NFL: Ray Lewis dismisses report which claims he asked for product containing IGF-1

Last Updated: 02/02/13 11:53am

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Ray Lewis: Report has linked him to product containing banned substance

Ray Lewis: Report has linked him to product containing banned substance

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has dismissed reports that he may have used a banned substance to rehab his recent triceps injury.

A report from Sports Illustrated indicated that Lewis requested a deer antler spray from the Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS), a substance which contains small amounts of IGF-1.

IGF-1 is an insulin-like anabolic growth hormone which stimulates muscle growth and is banned by the NFL.

But when he was asked about the report at the Super Bowl's media day on Tuesday, the future Hall of Famer rubbished the claims.

Lewis said: "That was two years ago. It was the same report. I wouldn't give that report any of my press. Why would I give that any press?

"Everybody here has a past and it is what you do with your future that is the most important. I don't look back. I look forward. Everything that is behind me is supposed to be behind me."

He added: "Every test I have ever took in the NFL, there has never been a question of me taking anything."

According to the report Mitch Ross - co-owner of SWATS - claimed Lewis requested products which would help speed up his recovery shortly after tearing his triceps in October.

In 2011 Ross reportedly claimed that he gave then Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson free products to give to players, including Lewis.

Lewis is set to retire after Sunday's clash with the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

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