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New York Giants’ Steve Weatherford Wants Apology from S.W.A.T.S. Co-Owner Mitch Ross

February 4th, 2013 at 2:15 PM
By Dan Benton

Shortly after dropping the name of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, S.W.A.T.S. co-owner Mitch Ross continued to make accusations about clients he and his company allegedly provided banned substances to. Included among the names on his long list was New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, who immediately denied the accusations.

'Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

During halftime of the New York Knicks-Sacramento Kings game on Saturday evening, Weatherford was asked about Ross' comments and took things a step further. Not only did Weatherford continue to deny even knowing Ross, he said he would like a public apology from him.

"I've never met Mitch Ross, I've never taken any of his products, I've never taken an illegal substance and his claims were totally unsubstantiated. And I've contacted legal council regarding his slanderous statements," Weatherford said at halftime of the Knicks-Kings game on Saturday.

Ross alleged that his company, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids, provided Weatherford with hologram stickers known as "performance chips." As it turns out, these "chips" are not banned by the NFL, and merely "encode radio waves emitted near them" (citing Sports Illustrated).

Legal or illegal, Weatherford maintains that he's not had a relationship with Ross or S.W.A.T.S, and shortly after the allegations were made, his lawyer tweeted to that effect.

"As his attorney, I can promise you that [Steve Weatherford] is looking into all legal options and will not tolerate a snake oil salesman's slander," Peter Siachos tweeted.

As we've mentioned previously here on Giants 101, Weatherford has been an upstanding citizen his entire career and even more so since joining the Giants. We'll take his word over a man who believes every human has two separate brains.

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