Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks during media day this afternoon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
BALTIMORE RAVENS LINEBACKER Ray Lewis allegedly took a banned substance during his rehab from an injury this year, according to a new report from Sports Illustrated.
In the report, the founder of SWATS — an alternative sports medicine company run by a former steroids dealer — says Lewis called him and asked for several supplements after he tore his triceps on 14 October. One of those supplements is called “Ultimate Spray.”
It’s a deer antler-derived spray that contains IGF-1 — a banned performance-enhancing substance similar to HGH. Athletes shoot it in their mouths to speed muscle growth. In a recorded phone conversation, Lewis seemed to not really know what to do with the spray (via SI):
“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 did not deny that he took SWATS. supplements during his rehab, telling SI, “Nobody helped me out with the rehab. I’ve been doing SWATS for a couple years through Hue Jackson, that’s it. That’s my only connection to them.”
Lewis will lead the Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.