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    SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.)

    I am surprised that this hasn't been posted here yet.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl...rous-athletes/

    "You're familiar with HGH, correct?" asked Key, referring to human growth hormone. "It's converted in the liver to IGF-1." 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," Key said. "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."

    IGF-1 is also a substance banned by the NCAA and by every major pro league. Alleging that the NFL warned players away from S.W.A.T.S.'s spray because it's a threat to "Big Pharma," Key boasted that S.W.A.T.S. is "the most controversial supplement company on Earth."

    And so on the eve of facing LSU in the biggest game of their careers, a clutch of Alabama players huddled around Key, an aggressive pitchman who once was arrested for trespassing after giving chips and the beam-ray treatment to an LSU player in his hotel room at the 2010 Senior Bowl. (The charges were dropped, but he was banned from the hotel for life.) Neither Key nor S.W.A.T.S.'s owner, Mitch Ross, an erstwhile male stripper and admitted former steroid dealer, has a college degree in science. No matter. Unbeknownst to Crimson Tide coaches, S.W.A.T.S. had an audience with players on the No. 2 team in college football, a gathering that Key taped with a pen camera and showed to SI. He handed out some of the company's products gratis -- "It should never come up, but I'll go to the grave saying you bought this," Key told them -- and one, linebacker Alex Watkins, six months later gave a video testimonial on YouTube citing the boost he got from the chips, water and deer-antler pills during Bama's 21-0 BCS title victory
    I think I remember seeing the ads for the magnets on TV. I don't think that part matters so much. It is the deer antler/IGF-I part that concerns me. But I am still trying to process this article because it has a lot of information in there.
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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    I seemed to remember the owner being interviewed on Finebaum a couple of years ago. Is there anyway to detect it? I guess if Watkins gave a YouTube testimonial, the evidence is there. I don't see this going anywhere, but who knows?

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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Since the School and the NCAA screen randomly, then its likely the school had no way of knowing about it. The chips and bracelets and water are all fine since they don't do anything. The deer antler extract could be a problem but since he has never failed a screen any possible penalties would likely be placed on the player and since the only current player named in the SI article is Adrian Hubbard, I would expect to see him miss some playing time next year, if not a lot of it.

    Mostly this story is not new, UA addressed the issue with swats a long time ago, and the owner of the company is obviously a pimp and needs to be put under one way or another.
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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealPokeChop View Post
    Since the School and the NCAA screen randomly, then its likely the school had no way of knowing about it. The chips and bracelets and water are all fine since they don't do anything. The deer antler extract could be a problem but since he has never failed a screen any possible penalties would likely be placed on the player and since the only current player named in the SI article is Adrian Hubbard, I would expect to see him miss some playing time next year, if not a lot of it.

    Mostly this story is not new, UA addressed the issue with swats a long time ago, and the owner of the company is obviously a pimp and needs to be put under one way or another.

    Change 'Pimp' to 'pusher', and I agree completely...
    All youn can do is educate your players about the shady people out there, its up to them to listen.

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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Funny that this topic ends up on TF today because on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, there was a discussion about Ray Lewis using some potion made from the "velvet from deer antlers" and he bought it from a male stripper. This was purchased to help his tricep heal and he had no idea the IGF-1 was in it. They concluded that since Lewis' last game is this weekend, the NFL likely won't address it.

    ETA: the conversation on Cowherd didn't mention SWATS, but since it referred to a male stripper, clearly it is the same person.
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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Are there any pics of the male stripper?

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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by bamabelle1991 View Post
    Funny that this topic ends up on TF today because on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, there was a discussion about Ray Lewis using some potion made from the "velvet from deer antlers" and he bought it from a male stripper. This was purchased to help his tricep heal and he had no idea the IGF-1 was in it. They concluded that since Lewis' last game is this weekend, the NFL likely won't address it.

    ETA: the conversation on Cowherd didn't mention SWATS, but since it referred to a male stripper, clearly it is the same person.
    You are correct...this is the same story.
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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by bamabelle1991 View Post
    Funny that this topic ends up on TF today because on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, there was a discussion about Ray Lewis using some potion made from the "velvet from deer antlers" and he bought it from a male stripper. This was purchased to help his tricep heal and he had no idea the IGF-1 was in it. They concluded that since Lewis' last game is this weekend, the NFL likely won't address it.

    ETA: the conversation on Cowherd didn't mention SWATS, but since it referred to a male stripper, clearly it is the same person.
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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Van Nostran View Post
    Are there any pics of the male stripper?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonChuck View Post


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    I must admit...he's no Magic Mike!

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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealPokeChop View Post
    Mostly this story is not new, UA addressed the issue with swats a long time ago, and the owner of the company is obviously a pimp and needs to be put under one way or another.
    I knew Mitch Ross years ago before he started SWATS and never cared for him much. He liked himself well enough for everybody, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Van Nostran View Post
    Are there any pics of the male stripper?
    PM me...

    For a 20 dollars finders fee I will hook you up with a website I think you might fancy.

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    Re: SI article implies that Bama football players used illegal substances (S.W.A.T.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputin View Post
    I must admit...he's no Magic Mike!
    This, I 100% agree with!

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