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Heath Evans latest to discuss use of “The Ultimate Spray”

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Saints fullback Heath Evans is the latest NFL player to admit using the product “The Ultimate Spray” which has been in the news lately for a few reasons.

Rams linebacker David Vobora won a $5.4 million judgment against the spray’s manufacturer because the company misled Vobora about the contents.  Vobora tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended.

The NFL also sent a letter to Raiders coach Hue Jackson and a number of other players that were featured on the website for SWATS, the company that makes the product.  They wanted Jackson and the players to dissociate with the company.

The product claims to contain IGF-1, which is a banned substance. Yet “The Ultimate Spray” isn’t on the NFL banned substance list and they can’t test for IGF-1.

Confused yet?  So are we and it speaks to the difficulties of drug testing in this era.

“Without the blood test, there would be no conclusive evidence,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Yahoo. “But we’d like to test for it. If we could establish a player was using IGF-1 through whatever means, that player would be subject to suspension. Same with growth hormone.”

The company says the product contains IGF-1, but that’s apparently not enough.

Evans, meanwhile, believes the deer velvet extract in the spray helps.  He used it previously in the 2008 preseason and believes it helps with recovery.

“Here’s the thing about IGF-1,” he said. “It almost becomes a bad term, but it’s found in your body. It’s found in foods. There will be people saying, ‘You’re taking growth hormone.’ But no, it’s deer antler. . . .  It could be [that] one day Roger Goodell says, ‘You can’t take this stuff,’ When they add [deer antler] to the banned list, I won’t take it anymore. Until the NFL adds it to the banned substance list, I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t take it.”

Look, we’re not saying that “deer antler” is necessarily a bad thing at all. It’s used in Chinese medicine.  But this entire story is an example of how confusing the drug policy can be.

The NFL should make their stance on the product and S.W.A.T.S clear.  Vobora’s career was hurt by his positive test and we’d hate to see guys like Evans hurt in the same way if the league determines that taking a product that contains IGF-1 is not allowed.

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13 Responses to “Heath Evans latest to discuss use of “The Ultimate Spray””
  1. frankvzappa says: Jun 30, 2011 3:45 PM

    Kind of how like DMT is found everywhere in nature, including your body, yet is as illegal as a drug can get. Freedom? Yeah, right.

  2. capslockkey says: Jun 30, 2011 3:50 PM

    Sounds like a product you’d find on the Chotchkie’s menu, right underneath Extreme Fajitas.

  3. drgfri says: Jun 30, 2011 3:55 PM

    Sounds like something Rex Ryan resevres for his Hush Puppies

  4. breeshasabush says: Jun 30, 2011 4:00 PM

    Coming from a DIE HARD Saints fan….. Heath, SHUT UP ALREADY!!!!!! I was upset with Brees for being so vocal about the lockout until i truly understood it and now it doesn’t bother me, but I swear every single time I see you on ESPN I turn the channel because if I dont i inevitably get mad beyond belief. The Payton philosophy has always been “keep your mouths shut toward” and this guy cant seem to stay off ESPN or stop making comments in the media. You’re a fullback dude… a dime a dozen! Cheers

  5. breeshasabush says: Jun 30, 2011 4:01 PM

    ***toward the media****

  6. The Chu says: Jun 30, 2011 4:32 PM

    Without having information on what IGF-1 is, I hate the justification of “it’s all-natural.” Just because something is natural, or is found in nature, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Late-night “miracle products” use this line all the time.

    Rattlesnake venom is “all-natural” and is deadly…

  7. supashug says: Jun 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    Just because it is IGF-1 also doesn’t mean it should be banned. Gatorade replenishes, should it be banned.

    I have been testing this product for 2 months to see if it helps to control back pain and help recovery with my workouts. No difference at all, SWATS could be sweet tarts in a bottle and until the NFL can prove otherwise this is stupid.

    why cant they just focus on the lockout and making more money, idiots

  8. hobartbaker says: Jun 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    It won’t come fast enough for the deer. They’re sick and tired of waking up in a bucolic meadow to find some 300 pound guy with bad breath gnawing on their antlers.

  9. FinFan68 says: Jun 30, 2011 5:32 PM

    Make the drug policy simple. If a player tests positive for a banned substance, they get suspended (providing the tests are reliable). If a player wants to use something and is unsure, why not just ask the team/league? If they say no, don’t take it.

  10. buzzardpointlookout says: Jun 30, 2011 6:05 PM

    Yawn. PED stories are stale.

  11. schmitty2 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:22 PM

    I had the “Ultimate spray” It happened after a bad trip to a Mexican restaraunt

  12. jamie54 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:36 PM

    Why don’t you tell these guys the deer antler was really ground up sweat socks? How the heck would they really know, and who really knows the label is accurate as to what’s in the product? They probably just go out and grind up chicken bones and say it’s deer antler. They’ll believe anything and it would be a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to get. All in the mind.

  13. Deb says: Jun 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    @FinFan68 …

    Maybe instead of making the drug policy simple, they should try making it logical. These guys are in a business where it’s imperative that they be able to recover, handle pain, and make the most of their workouts. The loss of half a step can mean the loss of a career worth millions.

    I agree with The Chu that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Ma huang (ephedra) is an herbal remedy used effectively in Chinese medicine, but it’s also deadly if misused. Natural remedies should only be banned if they pose a health risk to users–and if that’s the case, the league should explain the risk to players. Otherwise, players should be free to develop their own regimens.

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