"Stupidity" is the word used by Ray Lewis to describe a Sports Illustrated report that he used a banned substance to aid his recovery from a torn triceps muscle.
When Lewis sat in front of the microphones for Super Bowl XLVII Media Day on Tuesday, several reporters asked him about the report and if he used deer-antler velvet extract spray earlier this year as he attempted to comeback from the injury suffered in Week 6.
"I've been in this business 17 years. And nobody has ever got up with me every morning and trained with me," Lewis said. "Every test I ever took in the NFL, there's never been a question, if I've ever even thought about using anything. So to even entertain stupidity like that, tell him to go try to get his story off somebody else."
Kevin Byrne, vice president of communications for the Ravens, told ESPN that Lewis has never failed a drug test.
"We have never been notified of a failed test. He has never been notified of a failed test," Byrne said. "He denied using the substance discussed in the article and we believe him."
According to SI, Lewis spoke with Mitch Ross, owner of a supplement company called S.W.A.T.S. -- Sports with Alternatives to Steroids -- and requested "items that would speed his recovery from a torn right triceps." Ross told SI that he gave Lewis the deer-antler velvet extract spray. The spray includes IGF-1, a substance banned by the NFL. Per SI, Ross gave Lewis the spray for free and wanted Lewis to reveal that he used substances from S.W.A.T.S.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was also asked about the SI report.
My understanding is Ray has passed every random substance test that he's taken throughout the course of his whole career," Harbaugh said, via ShutDown Corner. "So there's never been a test that has shown up anything along those lines."