Deer Antler Spray? Light Therapy? Holographic Bracelets? Did Ray Lewis hit the wrong sales table at the State Fair?
There’s a new report that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used a banned substance to help him recover from his torn triceps injury earlier this season. At a press conference yesterday, Lewis denied it, and coach John Harbaugh said Lewis has passed every drug test he’s taken throughout his career. (But then again, so did Lance Armstrong, so what does that even mean anymore?)
The guys Lewis is purported to have dealt with are State Fair hucksters who pimp sketchy products. The fact that Lewis and other NFL stars are involved with guys says much more about the lack of judgement athletes have been demonstrating as of late. (I’m looking at you Manti Te’o)
If you read the entire story, you’ll see the deer antler salesmen make their living by getting one or two athletes to say the spray gave them an edge in a big game. Now, ears perk up, because no one wants to on the outside of a cutting edge trend that is helping people recover faster, heal quicker, or whatever the benefit may be of “deer antler spray”, “electromagnetic pants” or any other quackery left on the outside of medical science.
To be fair, deer antler spray and pills are scientifically sound, but it’s nothing new, the Chinese have peddled it for years, and the science goes back to the 30’s. At least that’s what the old wikipedia says:
Scientific research indicates deer velvet antler may improve general health, increase blood circulation, reduce blood pressure, increase energy and endurance, increase muscle development, improve joint health, increase muscle recovery, and improve sexual health. Almost 250 papers have been published since 1930, by Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, on the manufacture, composition and biochemical effect of deer velvet antler.
After reading the article, however, I would doubt there was any real deer antler in the product these guys were pitching. That’s probably why Ray hasn’t failed any tests. I think these guys are selling crap, and the fact that they got a foothold in the NFL is scary. I guess there is something to be said about just pure chutzpah.
The interesting point here is the simple truth that NFL players are already privy to every cutting edge medicine known to man. The training staffs of NFL teams are top notch, and when Peyton Manning injured his neck a couple of years ago, he didn’t go to a doctor on the short list of YOUR crappy medical plan. Nope. He went to the best possible doctor in the field of neuroscience money could buy. And the team picked up the tab.
So the only thing I’m left to question is Ray Lewis’ judgment. How can such a strong willed man of God fall for such an obvious hoax?