Former MMA star accuses Lebron James of PED use

During his fighting career, Chael Sonnen was just as known for the smack he ran on opponents outside the octagon as for what he did to them inside of it. 

Although Sonnen hung up the gloves back in 2019, he is still monetizing his words, be it through his podcast, “You’re Welcome” or his work commentating, covering, and analyzing MMA. 

The former MMA star turned media member has never shied away from, however the latest target of juicing may come as a surprise to many – basketball superstar LeBron James. 

While on the Flagrant podcast hosted by Andrew Schulz and Akaash Singh, he spoke about the effect of PEDs and claimed to know what drugs the NBA’s all-time leading scorer James allegedly takes: 

“If the world understood what LeBron did…If you know what these performance enhancers did, then you would know why it does matter. We have the same drug guy, I know exactly what he’s doing.

“EPO (Erythropoietin) matters, it’s the reason LeBron takes it, it matters. EPO increases your red blood cells, which gives you endurance so you can play all game long.”

The interview can be seen below. The above quotes begin at 1:40:27: 

There has never been a link between James and performance-enhancing drugs. The mysterious two-week period in which he took time off the Cavaliers is an anomaly. During the early part of his first season back with the Cavaliers, Lebron looked like a shadow of the high-flying, rim-rattling super athlete we’d grown accustomed to seeing. Many of his forays to the basket that previously ended with thunderous dunks, not only ended with layups but those layups were blocked with more regularity. Lebron departed the team during a seven-game period and when he returned he somehow possessed the explosiveness and athleticism he was bereft of earlier in the season. 

James when asked what transpired over those two weeks, simply said it was due to his rehabilitation program, which he said consisted of kinesthetic exercises, some dynamic and static stretching, pool work, mental stimulation, and a pesky trainer who was a constant at his side.

LeBron has not addressed these allegations as of the publishing of this article. 

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