Temecula, CA – (January 7, 2011) - After weeks of speculation and rumors, nine-time X Games Medalist and 2010 LOORRS Super Lite Champion Jeremy Twitch Stenberg announced today that his 11-year relationship with the Metal Mulisha has come to an end.
Commenting on news breaking on espn.com in late December regarding his departure, Stenberg had this to say, “we originally started out as a group of guys that just LOVED to ride dirtbikes and hang out and hey if we could earn a little money doing so – even better! For me, the Mulisha has gotten away from that these days. Don’t get me wrong I am appreciative of everything that the Mulisha has meant to me but at the same time I feel like I have been a loyal and constant presence on the team…I continue to compete and win competitions and always try to give back to our fans. As a company, the now very corporate Metal Mulisha was not supportive of the other things in my career – I think, for some reason, I was being pushed aside so the decision was really inevitable - it is just that simple.”
Just a month ago Stenberg won the Fan Favorite award at the second annual AFMXA Ramp Awards and two weeks later, in his very first pro season racing off road trucks, Stenberg claimed the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Super Lite Championship!
Stenberg had this to say regarding the contrary information released by the Metal Mulisha, within the same espn.com break, ”I unfortunately will not remain part of the Mulisha family and ride at the compound and be part of the riding trips and still be part of “business as usual” — that could not be further from the case. I still have friends that are on the Mulisha team but things are not “business as usual” at the Mulisha, the ego of the individual behind the brand leaves no room for the advancement of anyone else on the team — so now it’s time for me to leave and do my own deal.”
The nine-time X Games medalist is also filming the VH-1 show “The X-Life ,” which will feature vert skater Pierre-Luc Gagnon, BMXer Cory Nastazio, Stenberg, and their significant others, as they go about the day-to-day business within the adrenaline-packed world of action sports. “The X-Life” premieres on January 10th, 2011 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and is executive produced by Cris Abrego for 51 Minds Entertainment, LLC. an Endemol Company and Joe Simpson for JT Entertainment.
As the break further reports — “Stenberg is perhaps the most recognizable rider on the Mulisha team, which includes founder and 11-time X Games medalist Brian Deegan and seven-time medalist Todd Potter.” Stenberg will announce future plans regarding the pursuit of his own endeavors early 2011 as all contractual obligations to the Metal Mulisha have ended as of December 31, 2010.