Of all the crazy terms and topics that have flooded the football world this year be it the always funny butt-fumble or the inconceivable fake girlfriend hoax who would have thought deer antler spray would be the scandal of the Super Bowl?
So just when you thought maybe we’ve heard enough of Ray Lewis and his supposed used of a banned substance along comes Hue Jackson (yes, as in former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson) issuing an apology for making an introduction that might have led to this whole fiasco.
Back in ’08 when Jackson was a coach on the Baltimore Ravens’ staff he met Mitch Ross the owner of SWATS, the supposed supplier of the deer antler extract spray Lewis is linked to. Jackson claims he would later introduce Ross to Lewis and the rest is…well…who knows?
Jackson issued an apology last night.
“You hate to ever put an organization in that kind of situation. I never knew the young man [Ross] could be that way. I apologize for the whole organization. It should be about the Super Bowl. I met the guy at the combine in 2008.”
So…Jackson is apologizing for making an introduction that according to Lewis never happened since Ray Ray is denying everything about this situation.
Jackson went on to apologize to Lewis as well which only furthers this already surreal situation.
“Ray is one of the greatest football players to ever play the game. This kind of thing should never happen to him. He doesn’t deserve it. It’s not fair. This is not about talking about a relationship that he met a guy a few years back. It should be about him trying to win the most important game of all this season. Ray means the world to me. Ray has spoken his peace and I stand behind him 100 percent.”
Whatever…this situation is sloppier than the hotel suite the Gronkowski brothers are sharing in New Orleans this week.
Lewis denies everything about this supposed fabrication while Jackson acknowledges it being his fault…but it never happened…right?
To be sure neither man has helped this situation. Lewis just needs to get down to specifics instead of talking in clichéd circles while Jackson just needs to be quiet. Either way it looks like deer antler spray is here to stay as I’m sure this will be a topic discussed even after Sunday’s game.