On Aug. 13, 2010, a federal judge handed down a 4-year sentence to certified pharmacist J. Michael Bennett from Mobile, Alabama, for participating in a nationwide operation which distributed anabolic steroids.
Federal prosecutors, who sought a 7-year sentence in the case, referred to Bennett as a, "drug dealer in a lab coat."
According to court documents, Bennett, and his accomplices, shipped 762,388 dosages to 17 doctors and clinics from April 4, 2004 to Aug. 30, 2006.
Those clinics then distributed the performance enchanting drugs to a wide variety of customers which included 22 professional athletes.
The list of athletes who allegedly purchased the performance enhancers include, Kurt Angle, Shane Carwin, Bob Howard, Tony Freeman, Quincy Taylor, Dennis Newman, Troy Zuccolotto, along with six other professional bodybuilders, seven other professional wrestlers and two professional baseball players.
Since then, Carwin who has never tested positive for performance enhancers, has been accused of taking them, to the point where his "The Ultimate Fighter" 16 Finale opponent, Roy Nelson, has demanded independent testing through VADA for their upcoming fight.
Today, Carwin's manager, Jason Genet, responded to the allegations in a letter to our friends over at BJPenn.com:
I believe Roy was trying to paint Shane into a corner, if you can recall, Shane was the smallest he had ever been for his last fight against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131. Let’s make the assumption that Shane had juiced every fight leading up to that last fight, which he hasn’t, but let’s just make that stupid assumption. Why would Roy test him now and make it such a big issue? The reason Roy is doing it is simple, it gives him the ability to tear his opponent down.
Roy alleges to be this blue collar guy, but in reality Shane is the real blue collar worker. Roy talks about being blue collar, but its Shane who goes out and digs ditches. Roy wants to make money off of that gimmick and you can’t trash Shane in that regard. It’s a very difficult position for Roy to be in.
The reason Shane came in as small as he did at UFC 131 is very simple. He had a tough time dealing with the loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 and the way the fight ended. Everything he did that night worked, but he still lost. After the fight he over analyzed and read books about lactic acidosis and what causes it. Shane found out that certain supplements and a lack of a proper nutritional diet can cause it. Another cause is when you over work your body and Shane felt as though he qualified on all three accounts.
What Shane didn’t take into account were the crushed nerves in his back and the fact that they had a lot to do with the condition. He went out and hired a nutritionist who made him go from eating a lot of meat to eating like a vegan. He had him eating a lot of organic foods and Shane’s coaches were complaining that he couldn’t keep the weight on. He completely cut out all of the supplements and to this day hasn’t gone back to taking any of them. He went from one extreme to the other.
The surgery he had cut through the middle of his back up by his neck and shoulder blades. All of those muscles were cut in half and that controlled his head and shoulder movement along with the way he threw his punches. He only...