Ray Lewis deer-antler guy says he ‘got catfished’ by SI
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns February 1, 2013 4:28PM
In a bizarre scene at the Super Bowl on Friday, Mitch Ross, the athletic trainer who claims to have supplied Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis with deer antler spray, says he was "catfished" by Sports Illustrated and the story they published about him. | Adam J
Updated: February 1, 2013 9:05PM
NEW ORLEANS – In a scene that continued for almost two hours outside the New Orleans convention center, the athletic trainer who reportedly supplied Ray Lewis with a banned substance ripped Sports Illustrated for its reporting, apologized to any athletes hurt by it, posed for pictures with bottles of deer-antler spray, scrolled through text messages with apparent athletes, listed teams and players he supplied “performance chips,” declared that he believes God wants him to cure Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and got into verbal squabbles with the media.
The arrival of Mitch Ross, co-owner of Sports with Alternatives to Sin, in New Orleans Friday was certainly another twist in all pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII.
“[Manti Te’o] got catfished like me by Sports Illustrated,” Ross said. “I came here to say that Sports Illustrated catfished me and lied a lot in the magazine article.”
SI reported that Ross prescribed a program that included using dear-antler spray to expedite his recovery from a torn triceps. The spray contains IGF-I, a hormone on the NFL’s banned list. Ross said he was “duped” by the magazine and that his comments were “misconstrued.”
Ross spent a lot of time talking about performance chips, which his company says help improve energy levels. He claimed he has sent hundreds of the chips to the Ravens and the New England Patriots and also to future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and New York Giants and former Illinois punter Steve Weatherford, who later told New York Daily News that he’s never met Ross.
“I did some work with Tommy Harris,” Ross said. “Roy Williams hooked me up with him in .”
But the performance chips, which Ross said don’t inject chemicals into the body, are not banned or illegal.
“The only product that I have that is in concern of Mr. Lewis’ is the antler spray,” Ross said.
Ross said deer-antler spray contains natural IGF-1 and that you have to separate synthetic from natural IGF-1. But the NFL doesn’t differentiate.
Ross, who claimed he received death threats from Ravens fans, said Lewis never asked for the spray. But he did say he talked to Lewis months ago and sent him text more recently that said “God Bless.”
“I’m here not because of Ray Lewis,” Ross said. “I’m here to educate of why they originally came to interview me. I feel horrible with what happened [with Lewis].”
“I feel terrible for him. … He’s getting screwed because of this absolutely. This is wrong that this has happened.”