The story of David Vobora and The Crazy Supplement Company

As we all know, David Vobora was suspended 4 games last season for using a banned supplement.  Vobora claims he was told the supplement in question was OK for use.  However, when he had the supplement in question sent to the lab it tested positive for methyltestosterone, which is a steroid.

Here’s where the story breaks down a little to he said/they said.  Vobora said he used “SWATS: The Ultimate Spray”, which SWATS website calls the most advanced and most effective in the world.  It contains deer antler velvet and IGF-1, which increases muscle mass.

Vobora did not buy the spray from the website, instead was given the spray from an unnamed endorser of the product.  The product’s owners say that the spray does not contain steroids and they say that Vobora took other supplements that must have been the problem.  But, that makes very little sense since Vobora got his “Ultimate Spray” tested and it came up positive.

The moral of the story here for the kids is: do not take anything from a random “endorser” and treat what he or she says as gospel.  It seems like Vobora got deceived either accidentally or maliciously by whomever gave him the substance.  Buy the supplement from the website, keep the receipt and then if everything goes pear-shaped, you will have a leg to stand on.  Do not trust what some mysterious endorser gives you.


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12 Responses to “The story of David Vobora and The Crazy Supplement Company”

  1. Blake Sawyer says:

    Shame on you Jeff Roman for further perpetuating this lie. How do you know that either Vobora or “his trainer” did not in fact give him methyltestosterone? Then once caught doing illegal substances, they concocted a game plan to blame someone else (sounds familiar?) “Someone” then placed a small amount of the Android (methyltestosterone) in the opened bottle and sent it off to a lab to be analyzed. Pretty good scheme, hum? But the TRUTH of this WILL come out. Mitch Ross’ The Ultimate Spray does not, nor ever has had ANY synthetic drug/steroid in it, including methyltestosterone. I know this as a FACT. Shame on you Jeff Roman for not checking the facts, instead relying solely on the testimony of the guilty person and not the manufacturer, who by the way, has dedicated his life to getting people off steroids!

  2. Jeff Roman says:

    Blake Sawyer –
    I do not blame this “Ultimate Spray” instead the mysterious endorser who gave the supplement to Vobora.
    It is the player’s responsibility to know what he puts in his body.
    This is a he said – they said situation, we will have no idea what is true or false.

  3. Jeff Roman says:

    I only use “crazy” because the supplement website and description are totally sketchy.

  4. Blake Sawyer says:

    OK Jeff, I understand YOUR point of view – “it is a he said they said” argument. However, your statements are still inferring that “The Ultimate Spray” has methyltestosterone in it. It doesn’t. I know this as a fact. So I will admit to you that I know Mitch Ross (even ate lunch with the dude), I know the manufacturer of the product and I know the lab that makes the product. Every batch of product is tested, not just for steroids but all sorts of things. Then the product is sealed. No synthetic prescription, illegal, or other kind of steroid can get into the product UNLESS someone unsealed the bottle, opened it, and placed methyltestosterone in it (called tampering!)

    The reason NO NFL football player has ever sued a supplement company is because no NFL team wants all their players, coaches, and trainers to go under oath during discovery depositions. Remember Jeff, perjury (lying under oath) is a felony! Felons cannot vote, own a gun, and have to register with the county sheriff wherever they live. This is not including a possible prison sentence as well. You and I both know that the NFL is rife with steroids. The owners of the St. Louis Rams have got to be out-of their-minds to let an employee of theirs sue a person who has dedicated his life to getting all athletes off steroids when there is zero evidence that he is guilty. Just think of what the Rams locker room is going to be like when all of Vobora’s teammates are grilled by attorneys about everything they put in their body orifices!

    No attorney with an IQ over 5 would take this case unless there is some special circumstance or advantage to him. No judge or jury could possible find Mitch Ross guilty when there is NO evidence. Remember, Vobora did not get the product from Mitch. He supposedly got it from a teammate that had never tested positive in ten years, but was taking The Ultimate Spray. Hundreds of NFL football players, Olympic athletes, MLB baseball players etc. take The Ultimate Spray and get drug tested every year, and NONE of them have EVER tested positive. 2 plus 2 equals 4. If in fact a bottle was sent to be tested by Vobora (or “someone”), it was NOT an untampered with bottle of The Ultimate Spray. End of case!

    I don’t know if Mitch will counter sue the Rams for defamation of character, but you would have to admit if your life’s work was tainted by someone caught doing illegal substances and tried to put the blame on you, you would seriously think about it. I am assuming that every civil defense lawyer in the country who wants his mug on ESPN weekly and a potential hefty haul (the St. Louis Rams, the NFL, etc has DEEP pockets!) is beating down Mitch Ross’ door begging to represent him, as your read this!

    Reread my first reply. I think it will be proven that “someone” tampered with an opened bottle to CYA.

  5. Jeff Roman says:

    Excellent point, which is why I say in the article that the mysterious “endorser” is to blame. Vobora did not order his supplement from the company, so I’m not sure how far his suit will go. Probably not very far.

  6. Blake Sawyer says:

    Jeff, I know who the “mysterious” endorser is. He is one of scores and scores of NFL football players that has been taking The Ultimate Spray for a long time, passing EVERY drug test. I am convinced he is TOTALLY innocent of all accusations being leveled against him. Again, The Ultimate Spray contains NO illegal substances (despite its ability to do amazing things for an athlete). This is why the top professional athletes in all sports take the product. It works so well WITHOUT illegal substances! The “endorser” as you call him, was a fellow teammate that was simply trying to help Vobora. He is not to blame for ANYTHING because when he gave David the bottle of product it was NOT tampered with or contaminated! It will come out in court that the tampering took place AFTER the bottle was in Vobora’s possession. Even if “the mysterious endorser” did contaminate it (which he didn’t), Vobora suit is WRONG, attacking the one person in all the US who has done more to eliminate steroid use than practically anyone else. Mitch Ross. EVERY NFL player knows the rules and is responsible for his own actions.

    You are perceptive about how far Vobora’s lawsuit will go, but I think a countersuit is in the making. Hang on tight Jeff, some “stuff” is going to come out that will make your jaw drop!

  7. Jesse says:

    Man I’d love to be the lawyer for Vobora

  8. Blake Sawyer says:

    Jesse, you can’t be serious! Vobora’s attorney is going to look like a fool when the judge either throws the suit out or he loses big time in court, causing his client to banned from the sport or worse (prison). And then there is the potential that the attorney may be charged with a crime too. Are you a sadist?

  9. Dr Hoffenkoff says:
  10. Dr Hoffenkoff says:

    A University study was done on one of Mitch Ross’s products. Look up DrHoffenkoff on you-tube, or go here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwy9TY73Buo

  11. Lee Hatton says:

    Think Sawyer might be Ross?
    Just saying Sawyer knows all the facts.
    Google him. Ross has been selling chips and naming college players as taking products NCAA ban. Check was he a body builder and if so did he use body builder used steriods where did he get his degree to create this complex product?

  12. CHRISTOPHER says:

    Last July, six months before his team won college football’s national championship, Auburn safety Zac Etheridge held a players-only meeting in his living room. Just a few months removed from a severe neck injury that left him lying motionless on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Etheridge wanted to talk to his teammates about a new technology he felt helped him heal.

    They are called “chips” — tiny holographic patches worn on the skin at Chinese acupuncture points that, according to the company that supplied them to Etheridge, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.), help the body maintain and replenish its energy supply.

    If S.W.A.T.S. sounds familiar to you, it should. The company’s founder, Mitch Ross, has been in the news recently for another of his controversial products — The Ultimate Spray. It’s a supplement supposedly made from deer velvet antler which is touted to contain a growth hormone banned by every major professional sports league. Ross had ties to several coaches in the NFL and many players, but the league recently informed them they had to end their relationships with the supplement company.

    But his other major product, these chips, have not been touted as containing any banned substance, and that’s what Etheridge says he used during his rehabilitation. When he was first injured, tearing ligaments in his neck and cracking his fifth vertebrae while making a tackle, doctors didn’t know if he’d ever take the field again. Eight months later, he was cleared to play. He credits the chips, in part, for his quick recovery.

    Etheridge wanted his teammates to hear about the chips, so he arranged for Christopher Key, Ross’s partner in S.W.A.T.S., to address the group. Key says roughly 60 Auburn players were present, including nearly all of the starters. Etheridge says his teammates were impressed enough to try the chips during the season. When Auburn beat Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game, many of the Auburn players were wearing the chips in the form of a band wrapped around their wrists, according to Etheridge’s account.

    “A lot of us wore them throughout our championship run and we won the championship,” Etheridge says in a S.W.A.T.S. video. “Compared to last year, fourth quarter, we were gassed. And those bands, we felt like that fourth quarter was the first quarter.”

    Two other Auburn players, Mario Fannin and Mike Blanc, give similar testimonials in videos of their own. And so do some NFL players. When reached on the phone recently, Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams said he uses them even in the off-season. They’ve become a “ritual” for golfer Mark Calcavecchia.

    So who is Mitch Ross? How did a former bodybuilder from Alabama with a tiny office, a huge RV, a youthful face and boundless energy gain the trust of important people in and around NFL locker rooms and influence a National Championship? And what are these “chips”?

    “I think you may be interested in what I’ve been doing for the past four years,” said Ross. “I think it’s going to blow your mind.”

    ***
    Mitch Ross grew up in Douglas County, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. After graduating high school, he got into personal training and joined a gym in 1985. That’s where he was first introduced to the world of bodybuilding and the culture that came with it.

    “The guy behind the counter sold steroids right out of the refrigerator,” Ross recalled. “I used a little back in the day when I first started. You go to a gym, you follow what everybody else is doing.”

    This was before the government outlawed steroids and passed the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990. Still, Ross didn’t like the side effect and says he quit using them.

    He eventually moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he helped overhaul several gyms in the area. It was there where he was approached by an undersized weightlifter in his 50s. The man was, in Ross’ words, “an MLMer” — or a Multi-Level-Marketer, which is someone who not only sells a product, but recruits others to do the same.

    Ross sighed and asked, “What do you got for me now?”

    What the man presented to him would change Ross’ life.

    They were little patches, meant to be worn on the skin at Chinese acupuncture points like the wrists and upper chest. LifeWave, the company that makes them, claims the patches provide energy to the body through homeopathic mechanisms.

    “Specific wavelengths of light are capable of triggering specific biochemical responses within the human body,” explains David Schmidt, founder of LifeWave. “For example, you go out in the sun and a wavelength of light causes the body to make Vitamin D.”

    Ross liked the idea, but hated the system the company used to sell the patches. So when there was dissension at LifeWave, he decided to branch off with some of the company’s top people and take the technology in a different direction.

    Ross and his partners say they figured out a way to identify the frequency of any nutrient and embed it into their own patches. In theory, the human energy field can recognize the frequencies and cause the same chemical reaction inside the body as if those nutrients had been eaten.

    This means that instead of an athlete having to eat a banana to get potassium to prevent cramping in the middle of a game, Ross says, an athlete could have the frequency for potassium on his or her skin in the chip and the body would respond as if it had been ingested.

    Ross says he helped create a formula for several over-the-counter nutrients athletes need while performing. The frequencies for those nutrients, Ross says, were then stored on the chips inside a hologram.

    “They needed me to develop the athletic part of all this,” he says. “The arm of making this a household name and legit.”

    Eventually, Ross began selling his own patches through a company he founded in 2005, S.W.A.T.S. (Sports With Alternatives to Steroids). He created two types of chips — performance chips and pain chips, which several injured athletes including Etheridge claim helped them heal.

    “(These chips are) the most enhancing product out there,” Ross says.

    The next step was to get S.W.A.T.S. some publicity, and how better to do that than to get the endorsement of some high-profile athletes?

    ***
    In 2008, Ross went to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He spent time in hotel lobbies and eagerly introduced himself to anyone he recognized and some he didn’t. That’s where he first met Hue Jackson, then an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens, and Anthony Lynn, an assistant with the Cleveland Browns.

    Both coaches were unsure of Ross and the technology. It took several months of texting before Ross would gain their trust. But it was an unexpected display on the college level that jolted S.W.A.T.S. into NFL locker rooms.

    On September 27, 2008, No. 10 Alabama went on the road to take on No. 3 Georgia.

    “Tonight Alabama is going to triple chip against Georgia and beat the ever living s— out of them,” Ross texted Lynn. “And the chips are going to be the reason why.”

    A few months earlier, Ross says he passed along his chips to some University of Alabama student-athletes. One of those was star running back Glen Coffee, who says he did try them. According to Ross, some members of the Crimson Tide football team were wearing the chips the night they took on Georgia, which went into the season ranked No. 1. (Reached by phone, Alabama sports information director Jeff Purinton told ThePostGame.com, “Alabama has nothing to do with this guy.”)

    By halftime, the Crimson Tide was rolling over Georgia, 31-0.

    “Okay prophet,” Lynn texted back to Ross, “you have my attention.”

    (Reached by phone, Lynn confirmed this account to ThePostGame.com.)

    When the Browns next played, on a Monday night against the undefeated New York Giants, several players wore the chips, according to Lynn. Cleveland, 1-3 going into the game, beat the reigning Super Bowl champs, 35-14.

    It took Jackson slightly longer to come around, but he did invite Ross to Baltimore that fall. The coach wouldn’t allow Ross to distribute any of his products to players, but Jackson himself did.

    “He walked me into that locker room,” Ross says. “I spent four or five hours in there.”

    Among those interested in the chips, according to Ross, was all-pro linebacker Ray Lewis. Neither he nor his agent replied to several requests for comment, but teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, reached by phone recently, said of Lewis, “I know he uses the S.W.A.T.S. and he’s been using them ever since I’ve been in Baltimore. And I know he uses them in a similar way that I use the LifeWave patches.”

    According to Jackson, Lewis’ positive response to the chips got a reaction throughout the Ravens’ locker room. “If I didn’t have [the chips],” Jackson explained, “people would be like, ‘Where are they?'”

    The Ravens went from 5-11 in 2007 to 11-5 a year later. Ross credits the chips. Jackson, who has since cut ties with S.W.A.T.S., agreed.

    “Do I think it made a difference in Baltimore?” Jackson said in an interview prior to him cutting ties with Ross. “Yeah, I do. The greatest player to ever wear a Baltimore Ravens uniform is wearing them. That proof is in that pudding.”

    Bengals safety Roy Williams told ThePostGame.com that he wore the chips during the 2010 season and, when reached by phone recently, said, “I got ’em on right now.”

    The strongest testimonials, however, come from outside the NFL.

    Champions Tour member Mark Calcavecchia says he heard about the chips from fellow golfer Ken Green, who used them to recover from a serious RV accident last year.

    “I’m still not entirely sure what they do, but at the time I put ’em on, I couldn’t bend my right wrist forward or backward,” Calcavecchia told ThePostGame.com in a February phone interview. “Slowly but surely, my wrist started getting better. I put ’em on my elbow, back, right shoulder, bottom of my heels, on my neck. Anywhere that aches. It’s become a ritual. It’s completely healed my wrist.”

    Motocross star Mike Metzger says he used both the chips and The Ultimate Spray — another Ross product — to recover from a crash last May in which he shattered his right elbow into eight pieces and broke his right femur. Two months before the accident, Metzger met Ross at a Supercross event in Jacksonville, Fla., and Ross sold him on S.W.A.T.S.

    “I was really having a hard time with pain and once I started putting chips on my back, the pain went away,” Metzger said. “And then using the spray, it felt like it rejuvenated my body.”

    Ten weeks after his accident, Metzger competed in the XGames, making it all the way to the Speed and Style finals.

    But what truly sold Metzger on Ross and his products had nothing to do with riding or injuries, but what happened after he began using The Ultimate Spray.

    “I used to chew tobacco when I was younger,” he says, “and I had some pretty bad receding gums on my lower gum line. Within two weeks, I felt my teeth getting stronger and then my gums started growing back.”

    Ross’ dream was being played out. He had the ear of some big-name athletes — getting the attention from the sporting world he so craved. But the strongest evidence for his chips wouldn’t come until 2011.

    ***
    The University of Alabama sent a letter to Ross in 2009 ordering him to avoid contact with all of its student-athletes. So he decided to leave the college ranks and focus on the NFL.

    Enter Christopher Key. He met Ross through the personal training business in Birmingham. Key has a degree in kinesiology and has owned gyms. Ross introduced him to the chips in 2008, but Key was skeptical. “I thought he was crazy like everyone else did,” Key says. But after researching and testing them, he got on board. Key, an Alabama grad, became the college arm of S.W.A.T.S. Key pitched the chips under a different name, “Mojo,” and says he tried to get his alma mater to consider officially using the chips as a team, but to no avail.

    So Ross and Key decided to show Alabama the hard way that the technology worked by taking it to the Crimson Tide’s biggest rival.

    Key says an Auburn booster introduced him to several team doctors. After hearing about the technology, they approved the use on several players, including Zac Etheridge. That was in July 2010 — and the players-only meeting soon followed. Many players began wearing the chips. Auburn kept winning.

    A half-dozen calls to Auburn officials were not returned.

    In his video, Mario Fannin said of the chips, “my performance progressed tremendously.”

    And in preparation for the 2011 NFL Combine, a number of Auburn players, including Fannin, wore them during workouts.

    “I went into the combine, never ran a 4.3,” Fannin said in a video provided by S.W.A.T.S. “So the combine came and [I] ran the 40 in a 4.3. They really do work. My bench press, I’ve only gotten 17 while being here at Auburn — max reps [lifting 225 pounds] — and I got 21 [at the combine]. So that’s a great example of how well they work.”

    Fannin is then asked on video if he would recommend the chips to fellow players.

    “Definitely,” he says. “It’s legal. It’s not anything that’s going to get you into trouble. It’s safe, and it works.”

    (Ross sent some chips to the nationally-respected lab at Anti-Doping Research. Lab director Don Catlin found no steroids in that batch of chips but could not vouch for any other sample.)

    Ross’ dream of rattling the sporting world was being played out. He’s gone from introducing himself to strangers in hotel lobbies to having famous football names tout his products.

    “This is what I always envisioned,” Ross said. “I envisioned the whole sports world saying, ‘What is going on?’”

    Less than a week after Auburn’s win over Oregon, the NFL sent a letter to Raiders coach Hue Jackson, telling him to sever ties with Ross and S.W.A.T.S. Similar letters to other NFL personnel, including some players, followed later in January.

    — David Gardner, Eric Adelson and Jay Hart contributed to this report.