Super Bowl Media Day took a bit of an unexpected turn on Tuesday when Ray Lewis was questioned about a Sports Illustrated report which alleged he used a banned substance to aid his recovery from a torn triceps. While Lewis denied the allegation, the co-owner of the company which allegedly supplied the substance, reiterated the claims during a radio appearance on Tuesday.
Mitch Ross, the co-owner of S.W.A.T.S. appeared on the Bull & Fox show on 92.3 FM in Cleveland on Tuesday. Ross said he first met Lewis through current Cincinnati assistant coach Hue Jackson who was then an assistant with the Ravens. Ross repeated much what he said in the Sports Illustrated report, including the fact that he sent products to Lewis this season. He said he gave Lewis the products with the idea that Lewis would then credit S.W.A.T.S. for helping him return from the triceps injury.
Ross said he thinks S.W.A.T.S. has been unfairly targeted by the NFL, but that won't keep him from attempting to form an exclusive partnership with one team. He said he wants to partner with one team and supply them with products from S.W.A.T.S. in order to show the product effectiveness. The company's deer antler velvet spray contains IGF-1 and is banned by the NFL, but that isn't the only product the company offers.
While the effectiveness, and NFL legality of S.W.A.T.S. products remains to be seen, finding a team willing to partner with the company could prove to be quite the challenge.