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The Fix is In: Manion and Manion Corruption?

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The fix is in. Anthony Roberts is reporting on the story of father Jim Manion, and son J.M. Manion, and their curious relationship with the sport of bodybuilding.

Father Jim Manion is an IFBB and NPC chairperson and head judge. Bottom line: he oversees who wins, and how athletes place in competitions. Son J.M. Manion runs JM Management – a fitness and figure group that assists female competitors.

So let’s do the math…

A female athlete pays son J.M. Manion to “manage” her career. Female athlete enters contest, and is judged by father Jim Manion. Son J.M. Manion takes a cut of female athlete’s winnings.

Do you see any incentive here for daddy to help son? I knew you would. It is here that the story becomes curious. Anthony Roberts reports,

One girl who signed with J.M. Manion, Kristin Nunn, went from just earning her procard (in the NPC) to placing in the top 5 in her very first pro show (in the much harder IFBB).

Another athlete who signed with him immediately went from 7th in the Fitness International to placing within the top 5 for the remainder of her shows that year (2004) – including the Fitness Olympia. Pretty amazing that someone who couldn’t crack the top 5 (AT ALL), would sign with the son of the IFBB head judge, and then finish in the top 5 for the remainder of the year, including much harder contests.

But of course, the most glaring example of J.M.’s stellar ability to “manage” female athletes (when his father directly decides whether or not they win contests) has been seen in the Fitness Olympia. Susie Curry (JM Management athlete) held the first place title for four years while Kelly Ryan was in second place for three of those years. Then, when Susie retired, Adela Freidmansky (another JM Management athlete) took first (inexplicably bypassing Ryan), while Kim Klein (who had just signed with JM) moved up into 4th place,  from 11th the previous year. Of course, all of this happened immediately after JM signed them, and always in contests his father had influence over, or directly controlled the outcome of. This same year, arguably the best figure competitor ever to step on stage, Monica Brant, took second in the figure Olympia to…yes, you guessed it, a JM signed athlete, Davana Medina.

Roberts also noted that the top 5 placings in the 2008 Figure Olympia were “managed” by J.M. Manion.

It’s time for the Manions to address this issue. I encourage everyone reading this story to take action by either blogging/Twittering/forum posting this story, or by emailing the NPC/IFBB.

It is a conflict of interest for a son to make money off contests that his father judges. Bodybuilding can’t be taken seriously when this sort of family involvement is allowed to go on.

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  • Juli Moody Mar 14,2015 at 2:41 pm

    I am so glad to see this storie coming up and uncovering a dirty Dynasty running by greedy old men that unfortunately hold the top 5 placings in prison. Happy to leave the sport where I left it !! No regrets.

  • thomas demartino Nov 2,2014 at 4:57 pm

    Well im not big on the npc or anything having to do with the wieder empire im in love with training naturally no drugs unfortunately the natural shows are not so you might as well go with musclemania or npc atleast they are not hippocrates. What I dont like is the promoters acting tough in boston coming here from long island and pushing us around backstage like we were shit ive been in 123 competitions and ive seen the likes of people like manion bergman and of course wienberger im 60 now though I look 30 but when I was younger in 82 I went to the juges table to get manions head judge advice he blew me off I spit in his face then I got his attention .in 92 wienberger tried to take a camera from my friends hands cuz he was taking too long at dorians table so I intervened by bodyslamming him on a table behind him and in 95 judge bergman turned to me in the audience and said that I should shutup I proceeded to strangle him with his own tie I was asked to leave the building. And shortly after quadzilla passed I chased another npc official into his hotel for a negative remark .so there you have it body building is a big greed for money making buisness they dont give a flying fuck about bodybuilders unless you kiss ass and hand over lots of cash.

  • Dave Follansbee Oct 9,2010 at 6:12 pm

    I was New Hampshire NPC District Chairman for years and saw a lot of coverups. Now you have a Thug like Wein Weenie from Long Island who has been busted before. In fact? Just a few years ago for Anabolic Steroids. He is alway either dealing and or putting the moves on female athletes and Manion is the worst. Taking cuts off from everyones pay and putting the moves on the males and females as well. Remember! I am the most knowledgeable man on the East Coast about any kind of lifting.

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  • Fitness Competitor Jul 16,2010 at 5:13 pm

    ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE BROUGHT THE TRUTH TO LIGHT ! I have competed in the NPC for over 7 years now and have seen the corruption continue to worsen. If you don’t sign with manion, you will undoubtedly stay out of the top 5. If you go to the after parties (check out the NPC news magazine – the pictures will make you vomit) and do “favors” for creepy comic book freakshow j.m. manion, then you are guaranteed to have your career in the NPC accelerate to the pro level in no time. The shocker is the j.m. manion is married, although his wife looks like his twin sister…you figure it out. He’s getting his pants pulled down by hopeful figure competitors on a regular basis – DISGUSTING. I’d rather die than disrespect myself like that. Whats funny is that some of these officials, judges, etc in that organization act like its mafia…meanwhile the mainstream population has no idea who the hell the they are. Good luck to y’all out there competing in the NPC….

    • Jen Jun 24,2015 at 12:13 am

      I heard rumors about Manion and his winners.
      The rumors have now been confirmed.
      These competitors are favored to win as long as they play the game with Manion.

  • Steve Shaw Jul 21,2009 at 10:16 am

    YW Truth be Told. Anything to help the sport I once loved.

  • truth be told Jul 21,2009 at 1:22 am

    Thank you for sharing what no one wants to speak of in the industry. This industry is FAKE! It is sad to say but yet so true. So many athletes spend countless hours trying to be the very best only to be direspected by what the Manion’s do. Hopefully there will eventually be a change for the good if people keep speaking about the difunction of the NPC and IFBB. For those that fall prey to the sexual advances, let’s hope they use their brain and stand firm against such advances! It’s absurd that someone would give in just to win or place higher in show!!! One article made a reference how in any other industry these types of actions would face legal issues. For those of us that work so hard at what we do, we can only hope that something will be done about those that make this industry a JOKE! It’s sad that the NPC and IFBB have been allowed to run this way for countless years!
    Thank you for sharing the truth!

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