Legal steroids or the use of illegally obtained steroid supplements is a very plausible explanation, although as steroidsources.com points out, the allegations have been firmly denied by the actor in question.
Online PR News – 26-October-2009 – – Saved By The Bell stars used steroids, according to Dustin Diamond in a steroidsources.com article. Diamond, who played the awkward character “Screech” on the popular 90s TV show Saved By The Bell, is no stranger to controversy. He turns up the heat with the release of his tell-all book, Behind The Bell, chronicling the personal stories behind the cast of the sitcom, including personal and sexual relationships, parties, recreational drug use and the revelation that some of his costars on the show suddenly bulked up, allegedly through the use of legal steroids or possibly even black market steroid supplements.
Were legal steroids used by Saved By The Bell cast members, or did they possibly seek out muscle-building supplements through the burgeoning black market? Dustin Diamond, better known as “Screech,” isn’t saying whether the steroids were legal or not, but in his recently released behind the scenes expose of the show Behind The Bell, Diamond muses that costar Mark Paul Gosselaar developed a very muscular physique within a suspiciously short period of time while working with Diamond on the spinoff series Saved By The Bell: The College Years. While it was likely not possible to easily buy steroids online at this time, given the infancy of the Internet and e-commerce capabilities in 1994, there would certainly have been ample opportunity to purchase supplements through the black market. Gym culture in many cities was at a stage where supplements and muscle enhancement drugs were often bought and sold openly in locker rooms and parking lots. While no-one has been able to obtain concrete proof that Gosselaar or any other cast members actually used steroids, Diamond points out in the Steroid Sources feature that: “He suddenly exploded with manliness, loading 25 pounds of muscle on his once-scrawny frame in, oh, about a month.”
Diamond has been the subject of considerable online and tabloid scrutiny himself, his reputation tainted by the release (allegedly accidental, but frequently considered intentional) of a sex tape featuring himself, as well as stories about his ongoing financial distress and a career that’s fallen to lows like performing standup comedy in pizza parlors. Many have questioned the timing of Behind The Bell’s release and sensationalist claims, given Diamond’s apparent need to raise money.
Innuendo aside, while some males could bulk up in a relatively short time using protein loading and a heavy weight lifting routine, the idea of someone who is keeping the busy schedule of an actor working full-time on a series gaining twenty-five pounds of muscle mass in only a month does seem unlikely. Legal steroids or the use of illegally obtained steroid supplements is a very plausible explanation, although as steroidsources.com points out, the allegations have been firmly denied by the actor in question.
In the end, only one person can say for certain what the secret to Gosselaar’s sudden growth spurt was, and whether he has ever opted to buy steroids online. And that person isn’t Dustin Diamond, despite what he implies in Behind The Bell.
About The Author: Al O’Drowsky played football in highschool, riding his success to a college scholarship. While training, he often encountered fellow players who would buy steroids online, hoping to gain the size and a competitive edge that might launch a pro career. O’Drowsky eventually quit football, but has gone on to a successful career documenting the use of muscle and growth enhancement substances such as anabolic steroids by pro sports athletes and pop culture icons.