I haven’t watched wrestling in years. The last time I paid any real attention to the “sport” was when Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, was at the height of his popularity. Since then the grappler has gone from wrestling men in a speedo to starring in action movies like “The Scorpion King” and onto Disney flicks like his newest epic, “Race to Witch Mountain.” In between he spent some time ticking off Hawaiians for his performance in a Saturday Night Live skit.
Before he gained fame as a wrestler and became a movie star, The Rock was just your regular backup defensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes. From there he went on to play in the CFL a bit, but his dreams of becoming an NFL player seemed out of reach. Which is probably why he started doing steroids for a while.
“I tried it,” Johnson admitted. “Me and my buddies tried it back in the day when I was 18 or 19. Didn’t know what we were doing.”
“It’s not as prevalent today in our sports as it was 10 years ago,” Johnson said. “But we have to recognize that a culture was created where it was OK to do that, and a lot of team managers, owners, players who didn’t do it would turn the other cheek. We recognize that, and now we have to institute stronger penalties, which we are doing.”
A wrestler using steroids!? Now I’ve heard everything.
So if Johnson was doing steroids at 18 0r 19, that would mean he was still playing at the University of Miami, and I’m guessing his buddies were more than likely teammates, so it’s possible there was an entire steroids epidemic going on at The U back then, which might help explain all those national championships.
To be honest, while it’s good for Johnson to come out now and talk about taking steroids and how we need to educate the kids about them, it’s a lot easier to do now that he’s no longer wrestling and has already hit the big time. It’s still going to be hard to convince that young kid who is still trying to get noticed not to take steroids. Plus, Johnson was probably holding back some information about steroid use.
Does he really expect us to believe that college was the only time he was around steroids use when he shared a locker room with Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero while wrestling in the WWE?