Mitch Ross is the guy who admitted to Sports Illustrated that he sold Ray Lewis Deer Antler Spray to help with his torn triceps. Ross owns a supplement company called S.W.A.T.S. and, according to him, was "catfished" by Sports Illustrated into giving information that could hurt a player's reputation.
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Hang in there. This gets weirder.
Ross showed up in New Orleans to give an impromptu press conference with a collection of football writers. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport documented the press conference on Twitter beautifully.
Rapoport first Tweeted that Ross was angry with Sports Illustrated, saying he was misled about the goals of their article and that he feels "catfished," an obvious reference to the weirdness surrounding Notre Dame linebacker Monti Te'o. He also said that the story was completely one-sided and he had no control of over when the story was run.
And here we go.
Ross then said that God (yes, God) sent him to the Ravens to help them with the aid of holograms. The holograms that Ross was referring to is a type of sticker that athletes can draw endless amounts of energy from. He also claimed that Brett Favre contacted him in 2009 requesting a "full body sticker."Continuing with the name dropping, Ross said that James Ihedigbo is a client of his and has been since he played for the Jets.
When he was asked why he would sell a product to a player that could result in their suspension from the league, he stated that "there isn't a test for it." If that's the case, dropping a player's name and saying that you sold him banned products, even if it is something as stupid sounding as Deer Antler Spray, kind of defeats the purpose of selling something that can't be tested for.
And then Ross told Rapoport that he has two brains. So there's that.
The problem with supplements is, unlike modern, conventional medicine, the FDA has nothing to do with regulating things like Deer Antler Spray or Hologram Energy Stickers. Athletes that decide to get an edge by relying on some weirdo who runs a store are putting themselves at risk because they really have no clue what they're ingesting or putting on their bodies. Who knows what kind of weird side effect Deer Antler Spray has. I'm sure that if it has a side effect, it's not a good one.
I understand the need to gain any edge, especially in a league as competitive and physical as the NFL. A bad injury can be the difference between success and failure and can mean millions of dollars lost. However, some common sense needs to be used when dealing with unknown chemicals and their short and long-term effects.
As for Ross, the business of selling weird sprays, potions and anything else that you could find in a "World of Warcraft" items list, may be coming to an end. Selling someone something in secret can't remain a secret when you tell one of the world's biggest magazines all about it. Somebody should probably have told him about that.