According to the long and strange tale—first told by SI’s David Epstein and George Dohrmann—Lewis allegedly used deer-antler extract in pill and spray form to recover faster.
This is a problem since IGF-1 (the key component in the remedy) is a banned substance in the NFL and many other professional sports leagues.
Fortunately for Lewis, he will be retiring following Sunday’s Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, but it's obvious that he does not want his name tarnished by this scandal.
He’s working on damage control, and it's likely that the league office will launch a full-scale investigation into S.W.A.T.S. (the company that apparently provided Lewis with the spray) and what actually occurred between the two parties.
Unless Lewis flat-out admits that he was using the product between now and Feb. 3, expect the star LB to be on the field in the Superdome, playing in the last game of his career on the biggest stage.
As the old adage goes, Lewis is innocent until proven guilty, and he should be treated that way until the facts come out.