NEW ORLEANS -- Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.
Lewis described himself as "agitated," not angry, that the story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore's game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
He added that he's certain his teammates won't be distracted by the report in Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone. The 37-year-old Lewis is the leading tackler in the NFL postseason after returning from a torn right triceps that sidelined him for 10 games.
"It's so funny of a story because I never, ever took what he says or whatever I was supposed to do. And it's just sad once again that someone can have this much attention on a stage this big, where the dreams are really real," Lewis said Wednesday, wearing his white No. 52 Ravens jersey, gray sweat pants and a black hat with the team's purple logo. "I don't need it. My teammates don't need it. The 49ers don't need it. Nobody needs it."
Ravens say drug reports won't be a distraction
The Baltimore Ravens say a report linking linebacker Ray Lewis to performance-enhancing drugs won't be a distraction in their preparation for the Super Bowl.
An article in Sports Illustrated said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone.
Lewis on Wednesday denied ever using the drugs in his effort to return from a torn right triceps.
The Ravens and the 37-year-old linebacker are preparing to face San Francisco in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Baltimore's Bobbie Williams says the team wants to stay away from anything that has to do with the controversy. The guard says "Ray is an awesome guy and we're here to play football. We don't even want to give that any merit."
Officials chosen for Super Bowl
The NFL has chosen its seven-man officiating crew for Sunday's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Jerome Boger will be the referee in his first Super Bowl assignment. He has been an NFL official for nine years, and has worked four divisional playoff games.
The other officials announced Wednesday are Darrell Jenkins (umpire), Steve Stelljes (head linesman), Byron Boston (line judge), Craig Wrolstad (field judge), Joe Larrew (side judge) and Dino Paganelli (back judge).
Boger entered the league as a line judge in 2004, and was promoted to referee in 2006.
Niners' Williams shocked over NFL sanctions
Kyle Williams can't believe the New York Giants weren't punished by the NFL for targeting him in last year's NFC championship game.
The punt returner whose mistakes cost the 49ers a chance to make the last Super Bowl, and who will miss Sunday's game with an injured left knee, says Wednesday he is "shocked" that the Giants escaped discipline.
He wonders why the NFL clamped down so heavily on the Saints during the bounty scandal, yet New York linebacker Jacquain Williams and receiver Devin Martin were not punished after admitting they went after Williams.
Williams says "the only thing crazy to me was that nothing came of it after they came down so much on the Saints."