This week Vijay Singh announced that he was suing the PGA Tour claiming that they damaged his reputation after not doing a good enough job researching the levels of IGF-1 — a banned substance in the PGA — in deer antler spray Singh was using. The lawsuit was filed in New York, where the Tour office is.
In the lawsuit it said on Feb. 19th the PGA told Vijay Singh that he was going to be suspended for 90 days. This was after the tour tested the deer antler Singh was using and found small amounts of IGF-1 in the spray. Right after the suspension was handed to Vijay, Singh appealed. Just this last week the PGA Tour dropped its case after getting new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency that the Deer Antler Spray he was using was no longer a banned substance.
I feel that the PGA Tour and Vijay Singh are both at fault in this instance. The PGA Tour should have been much more vigilant in getting that Deer Antler Spray not only tested for the substance, but tested for the amount of the substance in the spray. Basically there were only 60 Nanograms per milliliter in the spray. The University of California Los Angeles lab, which originally tested the spray, said the amount of IGF-1 in the spray was like pouring a shot of alcohol into a swimming pool and then drinking the whole pool. Also where the Tour went wrong was when they decided they weren’t going to suspend him, they should not have held his winnings in an escrow account until the investigation was over.
Here is where I feel that Vijay Singh made the mistake. HE TOOK THE SPRAY KNOWING IT HAD A BANNED SUBSTANCE IN IT AND PUBLICLY ENDORSED TAKING IT. He did an article with the Sports Illustrated where he said he took Deer Antler Spray and that it included a banned substance IGF-1. Come on Vijay. I’m sure his background of being an asshole did not help his situation. Let’s not forget that Singh was banned from the Asian Tour for doctoring his scorecard so he could make the cut in an event. Also the tour told all its players to NOT USE the spray and Singh took it anyway. And he only won his appeal because the WADA took the spray off the list AFTER he took the spray.
The only thing that comes to mind when I think of this whole situation is: Really? It amazes me that Singh feels that the PGA Tour publicly humiliated and ridiculed him; he has been doing that to himself with his play the last few years. Singh needs to just shut his mouth and worry about his play, and if he is really worried about his reputation he can rebuild it on the Senior Tour.