Alabama players reportedly connected to banned substance

According to a report from, three Bama players met with the co-founder of S.W.A.T.S. (Sports With Alternatives to Steroids) two nights before the 2012 BCS National Championship game in which Bama waxed LSU 21-0.

Quinton Dial, Alex Watkins and Adrian Hubbard are three named in the report who allegedly met with Christopher Key of S.W.A.T.S.

S.W.A.T.S. makes supplements in different forms that are not supposed to include banned substances. However, one of the company’s supplements, The Ultimate Spray, contained a growth hormone found in deer antler velvet that is illegal.

The substance in question is the deer antler spray. Ray Lewis reportedly used it this year when returning from his triceps injury, and the same report implicated Alabama players, too. Deer antler spray contains IGF-1, which is banned by the NCAA.

Key demonstrated four products with the players including hologram chips, deer antler spray, negatively charged water and oscillating light-ray beam. He filmed the meeting and provided a video to the SI reporters.

The video allegedly shows Key demonstrating the positives of the chips with Dial, explaining how the product would benefit the players by preventing a large amount of cell phone frequencies inside the Super Dome from affecting their performance.

“They’re going to affect you guys very negatively,” Key said rapidly and with a twang. “We figured out a way to manipulate that so that you aren’t affected . . . [to] give you strength, give you balance, give you flexibility and help with pain.”

Key also described the other products to the players during the meeting.

Alabama spokesperson provided the following statement when asked for a response:

“We’ve sent them two cease and desist letters, and we are constantly educating our guys on performance-enhancing substances,” the university spokesperson told Epstien and Dohrmann.

S.W.A.T.S. is nothing new. Yahoo! published a 2011 report detailing the use of “chips” by Alabama and Auburn players.

Alabama used the “triple-chip” against Georgia in 2008 before thumping the Bulldogs 41-30…and nothing happened. The NCAA didn’t do anything.


The fact is that unless players test positively for a banned substance, nothing will happen, ever.

Basically we have Alabama players tied to a recycled report with a shady two-man company that is run out of the back of a Birmingham gym.  Nothing will come of this.

Update:  Alabama says controversial supplement company has ‘twice ignored’ its cease-and-desist letters. You can read about it here.

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