American football is a sport in which both high performance and the muscle mass of the athlete are substantial. Anabolic steroids enhance these parameters. Therefore, there are many American football players among athletes who used steroids. There are suggestions that Clay Matthews III (nicknamed Claymaker and Claymotion) of the Green Bay Packers is a “juice” cheater. Is it true or not? Let’s try to figure it out.
Clay Matthews’ Background
After finishing his triumphant career in 19 professional seasons for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons, Clay Mathews II (the father of the current American football star) moved to the west and start living in sunshiny California, in the City of Angels.
Fortunately for him, the footballer married a wife, Leslie, and the twosome had son. The family decided to name the boy after his father and his grandpapa, William Clay. (The boy’s grandfather, Clay I, was also an esteemed footballer in America.)
Clay’s III daddy started to work at school as a coach and dreamed of becoming a professional football handler after finishing his scholastic career. The dad could share his immeasurable experience to the young rising generation of stars. Among them, the coach also saw his son Clay. However, man proposes, God disposes. The immature guy grew up quickly, but it was impossible to discern the special talent of a footballer. He got onto the school team, but even having such connections in the coaching staff of the team, Clay Junior had to settle for a place on the bench, because other players were more bountied. The footballer’s papa thought that his sonny was not meant to be good footballer, and it was time to forswear football.
But Clay Jr. had a peculiar point of view. Football was his life, his lifestyle. Despite his unexceptional throw, he could not imagine his life without this sport. He had a humongous desire. It is clear that there would be no tempting offers for scholarships from colleges. There were suggestions from local, conventional higher education institutions, but they were not considered to be pertinent either by Clay or his parents. Armed with his goal and support of his progenitors, Clay entered the University of Southern California (USC). While all the partners in his future team played, getting for it decent finances (a sports stipend), Clay acted on a virtually voluntary basis.
It was laborious for him. He was the son of a famous sportsperson, but the first season in college he played for a backup composition. Only at the end of the third season of staying at the university team, a guy was given a chance. Brian Cushing, the main linebacker, had an injury, and Clay had a chance to play as the main player in the last games.
By the beginning of the graduation year, Matthews gained weight and went to work out in the gym. His coach was surprised when he met the young man at the first training of the 2009 season. They simply had no choice but to sacrifice someone else, and make Clay the player of the starting lineup.
Clay showed excellent results. There are few people, who managed to do such skyrocketing jump in the career. In one season, the team could not be imagined without Matthews. After graduation, Clay was selected by the Green Bay Packers during the draft. Thus, Matthews got into a big sport.
Clay’s Activity in Other Fields
Many sports stars are not limited to training and competitions. Often they try to get on the TV screens as actors. Clay also did not waste time in the offseason.
In 2015, the footballer starred in a small scene of the film Pitch Perfect 2 (directed by Elizabeth Banks), about a group of girls who ventured into the world battle of voices, in which US delegates have never won. In this film, he got a recurring role. Matthews was also featured in the movie’s trailer.
He is also an ascensive Instagram star (@claymatthews52).
Did Clay Matthews Use Steroids?
In 2009, a website alleged Matthews tested positive for steroid drugs, NFL sources said bunk. Users wrote that this is smokescreens without validation, as there were no substantiated report.
We do not know whether hale and hearty Clay Matthews uses steroids. What are the arguments for the assumption that he did? Just look at the photograph of this perite football player. He looks huge, his biceps probably 50 cm (20 inches). At a sports forum, users created a thread called “Does anybody truly believe Clay Matthews is natty?” (“natty” means natural). Users write that during his studies in high school he weighed 160 lbs. As of 2011, he already weighed 240 lbs. Is it possible to get 80 pounds of pure muscle mass in 4 years? Hardly, if you do not use cunning medicines or do not possess unique genetics, which contributes to a startling increase in muscle mass. Therefore, maybe he uses short-estered testosterone, for example testosterone propionate. Or mayhap he administer Winstrol before the season. What is the argumentation “against”? These are the words of Clay Matthews himself and opinions of some forum frequenters (he is a “late bloomer” with fantastical genetics).
Clay Matthews’ Position Statement on Steroids
In 2010 the celebrity said: “I have never taken steroids.” He added he had never taken unsanctioned drugs in his life. He told newsmen they can look at his genealogy. He thinks the story of his family speaks for itself. There are talented people in his kinsfolk and he believes that they are doing everything righteous. He takes this earnestly when people throw accusations on his way, because he works with the sweat of his brow and is not a beguiler. He also added that he did omnifarious things he needed to become an ace sportsman. But if someone tries to knock him off his path, he will be steadfast. He will continue to be himself.