Mac Trucc reflects on the racist comments, expo fight, and legacy of Rich Piana.
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Racism has always been a hot button topic – but these past few years have put a spotlight onto racism in the United States in a way we haven’t seen for a very long time. Tensions are high politically and culturally and it’s bleeding into every aspect of life – including bodybuilding. 2017 saw the tragic passing of YouTube star and bodybuilding personality Rich Piana, but it was also a temultous year in the months leading up to his shocking death. This includes a fist fight that sparked a feud with Mac Trucc and also a leaked audio recording of Rich Piana using racial slurs. Mac Trucc weighed in heavily on the leaked audio recording and brought much attention to the legendary YouTube bodybuilder.
Now months after Rich Piana’s passing, Mac Trucc has been reflecting on everything that transpired – from their initial close friendship all the way to their eventual falling out. What kind of person is Rich Piana to Mac Trucc in the end? What is the truth behind these fabled moments of sucker punches and racist rants? What sort of legacy will Rich Piana be remembered for in light of all this chaos?
Shawn Ray and Tifanny Urrea talk with Mac Trucc about these incidents and also discuss the issue of racism in bodybuilding as a whole. There is no doubt that racism affects every facet of American life – but what kind of direct affect does it have on the bodybuilding industry and athletes? Watch the full episode above to join the debate.