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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tide players listened to supplement pitch

By Chris Low

A Sports Illustrated report on controversial supplement company S.W.A.T.S. says Alabama players received a pitch from members of the company two nights before the Tide's 21-0 win against LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship.

Former defensive end Quinton Dial, former linebacker Alex Watkins and junior outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard were reportedly present in a New Orleans Marriott hotel room when one of the company's founders, Christopher Key, demonstrated the values of its frequency-reducing hologram chips, "negatively charged" water and deer antler spray/pills.

Deer antler powder contains IGF-1, "a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth" and is banned by the NCAA and most professional sports leagues.

The players are not directly implicated in receiving or using any of the products, although according to SI's story, Watkins recorded a YouTube testimonial six months after the game endorsing the chips and deer antler spray. Also, Hubbard reportedly said during Key's pitch on deer antler spray that he "already had some."

"We've sent them two cease and desist letters, and we are constantly educating our guys on performance-enhancing substances," an Alabama spokesperson told Sports Illustrated.