Thursday, January 31, 2013

Do You Believe Ray Lewis Used Performance Enhancing Drugs?

Ray Lewis (Photo credit: Kieth Ellison)


I suspect Ray Lewis used PEDs to recover from his torn triceps injury. Of course Lewis, has issued an adamant denial, but I do not believe him.  However, his recovery from the completely torn triceps was rather quick.

A torn triceps muscle will typically require surgery.  The surgeon will make a small incision in the back of the arm and use stitches to attach triceps tendon to the olecranon process of ulna (elbow).  The surgically repaired arm will remain in a cast or splint for 6 weeks and the recovery time is a minimum of 2 months.

Ravens team physicians predicted a 4-6 month recovery plan after Lewis tore his triceps muscle on October 17th . Team officials said it was highly unlikely Lewis would return this season.

Ray Lewis miraculously heals and returns to practice in only two months.  His first action occurred in the Wildcard Playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he led the team in tackles with 13.  Lewis then went on to the next week against the heavily favored Denver Broncos and recorded a team high 17 tackles.

Lewis followed up with another stellar performance in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. Lewis recorded 14 tackles in a 28-13 beat down, which landed him a trip to New Orleans to play in Super Bowl XLVII.

This is pretty remarkable for a 37 year old playing in his 17th season.  The devout, outspoken Ray Lewis has alluded how God has afforded him of this good fortune and health.  Perhaps God healed his triceps.  Perhaps the allegations are not true and according to Lewis is a "trick of the devil."

The performance enhancing drug that Lewis allegedly took is deer velvet antler spray.  This over-the-counter supplement supposedly increases IGF-1 levels, which improves muscle repair, joint health, and relieves joint pain.  This supplement, reportedly, can be used as substitute for human growth hormone (HGH).

In his highly predictable tirade, Ray Lewis stated he has never tested positive for any banned substances in his entire career.  However Lewis, must think we, as in the public, are all ill-advised.  If a player did take HGH or deer velvet antler spray, those substances would be undetectable in the standard drug -urine test.

The NFL does not engage in blood testing and does not test for HGH.  Unfortunately, there is no way to know how many NFL players are using these substances.

Ray Lewis is in his last season, so I believe he would do anything to return to the playing field as quickly as possible. Especially, if he had a chance to reach the Super Bowl.  It could be the perfect ending for Ray Lewis, similar to how John Elway capped off his hall of fame career with a Super Bowl win.

I just don’t believe anything Ray Lewis says, just like I did not believe Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriquez , and all the other athletes have miraculously healed faster than ever or had positive spikes in performance towards the end of their respective playing careers.

Lewis undoubtedly has an questionable past and character issues.  He is linked to a double murder case which no individual was found guilty of murder. Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and, eventually, settled out of court with the victims’ families.

Now, he is being linked to PEDs, and where there's smoke, there’s usually fire.  


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8 comments:

  1. IGF-1 cannot be transported into your body orally. It must be injected. Do some research.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-deer-antler-spray-20130130,0,3189504.story

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-ray-lewis-denies-using-banned-substance-during-rehab-from-injury-20130129,0,7725655.story?felkajflekjalkjaf

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  2. So to do 'research', you turn to two articles in the Baltimore Sun?

    Dude, your middle linebacker is a scumbag that everyone outside of the city of Baltimore hates, deal with it and just be happy you're in the Superbowl.

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  3. The article said the deer velvet antler spray "supposedly" increases IGF-1

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  4. People used to say the earth was flat, too. It's not that it's "impossible" to get IGF-1 via oral methods, it just hasn't been perfected. See http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/283/2/611.full - an actual science journal and not a paper whose own pro-Raven readers despise (judging by the ubiquitous negative commentary). It is more likely that though the process of IGF-1 uptake works in prenatal mammals (incl. Humans), there is as yet no cost-effective way to do that in adults.
    Prince, I think the real point to be made here doesn't have anything to do with the ACTUAL efficacy of the deer antler spray. If in fact (a big IF) Lewis did attempt to use this product, he had - HAD - to have known one of the alleged ingredients (IGF-1) was banned by the NFL! That in itself should be punishable, but because the agreement with the NFLPA stipulates there are only self-referrals and positive drug tests to prove usage, Lewis is off the hook. Which he knows, "I never failed any test".
    Which brings me to the last point: 37 years old and his body has taken all that punishment. I'm just not a believer that Ray miraculously overcame the triceps tear without some help. I have nothing to back that up other than suspicion and my own 40+ year old body that can't heal from the few years I did in the military. If I had his money I'd be hunting down whatever source of non-testable HGH I could get my hands on. I'm just sayin'.

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