It's apparently all the rage with those professional athlete types these days. And its apparently almost impossible to detect unless you administer a blood test on the athlete the day he takes it. Oh...sorry, apparently you inhale it via a mouth spray. And wait...the NFL and Major League Baseball, well, they test urine, not blood.
Really, I'm pretty sure we aren't making this up. Or at least the people reporting it aren't. And it's not "April Fools Day" either. It's late January.
Apparently, you can buy Velvet Antler, a soft coating that covers deer antlers in New Zealand, after it is processed for somewhere around $68 dollars a bottle. For a multi-millionaire athlete, that wouldn't even cover the cost of dinner.
Read more from the excellent Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports RIGHT HERE
The whole premise of Drug testing athletes may well be in jeopardy if this is true. Though quite honestly, we are still trying to grasp what this means and are trying really hard to stifle laughter.
According to scientists, it does increase HGH levels and helps in recovery for athletes. Wetzel's story quotes at least one NFL player, Roy Williams of the Bengals as someone who admits to using it.
It's not a Banned Substance per say, at least at the moment. But it came up in light of the Lance Armstrong story from a earlier this week. And guess what. Unless someone can figure out a way to test for it, expect more athletes to start using it if it gives them a competitive edge.
Is it bad that when you say they deer, this is all that I can think of: