Sunday, February 19, 2012

Toney Freeman The X-Man

Famous Bodybuilder Toney Freeman

Toney Freeman
Toney Freeman (born August 30, 1966) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and brand ambassador residing in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.).

Toney Freeman's nickname is the X Man because his body characterises the X-frame of classical bodybuilding: broad shoulders, narrow waist, and flaring thighs. He featured on the cover and pages of FLEX Magazine, Muscular Development, and Robert Kennedy's Musclemag.

Freeman did not become a competitive bodybuilder professional until his late 30s because for many years it was a hobby and the sport was dominated by his idols Lee Haney, Dorian Yates. It took him many years to fill out his large frame and he was mentored by Dave Palumbo to become a professional. Freeman's first (National Physique Committee (NPC)) competition was in 1993, where he won the heavyweight class of the NPC Junior Nationals. His first IFBB event was the Night of Champions competition, where he placed 11th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2005, where he placed 10th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational was in 2006, where he placed 7th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2006, where he placed 7th. In 2007 he won the Ironman Pro, Sacramento Pro and placed 3rd at the Arnold Classic. He made the top 5 at the 2008 Mr.Olympia.
Toney Freeman Bodybuilder

On the 8 December 2010, on a visit to Sweden, Freeman was escorted by the police from Sundsvall (Sweden) during a promotional appearance in a local store. The police knew Freeman and other international bodybuilders were coming to Sweden for a fitness festival from promotional posters. According to Freeman, he was taken to the police station and was denied a legal representative and forced to give a urine sample.

Reports allege that Freeman tested positive for testosterone, human growth hormone, and cannabis. He was released the same day with no charge. On New Year's Eve 2010, Freeman responded to the allegations with an official statement  and a video in which he emphasized he had not been treated properly by being denied an advocate or communication with the U.S. embassy.

With the arrest, Freeman became the first international professional bodybuilder to be arrested by the Swedish police under muscle profiling, a profiling method used by Swedish police in which suspicion of performance enhancing drug use is based solely on physical appearance. The possession of such substances as steroids is illegal in Sweden.

According to those who have been arrested in this manner, this means police use the size and appearance of the bodybuilder to justify arrest, then aim to prove their case with blood or urine samples taken at the station. Police staff Henrik Blusi generalized the actions against Freeman to professional bodybuilders saying "If you are a professional bodybuilder you should not come to Sundsvall. We are very well informed here. We are currently conducting the largest doping trial in Europe, and then one should understand that we have an eye out for these things now".

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