Ray Lewis compares Peyton Manning HGH report to deer antler spray claim

Retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis empathizes with fellow Pro Bowler Peyton Manning.
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By Mark Fishman

When asked prior to Monday night's Bengals-Broncos game about Peyton Manning's links to receiving human growth hormone, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had some interesting words to say.

Specifically, Lewis compared the allegations against Manning to Lewis's own use of deer antler spray in the healing of his torn triceps in 2012.

“My situation’s a little bit different because I said this was my last ride. And I’ve always been kind of one to pay attention to fiery darts,” Lewis said. “And so I think what people needs [sic] to understand — I understand Peyton’s frustration because legacies are sweat driven.”

Lewis also commented on the frustration that comes with allegations of cheating.

“And it hurts worse when somebody tries to tell you that you cheated the game,” Lewis added. “I get Peyton, man, and … from my perspective I’ve never done nothing like that and that’s what’s embarrassing that I did it for my teammates, man, and that’s what’s bothering Peyton right now is that for him to be trying to get back, bro, right?”

Lewis capped of his comments by talking about the sacrifices that pro athletes make.

“Do everything he can. And nobody knows what that takes. Nobody knows the sacrifices you leave your family. Nobody knows what you go through.”

The Broncos defeated the Bengals in overtime, 20-17, while Manning has publicly denied any wrongdoing.

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