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Ray Lewis: Deer antler allegation is “trick of the devil”

Ray Lewis faced more questions Wednesday. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

For a second straight day, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denied using deer velvet antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the NFL, in his recovery from a torn triceps.

“It’s a joke if you know me,” Lewis said Wednesday, Day 2 of Deerantlergate at Super Bowl XLVII. “I tell [teammates] all the time: ‘Don’t let people from the outside ever try to disturb what’s inside.’ That’s the trick of the devil. The trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That’s what he comes to do. He comes to distract you from everything you’re trying to do.”

Lewis, who will retire after the game Sunday, said the allegations “agitated” him.

“It really just shows you how people really plan things and try to attack people now. It’s foolish, very foolish, and the guy [Mitch Ross, owner of the firm that allegedly supplied the product] has no credibility,” Lewis said. “He’s been sued four or five times over this same BS. Just to entertain that, I can’t. I won’t. I just truly believe he doesn’t have the privilege for me to speak about it again.”

Lewis is scheduled for another media session Thursday. When he wasn’t being pressed about deer antler spray, he was talking about his religious faith.

“My mom taught me to put my complete faith in God,” Lewis said. “I truly believe impact and success are two different things. Anybody can have success. Impact is totally different. You talk about the walk of Jesus, his whole walk was impact. So that’s what my life is based on.”

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