Ray Lewis has Reportedly used a Banned Substance for Years

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Jan 28, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA;Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis during a Super Bowl XLVII press conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has a an in-depth article regarding S.W.A.T.S., which is a supplement company and stands for Sports with Alternatives to Steroids. Ironically, the alternative drugs they use are classified by the NFL as non-steroidal banned drugs.

The specific drug in question is IGF-1, a naturally produced anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth, and it’s  related to HGH, meaning its on the list of banned substances for MLB, the NFL, and the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

Deadspin is reporting that Mitch Ross, an admitted steroids dealer, is the owner of S.W.A.T.S., and has had dealings with Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

Ross prescribed Lewis IGF-1, and even detailed one of their encounters, this one occurring right after Lewis tore his biceps muscle earlier this year:

"“Spray on my elbow every two hours?” Lewis asked. “No,” Ross said, “under your tongue.” Toward the end of the talk, Lewis asked Ross to “just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week.”"