Steroid use can reportedly lead to higher risk when it comes to coronavirus, and WWE & AEW doctors could be being negligent by not informing talent of this.
It’s no secret that in the wrestling business steroids used to be very pertinent, and to an extent are still present even today, even with wellness policies and such things in place.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained:
Meltzer: “The medical team in WWE, and perhaps AEW, and probably UFC as well, they’re so completely different from every doctor that I talk to, and I’m kind of wondering why they’re so different. And, I never knew this until a couple of days ago, but did you know that steroid use makes you more susceptible to this as far as bad effects of this, like diabetes, like leukaemia, not necessarily as bad as leukaemia, but it’s a higher risk thing. I don’t know this and I don’t know that I’ll ever get a straight answer on this, I’m gonna ask people, but I’m guessing that the doctors did not tell any of the talent, whether it be in UFC, WWE or AEW that fact, and that’s pretty f**king negligent. I mean we already have the negligence with the Roman Reigns thing, and maybe Daniel Bryan, probably Daniel Bryan as well. The doctors’ role in this thing should be, like with the rest of the world, the doctors that know s**t, that know more than the rest of us because it’s their field and it’s what they’re studying whether they’re doctors or scientists, they should be the ones explaining it, because how’s a wrestler going to know this? And I’m almost sure that they haven’t been told and it’s so bad. It really is. That some of these guys are in a much higher risk situation and they don’t even know it because the doctors that are there to look out for their health first are not letting them know this.”
Alvarez: “I mean, theoretically, the doctors are under the impression that everyone’s clean.”
Meltzer: “Well someone knows who has the TUEs (Therapeutic Use Exemptions).”
Alvarez: “But allegedly there are very few of those.”
Meltzer: “Allegedly, but there’s some. So do you think those guys were told?”
Alvarez: “Well if you have a TUE you should be told.”
Meltzer “Well everyone should be told, because, whether you have a TUE or being able to sneak around, the fact is is that you should be told that. But the TUE guys should have been absolutely told because the company should know. And, who do you think’s the highest risk of all? It’s Vince. 74 years old, I don’t know what he’s doing but I can just imagine. I’m sure he’s not gonna listen to the doctor, but still. There should be people looking out for people who don’t make wise decisions. I’m sure that’s what happened to Jim Ross, I’m sure Jim Ross wasn’t gonna voluntarily go ‘I’m not coming’. Now if you talk to him he knows it’s the right decision, but he had to be told. Lawler had to be told it. With both of them, this was after I was screaming about it. Shouldn’t they be knowing this before? Very frustrating, because shouldn’t these companies know this stuff before I write it? Why are they always a week behind, or in some cases three weeks behind? They should have access to doctors at a high level, it’s not hard, especially at the level of their company. It’s just really weird to me.”
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