Lewis Staunchly Denies Using Banned Drug

Lewis Staunchly Denies Using Banned Drug

A visibly agitated Ray Lewis refused to address during Tuesday’s Super Bowl XLVII Media Day a Sports Illustrated report that Lewis, while recovering from a torn triceps earlier this season, inquired about a product that includes a substance banned by the NFL.

In the article in the Jan. 31 issue of Sports Illustrated, David Epstein and George Dohrmann relayed a phone call Lewis allegedly had with Mitch Ross, owner of S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids). That conversation included discussion of deer antler velvet spray, which contains IGF-1 — a prohibited substance in the NFL that SWATS’ Christopher Key compared to human growth hormone (HGH).

Lewis emphatically brushed aside the topic Tuesday.

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