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Alabama players accused of taking PEDS in BCS Title Game

Discussion in 'Football: NFL, College, High School' started by SkyrimOwnsAll, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. SkyrimOwnsAll

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    http://espn.go.com/college-football...tler-salesman-saw-alabama-players-use-product


    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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  2. SkyrimOwnsAll

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    SEC has been playing on an uneven playing field these past 7 years, and thats the reason a lot of these SEC standouts turn into BUSTS in the NFL. You can get away with steriods on the collegiate level, but in the pros everybody is most likely juicing as well( and it becomes more about talent)

    SEC is finished
     
  3. juicystream

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    Cam Newton?
    Trent Richardson?
    AJ Green?
    Patrick Peterson?
    Julio Jones?
    Eric Berry?
    Joe Haden?
    CJ Spiller?
    Pouncy brothers?
     
  4. Bear_Bryant

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    Mark Ingram cough cough
     
  6. juicystream

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    That's all you've got?
     
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    I can add some more players!

    Mike Wallace
    Patrick willis
    Le-Ron McClain
    Sidney Rice
    Ben Grubbs
    Dwayne Bowe
    Laron Landry
    Jerod Mayo
    Arian Foster
    Percy Harvin
    William Moore
    Aaron Hernandez
    Geno Atkins
    Von Miller
    Aldon Smith
    Justin Houston
    Kareem Jackson

    mehhhhh all suck.
     
  8. Ziggy

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    If one team is doing it they're all doing it, bro.
     
  9. ItsMyFault

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    Hand the trophy to LSU.
     
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    For correcting my Spiller error. I correct you...

    :cool:

    SEC is better because it has more NFL talent.
     
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    Have you guys seen that website? It's hilarious. They have device for professional athletes to counteract the harmful cell phone waves from all the fans during games. This SWAT thing is basically the power bracelet.
     
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    GH is banned, so why isn't IGF-1?

    Or are they both banned?
     
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    Sports With Alternatives to Steroids
    http://www.swatsedge.com/approved-products/swats-water/
    super water....lolololol

    It's either Ray Lewis contacting this guy first saying "give me everything you can so I can get back on the field" or the guy just called up Ray and said "endorse me, here's free stuff for you." The idea that Ray was desperate or dumb enough to believe in this snake oil salesman is hilarious.
     
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    Oh really?

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  15. Dairy Ashford

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    Jesus, man, they're just dumb.
     
  16. Precision340

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    what if this antler spray ends up not being anything at all... other than a placebo spray :eek:
     
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    who cares? Everyone playing football is on roids. You have to be if you want to be able to get up the next day.
     
  18. Kam

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    KAREEM JACKSON?
     
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    This stuff sounds pretty rad, why aren't we all taking deer antler spray?
     
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    I don't see how this is at all true. Steroids take someone from one level of physical intensity and recovery to an incrementally higher one; but if you've already been a top performer since childhood, if you're already executing without steroids, I just don't see how they're necessary for the entire class of athlete. There has to be some psychological, emotional or physical tenacity that athletes already draw on without the use of PEDs.
     

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