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WWE releases formal statement regarding HGH claims

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It is no secret that steroids have been quite prevalent in professional wrestling over the years while such an issue has once again arisen in the WWE. Earlier in the week, Dave Palumbo, Triple H’s nutritionist, stated that several WWE superstars are currently using human growth hormone (HGH).

As a result of such claims, the WWE has since released a formal statement in direct response to Palumbo’s accusations.

“WWE’s comprehensive Talent Wellness Policy, which is administered by an independent, third-party, clearly states hGH and hCG are among a long list of banned substances, however, due to certain medical conditions, there are a variety of therapeutic exemptions that account for approximately 7% of our contracted talent,” reads the WWE’s statement regarding the matter.

The initial statement from Palumbo reads as follows, via Fightful.com:

“The good thing about wrestling is it’s not a professional sport, per se, it’s more entertainment. They’re allowed to take hormone replacement. They can go to an HRT [hormone replacement therapy] place and get, ya know, testosterone replacement, ya know, 100mg a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays. They can get hCG [human chorionic gonadotropin], ya know, hGH [human growth hormone] if they want. Those are acceptable. A lot of the wrestlers do do it, and it’s not for me to say who’s using what, but they’re very minimal doses.”

However, HGH is not only an issue in professional wrestling but also many other sports. Banned by both the Olympics and Major League Baseball, the widely banned substance is federally illegal to consume unless a doctor’s recommendation is involved.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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