Tony Freeman is a veteran of the sport and when many thought his career was coming to an end, he decided to try something new.
Tony Freeman obviously will always respect the IFBB and NPC, but decisions have to be made in life.
We at evolutionofbodybuilding.net wish him the best of luck.
Read the official press release below:
TONEY FREEMAN FINDS NSPIRATION BY JOINING NSPIRE SPORTS LEAGUE
Bodybuilding Icon to Compete in NSL and Serve as Brand Ambassador
Thursday, April 7, 2016- Los Angeles, CA–Three months into their inaugural season, Nspire Sports League (NSL) is pleased to announce that iconic bodybuilder and former IFBB icon competitor, Toney “The X-Man” Freeman is joining the new organization. Announced today NSL commissioner, Lee Thompson, Freeman will compete in the NSL’s pro league and also serve as a brand ambassador for the league at live events and across social media platforms.
Freeman is the most high profile and decorated bodybuilder to join the NSL since the league was formed in December of 2015. “The X-Man” has more than 70 professional shows on his resume, highlighted by placing 5-times in the Mr. Olympia competition, and 3-times at the Arnold Classic. Freeman first started competing as an amateur in 1989 before turning pro in 2002. Known for his “X-Frame” and classic bodybuilding style, Freeman became one of the sports visible stars for what he has accomplished as a competitor, his one-to-one mentoring of other athletes, and his on-going commitment of teaching high level total health and fitness to fans who seek out his services.
Thompson said, “I have always respected Toney’s presence both on and off the stage. When we first created NSL, Toney was someone we wanted to compete under our banner because he embodies our goals and values. His exuberant personality transcends the fitness community and he is a proven problem solver whose unlimited resources will only further attract competitors and fans to the events and competitions that we are putting on.”
Freeman “I reached a crossroad in my life and decided that it was time for a change. After much thought, prayer, and discussions with my family, I have decided to control my brand in an environment that supports a shared economy with the athlete. With the NSL, I will have a platform where I will be able to advocate for my personal interests and focus on the passion that I have for the sport. Like Jackie Robinson, I’m being a trailblazer for the athletes, fans—the entire sport!”
With 2-3 North American events per month, the NSL is built on the principles that have been lacking in the bodybuilding world and competing organizations: Equality, Opportunity and Transparency. This foundation provides stability for athletes to compete in fair competitions that feature competitive divisions and class that align with their goals. The NSL’s format allows fans to get the best in class the fitness world has to offer against the backdrop of an organization that supports their competitors and the demands they put on their body.
A complete list of the NSL’s upcoming events can be seen here: http://www.nspiresl.com/u-s-contests/