Recently social media started to spread rumors about LeBron 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 unjust advantage.
Let’s get a deeper insight into evidence so that to find out whether the basketball player was a steroid user or not.
Assumptions about LeBron’s steroid use
According to Bill Simmons the NBA and LeBron were involved in a potential scandal concerning the use of steroids enhancing performance. Simmons assumed that there might be connection between James’s poor performance at the beginning of his playing with the Cavaliers and disciplinary action.
A number of 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 publicly to demonstrate its position.
Some fans have reported the result of their observation: the athlete’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 a number of star athletes are associated with substances improving performance: Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rich Piana, 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 gifted 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 a compelling 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 mentions 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 – a podcaster and sports blogger – put forward the idea of the NBA and LeBron James’s being in conspiracy in terms of anabolics use. In response to that allegation LeBron’s fans stated that the world 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.
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 people often mistakenly refer HGH to the category of steroids while the latters are testosterone’s (hormone which the body produces) synthetic versions.
Human growth hormone 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 active 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 athletes believe that achieving success in sports especially when contesting against rivals who are taking performance-boosting supplements is virtually impossible.