Nathan De Asha will no longer be competing at 2019, Mr. Olympia. This news comes as a result of pending legal troubles, regarding the distribution of steroids.
It was reported several weeks ago, that De Asha would be facing criminal charges, in association with illegally distributing steroids. These charges came as a result of an unrelated police investigation. However, when authorities were investigating a gym, they discovered the illegal substances. Moreover, it was determined that De Asha was shipping these steroids using the postal service.
However, Nathan De Asha now has his official first day in court. The only problem is that this day is Monday, September 16th, at 9:00 am. Therefore, this will not leave him enough time to come to America, compete at the Olympia, and make it back in time for court. Subsequently, he has decided to opt-out of this year’s competition.
De Asha uploaded a video to his YouTube channel to discuss the situation. In the video, he explains a bit about what is going on, and why he will not compete at the Olympia. Additionally, he gives a statement about the case as a whole. He then explains that he accidentally got caught up with people he should not have. Additionally, he discusses why he pleads guilty, to what he says are misdemeanor charges.
Check it out:
“Two years ago, I was caught up with a gym owner, basically talking about PEDs, which I was naive about, young and immature.
Basically that’s led from one thing to another, and that being said I’ve been pulled into the crossfire of this person’s legal actions. The police were already watching these people.
They were already part of the underworld, which I was not. So to me, I was just helping someone out, basically trying to give them the safest way possible to use the PEDs, and what I was using at the time.”
Also, he included a statement to Instagram.
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Hi guys…. So unfortunately I’ve just received some bad news that’s going to affect my ability to take part in this years Mr Olympia competition. If you’re not aware my name was used in an investigation earlier this year concerning PED’s. I’d like to make it very clear that I did not supply any performance enhancing drugs at all. Little did I know the gym was involved in the sale of not only PED’s but also Class A drugs. The police had been watching this chap and his wife for very long time. Since then these two people have been convicted and charged. The lady in question got a suspended sentence and my charge is far less than hers, so no imprisonments will happen. I’ve literally just received a letter informing me that my sentence date is the Monday 10a after the Olympia. It’s impossible for me to compete and be back in time for this. Speaking to my legal team, we have decided that it’s best to represent myself at the hearing with all evidences and paperwork. Missing this appointment could add to my sentencing and that’s not in its best interest of myself or my family. Life teaches you some hard lessons and call me naive but I’ve had conversations with gym owners worldwide about PEDs and wouldn’t have seen this coming. It’s unfortunate and it’s a tough pill to swallow especially knowing that I’m looking my best ever and yet to display it. That said, there is no hurdle that I can’t jump over. It’s obstacles like this that really test us mentally and physically. I’m a fighter and a winner. So I know in 2020 I’m gonna be better than ever. My outlook on life has most definitely changed and that my mindset is stronger than ever. I’d like to take a moment to thank my sponsors, my partner, my family and all my friends for their continued support and I can promise them that a scenario like this will never repeat. I’d like to also apologise to the IFBB Pro League and to AMI for not being able to compete this year and can also promise them that moving forwards I will continue to represent bodybuilding in a positive light, having learned from mistakes made. Best of luck to all who are competing this weekend in al divisions and I’ll see you all on the circuit in 20
De Asha goes on to explain that it makes sense to not risk going to the Olympia. If he did, he would perhaps be late to court, which would affect his sentencing. He explains that he has already plead guilty, and intends to accept the consequences. Furthermore, he goes on to thank people who support him, and that he could have been the best version of him ever seen.
The story is still developing, so stay tuned to FitnessVolt for any updates. When Nathan De Asha receives his sentencing, we will update the story.
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