Posted by Will Brinson
Hue Jackson was introduced as the new head coach of the Raiders on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports' The Postgame published a lengthy report detailing Jackson's involvement with a company, S.W.A.T.S., that sells supplements and the NFL's subsequent (and recent) decision to order Jackson to end his involvement with the company.
Jackson, according to TPG, began endorsing "Sports With Alternatives To Steroids" back when he coached with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and 2009.
"In April of '08 I gave various alternatives to steroids, including spray, to Hue Jackson at the Ravens’ training camp," S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross said. "I also gave the spray to Jay Hayes of the Bengals and Anthony Lynn of the Jets. I want to prove that my protocol reverses the aging process on aging athletes and promotes the healing of injuries in a legal manner."
The "legal spray," known as "The Ultimate Spray" has something to do with deer antler velvet extract and, according to swatsteam.com, also contains "IGF-1," which is a banned substance by the NFL.
Considering that various players (Ray Lewis, most notably) reportedly received the spray, things could get a little hairy. (And not in the deer antler velvet kind of way, either.)
The NFL has confirmed that they ordered Jackson to end his affiliation with the company.
"We have a long-standing policy that prohibits coaches from any relationship with a supplement company," said NFL Director of Corporate Communications Brian McCarthy. "Coach Jackson is now in compliance."
And Jackson has confirmed that he's not involved with them either.
"I’m no longer affiliated with this company," Jackson told The Postgame. "I don’t even know about a banned substance."
There's no real need to confirm whether or not he was affiliated with the company, as a YouTube interview with "Hugh Jackson" indicates pretty clearly that he did a "chipping" testing with players like Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, LeRon McClain, Ray Rice and "Hugh Jackson" followed by Jackson discussing the product with Ross pretty much says everything you need to know.
The YouTube, if these products contain banned substances, is particularly damning because Jackson mentions that he's been working with Ross for three years and that he "wants everyone" to get a hold of the product. (Although he does call them "very safe.")
It remains to be seen what the NFL will do with this information -- but the fact that S.W.A.T.S. is currently being sued by David Vobora, a linebacker for the Rams who tested positive for a banned substance after claiming to use the company's spray, certainly seems to indicate there's something worth that might be worth taking a closer look at.
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