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Ray Lewis denies using banned substance

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Hours after Sports Illustrated reported that Ray Lewis has been given deer antler extract, which contains a substance banned by the NFL as a performance-enhancer, Lewis insisted that that’s not the case.

Lewis said at Super Bowl Media Day that he never took deer antler extract and that the Sports Illustrated report is “stupidity.” Lewis also said he has been tested many times during his NFL career and has never tested positive.

“Every test I’ve ever took in the NFL? There’s never been a question if I’ve even thought about using anything,” Lewis said.

But Sports Illustrated reports that a company called Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, or SWATS, did give Lewis the deer antler extract, which contains the banned substance IGF-1. According to Sports Illustrated, many athletes are using the substance, even though it’s banned in all major sports. A high-profile story like this may lead the NFL to look into the use of supplements containing IGF-1, but any league action would take months, and Lewis’s last game is just five days away.

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  1. woodg8 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:16 PM

    “Lewis also said he has been tested many times during his NFL career and has never tested positive.”

    A certain cyclist always said the same thing

  2. anotheryx says: Jan 29, 2013 3:17 PM

    Yeah, and Lance was never caught either.

  3. hadjiali says: Jan 29, 2013 3:18 PM

    Hmm, what does Peter King think about this?

  4. mehetmet says: Jan 29, 2013 3:18 PM

    anyone know another guy who never tested positive to every test while still using banned substances/doping?

  5. romeyinfc says: Jan 29, 2013 3:18 PM

    Maybe Ray should ask Lance how that “never tested positive” claim is going for him.

  6. fofofotey says: Jan 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    Lance Armstrong passed every test too.

  7. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 29, 2013 3:22 PM

    Ahh, just use the ol’ Patriot fan defense “it’s not cheating cuz everyone does it”.

  8. bke161 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    I see Ray Ray his employed Lance Armstrong as his PR guy

  9. gonavybeatarmy says: Jan 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    Sports Illustrated is not the National Inquirer. If strong evidence exists that Lewis has taken a banned substance how can he be allowed to play in the game Sunday?

  10. cosanostra71 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    Surprising he didn’t invoke God’s name in his denial.

  11. jt38 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    So did Lance Armstrong

  12. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    The NFL doesn’t test for IGF-1. It’s just a ban with no teeth. He could bathe in it before every game and never test positive.

  13. riggz91 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    I give the guy credit for exhausting all options to get back on the field to play in the final games of his career.

  14. nyjets1017 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    What’s he going to say? yup i sure did? come on.

  15. basballguy says: Jan 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    I remember when Lance Armstrong used to talk about all his passed tests.

  16. dachozen1 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    Ray, keep doing what you do. Your encouraging words permeates well beyond that locker room. These cynics are working overtime to dirty your name. You are not perfect and no one else is. However, you have done more good with your wealth and notoriety than most of us. Hold ya head high and may the best team win in the BIG GAME. This is coming from a die hard, born and raised Steeler man! Go Steelers 2013 Super Bowl Champs!!

  17. stillers7 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    Why wouldn’t you believe him? – his credibility is awesome

  18. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    Fraud.

  19. nfl fan says: Jan 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    His retirement can’t come fast enough.

  20. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    LOL 6 rings

  21. wtfchiefs says: Jan 29, 2013 3:29 PM

    I would suspect the majority of NFL players are on a banned substance.

  22. klownboy says: Jan 29, 2013 3:29 PM

    Not looking good for Ray Lewis and crew…

  23. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 29, 2013 3:30 PM

    Face it Ray, they hate you, they will NEVER like you.

    So, go out there and do like what you did in 2000, smash them, and win that ring.

  24. panamon says: Jan 29, 2013 3:31 PM

    Is it really “stupidity” when his name was linked to the exact same substance two years ago? When texts from a phone number confirmed to be his were reported to confirm his alleged reception of the substance? When the address associated with such shipments was confirmed to be his?

    The substance has said to have been not detectable through urine, all the NFL uses currently for tests. It’s also said to be similar to HGH in its use for recovery, what he’s being accused of using it for today.

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire. The strong denial is already suspicious. Can you lie to god too Ray?

  25. ham1 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    It will all come to light
    in the meantime go away with your tired act you fraud

  26. Deb says: Jan 29, 2013 3:34 PM

    Deer antler spray. I’m supposed to care if a player wants to spray his skin with deer antler spray? The whole PEDs discussion has shifted from the very real effects of steroids and their long-term health risks to the netherworld of deer antler spray, which may do as much for players’ athletic abilities as oysters do for their sex lives?

    The PEDs issue just jumped the shark.

  27. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 29, 2013 3:34 PM

    BaltiCheat Ravens.

  28. audge86 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:35 PM

    didn’t the guy say he recorded the phone call with Lewis?

    Release the tape, please. I’m sick of Lewis denials

    Anyone else smell a large sum of money changing hands?

  29. montsta says: Jan 29, 2013 3:35 PM

    Damn some of y’all really hate Ray Lewis.

  30. dhillca says: Jan 29, 2013 3:36 PM

    Such a liar. If he is allowed to play and maybe win a Super Bowl that’s a huge issue at this point.

  31. kahunanc says: Jan 29, 2013 3:36 PM

    Let them use whatever chemical they desire. They are living for the short term and the sport they love almost demands high risk activity. Nice job. CTE or chemical damage.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:36 PM

    As if Lewis would tell the truth about something like this even if he had used a banned substance, knowingly or unknowingly.

    Another few days and he never has to answer another question from the press or the league if he doesn’t have to.

    The league certainly won’t make an issue out of this and have one of the marquee players of the SB that much more tainted than he already is.

  33. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jan 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    Justin Smith didn’t need this voodoo snakeoil stuff

  34. schmitty2 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:39 PM

    When first asked about it Ray had a “Deer in the headlights” look on his face

  35. raiderufan says: Jan 29, 2013 3:40 PM

    gonavybeatarmy says:
    Jan 29, 2013 3:23 PM
    Sports Illustrated is not the National Inquirer. If strong evidence exists that Lewis has taken a banned substance how can he be allowed to play in the game Sunday?

    Are you sure about that? Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend with leukemia and a funeral at 7 in the morning that he didn’t attend seemed to slip thru the cracks pretty easily. Maybe they’re closer to the Inquirer than they seem?

  36. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    Why don’t the reporter ask good questions, like “What’s your favorite color” and “Do you like my dress?”

    Can’t wait for the day and there’s no more Ray.

  37. case9898 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    SI claims Ray used this PED that can’t be tested for and Ray is the one lying.

    Ray is playing Sunday, story over

  38. goodolebaghead says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    Quick, let’s all jump to conclusions! The media prints only pure fact, so there’s no real need for a process in this case.

  39. armchairqb says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    The distractions are starting … now all we need is for one of the Ravens to get busted on Bourbon Street on Friday night and the deal will be sealed.

  40. infectorman says: Jan 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    When Frank Gore is running right through him in the SB and he has the ole’ “deer in the headlights look”, we’ll know why….

    ***Ravens***

  41. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    A banned substance is a banned substance, doesn’t matter how much is in the body or where it came from.

  42. inhokewetrust says: Jan 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    I don’t wanna lay blame…but ray ray and tsizzle both came back EARLY from injury…hmmmmm

  43. patriotinvasion says: Jan 29, 2013 3:44 PM

    It’s official AntlerGate has arrived!

  44. thefiesty1 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:48 PM

    That’s what Lance Armstrong kept saying…I’ve never tested positive for any banned substance. And years later. Not so much. Denial, denial.

  45. anthonyverna says: Jan 29, 2013 3:49 PM

    And wasn’t the owner of this company on SVP & Russillo talking about Ray Lewis buying all his products to help with his triceps tear?

  46. movementarians says: Jan 29, 2013 3:49 PM

    So the owner of a holistic style sports “medicine” company revels that one of the supstars in the game used his products in the biggest and most well covered event in the US. Yeah there is no way he could be lying to get tons and tons of free advertising. If he had any credibility he would have said something before the playoffs or in the wild card round. Why is the media not pointing out the obvious? He has everything to gain from picking a promenant player and making up some nonsense to get product recognition.

  47. rtookey says: Jan 29, 2013 3:50 PM

    @Deb, he wasnt spraying his skin, he was spraying under his tongue, fastest absorbing area on the body. When you ingest the stuff it works in the same way as growth hormone.

  48. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ask him if he’s ever taken anabolic steroids in his life. Yes or no. To me that is the real question, as I believe you would be hard pressed to find one NFL player that would answer ‘no’ to that question if they were being honest. You just cannot get that big without taking steroids at some point. Deer antler spray is nothing. If in a sport like cycling where testing is random and often, Lance Armstrong got away with all that for so long and never failed a test, then imagine what is happening in the NFL where there is no random off season testing and the penalty for a first offense is a 3 game suspension. It is rampant at every position. Even punters, kickers and QBs. No one wants it to be exposed. That would kill the NFL faster than the head injury controversy.

  49. baloneyjohn says: Jan 29, 2013 3:54 PM

    Does he have a rack of antlers, yet?

  50. fc187 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    They just can’t let Ray have his moment.

  51. ravensfan19 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:57 PM

    Alot of People need to realize that there are Players on Every Team that are on PED’s, So before You accuse Ray, remember Multiple Player’s on the Team You Support are On PED’S.

  52. beavertonsteve says: Jan 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    It wouldn’t shock me if there were players all over the league getting IGF injections to recover from muscle tears. It’s not going to show up on any drug test and players have shown they will do just about anything to get back on the field.

  53. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    not a ravens fan, but come on now, i bet alot of players use that or other banned supplements, u think AP wasnt on something? or even peyton manning? its their bodies, if their manhood shrinks, hey its their faults

  54. kc4life7 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Jan 29, 2013 3:58 PM
    It wouldn’t shock me if there were players all over the league getting IGF injections to recover from muscle tears. It’s not going to show up on any drug test and players have shown they will do just about anything to get back on the field.

    ______________________________

    Look at Alex Smith. He goes from being THE guy in San Francisco, to most likely being traded this off-season because he sat out a game due to injury. Is it much of a surprise these players go to these lengths to get back?

  55. starrtodowler says: Jan 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    I notice the phrase “i never tested positive” now can have a whole different meaning than just simply saying “I never took them.”

  56. phillyfanmatt says: Jan 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    There you go those stupid steelers fans again who have nothing intelligent to say but “6 rings”. And before you say it no I am not jealous and have actually rooted for the steelers to win every time they play in the Super Bowl. I just dislike dumb people with nothing better to add to a conversation other then saying “6 rings”.

  57. mattw70 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    What’s everyone gonna say,when Ray ascends into heaven on a diamond studded chariot after winning the super bowl?

  58. jiggy3198 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    It’s amazing as quickly as they build you up they bring you down. The media is a joke

  59. grimmlock42 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    Well that explains everything. Who’d of thought we’d mention Ray Lewis and Santa Claus in the same sentence. Both of them are using deers to get the job done. I’m starting to believe this story.

  60. it's all bs says: Jan 29, 2013 4:12 PM

    I thought he wasn’t going to talk about it???

  61. spangsays says: Jan 29, 2013 4:14 PM

    Who cares

  62. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:14 PM

    Ray Lewis over the years has transformed himself into a WWE-like character, complete with a painted face, banshee screaming and an odd pregame dance ritual.
    His act is old and tiresome.
    The fact that Ravens fans continue to embrace Lewis’ contrived behavior is disturbing.

  63. countduku says: Jan 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    I have to honestly say that I expected him to deny everything, even though he’s caught on tape buying the drugs. Kind of reminds me of his U of Miami teammate J. Vilma who still denys any kind of bounty ever existed. Maybe they just taught that stuff at their college. Deny, deny, deny, just like Lance Armstrong did. I doubt Ray will ever show enough class to admit it just like Vilma won’t either. no class left in their blood.

  64. steelersnowand4ever says: Jan 29, 2013 4:17 PM

    Let the poor guy alone. He is SUCH a role model. He can’t ride off into the sunset to soon for me!!!!!

  65. severinsmith says: Jan 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    Now, I’m not a Ravens fan, but…well wait…no…that’s about it. I don’t like the Ravens.

  66. buckybadger says: Jan 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    @bullcharger, I believe most of the NFL is on something but I don’t think they use anabolic steroids like you say. There are many other and more advanced ways of getting the size they guys achieve. HGH is what they are using now because it isn’t as easily detected.

  67. buckybadger says: Jan 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    Well Ray I passed my drug test for my job and living in Colorado we know that THC has been in my system. The key is knowing how to beat the system, something we both know.

  68. djlexluger says: Jan 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Its not what you know, but what you can prove.

  69. patriotinvasion says: Jan 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    goodolebaghead says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    Quick, let’s all jump to conclusions! The media prints only pure fact, so there’s no real need for a process in this case.
    _____

    Most people had no problem believing the Patriots taped the Rams walkthrough the moment it came out. A story that was officially retracted by the Boston Herald because it was not true.

    Even to this day people still assume it happened just because there was a “report” that it did. Perception is reality.

  70. rockthered1286 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:27 PM

    countduku says:
    Jan 29, 2013 4:15 PM
    I have to honestly say that I expected him to deny everything, even though he’s caught on tape buying the drugs.
    __________________________
    No, no he wasn’t. I think you meant to say “based on an owner of a failing company, that voice on the other end is Ray Lewis.” Nobody was caught doing anything, and the fact that Ross just so happened to “give the stuff away for free to Ray” should be raising a HUGE red flag on this story. There’s no proof!

  71. kozmo50 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    I said this a couple of weeks ago about him retiring no matter what……….

    ______________________________________

    kozmo50 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:07 AM

    Could it be that RL used some “banned substances” to get back on the field, and knows that he will eventually be tested……..I don’t know just a thought….

    23 59

  72. wrdtoyrmama says: Jan 29, 2013 4:34 PM

    I don’t think Peter King is over the Patriots loss enough yet to start apologizing for Ray Lewis.

    Speaking of drug tests, has anyone tested the Commissioner yet after he claimed the Pro Bowl was competitive?

  73. ravenator says: Jan 29, 2013 4:44 PM

    Love me some Ray Lewis, hate on haters

  74. blancanieve00 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:47 PM

    I’m a huge Raider and a i dislike every NFL team but Ray Lewis is one player that i have the most respect for please leave the man alone.

  75. kevinb73 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:47 PM

    No weapon! (Or deer antler extract apparently)

    I could care less if he or Lance Arstrong has ever used anything. As much as we would like to believe it doesn’t happen, it does. Professional sports bring in billions of dollars. If it’s good for the sport or makes things more entertaining is all that people care about. These guys willingly pay the price with their own bodies to provide that entertainment for the big bucks. From a moral standpoint that is totally wrong and is a bad example to generations to come. Unfortunately we live in a society that is willing to step on the next guy and even hurt themselves in ways they can’t imagine later in life for a chance to live a life that most don’t get to experience. Sad stuff.

  76. paul82461 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:58 PM

    If he wants to prove his innocence take the test live on ESPN, if he passes he plays if he doesnt …Hello Mr. Goodell

  77. rockthered1286 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    I’ll say it again- READ THE SI ARTICLE! Then maybe you can bring some valuable to the table other than “I read the PFT headline so I know it’s true!” Realize that the SI article says that the IGF-1 levels are so low that they’re ineffective and almost untraceable, they name plenty of other players and coaches who support this, including Jamal Lewis when with the Browns and Richard Seymour, and realize that there is no evidence that Ray purchased, received, or use this spray.

    So other than a phone call with Ray (that we have to take Ross’s word for IS in fact Ray),what evidence is there that Ray used this spray? THERE IS NONE!!!

  78. sandersmarcus10 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    Allot of people are so perfect and in the world like they never do anything bad. And ANYONE can change, if he says he has that between him and god and he will pay for his own actions. I would hate to look into some of your closets and find skeletons that you have asked for forgiveness for and changed your lives around.

  79. oddte says: Jan 29, 2013 5:25 PM

    sandersmarcus10 says:Jan 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    Allot of people are so perfect and in the world like they never do anything bad. And ANYONE can change, if he says he has that between him and god and he will pay for his own actions. I would hate to look into some of your closets and find skeletons that you have asked for forgiveness for and changed your lives around
    _______________________________

    meh, i dont see anyone here claiming to be perfect. Americans can tolerate just about anything but hypocrisy. Its not about being perfect. Its about the normal nauseated feeling any moral person gets when they hear someone talk about how god loved them so much they won a football game, meanwhile showing a pattern of extremely shady character.

  80. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 29, 2013 5:36 PM

    mattw70 says:
    Jan 29, 2013 4:10 PM
    What’s everyone gonna say,when Ray ascends into heaven on a diamond studded chariot after winning the super bowl?

    ____________________________

    I don’t care how he goes, just as long as he goes…and stays gone.

  81. nygiantstones says: Jan 29, 2013 5:50 PM

    This story sounds like a South Park episode. I mean seriously, deer antler extract?

  82. all4patriots says: Jan 29, 2013 6:17 PM

    I absolutely guarantee to every one of you that…

    I have never EVER failed a single drug test for ANY substance for which there is currently no existing drug test available for my employer to ask me to take in the first place.

    Isn’t that what Ray-Ray just said, cutting through the BS?

  83. 2jivecrew says: Jan 29, 2013 6:22 PM

    Ahh poor Ray seems frustrated that he doesn’t get to control the media narrative during his big moment.

    Hey Ravens fans, remember when you tried jumping all over that story about the Steelers doctor during their Super Bowl week? This is karma, but not all of it. The rest will be served up to you on Sunday courtesy of the San Fran 49ers.

    Toodles!

  84. sneakerhead11 says: Jan 29, 2013 6:32 PM

    Looks like Ray Ray gets away again.

  85. ademell1 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:35 PM

    You know the reason why I started using Deer Antler to help my bad back get into shape?

    Because in the off-season I saw that guys like Ray Lewis we’re taking it to enhance their performance/speed up recovery time.

  86. brentfarve says: Jan 29, 2013 7:39 PM

    What a joke to falsely accuse him of this on Superbowl week. Ray is an inspiration to everyone in the world and he is the whole image of the Raven team.

    I hope this doesnt put an * by the Ravens Superbowl Championship this year.

    The Ravens Your 2013 Superbowl Champs!

    If they dont win it all they might as well have finished 8-8 and not have to pay Flacco Manning/Brady money and saved us Raven fans all of this trash talk and looking really stupid.

  87. n0hopeleft says: Jan 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    As a Giants fan, I hate Ray Lewis for what he did to us in 2000. Embarrassing Superbowl performance for the GMEN!

    As a football fan, I love this man. You cannot deny his unequivocal passion for the game, for his teammates, for his franchise.

    Everyone acts like the logo on your team’s helmet doesn’t use PEDs?! Whoever denies this, please spare me.

    Don’t lie to yourself!

  88. uhnoreally says: Jan 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    NFL doesn’t have the guts to pull him off the field.

  89. havok82 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:59 PM

    NFL doesn’t blood test and that is what this would show up under. Why does this guy skate when all we heard about all year was bountygate? He was convicted of misdemeanor obstruction of justice as a plea deal to roll on his posse. You don’t think this guy would cheat to get back on the field? The timing of this sucks, but welcome to SB week. This is when a lot of crap stories come out.

  90. luz56 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:24 PM

    Love the talent this man has….. Hate the man… He is a liar, and a cheat. There is a dead body in Atlanta that knows the kind of guy he really is

  91. smirking2 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    If NFL pulled every player off the field who is accused of using a banned substance without launching a full and proper investigation, how many players would that leave us with?

  92. legeisyaj says: Jan 29, 2013 10:01 PM

    Dirty. It’s clear, and not surprising really.

  93. david37499 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:11 PM

    The man has always tested clean. This is somebody trying to get attention!

  94. boltsfan14 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    Ray, I would like my antlers back.
    Yours truly, Rudolph

  95. dirtydrew says: Jan 29, 2013 10:36 PM

    Ray Lewis, making America root for the 49ers.

  96. bmorethansteel says: Jan 29, 2013 10:47 PM

    SI is a joke and is jockeying for attention. The last mag I bought from them was mid ’80’s. My sources come from other angles. non issue and has nothing to do with being a homer. SI does this crap every big event to get a big story. Losers

  97. allen227 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:52 PM

    One more game and this crook is out of here and hopefully will never be heard from again.

  98. bmorethansteel says: Jan 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    SI is a joke. Couldn’t give me a free subscription to read their attention getting BS.

  99. kenmasters34 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:09 AM

    1) IF Ray Lewis was linked to Deer Antler spray in 2 years ago, why would he have asked asked… what do i do with it? “spray it on my elbow every 2 hours?”

    2) If Deer Antler spray can turn an 8 month heal time to 8 weeks… Why isnt it use more widely for medicinal purposes?

  100. jmac71 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:13 AM

    I don’t know what’s in deer antler….. But I know that back in the 90’s when I was doing research on muscle regeneration post-injury, IGF-1 and 2 were widely held to be the intermediaries that growth hormone acted through to repair tissue.

    If u can’t take gh because its tested for, why not take a substance it works via to stimulate muscle repair and growth that’s NOT tested for?

    That’s not to say I believe the SI report, just trying to add to the conversation. Might need to go wrestle me up some deer antler though…..

  101. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    So other than a phone call with Ray (that we have to take Ross’s word for IS in fact Ray),what evidence is there that Ray used this spray? THERE IS NONE!!!

    So any suggestions on hiding the antlers in the helmet and the freezing in the stadium lights?

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