Recently social media started to spread rumors about LeBron Raymone James, an NBA superstar, being involved in using steroids for boosting his performance.
The sportsman admitted using testosterone for treatment purposes, however this fact could contribute to his performance on the court thus providing him with an unjust advantage.
Let’s get a deeper insight into evidence so that to find out whether LeBron James was a steroid user or not.
Assumptions About LeBron’s Steroid Use
According to Bill Simmons, an American sports columnist, podcaster and analyst, the NBA and LeBron were involved in a potential disgrace concerning the use of steroids enhancing performance. Simmons assumed that there might be connection between James’s poor pursuance at the beginning of his playing with the Cavaliers and disciplinary action.
Several circumstantial evidence can be considered while LeBron himself has not clearly admitted the fact of steroid use and the NBA has not taken any measures overtly to demonstrate its position.
Some fans have reported the result of their observation: the basketballer’s hairline has changed revealing obvious hair loss. This sign testifies of the possible use of androgens (oxymetholone, testosterone esters, Deca Durabolin or methandienone). Actually, the names of several star sportspersons are associated with substances improving performance: Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rich Piana, Benito Santiago, Bobby Estalella, Jason Giambi, and Frank Zane.
Did the Sportsman Use Prohibited Drugs?
In 2015, James scored 25 thousand points and became the youngest basketball player with such high result in the NBA history. The consummate sportsman demonstrated his potential when studying at high school in Akron (Ohio), which attracted the NBA experts’ attention. In 2003 he was selected to the NBA draft as the 1-st overall pick player and soon was invited to play with the Cavaliers.
In 2010 LeBron joined the Miami Heat with which he played 4 seasons and won 2 tournaments (in 2012 & in 2013). In 2013, the club was an insurmountable leader in the league having won 27 games. When James’s contract terminated (in 2014) he returned to the Cavaliers. Not everyone knows that behind James’s fame, popularity and richness there is a moving life story full of poverty and hardships.
His single mother was only 16 when she gave birth to LeBron. The family of two had to change their places of living in Akron a number of times struggling for survival. By his mother’s consent nine-year-old LeBron moved in with the family of a football coach who had a significant impact on his future basketball career.
LeBron’s life path was full of controversy. Among the hardships he encountered were penalties for accepting presents at the early stage of his sporting career and for breaking OHSAA rules, as well as suspensions from plays.
If a person could violate the rules concerning accepting gifts he could easily violate those banning the use of drugs for enhancing performance. LeBron’s weight loss program also might have been associated with using anabolic steroids.
The above mentioned suspicions suggest that James was involved in steroid use. However, these are just assumptions which needs proving with the help of compelling evidence. In 2015, Bill Simmons put forward the idea of the NBA and the baseballer being in conspiracy in terms of anabolics use. In response to that allegation LeBron’s fans stated that the internationally famous basketball player would not stain his reputation by using supplements containing the compounds which had proven effective in other sports.
The NBA is known for its leniency towards conducting tests aimed at determining HGH (growth hormone) presence in sportsmen’s blood. Another Twitter blogger mentioned some famous names being involved in the Anthony Bosch scandal. According to the information revealed in his post, Jameer Nelson and LeBron have links with the steroid clinic located in Miami. Bosch, the owner if the steroid clinic, was punished by a four-year imprisonment term for being involved in the scandal.
A WordPress blogger Ajaythuraisingham had a great curiosity about this issue. He highlighted one interesting fact: “Incarcerated Bob” mentioned that an incognito person under “LJ” initials was in his client list and received HGH. This coincidence could not be accidental.
Anabolic Steroid Types — Possible Cycle of the Athlete
Supposing LeBron has been really using steroids, what kind of substances might they be? A great quantity of performance-enhancing meds is currently available on the pharmaceutical market. The following groups are distinguished:
Some folks often mistakenly refer HGH to the category of steroids while the latters are testosterone’s (hormone which the body produces) synthetic versions. GH is considered to be a substance produced naturally in the human body, namely by the pituitary gland. Both steroids & human growth hormone contribute to building lean muscles and bones and boost protein production in the body.
The following steroid types can be found online:
- Equipoise (with boldenone active agent);
- Anavar (with oxandrolone active agent);
- Winstrol (with stanozolol active substance);
- Deca Durabolin (with nandrolone key agent);
- Sustanon (blend of testosterone esters).
All in all, sports commentators are not just when they try to blame LeBron for using performance-boosting substances having only allegations and assumptions at their disposal.
Appearing of James stronger than he used to be and having visible hair loss cannot be considered evidence of his probable use of prohibited drugs. His excellent physique can be the result of rigorous intensive workout and his problematic hair line can just be inherited from his ancestors.
Up to date the issue of LeBron’s being engaged in improving his physique and enhancing his performance remains to be a mystery, attracting more and more media attention.
However, experienced sportsmen and sportswomen believe that achieving success in sports especially when contesting against rivals who are taking performance-boosting supplements is virtually impossible.