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Friday 02, Jan 2015

  Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

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Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

Etuini Haloti Ngata, the American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, has rendered an apology to his teammates. On his arrival back this week, Ngata said he made a mistake and is happy that he can help the team with the playoff run.

Haloti Ngata missed the last four games on a suspension for violating the performance enhancing drugs‘ policy of the league. Ngata added he was hugely relieved that the Baltimore Ravens were able to qualify for the post season and he did not have to wait an entire offseason to return to the field. Ngata did not made it clear whether he would be applying for a theraputic use exemption for Adderall.

The suspension of Ngata cost him $2 million — or the equivalent of four game checks — and now the five-time Pro Bowl selection has one year remaining on the five-year, $61 million deal that he signed in September 2011.

The 30-year-old said his suspension was a result of testing positive for Adderall that is commonly used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ngata, one of the franchise’s model players on and off the field, said he felt that he let the team, coaches, teammates, and his family down because of the suspension. In his absence, the Baltimore Ravens went 3-1 by beating the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cleveland Browns, and losing to the Houston Texans.

Ngata returned to the team and practiced on Tuesday for the first time since December 3. Baltimore Ravens next plays the third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in an AFC wild-card game. He remarked his team has dealt with a lot of it and he just feel like he owes these guys, so he is going to do whatever he can to help the team and added he is definitely just ready to be out there again.

Baltimore Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said it is great to have Ngata back in the team. Harbaugh also remarked Ngata is in good shape and his weight is good. The head coach added Ngata has been training really hard from what he told me, and he looks that way and he thinks Ngata is really appreciative of the opportunity to come back and make a little statement here in the postseason.

Defensive end Chris Canty said even when he wasn’t here, it was tough for Ngata. Canty also remarked we tried to be good teammates and we wanted to be there for him, knowing what he was dealing with, understanding how he was feeling being away from us and we just tried to hold down the fort. Canty also added Ngata was doing the same thing, he was always encouraging us, making sure we’re keeping on top of what we need to be doing. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said he knows Ngata is hungry and he has a point to prove. McPhee added he knows Ngata is going to come back playing phenomenal

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Monday 04, Feb 2013

  Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

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Deer Antler Spray Would Not Deliver IGF-1

A Johns Hopkins professor has remarked that even if Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had made use of deer antler spray, his body would have never absorbed the banned substance IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) that is claimed by the manufacturer.

There is no scientifically accepted way to deliver IGF-1 orally, said Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who runs a lab studying growth hormone deficiency and has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1998. He said it is not possible for the hormone to come from a spray. The hormone, IGF-1, is used for treating a rare form of dwarfism known as Laron syndrome and other health complications where children fail to process or produce growth hormone. Insulin-like growth factor occurs naturally in the body and is produced as a result of the increase presence of human growth hormone (HGH).

In a recent article, Sports Illustrated disclosed that Lewis was connected to S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a company that has marketed alternative health supplements and products to athletes. The magazine story quotes S.W.A.T.S. co-founder Christopher Key as telling a group of college football players that the deer antler spray of the company includes IGF-1, which is a hormone banned by most major sports organizations including the NFL. Key claims that the deer-antler products made by SWATS “helped the body repair, regrow and rejuvenate” and that “you will never fail a drug test from taking our product.” He went on to add that his company has sold its products to more than 20 college football players each at Southeastern Conference schools Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, LSU, and Georgia.

Dean Nieves of Florida-based Bio Lab Naturals remarked that IGF-1 is very stable and it cannot exist outside of a very controlled environment. He added that it is disingenuous to make claims like deer antler spray or pills can deliver insulin-like growth factor, and the subsequent benefits like muscle growth and increased energy. Dean added that the substance is essentially an uncomplicated, “super-concentrated” and natural protein by the time the harvested antlers are broken down and processed to be sold. The deer antler spray is made by clipping still-growing antlers on deer or elk and then extracting those nutrients.

Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he “never, ever took” the stuff and described himself as “agitated,” not angry that this story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis added that he is sure that his teammates would not get distracted by the Sports Illustrated report. The Ravens linebacker is the leading tackler in the NFL post-season after returning from a torn right triceps that sidelined him for 10 games. The 2001 Super Bowl MVP Lewis called the whole episode a “joke” and a “trick of the devil” and added that he told teammates not to get disturbed.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Lewis told him that there is nothing to the story and he has never taken any of that thing ever. When asked about the deer antler spray, San Francisco’s tight end Vernon Davis said he does not think Ray Lewis would take any substance.

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Saturday 02, Feb 2013

  Baltimore Ravens Star Ordered Deer Antler Spray

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A new report alleges that Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis ordered the deer-antler spray along with deer-antler pills and other products from a company with ties to performance enhancing drugs.

According to a report in the Sports Illustrated, the Ravens star sought help from the company Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) in October after he tore his right triceps. The magazine reported that SWATS owner Mitch Ross recorded a call with Lewis hours after injury to the player in a game against Dallas. It was further reported that Lewis asked the owner of SWATS to send him deer-antler spray and pills, along with other products made by the company.

The company revealed that the hormone is harvested from deer in New Zealand. Deer-antler spray and pills contain a hormone termed IGF-1 that is believed to assist in muscle recovery. Sports Illustrated said the product is banned by the NCCA and every major professional league though SWATS claims their product is natural as a food. The spray, made of antler extract, is sprayed under the tongue and is believed to build muscles and makes one bigger, faster, and stronger. It is not possible to detect deer antler spray in drug tests and amateur and professional athletes around the world may be using it as the risk of getting caught is not that high. According to the Baltimore Sun, deer antlers are clipped off to make a deer-antler spray and then they are either grind, frozen, or cooked to get out the nutrients.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said the team knew about the report and Ryan has denied taking anything and has always passed all tests.

IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and circulates in the body. It is used to signal receptors in muscle cells to multiply and grow. Moreover, it aids growth and promote muscle strength in normal ranges besides increasing metabolism of carbohydrates to bring more sugars to the cells to assist in the growth of muscles.

Don Catlin, the former head of UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Lab, remarked that IGF-1 is “just like giving someone human growth hormone.” Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who studies growth hormone at Johns Hopkins University, remarked that there is no proof of a successful way to deliver IGF-1 in pill or spray form.

Professional golfer Vijay Singh recently admitted to using the deer-antler spray but claimed that he was not aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he revealed using the spray. The magazine revealed that the golfer paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids` owners USD 9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products. He added that he has been in contact with the PGA Tour and fully cooperating with their review of the matter. In another development, former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand has disclosed that he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to know that it contains a substance that violates the doping protocols of golf.

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