Deer-antler spray supplier tells his story in bizarre ‘news conference’
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org February 1, 2013 11:53PM
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Updated: March 3, 2013 6:16AM
NEW ORLEANS — In a bizarre 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 Steroids, on Friday in New Orleans was another twist in the pregame 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 Ross prescribed a program that included using dear-antler spray to expedite Lewis’ recovery from a torn triceps. The spray contains IGF-1, a hormone on the NFL’s banned list. Ross said that 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. They look like small Band-Aids that stick to the skin and, through a disc inside, “bind sound vibrations for the purpose of influencing the human vitality field,” according to the company’s website.
He claimed he has sent hundreds of the chips to the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, as well as to future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and New York Giants and former Illinois punter Steve Weatherford. Weatherford later told the New York Daily News that he has never met Ross.
Ross also said he has dealt with some former Bears.
“I did some work with Tommie Harris,” he 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, who claimed he received death threats from Ravens fans, said Lewis never asked for the spray. But Ross said he talked to Lewis months ago and sent him a 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.”