Ray Lewis is going to be one of the most talked about stories in Super Bowl week this week, mainly due to his Jerome Bettis-esque swan song into retirement. Now he has some fresh topics to talk about that don't include his career and/or a white jacket.
Sports Illustrated details his contact with S.W.A.T.S, or Sports with Alternatives To Steroids, and his possible use of a banned substance to help him return from a torn triceps suffered in an October 14th game. He returned from his week 6 injury in the playoffs.
Lewis allegedly contacted S.W.A.T.S owner Mitch Ross just hours after tearing his triceps, and Ross apparently videotaped the phone call, and it went like this according to S.I.: "It's bottom, near the elbow," Lewis said of the tear. After asking a few pseudo diagnostic questions, Ross concluded, "All right, well this is going to be simple. . . . How many pain chips you got around the house?"
"I got plenty of them," Lewis replied.
Ross prescribed a deluxe program, including holographic stickers on the right elbow; copious quantities of the powder additive; sleeping in front of a beam-ray light programmed with frequencies for tissue regeneration and pain relief; drinking negatively charged water; a 10-per-day regimen of the deer-antler pills that will "rebuild your brain via your small intestines" (and which Lewis said he hadn't been taking, then swallowed four during the conversation); and spritzes of deer-antler velvet extract (the Ultimate Spray) every two hours.
"Spray on my elbow every two hours?" Lewis asked.
"No," Ross said, "under your tongue."
Toward the end of the talk, Lewis asked Ross to "just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week."Lewis received the materials for free, with the requirement being that he say that he used S.W.A.T.S. products when he returned to the field.
When S.I. spoke with Ray Lewis he denied working with them personally this time around, but did admit to using their products, "the stickers or whatever," but when pressed if he used the deer antler spray and pills he allegedly walked away without answering.
The only problem is that the deer antler spray contains IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor), which is on the list of banned substances by the NFL. There's no way that he can be suspended, however, as shown by drawn out appeals processes and the fact that he is retiring at seasons end. There's no word yet if he was hunting, stabbed the deer, and then his orange hunting jacket mysteriously disappeared.
For more on this, and the conversations between Ross and some Alabama players in this National Championship season and other NFL players, read the Sports Illustrated Article.
For a list of banned NFL substances, read the PDF from the NFLPA here.