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New York Giants’ Steve Weatherford Receives Apology from False Accuser, Mitch Ross

February 14th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

In early February, shortly after he pointed the finger at Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) owner, Mitch Ross, rambled off a list of names that he alleged were clients of his and his company. Among those names was New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, whom Ross claimed had consumed some of his non-steroids, although the products were still banned by the NFL.

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Weatherford and his lawyer immediately denied these allegations, and cast Ross as a lunatic. Ross, of course, added to his bizarre image by claiming humans have two brains and a variety of other off-the-wall things.

In an effort to put the issue to bed, before a serious legal issue arose, Weatherford and his team demanded Ross apologize publicly and come clean. And although it took a little over a week, Ross has apologized to Weatherford and admitted that his story was bogus.

“All I needed him to say was that he apologizes and he won’t say my name again – I got that out of him,” Weatherford said on WFAN Wednesday. “I got that out of him, and I’m good. I’m not looking to stir the pot any more by suing him. That’s all I wanted.”

Weatherford added that an NFL career is not worth risking over some experimental banned substances, and that he owes more to the New York Giants organization and his fans across the country than to do something so foolish.

"I don’t want to give credence to the guy by talking about him, but at the same time I think the listeners and the fans deserve to know that this was totally unsubstantiated. I would never do that. Being a role model and being a New York Giant is too important for me to risk it on something like that. It’s just sad that a guy would resort to that to try to sell his snake oil.”

Alas, Ross wasn't the only topic of conversation on Wednesday, and Weatherford was also asked about his time with the New York Jets and former Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff.

“I didn’t get along with Mike,” Weatherford said. “Mike was a really difficult person to play for. He’s a guy that kind of harped on the negative a little bit, and life’s short, man. I’m trying to have fun. And nobody works harder than me, so you can’t say anything like that. It was just difficult … I don’t know exactly why we didn’t get along, but it was a mutual parting of the ways."

Westhoff was openly critical of Weatherford following his departure from the New York Jets, but quickly quieted down after he saw the punter holding up a Lombardi Trophy following Super Bowl XLVI.


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