Former three-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) heavyweight champion Roman Reigns has denied claims he was connected to a steroid ring that operated out of a gym in Miami.
According to Bleacher Report, Reigns, 32, (WWE winner twice in 2015 and again in 2016) was responding to allegations made by Richard Rodriguez, who operated Iron Addicts Gym, during an appearance Friday on The Jim and Sam Show.
Rodriguez’s allegations came in January as part of a documentary by filmmaker Jon Bravo. Rodriguez said he had sold steroids to Reigns after a man who turned out to be an FBI informant introduced Reigns to him.
“At one point it’s like, who is this [Rodriguez]? Where is this coming from? What did I do? Like, what the heck is going on?” Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, questioned.
“I’m just sitting at home playing with kids. I’m feeding babies and changing diapers, and doing dad stuff and then all of a sudden this happens. I think it’s just a good lesson of where we’re at.
“If you have any kind of social media presence; essentially, my Twitter is a billboard, unfortunately some people want to use whether it’s in a positive passion and a negative passion.”
It would be recalled that WWE suspended Reigns for 30 days in June 2016 after he violated the company’s wellness policy.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer (h/t Giri ), Reigns tested positive for Adderall.
The DEA raided Rodriguez’s gym in February 2017 and arrested him on charges of importing goods from China that would be used to make illegal steroids in Arizona and then sold in Miami.
The agency had been investigating Rodriguez since August 2015 after receiving tips he had been part of the sale of steroids through the Wellness, Fitness and Nutrition Network.