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S.W.A.T.S. owner wants to go exclusive with one NFL team

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Deer antler extract became an unlikely player in Super Bowl week on Tuesday with a Sports Illustrated article alleging Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis contacted a company that sells it called S.W.A.T.S. about the product after tearing his triceps this season.

The extract contains IGF-1, which is on the NFL’s list of banned substances, and Lewis denied using the extract at Media Day on Tuesday. Mitch Ross, one of the owners of the company, was a guest on Bull & Fox on 92.3 in Cleveland Tuesday and reiterated much of what he said in the SI piece. He’s known Lewis for many years, first meeting him through current Bengals assistant Hue Jackson, and gave him the products asking only that Lewis credit S.W.A.T.S. with helping him when he made his return. Ross said he didn’t know why Lewis didn’t do that on Tuesday, although he does admit to using products from the company in the SI article.

After giving a lengthy explanation of what IGF-1 does and why he believes his company has been unfairly targeted by the NFL. Ross, who is pitching a lot more than just the deer antler extract, also said that he wants to market his products — presumably the ones that haven’t been banned by the league — to one team exclusively to prove that they provide an edge by keeping players healthier than the opposition.

It seems like an unlikely proposition, although Ross’s purported client list show that missing the league’s stamp of approval isn’t hurting the company all that much.

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11 Responses to “S.W.A.T.S. owner wants to go exclusive with one NFL team”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jan 29, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’m sure every NFL owner is running to the phone to call a guy who video taped a phone call and leaked it to Sports Illustrated out of pure spite.

  2. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    This guy is very trustworthy. He is not trying to get some publicity on the eve of the super bowl.

    Just my 2 cents.

  3. steelcitychamps6x says: Jan 29, 2013 6:34 PM

    Really? Wow we don’t have anything else to discuss

  4. nineroutsider says: Jan 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    It seems to me that he has already gone exclusive with big Ray Ray. I don’t really care about this, but Justin Smith could’ve used a little of the secret sauce as well.

    Ray is going to get exposed this Sunday and will be a liability covering the middle and the edges. The 9ers have too much speed for him.

  5. bospat says: Jan 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    Fraud

  6. mcjon22 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    First rule of deer club, dont talk about deer club. Second rule of deer club, dont talk about deer club. Third rule of deer club, dont talk about deer club.

  7. dmason85 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:00 PM

    Are we gonna let Ray Lewis off the hook that easily? So what if doctors and experts say there cleary was no HGH. We didn’t let facts get in our way when declared him guilty of a felony without any evidence. Are we gonna let a little thing like the fact that he didn’t do steroids convince us that he didn’t do steroids? Hell NO! We’re PFT commenters. Guilty until proven innocent.

  8. legeisyaj says: Jan 29, 2013 9:55 PM

    No shock who is dirty here.

  9. unrulyondamic says: Jan 29, 2013 11:42 PM

    The REAL question here is: Does deer antler extract help improve odds of covering up murders?

  10. getyourownname says: Jan 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    Yes, let’s continue to ignore the professional scientific conclusion of a Johns Hopkins research doctor, and accept the unsupported claims of a salesman instead.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-29/sports/bal-ray-lewis-denies-using-banned-substance-during-rehab-from-injury-20130129_1_antler-growth-hormone-hopkins-doctor

  11. nananatman says: Jan 30, 2013 11:10 AM

    Man wants a contract to cheat and get paid, sounds like the way most of the women I know feel about marriage.

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