Last night I spoke with a very emotional Silvio Samuel, and we discussed his most recent arrest, his innocence, and his plans to compete in the Tijuana Pro Show this coming weekend. Silvio was arrested on July 19th, 2011 for making terrorist threats through a third party, spending four weeks in jail; and being released approximately two weeks ago. I assumed that the four weeks spent in jail derailed Silvio’s contest prep, and that we wouldn’t be seeing him back onstage in 2011. Silvio immediately disavowed my assumption, “I will be there in Tijuana, and I will definitely do the show”, he told me.
Mohammad “Moe” Bannout failed to return to the finals portion of the Phoenix Pro Show. That wouldn’t be much of a story if he was sick or injured, but he wasn’t. He was disappointed with his placing, thinking not getting back onstage was a good way to demonstrate his disgust. Not smart. To add to that, he did actually return to the show, but only to watch. Since only 15 men were allowed to pose that night, and Moe opted not to tell anyone he was not returning, some poor guy who could have posed did not get to.
Last Saturday Branch Warren was in Atlanta, Georgia with plans of guest posing at Ty “Ropeman” Felder’s NPC Coastal USA Championships. Unfortunately, Branch slipped on wet cement getting out of a car and tore his quadriceps tendon. This tear effectively removed him from competing in this year’s Mr. Olympia, less than four weeks away.