Another major shock in this developing story!
It appears that American Media LLC (AMI), the company in charge of running the Olympia has revoked Shawn Rhoden’s eligibility for the 2019 Mr. Olympia.
This surprising news comes hot off the heels of a breaking story involving the reigning Mr. Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden. Shawn Rhoden was recently accused of sexual assault, news that has shocked the bodybuilding world at large.
Morning Star obtained an exclusive statement giving details into Shawn Rhoden’s ban from the 2019 Olympia:
“American Media, LLC Chairman and CEO David J. Pecker, owner and operator of Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and the Mr. Olympia Contest, today announced that he is revoking the eligibility of 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden from competing in the 2019 and future Mr. Olympia competitions. The announcement follows the recent charges that led to a warrant issued in Utah for Mr. Rhoden stemming from an alleged incident in October 2018.
“In addition to revoking Mr. Rhoden’s eligibility from future Mr. Olympia competitions, American Media also announced that it would suspend coverage of Mr. Rhoden in its media brands, including Muscle & Fitness and FLEX, until the legal process has been completed.”
Shawn Rhoden will also be starring in a feature film documentary about his life and journey towards winning the Olympia 2018. Titled Flexatron: Becoming Shawn Rhoden – the film will be available on July 26.