Environment Secretary’s Son Youngest Briton to Be Banned for Steroid Use

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Jonathan “Jonny” Spelman, the teenage son of British Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, has been banned from playing rugby after being linked to the use of anabolic steroids.  The Rugby Football Union announced that Jonathan has been banned for 21-months from participating in organized team rugby. Spelman will not be permitted to play in any rugby tournament or match until October 19, 2013. Spelman is recognized as the youngest Briton in history to be banned for a doping violation.

Anabolic steroids and steroid paraphernalia were discovered in Spelman’s £31,000-a-year boarding school Tonbridge School in Kent. Jonathan was a promising rugby player with the Tonbridge under-16 squad

Spelman wrote about his self-administration of steroids under his own name (“Spelmanjm”) on the Bodybuilding.com forums. Spelman openly discussed his use of various anabolic steroids including Dianabol, Winstrol, Anavar, Testoterone, Parabolan and testosterone propionate on the Bodybuilding.com forums. He also inquired about the use of Clomid and Nolvadex for post cycle therapy (PCT).

He was eventually banned in February 2011 for repeatedly violating Bodybuilding.com’s rules against steroid discussion.

His mother is a Conservative Party member, who was recently appointed the appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, spent £60,994 in legal and court costs to prevent the “Daily Star Sunday” from publishing news of her son’s steroid use. The cover-up did not succeed.

Jonny finally admitted using anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (hGH) before an independent disciplinary tribute on March 26, 2012.

Spelman will not be permitted to play in any rugby tournament or match until October 19, 2013.


The Telegraph. (April 16, 2012). Caroline Spelman’s son suspended from rugby over drug use. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9207155/Caroline-Spelmans-son-suspended-from-rugby-over-drug-use.html