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Report: Ray Lewis may have used banned substance

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 29, 2013 02:34 PM

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A report in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated suggests that Ravens superstar linebacker Ray Lewis may have used a banned substance while rehabbing from a torn triceps injury this year.

From the SI piece:

Hours after he tore his triceps during an Oct. 14 home game against the Cowboys, Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis and [Mitch] Ross connected on the phone. Again, Ross videotaped the call.

"It's bottom, near the elbow," Lewis said of the tear. After asking a few pseudo diagnostic questions, Ross concluded, "All right, well this is going to be simple. . . . How many pain chips you got around the house?"

"I got plenty of them," Lewis replied.

Ross prescribed a deluxe program, including holographic stickers on the right elbow; copious quantities of the powder additive; sleeping in front of a beam-ray light programmed with frequencies for tissue regeneration and pain relief; drinking negatively charged water; a 10-per-day regimen of the deer-antler pills that will "rebuild your brain via your small intestines" (and which Lewis said he hadn't been taking, then swallowed four during the conversation); and spritzes of deer-antler velvet extract (the Ultimate Spray) every two hours.

The issue facing Lewis is that the extract contains IGF-1, which is on the NFLís list of banned substances. The report became a hot topic in New Orleans moments before the Ravens were schedule to take the podiums at the NFL's Media Day in New Orleans.

"Two years ago that was the same report," Lewis said at the media event. "I wouldn't give that report or him any of my press. He's not worthy of that."

The SI report features a detailed look into S.W.A.T.S., an organization run by a former male stripper selling deer antler pills to professional athletes.

Read the full Sports Illustrated report here.

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