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Ray Lewis Accused of Using Banned Substance to Help Heal Injury

Updated: Tuesday, January 29 2013, 10:14 PM EST
Just days before the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis has been accused of using a banned substance to help heal his injury.

In a report released on Tuesday by Sports Illustrated, Lewis is linked to using deer antler spray during his recovery from a torn triceps last October.

Mitch Ross, owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids, says he assisted Lewis in his injury rehab and provided the products free of charge to Lewis. In return, Ross told Lewis to tell the truth about using the substance.

Ross claims he prescribed a program that produces human growth hormone and testosterone, both substances banned by the NFL.

"I've been in this business 17 years and nobody has ever got up with me every morning and trained with me. Every test I've ever taken in the NFL, there's never been a question. If I've ever even thought about using anything so to even entertain stupidity like that, tell him to try to get his story off someone else," Ray Lewis said when asked about the substance.

Dr. Bill Howard practices sports medicine at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital and says the deer spray has been used for almost everything from stomach ulcers to headaches.

"A number of studies on this product have been done and it really hasn't shown it does anything at all except empty your wallet," Dr. Howard said.

Even amid accusations, Ravens fans are standing behind Ray Lewis saying, "He's finishing out at the Super Bowl and he's getting a ring so it doesn't really matter." Others believe the accusations are lies.

In his 17 year career, Ray Lewis has never failed a drug test. Ray Lewis Accused of Using Banned Substance to Help Heal Injury

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