Oh Deer, My Triceps Hurts

Featured, Sports and Bets — January 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm by

So the big story out of New Orleans is that Ray Lewis took some Deer Antler Velvet Extract and sprayed it under his tongue.  Evidently this magic spray contains some IGF-1 which magically heals triceps muscles.   Seems ridiculous to me, but evidently this IGF-1 is a banned substance under the NFL’s CBA.  Well isn’t this just great.  Five days before the Super Bowl some retired male stripper decides to call Sports Illustrated and tell them that Ray Ray called him and asked him where to spray his Antler Spray.  Our male stripper friend also claims to have video of this transaction. (Video of a phone transaction?)  Odd huh? It all seems like some crazy attention grab from someone who has been desperate for attention his entire life.  (I know, not all strippers are desperately seeking attention, some are saving for law school.)  But unfortunately for Ray and the Ravens, the story has sparked enough curiosity to land it in freakin’ Sports Illustrated.

There is no doubt that anyone with half a brain taking this product would know that it contains IGF-1.  A simple google search of Deer Antler Spray will tell you that.  So it would be real hard to proclaim ignorance here.  IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor and is naturally produced by the human body.  It helps with muscle growth and development and is at it’s highest level during puberty, which is the time most kids experience exponential growth.  Evidently, Deer Antlers contain a lot of this stuff, which gives us another excuse to blast away at the poor bastards every autumn.  The spray is plentiful, and can be ordered from any number of websites which promote it’s miraculous healing effects.

So it would seem that if Ray Lewis took the stuff he would have had to know what was in it.  Whether he would know that the stuff was banned is a whole other question. But the whole story seems off.  Ray Lewis never tested positive for a banned substance this season.  Nor has he ever been linked to such nonsense before this season.  Why would Ray ever call this guy himself, or even order this product himself if there was any doubt as to what it contained?  The whole thing just seems far fetched.  Either Magic Mike is making this thing up or Ray Lewis is incredibly stupid.  At this point in his career I would think Ray Lewis would understand the ramifications of something like this, so I’ll lean towards the story being made up.

This whole scenario does leave us in a mild dilemma though.  If an athlete is using this legal substance as a healer, should it really be labelled as a PED in the first place?  If you or I are free to buy this product after an injury, why isn’t any NFL player?  It’s not being used as a workout supplement.  It would only be being used to help heal an injury.  As long as the dosage was stopped once football activity resumed, what’s the real abuse?  Seems a little short sighted to me.

My guess is that this story will stick around for a couple days and then bound away like Bambi through the woods.  The game will feature Ray Lewis at middle linebacker no matter what on Sunday, and once the pads get poppin’, no one will give a damn about Magic Mike and his questionable healing potions. And honestly if (and that’s a big if) Ray Lewis, or any NFL player, used deer antler spray to heal and get back on the field quicker, do you care?  I know I sure don’t.


  1. hey SeaBass,Nice thoughts on this over blown issue…I know i don’t care…Let’s ball

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