Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis paused only briefly to address a Sports Illustrated report that he used a deer antler spray containing the banned substance IGF-1 to aid in his recovery from a torn triceps during the regular season.
“Two years ago that was the same report,” Lewis said at Media Day on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press (time). He’s not worthy of that.”
The SI story, which will appear in the Feb. 4 issue, was posted online Tuesday.
It claims Lewis contacted Mitch Ross, owner of S.W.A.T.S., a two-man sports science company, seeking help in recovering from his triceps injury suffered Oct. 14. Ross reportedly taped the call, and then laid out a comprehensive treatment plan that included holographic stickers on the right elbow, a daily regimen of the deer-antler pills to “rebuild your brain via your small intestines” and spritzes of the deer-antler velvet extract. Ross said he then sent Lewis products free of charge.
The spray goes under the tongue. IGF-1 is a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth, and is also banned by the NFL and other major pro sports leagues.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was aware of the report, but pointed out that Lewis has never failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs.
“Ray has passed every substance test in his career,” Harbaugh said.