Just days before the biggest and final game of his illustrious playing career, Ray Lewis’ name was mentioned in a Sports Illustrated report linking him to a performance-enhancing substance that is banned by the NFL. The substance in question is a deer-antler spray.
The SI story says that the Ravens’ star linebacker called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) to request items that would speed his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis returned from the injury faster than originally anticipated, and in time for Baltimore’s current Super Bowl run. He contradicted the report to the Ravens.
“He denied using the substance discussed in the article. We believe him,” Ravens media relations chief Kevin Byrne wrote FOXSports.com in an email.
Lewis, who is set to retire after Super Bowl XLVII, fielded questions about the story during media day Tuesday in New Orleans. His pseudo-denial was a bit curious considering the story indicates the alleged contact occurred in October. Lewis mentions something about it being “a two-year old story” and alludes to some “antics” and “stupidity” from a man he does not name but is believed to be S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross.
See how it all played out for yourself.