Federal probes can be really embarassing. You buy some sketchy stuff from a sketchy pharma company and then five years later the government goes and seizes their customer list and outs you as a juicer. That’s what happened to Shane Carwin back in August of 2010 – his name came up in court along with the names of several pro wrestlers and bodybuilders as customers of Applied Pharmacy Services, a steroid provider.
Rather than say ‘Yes, I admit I did steroids back in 2006’ or ‘No, I’m completely innocent’, Shane tried a different tactic: his manager said they’d release a statement ‘soon’ and then they disappeared for the next six months. Shane went and got neck and back surgery and hoped everyone would forgtt about things by the time he came back.
And almost everyone did. Leading up to this fight with Junior Dos Santos, those Carwin steroid allegations have almost never came up … until those darned kids from MMA Fighting went and asked him in an interview what was up:
Haven’t had a chance to talk to you about a story linking you to a pharmacy that supplied steroids to athletes in Alabama. Do you have any comment on that whole story?
Ah no comment on that yeah. Nothing right now
Will you comment on it in the future?
Aaaah … you know … next … there’s, there’s uuuuuh, nothing for me to comment on that.
Well, I guess it’s nice that he’s not lying to our faces about it. A big high five to Ariel Helwani for continuing to ask the tough questions to some of the world’s toughest and scariest athletes. And not just asking Shane once, but twice! I don’t wanna make everything leading up to this fight about Shane Carwin’s steroid use, but it is kinda important that fighters not be allowed to sweep that shit under the rug and pretend it never happened.