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NFL forces Hue Jackson to cut ties with supplement company

Al Davis, Hue Jackson

The tenure of Raiders head coach Hue Jackson lasted exactly one day before his first minidrama hit.

Eric Adelson of ThePostGame.com (run by Yahoo! Sports) reports that the NFL ordered Jackson to cut promotional ties with a supplement company called S.W.A.T.S.  (That’s short for Sports With Alternatives To Steroids.)

The company markets supplements, including a product that contains a banned substance by the NFL.   That product — “The Ultimate Spray” — could cause problems for NFL players like Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Bengals safety Roy Williams.  Jackson has ended his relationship with the company

“I’m no longer affiliated with this company,” Jackson said Wednesday.   “I don’t even know about a banned substance.”

The Associated Press has picked up the story, which indicates it may only be starting.   “The Ultimate Spray” is described as containing “deer antler velvet extract.”   (We hear it’s great on salads.)   It also contains IGF-1, which is banned by the NFL because it is a byproduct of human growth hormone.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to Adelson that Jackson is now in compliance with the league’s rule barring coaches from having any relationship with a supplement company.   Williams and Lewis still appear to have ties to the company.

S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross says he’s sent over 25 bottles of “The Ultimate Spray” over the last few years to Lewis.  Ross produced receipts and text messages that said Lewis received his shipments.  Williams admitted to using the product.

“I use the spray all the time,” the Bengals safety said.   “Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”

S.W.A.T.S. has previously been sued by Rams linebacker David Vobora, who was suspended four games for testing positive for steroids.  Vobara claims “The Ultimate Spray” contains a steroid that caused him to fail the NFL’s drug test.

The fact Williams hasn’t tested positive could say a lot about the effectiveness of the NFL’s drug testing procedures.

“I didn’t know [IGF-1] was on there,” Williams said.   “I’ve never failed a drug test. I don’t want to be associated with something that is banned.”

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33 Responses to “NFL forces Hue Jackson to cut ties with supplement company”
  1. commandercornpone says: Jan 19, 2011 9:16 PM

    time for another dracula-al press conference!

  2. encinitasraider says: Jan 19, 2011 9:28 PM

    the only thing Ray Lewis has to worry about are those dead body’s nobody has found.

  3. camcameronsucks says: Jan 19, 2011 9:29 PM

    Serious….look at Al Davis, HOW THE HELL IS HE ALIVE? HE LOOKS LIKE DEATH ITSELF!

  4. insovietrussiafootballplayou says: Jan 19, 2011 9:30 PM

    wtf happened to al davis face? too much sunlight

  5. bravin4evr says: Jan 19, 2011 9:32 PM

    how is it that 1 player test positive with this spray and 2 other players are negative?

  6. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 19, 2011 9:38 PM

    Caption to the above picture:

    “Hue Jackson loved his visit to the Climactic Scene exhibit at the Raiders of the Lost Art museum.”

  7. gypjet says: Jan 19, 2011 9:44 PM

    Maybe Ray Ray will carve him up.

  8. raiderrob21 says: Jan 19, 2011 9:45 PM

    SPRAY SOME ON AL!!!
    JUST WIN BABY!
    Raider Nation!

  9. jupe says: Jan 19, 2011 9:49 PM

    lewis way overpaying for this stuff at $68/bottle. available for less than 1/3 of that price

  10. litemater95 says: Jan 19, 2011 9:50 PM

    They fed Al after dark, now he is a Gremlin……

  11. dbellina says: Jan 19, 2011 9:52 PM

    Al Davis looks simply AMAZING in that photo!!

  12. mataug says: Jan 19, 2011 9:57 PM

    what kind of a spray gives +ve tests on one guy but not on the others ? that’s some weird metabolism I tell ya

  13. hobartbaker says: Jan 19, 2011 9:57 PM

    Ultimate Spray spokesman Hue Jackson is shown in this infomercial with satisfied client Alger Davis of Oakland, Ca.

    “You’d never guess, but Alger is over 80 years old. He was in bad shape when he first came to us, but look at him now!”.

  14. camcameronsucks says: Jan 19, 2011 10:05 PM

    George Lucas has announced he is indeed creating another Star Wars film and confirmed that Al Davis will play Darth Vadar

  15. citrusride says: Jan 19, 2011 10:12 PM

    ugh… look at the mugs on them 2

  16. tk1966 says: Jan 19, 2011 10:13 PM

    Perhaps Ray Ray used some cheap Avon mascara violating the terms of his Maybelline contract.

    Seriously though, dude, enough with the running-mascara-looking eye black. If you are a tough guy, you don’t need that silly crap to make you look tough. All it does is make you look like a clown. Leave that garbage to the lesser players who need something artificial to appear intimidating.

  17. jimmy1smith says: Jan 19, 2011 10:16 PM

    Banned substance?, sell it to the Vikings, the state judges protect them from any sort of consequences, they live in a parallel universe

  18. liquid4012 says: Jan 19, 2011 10:20 PM

    Weekend at Bernie’s III

  19. huejackson says: Jan 19, 2011 10:30 PM

    Mr Davis Rules.
    Best owner in Sports.
    But ofcourse the media paints him as a evil guy because He does not kiss their ass like other owners and he actually cares about the team he owns.
    I guess a bad thing according to this website

  20. jagmania65 says: Jan 19, 2011 10:36 PM

    Just to be on the safe side, Al Davis has already started taking $20,000 out of each of Hue Jackson’s paychecks!

  21. dafixisin says: Jan 19, 2011 10:39 PM

    Wow… whole lotta misinformation here. Firstly, deer antler velvet, which has been around for years, is a natural product harvested from (you guessed it) deer antlers. Don’t even need to kill ‘em in order to scrape it off. Once the extract has been taken out of the velvet, it’s sold either in a spray or taken as tablets. The extract simply causes the human body to manufacture IGF-1 naturally. It is not HGH. Plus, for the price that’s being charged per bottle, it can’t possibly be HGH, it’s way too cheap. You can buy deer antler velvet extracts at local health food stores, sold under different brands. Go to swatsteam.com; if they haven’t taken down the testimonials yet, you’ll see that it appears that most of the AFC North has known about and used what are known as athletic performance chips for years. There are testimonials there from tons of NFLers, in addition to big program division one ballers too.

    The funny thing though, is that the deer antler velvet sold by Mitch Ross is simply a relabeled product put out originally by the company at royalvelvetnow.com. Olympic athletes, NFLers, MLBers, etc. use this product in droves. It’s one of the best kept secrets in sports. The reason why it doesn’t get caught in the test is because there’s NO synthetic or natural IGF-1 or HGH in there; the extract simply promotes one’s own natural IGF-1 production. I’ve used cheaper version ($20) and it’s the bomb. It’s like one of the biggest non-secret secrets in athletic performance. I like it ’cause it allows me to sleep like I did in my early 20s, which is to say barely six hours, but feel red to go in the morning.

  22. hobartbaker says: Jan 19, 2011 10:50 PM

    Now we know why Favre’s been hunting all these years.

  23. hobartbaker says: Jan 19, 2011 10:58 PM

    The batch Hue sold to his boss Al Davis did not contain the banned substance IGF – 1.

    Unfortunately it did contain the chemicals WTF – !! and OMFG – n000, which when accidently combined, can have severe side effects.

  24. sportsmediacritic says: Jan 19, 2011 11:45 PM

    Congrats PFT, you’ve just guaranteed that all your readers that play high school and college sports will take the stuff. I’m sure the makers of “The Ultimate Spray” are happy now lol.

  25. iselldrugstoandyreidskids says: Jan 19, 2011 11:55 PM

    How does a post about hue jackson and his ties to that company ultimately end up about how ray Lewis has ties to them and a supplement that apperantly contains a banned substance? Seriously that’s like all the 2nd half of the story was about

  26. laxer37 says: Jan 19, 2011 11:59 PM

    Loved Hue Jackman as Wolverine.

    Not sure what kind of a coach he’ll be, but man that dude can act!

  27. lombardy7 says: Jan 20, 2011 2:56 AM

    Ole Ray Ray had to be on something. Have you seen his commercials?

  28. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2011 5:00 AM

    encinitasraider says: Jan 19, 2011 9:28 PM

    the only thing Ray Lewis has to worry about are those dead body’s nobody has found.
    ============================
    Enough with that dumb$%t a$% comment. It was Lewis that notified the ambulance. “Lewis’ attorney arranged for the murder charges against Lewis to be dropped in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting, and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice” – he settled with the Lollar and Baker families.

    get over it.

  29. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2011 5:03 AM

    Seriously though, dude, enough with the running-mascara-looking eye black. If you are a tough guy, you don’t need that silly crap to make you look tough. All it does is make you look like a clown. Leave that garbage to the lesser players who need something artificial to appear intimidating.
    ===========================

    Why not make that suggestion to Ray Lewis ‘ face and see who’s intimdated? You’d take a clown sized dump in your pants.

    See how much of a clown he is if you go across the middle. He can wear whatever the hell he wants.

  30. tk1966 says: Jan 20, 2011 9:39 AM

    Why not make that suggestion to Ray Lewis ‘ face and see who’s intimdated? You’d take a clown sized dump in your pants.

    Obviously you miss my point – I am suggesting that he doesn’t need to put on the make up to appear intimidating. He already is intimidating. The make-up is going overboard and does nothing but make him look less so.

  31. kaakwha says: Jan 20, 2011 11:54 AM

    Good post tatum064.
    I am soooo tired of hearing the same stupid comments about Ray from people who cannot even come up with something original. Get a freakin life!

  32. geezohman says: Jan 20, 2011 12:04 PM

    so… if I buy some, I can be a ‘screaming’ fan !

    ahhh… Ray Ray probably OD on the stuff when in Atlanta…

    hasn’t helped him lately though… sitting at home… he should sue and get his money back.. especially if he overpaid…

    So.. off to GNC for some deer antler snot… i mean extract… anything from their balls thats good too?

  33. tpanorseman says: Jan 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    Haters taking cheap shots at Ray Lewis & the Minnesota courts are themselves impaired by a substance known as ID-10-T … a naturally occuring substance in their sub-species.

    Seriously though, am in agreement with those that say blood testing needs to be part of any new CBA. It’s useless to blame players for trying to gain an edge, and useless to expect the league to catch all violators, but how can a sport even begin to say they’re serious about stopping the use of PED’s without mandatory blood tests …

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