Roger Goodell’s Text Message to Ray Lewis Regarding Deer-Antler Spray (Parody)
As if Ray Lewis didn’t already have enough attention on him following the announcement that this would be the final year of his historic NFL career, the Ravens linebacker has suddenly had to deal with even more publicity—in this case, of the negative variety.
This sudden increase in attention being given to Lewis just days before his Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl XLVII is the result of the recent revelations that he may have taken deer-antler spray to help him heal from a torn tricep earlier this season. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was expected to be out for the remainder of the season—or at least until the Super Bowl—but Lewis was able to make it back into the Ravens’ line-up by the final week of the regular season thanks to hard work and a “never quit” attitude…Or so we thought.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, it appears as though Ray Lewis had purchased deer-antler spray from Sports with Alternatives to Steroids co-owner Mitch Ross following his injury on October 14, 2012. The spray, which is extracted from deer antlers and sprayed under the user’s tongue, contains insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1. And while IGF-1 is what makes deer antlers the fastest growing substance on Earth, it is also included on the NFL’s banned substance list; however, under the league’s current testing methods, IGF-1 is not detectable.
So how does NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plan on dealing with this issue? Perhaps the following text message conversation (which is obviously fake and was created by the guys at ProFootballMock) will help answer that question: