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Ray Lewis denies using banned substance

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spoke during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in New Orleans.

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spoke during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spent part of Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day denying charges that he may have used a banned substance to recover quickly from his torn triceps.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Lewis is believed to have used a deer antler spray product from SWATS (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids), which boasted that it contained IGF-1, which is banned by the NFL and most professional and college sports.

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At first, Lewis sidestepped the question about using the product.

“Two years ago, it was the same report,” Lewis said. “I wouldn’t give that report or (SWATS owner Mitch Ross) any of my press. He’s not worthy of that. Next question.”

When asked directly whether he had used the spray during his recovery this season, Lewis said, “Nah, never.”

The Ravens released a statement saying that Lewis denied using the product, and coach John Harbaugh was asked for a comment.

“My understanding is that he’s passed every random substance test that he’s taken throughout his career,” Harbaugh said.

But Sports Illustrated reported that it listened to audio recordings of Lewis taking directions from Ross on how to use the product after his triceps injury in Week 6.

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