Archive for the ‘In The News’ Category

Palumbo’s day in court

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

From today’s Los Angeles Times:

David Palumbo, a bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to charges of conspiring to distribute a human growth hormone to other bodybuilders.

Palumbo, 36, faces a maximum five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 17.

See previous blog entry for more details.

Another arrest

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Pier cops bust big-time steroid pusher. Don’t recognize the name? Look closely at the t-shirt in the pic. Its Big Red HH, one of the moderators from the bodybuilding.com forum. Note that bb.com has since banned him from the board. Also they seemed to have deleted all postings regarding his arrest.

The news article claims that Jason Cholewa was a major dealer, but only found about $4000 of drugs in his apartment. Heck, if it were all steroids, he could probably claim it was for personal use. But there were other drugs there, including vicodin.

In all the recent bodybuilder drug busts, it seems that its the other drugs that really jack up the time for the crime. Here is a hint: if you’re going to deal steroids, don’t deal the other stuff. If you’re supplying someone with steroids for months or years and he suddenly starts harassing you to find him some ecstasy, tina, or pain killers, he’s probably setting you up.

BTW, the solution to the steroid drug problem is to repeal the part of the 1990 Steroid Control Act that makes it illegal for a medical doctor to prescribe steroids for performance enhancement or cosmetic purposes. Isn’t it better for people to take reasonable doses of steroids under a doctors supervision rather than buying who knows what off the black market?

And see the June 4 blog entry to see how bodybuilding.com compares to other on-line supplement resellers.

Another bodybuilder arrested

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Dave Palumbo charged with “illegally distributing a counterfeit version of the human growth hormone, somatropin.” Full articles here and here.

So much for that XM Radio commercial. (mpeg)

Bodybuilding Pawns

Friday, May 28th, 2004

From an anonymous posting on the getbig forum:

David Pecker [AMI] wanted the Olympia contest.

Ben Weider would not give him the Olympia contest.

David Pecker wanted the Olympia contest.

Ben Weider and David Pecker fought about it.

Ben said no way over the Mr. Olympia contest.

David Pecker told Wayne Demilia and Jim Lorimer he would support them in a new division.

Wayne started to get sponsorships and the promoters to agree on it.

David Pecker did not respond to the IFBB on the new division.

Wayne continued via signs of encouragement from AMI.

Ben Weider started feeling increased pressure.

Ben Weider realized he may not win if AMI goes with the new division.

Ben Weider gives in – gives Olympia to David Pecker.

David Pecker got what he wanted by playing human pawns.

The War Begins

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

In today’s news release on the IFBB website:

All IFBB professional members are reminded of Article 14.9 of the IFBB Professional Rules (2003 Edition), which states:

?Any IFBB professional athlete, judge or official who participates at a competition or event not approved or sanctioned by the IFBB may be fined, suspended or expelled.?

More AMI

Monday, May 24th, 2004
  • AdAge: DAVID PECKER’S AMERICAN MEDIA FLEXES ITS MUSCLE

    AMI will be involved with the Mr Olympia and two new events, the Joe Weider World Cup and the Joe Weider International Cup.

    Favorite quote: “Even fans concede the comic-book-esque physiques it promotes cannot be achieved without use of performance-enhancement agents such as steroids, which are illegal.”

Restricted sales of steroid precursors nears

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

Houston Chronicle: Congress appears ready to ban over-the-counter sales of muscle-building supplements and other steroid-linked substances…

The article talks about “protecting the children”, but rather than limiting sales to adults, they must ban the whole thing. And my favorite part of this bill: doubling the penalties for selling steroids and steroid precursors within 1000 feet of a gym.

Write your congressman now. Tell him/her to oppose HR 3866

Jan Tana / Masters O canceled

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

Women’s pro Jan Tana Classic and men’s Master’s Olympia has been canceled.
See http://www.jantana.com/cancel_letter.html

Shuffling the deck

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

The IFBB announces a reorganization of their pro division. DeMilia is out. Manion and Eric Weider are in. Exclusive relationship with AMI, the National Enquirer publishing company that recently bought all the Weider mags, including Flex and Muscle & Fitness.
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Pro Division

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

Still no official word anywhere on the net of what’s going on with the IFBB and the new Pro Division, but here are some observations that may or may not mean anything:
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