On Wednesday night, WWE issued a statement on behalf of Roman Reigns to multiple websites regarding accusations that he was a customer of an accused steroid dealer.
“I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition,” the statement reads. “I learned from the mistake I made nearly two years ago and paid the penalty for it. Since then, I’ve passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program.”
This began when a phone interview with Rodriguez was released on YouTube last week where he alleged that he dealt steroids to Reigns and actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel under assumed names. Rodriguez, who was the owner of a gym in Miami, Florida, is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering in a $10 million operation that crossed international waters. Wahlberg also has denied the claims.
The ‘mistake’ the 32-year-old Reigns is referring to was his 30-day suspension in June 2016 from violating WWE’s wellness policy. Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer reported at the time that the suspension was believed to have been for testing positive for Adderall.