June 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
A LOOK AT VICTOR CONTE
San Francisco, CA- Having been on the Bay Area music as a native, and a guy who seen everybody from the Rolling Stones to Frank Sinatra and more, I know a little more than the average music fan. I consider this a preface for what I’m sure what I’m about to write about is going to irk some of you, while others think that I’ve hit a least a double were we playing baseball and not writing. That being the following story is the most prevalent subject in sports and boxing, that being “Drug Use.” And no I’m not talking about Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth (Speed), I’m on the subject of fighters using Performance Enhancing Drugs such as Steroids and the like.
A BASS PLAYER IS A WEIRD DUDE/CHICK
Most of the bass players that I’ve encountered were introverted. But Victor Conte, who had led bands prior to becoming part of Tower of Power in 1976, joining his cousin and guitar player Bruce Conte for one album, was the exact opposite of that notion of being “an introvert.” He can charm the media, and at the same time sell his top of the line SNAC.com (Sports Nutrition For Advanced Conditioning products in a manner that can pay four (at least) salaries and leave Victor smiling. As far his playing bass, having played drums and trombone in school, the bass player was always a “different” type guy.
EXTROVERTED CONTE QUITE TH OPPOSITE READ MORE…
June 6th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
DRUG TESTING STORY HAS MANY TENTACLES
San Francisco, CA- Having been messed with and misled by promoters and the like for a long time, the article I put up here yesterday was wrong, this according to MaxBoxing.com writer Gabriel Montoya. What Mr. Montoya stated in between near hysterical fits, was that Golden Boy Promotions served him with a “Cease and Desist” letter. The MaxBoxing.com writer says that he lost a job because of promotional pressure put on one of his employers.
TOUGH TO FIGURE OUT
I was under the impression that the article in the Examiner.com by Mark “Scoop” Malinowski was written in conjunction with Montoya. That appears not to be the case. According to Montoya, a guy that I don’t know, I should have called him first. In hindsight, he was correct. Montoya says that Malinowski ripped off his story and took it in a direction that was erroneous. In between Montoya’s rants and threats, I found it hard to decipher what he was trying to say. What I did get out of him was that people in the boxing world, mainly Golden Boy Promotions, have wreaked havoc that has cost him money and his being demoted at BoxingScene.com from an editorial position to that of a once a week writer. If that is the case, and Montoya adamantly says it is, that’s a tough price to pay for his being forthright.
“SCOOP” HAD A SCOOP OF DUNG? READ MORE…
June 5th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Yesterday, one of the biggest websites Examiner.com stated that MaxBoxing.com, with whom I have enjoyed a lengthy professional relationship, that their writer Gabriel Montoya, implied that something wasn’t kosher with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and drug testing.
ASKED TO INTERVENE, I CONTACTED KEITH KIZER
Nevada’s Kizer issued a one-sentence response to my Tuesday early afternoon inquiry. Here it is verbatim from Nevada Commission head Keith Kizer: “Neither Oscar nor Floyd has ever failed a NSAC steroid or drug test.”
STILL PAYING FOR BREAKING THE MOSLEY-BALCO LABS STORY READ MORE…
June 1st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- World champion Floyd Mayweather, clearly the best boxer “pound for pound” in boxing reported to the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, NV as he begins a 90-day sentence, which in all likelihood will be shortened for Domestic Violence. While Floyd can be a jerk at times, the applause that can be heard from Manny Pacquiao fans is so loud you can hear it a continent away from the Philippines.
PACQUIAO TALKS ANTI-GAY MARRIAGE MUTE ON “RANDOM” DRUG TESTS!
That being said, and truth be told, Manny Pacquiao has done everything he can to lessen his negotiating leverage for a fight with Mayweather. His refusing “random” drug testing for the June 9 fight with Tim Bradley shows READ MORE…
May 29th, 2012 By Jon Campbell
NEW SCRIBE TALKS STEROIDS IN BOXING
Manchester, UK- Two large let downs occurred in both the sport and business of boxing when two potentially great rematches from last year were cancelled. The story started when IBF-WBA jr. welterweight (140 lbs) champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) copped to having taken Performance Enhancing Drugs leading up to the second fight against ex-champion Amir Khan (26-1, 16 KOS) set for last week.
SOME QUESTION THE FIRST FIGHT
Lamont then went on to say that he used a Steroid (Testosterone) prior to their first fight in December 2011. Peterson was a controversial decision winner over the British amateur prodigy man known at home as “King Khan.” The controversy was that referee Joseph Cooper yanked two points away from Khan for “pushing,” once in the 7tth & again the final (12th) round.
OFFICIAL TALLY TAINTED BY REFEREE? READ MORE…
May 19th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- Two major fights have been scrapped in the past week because of the actions, in my opinion, of two punk ass bitches: Andre Berto & Lamont Peterson have failed their drug test due to steroid use. I’d like to put on record that these two a**holes should not be able to earn another cent in the ring! It’s because of scumbags like them that the sport of boxing gets a bad rep. These two mark ass bitches were signed on board in two separate fights that where very intriguing and could have helped the sport further the great year it’s having, now all these dirt bags did is hurt it. I’d like to offer Peterson and Berto a big “f you”, stay outta my sport punks! Also, if either of you two wanna step up to me, bring it! Cuz I’m sure the both of you sans juice would be lit up like the New York City skyline by my 55 year old mother so I’m pretty sure I can take ya!
May 10th, 2012 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- By now boxing fans have gotten the news that the Amir Khan (26-2 19 KOs) versus Lamont Peterson (30-1-1 15 KOs) jr. welterweight (140 lb.) title bout has been cancelled. This is because Peterson has been flagged as a user of a banned substance via the comprehensive testing of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). VADA is similar to USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), the entity being utilized by Floyd Mayweather beginning with Shane Mosley in 2010. The testing protocols of these agencies are designed to catch cheating athletes who otherwise would pass standard testing procedures. So Far Mayweather and his opponents have come back clean.
TESTOSTERONE IS A STEROID!
For Lamont Peterson, the banned substance has been reported as synthetic testosterone, a substance Peterson admitted to using prior to his signature victory over Amir Khan in December of last year. Ironically Peterson is the one who requested WADA testing in his rematch with Khan, only to himself get popped for using PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) himself. Either team Peterson thought they wouldn’t get caught or somehow the idea of using drugs to improve Testosterone didn’t register as an obvious conflict for an athlete, despite stricter testing protocol. Either way, these missteps have tarnished Lamont’s clean image and may linger with him for the rest of his career.
IS TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY VALID HERE? READ MORE…
May 2nd, 2012 By Kevin Perry
VIDEO COURTESY OF ESPN: IN STUDIO ANALYSIS FROM STEPHEN A. SMITH AND SKIP BAYLESS, IN REGARDS TO RECENT STATEMENTS FROM MAYWEATHER IN REGARDS TO A POTENTIAL FIGHT WITH THE FILIPINO SUPERSTAR.
April 27th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- To say that UFC President Dana White is pissed off, well that might be the understatement of 2012 when it comes to the world of MMA. Earlier this week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to license Alistair Overeem, this after testing positive about six weeks ago for Testosterone, an-anabolic Steroid. At first I was told that his level was 7-1, which would put him with a hair of Nevada’s limit. But when the results were finally released, Overeem, of the Netherlands, a Strikeforce star before signing with the UFC late last year and then defeating ex-champ Brock Lesnar, had a 14-1 ratio, Nevada will let a 6-1 ratio go, WADA, the World Anti Doping Assn. has a 4-1 cut off. Overeem is suspended with “stipulations” that say he cannot fight anywhere in the world for nine months!
CHAMPION DOS SANTOS NOW FACES FRANK MIR!
On May 26, it’ll be ex-UFC champ Frank Mir challenging the best stand up fighting heavyweight in probably MMA history in Junior Dos Santos. After capturing the title with a KO of Cain Velasquez last November on the UFC debut card on FOX TV, Dos Santos, had fought with a broken foot, and Velasquez with a bad knee and shoulder, Dos Santos has fully recovered, as has Velasquez and both will be on the May 26 Pay Per View card from Las Vegas. READ MORE…
February 13th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
OVERTURN UFC FIGHTS FOR WEED, BUT BOXING STEROIDS OK!
San Francisco, CA- Word came of of Las Vegas, NV this past week that UFC fighter Nick Diaz has allegedly tested positive for Marijuana. Diaz does have a Medical Marijuana recommendation from a California Dr. for medical issues. If this is true and Diaz failed the drug test, Nevada may suspend or even ban Diaz. Ironically, Medical Marijuana is not only legal in Nick’s native California, but Nevada has legal Medical Marijuana as well. A side note to this is Senator Mark Leno is pushing a bill through the California legislature that will forbid employers from penalizing or terminating Medical Marijuana patients. Look, Leno is not saying you can go to work stoned, but seeing California recognizes it as a medicine, how can you legally penalize somebody for Medical Marijuana which can stay in your system 90 days after use.
In May 2007, Diaz beat Japan’s Takanori Gomi in Las Vegas. Afterwards, Nick tested positive for Marijuana and the win was taken away from him and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under the leadership of Keith Kizer, declared the fight was declared a No Contest. In other words, the fight never took place. Obviously, Marijuana is not a Performance Enhancing Drug, unlike Steroids or EPO.
YOU KNOW WHAT STEROIDS ARE, HOW ABOUT EPO?
“Erythropoietin (pronounced, ah-rith-ro-poy-tin AKA EPO) is a relatively recent entry into the deceitful pursuit of glory. EPO is a protein hormone produced by the kidney. After being released into the blood stream it binds with receptors in the bone marrow, where it stimulates the production of red blood cells (erythrocytes).” I took these words from an MD who is well versed on cheaters in sports.
SHANE MOSLEY’S “DECEITFUL PURSUIT OF GLORY” READ MORE…
January 31st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
ANDRE BERTO SAID TO REQUIRE SURGERY
San Francisco, CA- Reports that Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) was seriously injured sparring yesterday in Southern California were confirmed late Monday evening. The injury is said to be a “torn” or “ruptured” left bicep. One report said that Berto had suffered the same muscle tear previously. With pending surgery possibly as soon as this week, Berto’s February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz (29-3, 22 KOs) has been canceled. No word as to who will replace the American born fighter of Haitian heritage on the Showtime Championship Boxing card.
STEROIDS REPORTEDLY FACILITATE BERTO INJURY
According to the world’s preminent MMA writer Dave Meltzer of the WrestlingObserver.com, his take on torn biceps taken from an article at SteroidSources.com is as follows. “The biceps will tear more frequently on steroids, but non-steroid using lifters often don’t have problems with biceps tears.”
BERTO WORKS WITH VICTOR CONTE READ MORE…
January 10th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There is little question that a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is the boxing match people want to see. The “not so hip” to the game of boxing, a demographic I refer to as “the squares,” well, that’s what they are talking about. I get asked daily: “When are Mayweather and Pacquiao going to fight? When I point out that they would have fought March 13, 2010 had Manny Pacquiao agreed to what he “supposedly has NOW agreed to,” random drug testing.
WITH JAIL LOOMING PAC CAMP WAS TALKING TOUGH!
When it appeared Floyd Mayweather was not going to be able to fight on May 5, 2012 because a Clark County Superior Court Judge imposed a 90-180 day stint in County Jail for “Domestic Violence” Floyd is said to have inflicted on an ex-girlfriend, both Manny Pacquiao. his promoter Bob Arum, oh and I can’t forget the Pacnuts, they all acted as if Manny “would have” fought Mayweather on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena that Mayweather has already rented out for the day, but since he was going to jail the fight could not be made. Wrong!
NEAR GENIUS MOVE BY FLOYD TO GET MGM GRAND READ MORE…
September 15th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- In recent years, outside of O.J. Simpson beheading ex-wife Nicole, both of whom I knew, no act of violence in the sports or entertainment world has come close to equaling the murders of Nancy and Daniel Benoit by WWE star Chris Benoit. Having learned of some of the gory events that transpired on that weekend in June 2007, I am reluctant to share all of them with you because of the incredible ugliness involved. Before I get to the meat of this segment, Part 6 of the Chris Benoit “Double Murder & Suicide” story, and the issue of Steroids, I want to say that this was not the easiest series of articles I’ve written in 40+ years. At times, I got nauseous at the gruesomeness of the crime. The fact that a man could kill his wife, that happens quite often in this country, but to kill a seven year old boy, his son by blood, this really struck a chord within me.
THE DOCTORS, THE STEROIDS, THE WWE & EVANDER HOLYFIELD TOO!
There were a number of MD’s prescribing Steroids to various wrestlers, professional ball players, both MLB and the NFL, as well as some boxers. Although Evander Holyfield will deny using Steroids at any point in his life, my buddy of 26 years is full of ****! Besides displaying symptoms of Steroid usage, loss of hair, acquiring incredible muscle mass at close to 220 lbs., this after competing in the Olympics at 178 lbs., the irregular heart condition he said was cured (for $25,000) by television evangelist Dr. Benny Hinn, or his getting Steroids delivered from a Florida pharmacy to his house under the name of Evan Fields, something that, I was told was sworn to in an affidavit by the delivery person. Another Dr., one from Harrisburg, PA, George Zahorian, hung around the WWE dressing rooms until Vince McMahon, the WWE CEO was tipped off to the fact that the DEA and other Law Enforcement agencies were ready to close ranks on Zahorian and his prescribing Steroids to wrestlers both alive and dead.
HULK HOGAN SKATED, BUT WAS EXPOSED AS A STEROID CHEAT ANYWAY!
Zahorian was convicted in 1990 of 11 counts of illegally distributing controlled substances. There were a number of wrestlers who testified against Dr. Z., Billy “Superstar” Graham, Rick Martel and Roddy Piper top the list. As for Hulk Hogan, what a liar he turned out to be. Even though his subpoena to testify was quashed by the WWE’s super lawyer Jerry McDevitt, he then went on Arsenio Hall’s show and fibbed when he said he only took Steroids twice, solely to recover from injuries. This was disputed under oath by a number of individuals who said they either shot Hogan up or witnessed it happening. When I confronted Hogan on his lying at the George Foreman-Alex Stewart post fight press conference on August 11, 1992, his PR team accosted me orally and to a lesser extent physically, this before the nearly 300 lb. Hogan turned and ran! READ MORE…
September 7th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
LEARNED TO CHEAT WITH STEROIDS FROM THE GERMAN’S BEFORE FALL OF WALL
San Francisco, CA- In the 1960s & 70s, the former Soviet Union’s athletes were the prevalent users of Anabolic Steroids. That is how they did so well in power lifting and strength events. Then came the 1980s, and the former East Germany, this before the fall of the Berlin Wall, they brought about a new strain of steroids that propelled the East German’s to Olympic prominence, that was never seen before by such a small country. Of course, it didn’t take long for the United States to catch on.
REMEMBER DEFROCKED US OLYMPIAN MARION JONES’ RUNNING?
In the year 2000, Victor Conte, then heading former Balco Labs of Burlingame, CA, essentially “rigged” the Olympic Games, especially women’s track and field, when Victor supplied Marion Jones (and others) with Performance Enhancing Drugs to the point where Jones, now a convicted Felon because she lied before the San Francisco based Balco Federal Grand Jury, dominated the 100 meter run and other track events by such a wide margin that you just knew she had to be the second coming of Ben Johnson, another Olympian caught “taking the candy.”
KOREAN TEAM WAS GIVEN STEROIDS BY THEIR GOVERNMENT READ MORE…
September 6th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When sports entertainment superstar Eddie Guerrero dropped dead in a Minneapolis hotel room in 2005, the cause of death so said the Minneapolis Coroner was a Heart Attack. The World Wrestling Entertainment folks, headed by Vincent Kennedy McMahon, tried to put the best spin on it they could. They implied that Eddie’s Drug (Cocaine) & Alcohol addictions were the major reasons that Guerrero died. Eddie had cleaned himself up, at least as far as the Coke and booze goes, but he had a massive cache of steroids with him when he dropped dead that nephew Chavo Guerrero and Chris Benoit flushed down the toilet before notifying any authorities that the biggest star in the business at the time, Eddie Guerrero was dead at the age of 38. On Friday, June 22, 2007, Chris Benoit tied up his wife, Nancy Benoit, (hands & feet) and then garroted (strangled) her, this before drugging and then breaking his seven year old son Daniel’s neck on Saturday, all prior to hanging himself Sunday.
NO PLAUSIBLE DENIAL FOR MR. MCMAHON HERE!
The bodies of the Benoit family were found by their next door neighbor Holly on Monday around 3 PM ET, who then ran outside and hysterically told two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Dept. that, “The family is dead.” Again, this was at 3 PM ET and after the WWE had called the cops and asked them to do a “welfare check” at the Benoit house. She had only saw Nancy dead in the upstairs TV room and Daniel’s body in his bed. Both bodies had Bibles next to them, as did the murderer Chris Benoit when he was found dead from hanging himself in the basement weight room. At 5:30 PM ET, Carl DeMarco, the head of the WWE in Canada called Chris’ mother, Margaret Benoit and blurted out the following, “I considered Chris one of my best friends.” Confused and unaware of the three deaths, Mrs. Benoit replied, “Why are you telling me this?” DeMarco then realized that the Benoit’s were unaware of Chris killing Nancy, Daniel, and then himself. READ MORE…