(SNews) – Former MMA and UFC fighter Chael Sonnen blew the whistle on NBA star LeBron James on Andrew Schulz’s Flagrant podcast saying the age-defying basketball star takes performance-enhancing drugs.
Sonnen said: “If the world understood what LeBron did, like other basketball players will hear what LeBron does and go, ‘but that doesn’t matter.’ It’s like a baseball player, and you’re hitting the stick — it doesn’t matter.
“If you knew 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.
“It matters. Trust me that it matters. EPO (Erythropoietin)matters. It’s the reason Lebron takes it.
“And if other basketball players understood what it did.
“EPO increases your red blood cells, which gives you endurance so you can play all game long.
“You can shoot in the fourth quarter just like you shot in the fourth minute.
“It’s the king of performance enhancers.
“ EPO is king to everything.”
According to Breitbart:
Some things Sonnen says can be “taken with a grain of salt.”
For instance, in the same podcast, Sonnen claimed he made $8 million from a UFC fight in 2012, but UFC financial records show way less than that.
And in another segment, he said he is like “Robin Hood” because he “used to rob banks.”
The latter tall tale is likely Sonnen’s overly dramatic description of his 2011 money laundering and mortgage fraud charges to which he pleaded guilty.
Either the UFC is lying, because according to them in disclosed filings the highest paid fighter in 2012 (Silva for 2 fights) made approximately $4.9m, or Chael is. Wonder who I would trust more here? (Chael supposedly got $50k & a non contracted additional $1m at UFC 148) https://t.co/iHVmxWQFFy
— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) March 7, 2023