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    Salesman: Bama Players Used Deer-Antler Spray

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    Salesman: Bama players used spray

    ESPN.com news services | January 30, 2013
    The company that says it provided deer-antler spray, a product that contains a banned substance, to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis also sold its goods to members of the 2012 national championship Alabama football team, according to a co-owner of the company.

    And Christopher Key, the SWATS co-owner, told ESPN's Joe Schad on Wednesday he personally witnessed about five Alabama players spray what he sold them into their mouths.

    "I showed them how to use it," Key said.

    Key said about 20 players purchased the spray at a hotel room in New Orleans leading into the BCS national championship game against LSU. And he said he sold about 20 more bottles to players at the apartment of an Alabama player 10 days before the game.

    Sports Illustrated first reported the connection between SWATS, an Alabama-based company, and several SEC programs.

    The Sports Illustrated story reported that Key filmed a sales pitch to a number of Alabama players two days before the 2012 title game in New Orleans. The article mentioned former Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinton Dial and current players Adrian Hubbard and Alex Watkins as being part of the sales pitch.

    Watkins made a YouTube testimonial for SWATS, and Hubbard was filmed in the hotel room saying he had the deer-antler spray, SI reported. Deer-antler spray contains a substance, IGF-1, which is on the NFL's banned list.

    "Nothing we offer them will make them fail a drug test," Key said, when asked about the substance being banned by the NCAA. "This will make you heal faster. This will give you nutrients. There have been many clinical studies."

    Key said he has received cease-and-desist letters from Alabama, LSU and Auburn demanding not to use current players' likenesses. "But you can't tell me I can't talk to your players," Key said. "We live in a free country."

    Alabama, in a statement issued Tuesday night, said: "UA has been aware of this situation for some time, and we have monitored this company for several years. They have twice ignored cease-and-desist letters sent by our compliance office. We have maintained consistent education of our student-athletes regarding the substances in question and will continue to do so."

    Key said players bought products at a rate he cited as confidential.

    "They want to win," he said. "After the games they said they couldn't believe how they weren't tired and how much energy they had."

    Key was quoted by SI as explaining the benefits of the spray to the Alabama players.

    "You're familiar with HGH, correct? It's converted in the liver to IGF-1," Key explained, according to the Sports Illustrated report. "IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, is a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth. We have deer that we harvest out of New Zealand. Their antlers are the fastest-growing substance on planet Earth ... because of the high concentration of IGF-1.

    "We've been able to freeze dry that out, extract it, put it in a sublingual spray that you shake for 20 seconds and then spray three [times] under your tongue. ... This stuff has been around for almost 1,000 years, this is stuff from the Chinese," Key said, according to the magazine.

    However, a professor at Johns Hopkins University told the Baltimore Sun that, despite SWATS' claims, there isn't an acceptable scientific way that IGF-1 can be effectively delivered orally.

    "If there were, a lot of people would be happy that they don't need to get shots anymore," Dr. Roberto Salvatori told the newspaper. "It's just simply not possible for it to come from a spray."

    Key said he sold about 20 bottles of deer-antler spray to LSU players before the regular-season meeting with Alabama that year. Key said he has also provided healing hologram "chips," which are stuck to the body, to Auburn players during their national-championship season and this year sold healing "bands" to players at Ole Miss and Georgia.

    SI reported that the Alabama coaching staff was unaware of the meetings in the hotel room.

    Key said he has initially reached out to many of his athlete clients through Facebook and Twitter. He would not comment on which players at which schools he sold deer-antler spray to this season. Key said at certain points, the strength staffs at Alabama and LSU said they did not endorse his dealings with players.

    "I'm not trying to get anyone in trouble," Key said. "The whole idea is to compete without cheating. We're not bad guys."

    Key said several players from SEC schools he claims to have sold products to reached out to him on Tuesday.

    "They wanted more product," he said.

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    so thats why ND got their ***** kicked...............
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    Well, I think the story broke in 2011 against LSU? It could be a continuos thing though.

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    It says at the end that kids were calling him last week from the SEC. I don't know what to think about this? This guy is obviously trying to get publicity for his product but if he can prove players have been buying it I think that's enough evidence to get some people in trouble.

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    Its all bull****.... All of the sudden this guy is out calling out Ray Lewis, Alabama, Lance armstrong, Michael Phelps, Muhammed Ali and anybody else to get his name in the papers.

    This also isn't anything new. He has been saying this about SEC teams for 2 years. He was trying to bring down **** on Ray Lewis back as far as 2010. He is just now gettnig coverage because of the Super Bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    Its all bull****.... All of the sudden this guy is out calling out Ray Lewis, Alabama, Lance armstrong, Michael Phelps, Muhammed Ali and anybody else to get his name in the papers.

    This also isn't anything new. He has been saying this about SEC teams for 2 years. He was trying to bring down **** on Ray Lewis back as far as 2010. He is just now gettnig coverage because of the Super Bowl.
    Yeah, but they do have a phone call with Ray Lewis saying he wanted that stuff. It's pretty lame of him to bring it up now, but I'm inclined to believe him. The guys that run that company that gave that stuff to players were incredibly stupid. They were mad because no marquee players would agree to be the "face of the company" so these idiots thought allowing SI to come in and talk would help their business. They were taping conversations so they could prove that they had NFL players coming to them, and that's where the Ray Lewis convo came up.
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    I can buy the Ray Lewis thing but now this guy just wants attention.

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    still dont get why this stuff is so bad
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    Apparently Vijay Singh admitted to using it and I don't think he'll be the last. It's just like hgh according to some folks. Although others say there's no effective way to take, so IDK. I don't doubt this story at all though even if the guy wants attention. It's clear that they've been selling this for years though.

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    Cameron Jordan is awesome

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    What's in it is what matters when we're determining if it's legal, but from the article it just sounds like speed. Not exactly the BALCO scandal.

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    ya,this story will be forgotten in 3,2,1....
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    This guy is a scam artist. The "chips" are those braclets they sell at the state fairs and ****.
    http://m.si.com/1347303/strange-lab-that-lured-lewis/

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