This is such a fucking joke, and an obvious publicity stunt by Mitch Ross.
First off, where's the tape? How come it's not up on youtube by now?
Second, why now? Duh, Ross trying to get publicity. Mission accomplished.
Third, where are the financial transactions? Shipping transactions? Did these remedies just magically appear at Ray Lewis' house?
I mean seriously people, EPSN, SI, and NFLN reporters, shouldn't you be asking these questions?
And, Hannah Storm is a slimey fucking cunt. Ray dismissed the mularkey several times, including saying he would never even THINK about taking the crap, yet you want to keep parroting yourself that he's not denying it? ESPN is so desperate for this to be a story it is sickening. At least Schlereth was being reasonable and pragmatic saying it was going to go away because there is no way for it to proceed further. Storm couldn't seem to accept that little nugget of truth.
What a fucking bitch.
Neither one of us knows and until the writer...whom I'm sure will be asked about this report a lot over the next couple weeks sheds more light on it, we won't know.
I don't think you can clearly say that he didn't hear it anymore than someone saying he clearly did.
But either way, it's a very, very bad look.
First off I love the timing and how ESPN is covering this. ;) \
I will say this and I'm sure other people can back me here.
I WRITE for a website about movies and comics. They way we MAKE money is per clicks per article. That is all I see about this article. It was written a while ago it is clear. This writer and SI held it just for this day, because it is Ray and it is Super Bowl week which means everyone will click this article and read it.
I for one won't even click the article. I believe this was brought up a year or two ago about deer antler spray. To me it is a bullshit story. They 'SI' are just looking to make money off this story. The story so far is just that a story.
Controversy sells... Thats why ESPN has become TMZ Sports. Nobody gives a shit about a player helping out needy kids.
Does that mean the audio from the phone is picked up, or is it just recording a phone call with him talking?
Because I could videotape myself on a phone call with Obama, or Madonna or Fidel Castro. Unless you can actually hear and confirm the person's voice on the other end of the phone, I just don't see what a videotaped phone call proves.
People fake phone calls all the time to get out of conversations. I can pretend anyone in the world is on the other line. I can use fake names. I can make fake responses.
I have heard of sloppy journalism, but this would take the cake.
In addition, they apparently tried to confirm by interviewing Ray and Ray admitted to using SWATs. (From the sounds of the interview, it appeared that they caught him by surprise.)
In the Big Easy right now, great time!!
The facts are that there have been no positive tests of Ray for banned substances. So, unless there is other evidence out there, Schlereth is right -- there is nowhere else for this story to go.
It does suck that it is swallowing up media day, though.
"Hours after he tore his triceps during an Oct. 14 home game against the Cowboys, Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis and Ross connected on the phone. Again, Ross videotaped the call.
"It's bottom, near the elbow," Lewis said of the tear. After asking a few pseudo diagnostic questions, Ross concluded, "All right, well this is going to be simple. . . . How many pain chips you got around the house?"
"I got plenty of them," Lewis replied.
Ross prescribed a deluxe program, including holographic stickers on the right elbow; copious quantities of the powder additive; sleeping in front of a beam-ray light programmed with frequencies for tissue regeneration and pain relief; drinking negatively charged water; a 10-per-day regimen of the deer-antler pills that will "rebuild your brain via your small intestines" (and which Lewis said he hadn't been taking, then swallowed four during the conversation); and spritzes of deer-antler velvet extract (the Ultimate Spray) every two hours.
"Spray on my elbow every two hours?" Lewis asked.
"No," Ross said, "under your tongue."
Toward the end of the talk, Lewis asked Ross to "just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week."
Ross says he provided the products free of charge. He even trotted out a novel S.W.A.T.S. technology for the star client: undergarments -- black with Lewis's name and number in -purple -- drenched in pungent menthol liquid that Key and Ross exposed to radio waves. All Ross wanted in return, he told Lewis, is for the future Hall of Famer to tell the truth -- that he used S.W.A.T.S. products -- when he returned to the field.
On Dec. 5, Lewis practiced for the first time. He did not play in the final regular-season games, but remained a boisterous sideline presence and joined the jubilant locker room celebration after Baltimore routed the Giants 33-14 on Dec. 23 to win the AFC North.
Lewis had not talked to media for 10 weeks while he rehabbed his injury. Asked by SI if he had worked with Key and Ross during his recovery, he initially demurred. "I didn't work with them personally this time," he said.
When pressed, Lewis said, "Nobody helped me out with the rehab. I've been doing S.W.A.T.S. for a couple years through Hue Jackson, that's it. That's my only connection to them."
Asked if he had talked to Ross the night of his injury, Lewis replied, "I told him to send me some more of the regular stuff, the S.W.A.T.S., the stickers or whatever."
And did they help?
"I think a lot of things helped me."
So would he suggest S.W.A.T.S. to other players?
"If I did, I would've done said it by now," Lewis said. Asked specifically about the spray and the pills, Lewis walked away without comment."
Ray Lewis wound up as MVP of the Super Bowl when the media was hounding him about the Atlanta murders. He'll get through this too. Things like this light a fire in him and I have no doubt that what the media is trying to accomplish here will have the opposite effect.