Big news are rolling out of the college football universe as it’s being reported that some Alabama football players may have potential used a banned substance prior to this year’s BCS Championship game. This is on the heels of an NFL report that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used Velvet Deer Antler Spray to help him heal from his torn tricep injury. But what do we really know?
According to reports, at least two Alabama players met with a man named Christopher Key, who is a rep for a company called S.W.A.T.S., which stands for Sports With Alternatives to Steroids. The name would lead one to believe they market products to athletes that won’t get players into trouble for using them. But, not so much.
Key apparently discussed some “alternative” methods including using acupressure using stickers on their pressure points and something called “negatively charged” water with the athletes touting increased energy during the game. Sounds dangerous.
However, the real juicy part of the story centers about Key introducing the players to a deer antler spray, a product similar to the one Lewis is accused of using. But I’ve read several versions of this story, and there are a couple of questions that come to mind.
Does anything in the reports indicate that any Alabama players actually took the antler spray or used it? I will be quite curious to see if that is the case. I’m the guy that loves a good conspiracy as much as the next guy, but at this point I don’t hear enough to even get me excited about it.
The second, and really more important question is would a couple of college football players have enough knowledge to understand that a rep promoting himself as someone who sells supplements as an alternative to steroids give them something that would be banned? This doesn’t sound to me like an organized effort to break the rules at all.
And please understand I am not defending these Alabama players. I simply want something more substantial than what is out there now. Not to mention the fact I have no qualms about athletes using performance enhancement, so the notion that something as benign as Velvet Deer Antler doesn’t really move the meter for me.
What do you think? Did the Alabama team cheat? Come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard for more football ramblings.