Robert “Jeep” Swenson (R.I.P.), was probably most popular in the mainstream as Bane from the movie Batman.
The massively muscular character “Bane” in the movie Batman, was played by Jeep Swenson. No, I’m not talking about the scrawny Bane played by Tom Hardy, I’m talking the other bane. The shocker ? Batman had to wear a form muscle suit…..but as for Jeep Swenson’s role, that was no muscle suit ! Jeep was a massive 400 lbs. of Rock Hard Muscle ! All the had to do was paint him
Swenson wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987 and 1988 for manager Gary Hart. His main feud was with Bruiser Brody, who was wrestling as the masked “Red River Jack”. According to Swenson, he had the largest biceps in the world at that time. He was billed as being from South Africa, although he was an American.
Swenson returned to wrestling for a match at World Championship Wrestling’s Uncensored pay-per-view on March 24, 1996. He performed as a member of the “Alliance to End Hulkamania”. Swenson was originally named The Final Solution, but following complaints from Jewish organizations to the Turner corporate offices, his character was renamed The Ultimate Solution. WCW claimed they were unaware that The Final Solution was the name Adolf Hitler gave to his plan to destroy the Jews. The Alliance comprised the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen, and they posed to end Hulk Hogan’s career.
Swenson also had a short career as a professional boxer. He won his first two bouts by knockouts, but his third fight was stopped in round one after he was knocked down twice by Frankie Garcia in his pro debut. Swenson had boxed as an amateur middleweight.
The 6′ 4″, 405 lb. Swenson appeared as pit fighter “Lugwrench” Perkins in the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred. He also played James Caan’s bodyguard Bledsoe in theAdam Sandler film Bulletproof, before playing possibly his best known character Bane in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
Ben Johnson used the Anabolic Steroid Winstrol which contains the ingredient “Stanozolol” to improve his strength and shatter a world record in the 100m sprint.
After winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Canadian Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was poised to improve on that result when he arrived in Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Though injuries rattled the sprinter throughout the 1987 season, he was still considered a medal contender.
Facing off against longtime rival Carl Lewis, Johnson breezed through the 100m final, setting a world record time at 9.79 seconds. Even though there were “legal steroids” avaiable to him which would have went undetected, subsequent urine tests revealed the sprinter had taken Stanozolol (Brand name Winstrol), and he was disqualified three days later.
After testing positive in Seoul, the Canadian government opened an inquiry into drug abuse. Although he initially denied any doping, before the inquiry Johnson admitted that he had indeed been taking performance-enhancing drugs. His coach, Charlie Francis, also testified that Johnson had been using steroids since 1981.
Johnson remains a controversial figure in Canadian sports. Ordinary Canadians were embarrassed to have one of their athletes shamed on the international stage, and many feel that their country’s track and field reputation was only improved when Donovan Bailey won the 100m gold medal in Atlanta eight years later.
Recently, Johnson appeared in an advertisementfor the energy drink Cheetah. In the television spot, Johnson promotes the beverage by saying: “I Cheetah all the time.”
Jose Conseco claims that he personally injected professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro with anabolic steroids for muscle building.
Rafael Palmeiro has denied ever using anabolic steroids.
Palmeiro is another baseball player to have been apparently “outed” by Jose Canseco, who claimed that he personally injected Palmeiro with steroids. In March 2005, Palmeiro appeared before a Congressional hearing to defend himself against allegations of steroid use. Under oath, Palmeiro vehemently denied ever having used performance enhancing drugs, saying “I have never used steroids, period. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.”
Despite his denial, Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days in August of that same year after testing positive for stanozolol, a banned substance. Palmeiro continues to deny ever knowingly taking steroids, claiming that his positive test in August came from a B12 injection.
Palmeiro was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report, but no new evidence was introduced. The report only reiterated Canseco’s allegations and Palmeiro’s failed drug test.
Professional Baseball Player Roger Clemens Accused of Using The Injectable Anabolic Steroid Winstrol-V.
When Jose Canseco published his book “Juiced,” he named Clemens as one of his many baseball colleagues who had expert steroid knowledge. This lead Canseco to assume that Clemens’ improved performance post-Red Sox was thanks to steroid use. While Clemens dismissed this claim, steroid rumors continue to dog the famed pitcher.
Clemens’ name was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. It was alleged that he obtained amphetamines, anabolic steroids, and human growth hormone from someone recommended to him by former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee, who was a personal strength coach for Clemens. In the Mitchell Report, McNamee states that he injected Clemens with Winsdrol throughout the 1998, 2000, and 2001 baseball seasons.
In 2008 Clemens appeared before a House committee to deny any use of performance enhancing drugs. Citing inconsistencies with his testimony, the committee recommended that the Justice Department conduct further investigations to see whether Clemens lied under oath. A federal grand jury convened in January 2009 to follow up on these allegations.
Clemens’ name has been removed from various charitable organizations, and his Hall of Fame future remains in jeopardy.
Professional Cycler Floyd Landis Tests Positive for High Levels Of Testosterone.
The Legs of Cyclist Floyd Landis, Accused of Using Anabolic Steroids.
After only seven years as a professional cycler, Landis won the 2006 Tour de France. He was considered a dark horse contender, with the assumption being that either Ivan Basso or Jans Ullrich would take the top prize. However, after the two cyclists were forced to withdraw from the Tour, Landis emerged as the front runner. Although Landis got off to a disappointing start, his unbelievable 20 km solo breakaway on stage 17 helped to pave the way for his eventual victory.
Look at The Quads On This German Cyclist !
Landis was stripped of that victory when it was announced that a urine test taken after his epic performance in stage 17 had come back positive with an unusually high ratio of the hormone testosterone to the hormone epitestosterone (T/E ratio). Though Landis’ camp claimed there were inconsistencies with the way the urine was tested, the International Cycling Union (UCI) upheld WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) ruling, and Landis was banned from professional cycling for two years.
The two-year ban ended in early 2009, and Landis is scheduled to participate in the Battenkill Professional Invitational on April 19.
Arrnold Schwarzenegger Was Open About His Love of The Oral Anabolic Steroids Like DIANABOL (Methandrostenolone).
Steroids have often been at the center of the rise and subsequent fall of some of the most promising names in sport. While baseball remains the poster child for athletes shamed by their use of performance enhancing drugs, many other sports have fallen victim to the negative press and increased scrutiny that accompanies the outing of a steroid user.
The following is a list of some of the sport world’s most notorious steroid users. While some have either tested positive or openly admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, others still fall in the “alleged” category. Either way, every one of these athletes have had their lives and careers permanently changed thanks to their involvement or implication in steroid use.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Professional Bodybuilder
The governor of California has admitted to past steroid use; however he maintains that he only used the drugs while they were legal. In 1999, Schwarzenegger successfully sued German doctor Willi Heepe, who publicly predicted an early death for the actor-turned-politician. Schwarzenegger was awarded $12,000 USD in damages.