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Liver King Exposed
By Roger “Rock” Lockridge
After a week that saw a tremendous fall from grace, the Liver King is working to rebuild his reputation and standing with his followers.
The man whose real name is Brian Johnson came under a lot of scrutiny throughout the fitness industry and even mainstream media after a video published by More Plates More Dates revealed leaked emails that included details of his abuse of anabolic steroids. The video, titled “The Liver King Lie” was published on November 28th and can be seen in its entirety below.
A conclusion was made at the end of the video that Johnson intentionally misled his 1.7 million followers on Instagram as well as many others that had interviewed him and covered his claims that he achieved his personal fitness success by eating raw meat and living what he considered a primal lifestyle. He even addresses his fans as “primals.” The backlash from the revelations have been swift and harsh, not only to Johnson himself, but in some cases fans that believed his claims and tried to follow in his footsteps.
On December 2nd, Johnson shared a post both on Instagram as well as his own YouTube channel, where he acknowledges the accusations. His video, called “Liver King Confession...I Lied” can be seen in its entirety below.
“Primals,” he begins, “I’m making this video to apologize because I f***** up, because I’m embarrassed and ashamed, because I lied, and I misled a lot of people.”
Johnson went on to say that he was unfamiliar with how to navigate his life and career with the social media spotlight that was on him, and he did it wrong. He then confesses that he has been and is currently on anabolic steroids under the supervision of a trained clinician. However, he then shifted his message to claim that his message was to serve thousands of people that commit suicide every day. He emphasized young men specifically during his commentary.
“So, I made it my job to model, teach, and preach, a simple and elegant solution called ancestral living, then nine ancestral tenants so our people no longer have to suffer, so we can collectively express our highest and most dominant form. This is my fight.”
As of the evening of December 1st, Johnson’s video had already amassed 1.2 million views and over 23,000 comments on YouTube. Many of those comments weren’t made in his favor, and some even criticized him for making an apology video by pivoting to talking about preventing suicide by misleading followers to chase a body image that he lied about being attainable.
It’s worth noting that Johnson wasted little time getting back to posting on social media. Less than 24 hours after posting that video, he had made another post showing a freezer full of raw meat, including heads of animals.
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