There’s literally four days to go until the biggest football game of the year (Super Bowl XLVII), but somehow, someway… the story of Raven’s linebacker Ray Lewis using PEDs just happen to surface and become the main topic of discussion.
So who’s making this ruckus? His name is Mitch Ross, the owner of a company called S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids). Ross had apparently told sources that he had provided Ray Lewis deer antler spray, a particular spray that happens to contain IGF-1, a type of substance that is banned by the NFL.
Mitch Ross, via NFL.com, stated the below in regards to the situation.
“As soon as I saw him hurt his arm against the Dallas Cowboys, I texted Ray,” Ross told the Baltimore Sun. “He texted me back after the game and said, ‘Possible torn triceps.’ Once that was confirmed by the doctors, I asked Ray if he wanted me to set up a program for him and he said, ‘Yes.’ I got him set up and now he’s back on the field.
“It’s a shame that Ray is denying taking it. The NFL is uneducated. This is not a steroid. It’s not illegal. Ray is not a cheater. He did it the right way. Ray is a good man. He did the work. He rehabbed his arm and did the workouts. This isn’t a shortcut. It’s just natural science.”
Listen, we’ve made the mistake before with athletes by believing them when they stated that they were not taking performance-enhancement drugs. Lance Armstrong was one of the people that we immediately supported only to find out later on that everything he said was untrue.
We’re all for support and believe it or not; we will again give the benefit of the doubt to Ray Lewis. The man has changed the sport of American football and it’s saddening that a story, such as this arises nearly a couple of days from the Super Bowl, a game in which Lewis’ team, the Baltimore Ravens deserves to play.
This shouldn’t even be worth mentioning, but as always, stories such as this one always seem to find the media when it’s least wanted.
What does Ray Lewis think about the accusation?
“It’s a joke if you know me,” Lewis said. “I tell them all the time and this is what I try to teach them: ‘Don’t let people from the outside ever come and try to disturb what’s inside.’ That’s the trick of the devil. The trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That’s what he comes to do. He comes to distract people from everything you are trying to do. There’s no man that’s ever trained as hard as our team has trained. There’s no man that’s went through what we’ve went through.
“To give somebody credit that doesn’t deserve it, that would be a slap in the face to everything that we’ve went through. I’ve been in this game for 17-plus good years and I’ve had a heck of a relationship and too much respect for the business and my body to ever violate it like that. So to entertain foolishness like that from cowards who come from the outside and try to destroy what we’ve built, like I said, it’s sad to even entertain it on this type of stage.”
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