Ray Lewis says report of him using banned substances is “stupidity”
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis should be preparing for the Super Bowl, but instead he’s addressing rumors of yet another controversy.
A Sports Illustrated report released Tuesday said that Lewis had used a substance named S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternative to Steroids). The athletic supplement has a protein called IGF-1, which is banned by NFL and other professional sports.
Lewis is now firing back, however, saying that reports saying he used banned substances is “stupidity,” according to Fox Sports.
Although the Sports Illustrated report claimed that there were recordings of Lewis calling S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross after he partially tore his triceps last October, Lewis is still denying the claims.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stood behind Lewis, saying that “Ray has passed every substance test in his career.”
Ravens media relations chief Kevin Byrne agreed with Harbaugh, saying, “[Ray] denied using the substance discussed in the article. We believe him.”
Lewis recently revealed he would retiring at the end of this season. The Ravens will face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.