There’s a basic cycle during every alleged performance-enhancing drugs case in any sport. It usually goes as follows:

1. Evidence of Player X taking PEDs surfaces through a strongly-sourced report produced by a well-respected media outlet.

2. Player X publicly denies using PEDs, and calls the report bogus.

3. Eventually further evidence proves that Player X did, in fact, use PEDs

It can take a hella long time to reach step three. Like, oh, a decade or so if you’re Lance Armstrong. But eventually, the truth won’t set you free.

Yesterday we learned that Ray Lewis may or may not have used deer-antler spray to advance his recovery following a torn triceps muscle early this season. No worries, guys, it’s just an ancient Chinese healing method, or whatever. What matters to us, though, is that deer-antler spray is illegal in the NFL because it contains IGF-1, a steroid that stimulates muscle growth. And what matters to Lewis is that he didn’t need another story which makes the public question his demigod status. For shame.

Lewis already said the Sports Illustrated report that documented his alleged dealings with S.W.A.T.S is bunk, but today he denied it again in the most Ray Lewis way possible.

Comments (13)

  1. Deer Antler Velvet treatments are snake oil. They contain a few thousand nanograms of IGF-1 per treatment. Milk from cows treated with rBGH contains 5-15 nanograms per milliliter; a quart would contain about 1,000 nanograms. So spraying the deer antler nonsense on your tongue is the equivalent amount of doping you’d get from maybe a gallon of milk.

    What? Milk is a banned substance? It’s a PED? Nope. In order to see any measurable results, you would need to completely consume several thousand bottles of deer-antler-spray per day, or mainline rBGH milk through an IV. The guy may have sold crap supplements to Ray — and Ray clearly purchased holographic stickers, so he ought to be fined for sheer stupidity — but the amount of IGF-1 was in an amount deemed safe for kids.

    • So how do you explain his quick recovery? Was it God that helped Ray get back to the pulpit one more time before dawning a new life or was it this chinese cure. You sound like an expert in this stuff. Contador had meat that contained miniscule amounts, but it was illegal. Same thing applies here.

      Quit drinking the syrup, these are pros for a reason. They professionally have professionals that handle these types of situations. Drugs are rampant.

  2. When you print the word hella, you lose credibility. It looks worse in print than it sounds when it comes out of peoples mouths.

    • I didn’t print anything (this is a computer screen). But yes, going forward I will stop myself whenever I feel the urge to attempt lighter, infotainment-style writing. Only the king’s English will be used at all times.

      • Be as sarcastic as you want, you do not sound intelligent when you say hella. If you don’t want to sound intelligent, I understand why people say hella.

        • I wasn’t trying to sound intelligent. Ending this conversation, however, is intelligent.

          • It’s called finding your voice and knowing your audience. I think your in over your head Anthony, a journalist who is being paid to write is entitled to writing how he/she themselves speak, and using language their reader’s might use and engage with.

          • Knowing your audience would mean knowing that there is a small minority of people who use hella outside of the SF bay area. I apoligize for this. Its pretty silly. I think I’m going to start saying hella.

          • For the record, I don’t think I’ve ever actually said “hella”, and I can confidently say this is the first time I’ve used it in a post. Somehow it just kind of came out here as I was writing, and I left it.

            Maybe I have some Bay Area bro in me? Or maybe later in life I’m a surfer dude on the west coast, and combining three words into one is considered common. I may need to make some major changes.

            Thanks guys, this was therapeutic.

    • Anthony, it’s “people’s mouths.” If you’re going to be a grammar Nazi make sure your comment is error free. This is a sports blog, not a scientific journal.

  3. Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED! Tattoos Should be a Banned Substance. via @terrylanciotti

  4. I’ve been blown away by this Deer Antler Spray. It’s absolutely incredible!

  5. C’mon, deer antler spray works better than any other supplement out on the market right now.

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