Jonny Spelman, the teenage son of a prominent British politician, was caught with steroid paraphernalia after he bragged about using anabolic steroids on several bodybuilding chat forums. Jonny’s mother is Caroline Spelman. Caroline is a Conservative Party member who was recently appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Steroids were found in his room at the prestigious £31,000-a-year boarding school Tonbridge School in Kent. He was subsequently banned from the sport in accordance with the International Rugby Board anti-steroid policy. Jonny was a rugby player with the Tonbridge under-16 squad before he become the youngest Briton in history to be sanctioned for a doping violation.
The teenager tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg during a rugby match in September 2011. He reportedly ordered steroids over the internet in an effort to help him recover more quickly from the injury.
Jonny participated on several bodybuilding forums including Bodybuilding.com under the screenname “Spelmanjm”. Writing as “Spelmanjm”, he told forum members that there was no stopping him in his decision to use steroids.
“Hi guys yes i am a teen i am 17. Now, before u rip the **** into me ive got the gear so there is no turning back,” wrote Jonny.
Jonny described his use of over-the-counter steroidal and prohormone supplements such as M1T, “SD Matrix” and “Tren Bombs” when he was only 15 years old. He moved on to Dianabol, Winstrol, Anavar and Testosterone the following year.
He asked for advice on how to use Parabolan, Testosterone Propionate and post cycle therapy drugs such as Clomid and Nolvadex.
Bodybuilding.com banned him in February 2011 as a result of his postings about steroids.
Environment Secretary Spellman spent £60,994 in legal and court costs in an attempt to suppress the reporting of her son’s steroid suspension by the “Daily Star Sunday”. Spellman’s lawyers argued that the publication of the steroid revelations was political in nature.
“[The] real purpose [was to launch a] political attack on Mrs Spelman, using her teenage son’s private information as a weapon,” argued Spelman’s attorney.
Justice Tugendhat had granted an interim injunction barring publication of Jonny’s steroid bust but refused to continue the order last week.
Gareth Morgan, the editor of the Daily Star Sunday, celebrated the ruling as a “a great victory for press freedom” and promptly published the story in the Sunday Daily Star on March 4, 2012.
“The use of banned substances by an elite athlete is a matter that is in the public interest and an injunction to hush up the facts should never have been sought,” said Morgan. “‘We remain bitterly disappointed the Spelman family went down this route and attempted to silence the press using their wealth and influence, an option unavailable to ordinary members of the public.”
Caroline and Mark Spelman have expressed support for their son as he faces the consequences of his decision to use banned anabolic steroids. Jonny’s dreams of playing professional rugby have been placed on hold pending his suspension.
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