Did Ray Lewis use banned substance to return to Ravens?

There could be a dark cloud hanging over Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis and his swan song at Super Bowl XLVII.

With the Big Game just days away, reports are surfacing that Lewis used deer antler spray to help him recover from a torn triceps muscle and return to the Ravens just before the playoffs. The only hitch is the spray contains IGF-1 – a banned substance in the NFL.

According to Sports Illustrated, Lewis contacted a company called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S) about deer-antler velvet extract after suffering the injury in October.

IGF-1, which stands for insulin-like growth factor, is used by the body to develop bone and repair muscle by increasing the number of new muscle cells in the body. Lewis also used holographic stickers, a powder additive, slept in front of a beam-ray light, and drank negatively-charged water during his recovery.

There is no word from the NFL on an investigation and with Lewis set to retire after the Super Bowl, the league would need to hurry the process if there was any chance of suspending Lewis before Sunday’s game.

Lewis and the Ravens are 3.5-point underdogs versus the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Baltimore has used Lewis' return and retirement as motivation, posting a 3-0 SU and ATS record in the postseason.

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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

not saying to suspend ray ray but i am just not buying this whole walking off into the sunset saga. god only know how long he has be taking some kind of banned substance in one form or another and the whole double murder fiasco. the over and under on how many times ray ray says the word god in his farewell speech is 3. i am going over for a dime!!
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Posted by honeyboy
1 year ago

Is it that hard to figure out what is in things.... if the garbage is on the banned list, don't take it or get suspended.. very simple. Most of the people on this site have been athletes at certain levels in their life, but most have not been payed for their athletic service. Anyone consuming anything at his level should knows what is in it.. period. If they said you cannot eat any type of pork... then you don't eat any type of pork.. if you want to get paid for your service. Obvioulsy he got tested and it was in his system... not doing something here is a slap in the face to his piers, let's see how they want to try to keep the perfect story here... hmmm. No doubt a suspension at this point looks bad all the way around for him and the big game. As my friend Spike always says... do the right thing!! It will set you freeeeeeee
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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

Yea that would be the ultimate NFL act of hypocrisy. Suspend a veteran star player before the Super Bowl for using deer antler, a substance that has been around for centuries and was and probably still is used by olympians. What a joke that would be. And what do they do with every other player that uses stuff to recover or enhance. Suspend them too? Then I guess you have no league at that rate. I believe football as a sport is on the downward trend as far as participation and its existence as a professional sport may end but it will take decades and generations before a consensus is reached on not playing a game that takes years off your life.
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Posted by timbaland99
1 year ago

Why would anyone want to deter an nfl player from playing in their final Super Bowl before retirement? Poor taste IMO to shed light on this story days before the Super Bowl
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Posted by depbmoc
1 year ago

He just wore his lucky white suit every day until it healed . Then he stashed it in a dumpster behind an in and out burger
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Posted by Russian_Kid
1 year ago

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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

"Yea that would be the ultimate NFL act of hypocrisy. Suspend a veteran star player before the Super Bowl for using deer antler, a substance that has been around for centuries and was and probably still is used by olympians. What a joke that would be...."