Roman Reigns is safe from federal prosecutors, according to reports.
Gossip site TMZ reports that sources within the DEA say they will not be going after Roman Reigns after being named as a purchaser of illegal steroids by imprisoned dealer Richard Rodriguez.
The interview, posted on YouTube and hosted by Jon Bravo, also named Hollywood action stars Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel as clients. The DEA states they do not focus on end users, but rather try and put sellers, distributors, and manufacturers behind bars.
Reigns has denied the allegations, telling ProWrestlingSheet, “I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition. I learned from the mistake I made nearly two years ago and paid the penalty for it.” Reigns was referring to an incident in 2016 when he tested positive for Adderall, a drug used for ADD and banned in all professional sports associations.
“Since then, I’ve passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program,” he added.
The arrest of Richard Rodriguez and the subsequent dissolution of his steroid ring has largely flown under the radar in national media. Rodriguez was the owner of Miami-based Wellness Fitness Nutrition LLC, whose head offices were raided by the DEA last February after a year-long investigation.
According to US Attorney's Office, the drug ring included "at least 50 customers in the Eastern District of New York," and made over $10 million selling illegal anabolic steroids.
After his arrest, Rodriguez did a phone interview with Jon Bravo to ostensibly “clear his name”, but instead named big-name buyers. "At the end I'm just trying to clear my name and just make people well aware, there's a lot more people out there that were involved and are associated with my company that many individuals did not know," he said during the interview.
Reigns is set to defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship belt against The Miz on Monday at Raw's 25th-anniversary show. WWE spokespeople have yet to comment on the allegations.