Roman Reigns Denies Knowing Accused Steroid Dealer Richard Rodriguez

The lawsuit names the men as just three of "50 customers in the Eastern District of New York" in a ring that made over $10 million in the distribution of illegal steroids, Forbes reports. Recently, Rodriguez made a decision to go on record with documentary filmmaker Jonny Bravo and allege that he had a number of celebrity clients.

Actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel were also named in the video.

However, WrestleMania season is right around the corner, and it's been expected for over a year now that Roman Reigns will be facing Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at WrestleMania 34, so it seems to make sense to have Roman drop the title now and move back into the Universal Title picture.

The accusations of Reigns, Wahlberg and Duhamel's ties to a steroids ring were revealed by Richard Rodriguez, the owner of Miami-based Wellness Fitness Nutrition and Iron Addicts gym, who is in jail for dealing steroids. The claims made by him in the documentary were made from his jail cell.

"I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition", Reigns (real name Joe Anoa'i) said in a statement to TheWrap.

Reigns has been previously suspended by WWE before. The WWE did not say which drug Reigns was accused of taking, but wrestling insiders claim the drug was Adderall, an ADHD medication which is often taken recreationally.

I don't think that anything will come of this, as the investigation occurred over a year ago. The violation cost him a 30-day suspension from the WWE. "Since then, I've passed 11 tests as part of WWE's independent drug testing program".

Reigns is the current WWE intercontinental champion and will defend his title this Monday on the 25th anniversary of Raw against former champion The Miz. "This is an individual that's very well-known and will help me in extending into a market that I'm very interested in", Rodriguez said, referring to the market of A-list celebrities.

  • Kyle Peterson