November 20, 2013
Toronto Mayor Ford's trainer convicted of steroid trafficking
A trainer who consulted with Rob Ford as recently as Tuesday night on a health “game plan” was convicted in the U.S. for steroid trafficking and is currently in the midst of a 12-year ban from coaching in Canada for administering steroids. The Toronto mayor has repeatedly said he is working with a team of health professionals following his admission of smoking crack while in a “drunken stupor.” Ford has not specified what that team includes other than to say it includes advice about his weight and he is not in an alcohol treatment program. Ford’s criminal lawyer, Dennis Morris, has said the mayor is spending up to two hours a day exercising, has revamped his diet and has received support from a medical doctor. Valerio Moscariello, the owner of Team Body Pro Athletics, tweeted a picture Tuesday night of himself in the gym with Ford with the captions: “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford joins forces to get in shape with “Teambodypro.com” and “#teambodypro Toronto mayor Rob Ford killing him on cardio today! Man on a mission.” On Instagram he said: “Putting Toronto mayor Rob Ford through a Valerio workout. The BodyPro training system!!!” The posts were deleted not long after he was contacted by the media. He deleted his entire Twitter and Instagram accounts later Wednesday. The tweet was sent out under Moscariello’s alias “Valerio Mosca,” the name he uses with the Team Body Pro Athletics website, the bodybuilding supplement company Mutant Nation and on several socia media accounts including Facebook Youtube,Twitter and Instagram. However, Moscariello’s full name is used several times in various pages of Team Body Pro Website and in other Internet postings. Responding to an email from the National Post asking about the steroid conviction and coaching ban, Moscariello wrote: “It was a joke picture and has been blown up for no reason. I do wish him luck. I should not have posted a joke picture like that I didn’t realize what this caused. I’m sorry. I wish [the] mayor luck on his journey.”He declined to directly answer any questions about the conviction and ban and did not confirm if the relationship with Ford is ongoing. However, in an earlier telephone interview Wednesday, Moscariello was enthusiastic about training the mayor, who was sweating it out on a treadmill the night before, weighing in at 336 pounds. “He’s got the discipline and he’s got the drive. I really think he can lose the weight, but he has to give it his all. I want him to give me 100%, not even just 99%. Without 100% I won’t take him on. But if he gives me 100%, if he comes to the gym, I’ll beat him up [through a rigorous workout]. I’ll beat him up until he can’t take anymore,” Moscariello told the National Post. “With Rob, I think the problem is what he eats. He’s on the go, he’s here and there and he doesn’t eat what he should. If Rob eats proper food, he will change. But you need to do this every day. Every day.” No amount of working out can make up for poor food choices, he said. “You are what you eat. “You’d be amazed how agile he is. He knows how to move 300 pounds around easily.”
ScreenshotMutant Nation published this picture of the Ford’s driver, Jerry Agyemang, in 2011.
Moscariello is also linked to the Ford’s office throughaspiring bodybuilder Jerry Agyemang, who Ford hired as a driver earlier this month. Agyemang is also a member of Mutant Nation, winning its “Monthly Mutant of the Month” in October 2011. He is also featured in pictures on the body supplement company’s website.Agyemang was previously a security guard at City Hall. Moscariello since-deleted Twitter reveals that he was speaking of training Ford as early as November 16. He referenced training the mayor in a conversation with Canadian porn actress Nikki Benz. “What times are your show? I’m calling Mr. Ford now,” Moscariello said to Benz on Twitter last Saturday. “Yo, @TomayordFord, come to Whiskey A GoGo tonight. @ryanmclane and I have shots of Remy Martin waiting for you. #416,” Benz’s verified account responded. “You seriously want me to bring him? I just started training him,” Moscariello responded. Benz appeared at the Whiskey A Go-Go on November 14, 15 and 16, according to the adult nightclub’s webpage [Warning: link includes nudity]. There is no indication the mayor took up the invite. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/20/rob-ford-fitness-consultant-a-convicted-steroid-trafficker-banned-from-coaching-in-canada/