NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis was defiant.
By the time media day began Tuesday in New Orleans, the polarizing Baltimore Ravens linebacker and future Hall of Famer had been linked to a banned substance.
In a Sports Illustrated report, Mitch Ross, the co-owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids, said he spoke to Lewis after he tore his right triceps on Oct. 14 about expediting his recovery.
Ross told SI that a program was prescribed, which included using deer-antler spray. The spray contains an ingredient (IGF-1) that is banned by the NFL.
Asked about it, Lewis dismissed it and questioned why he should respond to such “stupidity.”
“Two years ago, it was the same report,” Lewis said. “I wouldn’t give that report or [the reporters] any of my press. [They’re] not worthy of that. Next question.”
Lewis also took issue with a question about pleading guilty to obstruction of justice after being indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges following the fatal stabbings of two men at a Super Bowl party in January 2000. The murders remain unsolved.
“At this time, I would rather direct my questions in other places because I live with that every day,” Lewis said. “You maybe can take a break from it. I don’t. I live with it every day of my life, and I would rather not talk about it today.”
San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree said he “knew the whole time” that he wouldn’t be charged after an investigation was launched into allegations of sexual assault, stemming from an incident after the 49ers’ divisional playoff win against the Green Bay Packers.
Crabtree was interviewed by police days before the NFC Championship, but charges were not filed.
“I was disappointed with the allegations,” Crabtree said. “But at the same time, I had to deal with it.”
San Francisco wide receiver Randy Moss caused a frenzy at media day by calling himself the best receiver ever.
“No disrespect to Jerry Rice because he’s arguably the greatest,” Moss said. “But for me to be able to go out here and change and revolutionize the game from a single safety to cover-2 safety to dropping three guys deep to dropping four guys deep and still be able to make it happen … I really feel in my heart and my mind that I am the greatest receiver to ever play this game.”
Some Bears bites
The Bears named Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch offensive quality control coaches. Both worked with coach Marc Trestman with the Montreal Alouettes.
Tim Tibesar, Purdue’s defensive coordinator, was officially named the Bears’ linebackers coach. He was Trestman’s defensive coordinator in Montreal.
The Bears also signed safety Tom Nelson, an Arlington Heights native, to a reserve/future contract. He played at Illinois State.