Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denies using PED to heal torn triceps
New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) – Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has vehemently denied an upcoming Sports Illustrated report that he was given a product that contains a banned substance to help hasten his recovery from a torn triceps.
In its report that will hit newsstands Feb. 4, Sports Illustrated said Lewis approached Mitch Ross, a co-owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS), and requested products that could help him recover from a torn triceps he suffered on Oct. 14.
Among the prescribed treatments was deer-antler spray, which contains a substance (IGF-1) that’s included in the NFL’s banned list. However, Lewis has not tested positive.
“Two years ago, it was the same report. I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press. He’s not worthy of that. Next question,” Lewis said during Super Bowl media day in New Orleans.
Lewis said he doesn’t want to give the company any publicity and questioned why he should respond to such “stupidity.”
“Ray has been randomly tested for banned substances and has never failed a test. We have never been notified of a failed test. He has never been notified of a failed test,” Kevin Byrne, vice president of communications for the Ravens, told ESPN.com.
Byrne said the Ravens had a meeting with Lewis Tuesday morning to discuss the article, which was also posted on SI.com.
“He denied using the substance discussed in the article and we believe him,” Byrne added.
Lewis is scheduled to hang up his jersey after the Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.