deer antler spray, Lewis left with a “next question.” John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were asked about this as well, and their answer was basically Lewis hasn’t been caught, so he isn’t using any banned substances.
Wouldn’t it be poetic justice if Ray Lewis was suspended from his last game? The fricking Super Bowl? I’m sure somone in the media throng brings up 13 years ago. He’s apparently not talking about that either. I don’t think Goodell has the stones to suspend him, however.