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Rhoden Out of the Olympia – AMI Suspension

Brian Landis

Shawn Rhoden’s bad day just got much worse with the news that American Media, Inc. has exiled him from not only the 2019 Olympia, but every one moving forward. They also fired him from their magazine publications, for which he was a sponsored athlete.

The reigning champion has been charged in Utah with three felony counts of a sex crime and will in all likelihood surrender to authorities accompanied by his attorney. The incident allegedly occurred in his hotel room on October 12, 2018 and the unnamed complainant/witness reported it to authorities and a DNA sample was recovered from her body. The lab results came back as a match for Rhoden and an arrest warrant was issued earlier today; no explanation for the delay was given.

Less than eight hours later, AMI put out a press release (in its entirety below) stating that Rhoden’s eligibility to compete at the Olympia – which they own – was being revoked.

No word yet if the IFBB Professional League has suspended Rhoden or not.

RELATED: Shawn Rhoden Charged With 2018 Rape

NEW YORK, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 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.

About American Media, LLC
American Media, LLC owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. American Media’s titles include Us Weekly, Star, OK!, In Touch, Life & Style, Closer, Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, Powder, Snowboarder, Surfer, Bike, Mr. Olympia Contest, National Enquirer and other celebrity and teen titles. American Media also manages nineteen different digital sites including,,,,,,,,, and other digital and social properties.  American Media’s magazines have a combined total circulation of 5.7+ million and reach approximately 49.4 million men and women each month. American Media’s digital properties reach approximately 65 million unique visitors monthly.

SOURCE American Media, LLC



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