Just like his previous Super Bowl appearance,, a big Baltimore Raven name, has been hit with a controversy this year too.
As reported by the Sports Illustrated, the linebacker made an attempt to get his hands on deer-antler velvet extract, which contains IGF-1, which is among the substances that are banned by the NFL, in order to speed up the recovery of his injury (Lewis’ triceps were torn, causing him to sit out most of the season). Lewis allegedly got in touch with the company that makes and provides the extract.
Upon being questioned in front of a lot of media representatives, Lewis denied any such incident. He was very straightforward with his replies, stating clearly that he had not used the extract to recover from his injuries when asked specifically about this past season.
The Sports Illustrated stated that Mitch Ross, the owner of the company that makes the extract, reported Lewis approaching his company to the magazine. Reportedly, Ross was looking for recognition for his company from Lewis after he healed completely and rapidly. As per his story, when Lewis approached him, Ross provided him with the extract and wanted credit for the recovery upon the player’s successful return. There is also evidence that Ross holds against Lewis - a recording of a phone call conversation between the two on October 14. This conversation took place right after Lewis’ injury and reportedly contains the evidence to the story being true.
On the media day, upon being put under questions regarding the use of steroids, Lewis rejected the story. He went on to remind everyone that he had cleared every single drug and related tests that he had been made to take during his professional career. In light of his previously clean record, he expressed that even the thought of accusing him of such an action was not understandable.
This Super Bowl media day, Lewis was served with not one, but two controversies, with the second one involving an incident in the year 2000, in Atlanta, where two men were murdered and Lewis was involved. While his name was cleared later, the story has resurfaced, entangling Lewis right back into it.