Basketball superstar and Miami Heat forward LeBron James has been an NBA champion, an NBA Finals MVP, a four-time NBA MVP, an NBA scoring champion, the NBA Rookie of the Year, and an Olympic gold medalist.
Chael Sonnen is not impressed.
In fact, the "frustrated" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight told Jim Rome that "King James" is nothing but a "dork," who should not be called a world champion because he's only won a championship in the United States.
That's not all.
The mouthy ex-middleweight also admitted to taking testosterone to gain a competitive edge, but also insists he followed the letter of the law in doing so, despite his run in with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) back in 2010, who penalized him for improper disclosure.
Bleacher Report has the transcription:
"I didn't have high levels (of testosterone), I had a separated T to E (testosterone to epitestosterone) ratio, which is not illegal. I was in trouble for the disclosure issue and they gave me six months. Testosterone's not illegal, which we all found out. It's perfectly legal. I followed all the rules as I understood them and yes, I took it to get an edge. I would never take anything if I didn't think it would help me. I took testosterone that was perfectly legal, and I did not have elevated levels. I wasn't even accused of that. The media did that to me."
The treatment has been controversial since first coming to light a few years back. Fighters like Michael Bisping and Jon Fitch, among others, believe it's legalized cheating, while others, like Antonio Silva and Nate Marquardt, have stopped TRT after running afoul of local athletic commissions.
Right or wrong, at least we know TRT gives fighters an edge. As Sonnen points out, what would be the point in taking it if it didn't? That may explain why the CSAC is now taking this new stance toward future Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).
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