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On Second Thought

Deer antler revelations make the PED issue fuzzier

Ray Lewis, we all know, likes to whip himself into a frenzy before games. CBS cameras on Sunday will zero in on him prior to the Super Bowl kickoff when the legendary Baltimore linebacker performs his ritualistic Godzilla-like dance, the earth quaking with each of his heavy, frenetic gyrations. Intimidation is the man’s oxygen.

So it really wasn’t a shock last week when Lewis, identified by Sports Illustrated as using deer antler velvet extract, so fervently denied that he dabbled in curative, performance-enhancing doses of a Mother Nature booster shot. No way! He’s clean, the big guy insisted, noting that not a single NFL test throughout his career has shown otherwise. Each denial was more adamant, more agitated than the last.

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