In an article about J.Michael Bennett being sentenced to prison for his role in "a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell anabolic steroids," it was reported that during the trial a few names came up that are very familiar to us in the pro wrestling and MMA world. From the previously linked article:
In court today, Dobbins named seven whose orders included Bennett's signature or initials:
- Shane Carwin, a former NCAA Division II wrestling champion who went on to become an Ultimate Fighting heavyweight champion.
- Kurt Angle, a former Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler and professional wrestler.
- Bob Howard, a pro wrestler from Mobile who performed under the name "Hardcore" Bob Holly.
- Tony Freeman, a professional bodybuilder nicknamed "The X-Man."
- Quincy Taylor, a professional bodybuilder.
- Dennis Newman, a professional bodybuilder.
Court documents reference 6 other professional bodybuilders, 7 professional wrestlers and 2 professional baseball players by their initials only.
- Troy Zuccolotto, a professional bodybuilder.
Well, it's no surprise that once again there are wrestlers accused of steroid usage. But, as big as he is, we have never heard Shane Carwin's name linked to any kind of steroid usage. I really wonder what will happen in the coming days regarding this issue. I tweeted Shane to ask if he had any response to that article and have yet to hear back from him. I'll update the page if he responds to me.
Dana White is in a difficult spot here. What kind of publicity will this bring to the UFC? A lot of people are already looking for a good reason to launch an attack against them; this might provide exactly that. Carwin just recently lost to Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, another guy that plenty of questions have been asked regarding steroid usage. I look at it like this. I assume that steroid usage is happening by everyone in all sports. We constantly see guys getting popped for it and I know it does no justice to those that stay clean but we have no way of knowing who is doing it and who isn't. Testing in most sports is a joke and there are too many ways to beat the system. For my own sanity I just assume they are all doing it and try to forget about it.
We'll keep updating as this story develops.
Re: the Carwin story ... Carwin, thru his manager Jason Genet, has no comment now, but says he'll make a statement at a later time.
Which probably means they are too busy coming up with a good way to spin this to actually release an honest statement now. More as it becomes available.
I'm counting 8 pro wrestlers on that list. Who wants to start taking a crack at who they are based on the initials given?
An interesting timeline:
October 2005 – Carwin makes his MMA debut.
Then, no fights for 5 months.
January 2006 – begins receiving steroids, according to chart.
March-June 2006 – fights 4 times in 3 months.
August 2006 – stops receiving steroids, according to chart.
Then doesn’t fight again for over a year.
UPDATE 4 - Dana White reportedly told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports that he is aware of the story but had no other information and declined further comment.