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Report: Alabama Players Received PEDs Before 2012 National Championship

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Alabama players celebrate winning the 2012 BCS National Championship. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Alabama players celebrate winning the 2012 BCS National Championship. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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(CBS) A report from Sports Illustrated claims members of Alabama’s 2012 National Championship team received banned substances produced by Sports with Alternatives to Steroids prior to the BCS championship game.

S.W.A.T.S. representative Christopher Key reportedly showed SI a video of him passing out “chips” to members of the Crimson Tide team two days before the BCS game. These “chips” are stickers containing a substance banned by the NCAA that athletes secure to their wrists and above their heart for an energy boost. Alabama linebacker Alex Watkins later confirmed the effectiveness of the “chips,” the report states.

These S.W.A.T.S. products reportedly contain IGF-1, a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth. IGF-1 is banned by the NCAA, the NFL and most other major pro sports leagues.

The SI report also alleged NFL linebacker Ray Lewis took a similar product from S.W.A.T.S, which is banned by the NFL.

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