Ray Lewis May Or May Not Grow Deer Antlers
(picture courtesy of Terez Owens)
According to Sports Illustrated, the iconic Baltimore Ravens linebacker tried to obtain deer-antler velvet extract in an attempt to speed the healing for a torn triceps that sidelined him for more than half the season.
Lewis approached the makers of the deer-antler velvet extract — Sports with Alternative to Steroids — the company's owner Mitch Ross told SI. Deer-antler spray contains IGF-1, which is on the NFL's list of banned substances. Using the spray would be a violation of the NFL's steroids policy.
During a podium session packed with news media, Lewis dismissed the story.
"Two years ago, that was the same report," he said. "It's not worthy of the press." (USA Today)
Leave it to Super Bowl Media Day to bring up the most random shit of all time. It's extremely smart of Ray Lewis, or any athlete for that matter, to do whatever they need to do (legally) to get back on the field. I've always thought it was odd that Ray came back so quickly from a torn tricep at this stage of his career. I wouldn't be surprised if he would do something random like putting deer antler spray under his tongue if it meant he could get back in a Ravens uniform faster. However, I think Lewis is smart enough to make sure whatever he put into his body was 100% legal, or to his knowledge it was. There is no way he would risk tarnishing his legacy in his last season like that. I'll chalk this up to a reporters desire to ask the most annoying question possible.