Christopher Key, a salesman for the company that allegedly sold deer antler spray to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, said he sold the spray to Alabama and LSU football players during the 2011 college football season and has also helped players at Auburn university with "new age" supplements.
He has received cease-and-desist letters from Alabama, LSU and Auburn, but he says since "we live in a free society," those schools cannot prevent him from talking to players.
And that is what Key allegedly did before the 2011 BCS championship game between Alabama and LSU. He told Sports Illustrated that nearly 20 Alabama players gathered in his hotel room to test out and buy his S.W.A.T.S. products, including the deer antler spray. Key also said he sold the deer antler spray to LSU players before the first game between the two schools in 2011.
LSU won the first meeting 9-6 in overtime in dramatic fashion. The teams had a rematch in the title game even though Alabama did not even win their division. Alabama shut out LSU 21-0 in the title game, winning in dominant fashion as LSU could barely cross the 50-yard line during the game. game in New Orleans in dominant fashion,
Alabama, in a statement issued Tuesday night, said the school has "been aware of this situation for some time, and we have monitored this company for several years."
"They have twice ignored cease-and-desist letters sent by our compliance office," the school said. "We have maintained consistent education of our student-athletes regarding the substances in question and will continue to do so." "They want to win," he said. "After the games they said they couldn't believe how they weren't tired and how much energy they had."
Key reportedly told the Alabama players that "IGF-1" was a "natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth. We have deer that we harvest out of New Zealand. 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," he said, according to Sports Illustrated. "This stuff has been around for almost 1,000 years, this is stuff from the Chinese."