Vijay Singh tied to S.W.A.T.S.
By mustang6560 on 1/30/13
According to an article that will appear in the February 4, 2013 issue of SI, Vijah Singh is a client of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.), the controversial sports performance company.
S.W.A.T.S. is a two-man operation based out of a gym in Fultondale, Alabama. The owners, Christopher Key and Mitch Ross (who is a former male stripper), sell products like holographic chips and deer antler spray that they claim "give you strength, give you balance, give you flexibility and help with pain."
Modern science may scoff at holographic stickers and negatively charged water, but that matters little if the right athlete becomes a believer or, better yet, a proselytizer. The boundaries of medical science expand at too glacial a pace for many athletes desperate to enhance their performance. That desperation, in turn, represents a business opportunity for self ordained sports science entrepreneurs operating in the shadowy, multibillion-dollar athletic-supplement industry. Key had given some of S.W.A.T.S.'s chips to LSU players before their 9-6 victory over Alabama in November 2011; that helped him get an audience with the Tide players, who received some of the same S.W.A.T.S. products that outfielder Johnny Damon, golfer Vijay Singh and linebacker Shawne Merriman have used. S.W.A.T.S.'s most famous client, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, enters Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday after speaking with Ross in October to request items that would speed his recovery from a torn right triceps.The deer antler spray contains IGF-1, which is an anabolic steroid that stimulates muscle growth, and it is on the banned substance list for most professional sports leagues including the PGA Tour.
Vijay isn't the first professional golfer to use S.W.A.T.S. products. Mark Calcavecchia used the deer antler spray until he notified by the PGA Tour to stop in 2011. According to the article, despite knowing the spray was illegal Vijay went ahead and purchased $9,000 worth of products from S.W.A.T.S. including the deer antler spray.
(Vijay Singh, however, remains a vocal supporter. In November, Singh paid Ross $9,000 for the spray, chips, beam ray and powder additive -- making him one of the few athletes who is compensating S.W.A.T.S. He says he uses the spray banned by the PGA "every couple of hours . . . every day," sleeps with the beam ray on and has put chips on his ankles, waist and shoulders. "I'm looking forward to some change in my body," Singh says. "It's really hard to feel the difference if you're only doing it for a couple of months.")Following the release of the article, Ty Votaw, the executive vice president of communications for the PGA Tour, said the Tour was looking into the report.
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The whole PED thing is getting REALLY old! Sorry, but I could care less who uses what! It's their body and they want to use it, use it! If it was more affordable, I would use deer antler spray!!!
Morning drive spoke to the reporter and he said, "Vijay talks openly about it as if he doesn't know its banned", The PGA will probably fine him an undisclosed amount (unless they have other things on the books for PED use) and he'll stop using it and that will be the end of it.
@bducharm - I refuse to believe you really think allowing unlimited use of PED's is acceptable. The issue is certainly complex and continues to garner too much publicity (thanks, Lance). Nonetheless, athletes like Vijay that seek to enhance their performance with additives and sprays need to have some sense slapped into them.
Duke of Hazards says:
so I'm confused, can you use the holo chips and wear the beam ray at the same time?
@DoH: Only if you apply the deer antler spray first :)
Where does one spray the spray?
@GBogey - wherever one wants to grow the antler, I assume. ;)
@bkuehn1952 - I really am at that point. Living in Austin, the "Lance thing" had gotten old a LONG time ago! I really am fed up with all of it. Take what you want and deal with it when you stand before God!!!
Vijay just issued a statement, he concludes with a terse "I will not be commenting further at this time." Haha, that's so Vijay.
joe jones says:
Say it ain't so Joe. A little boy crying out to Shoe less Joe Jackson. I like David Feherty's response."If someone finds a chemical way to play better golf I'm really going to be pissed. I spent 20 years looking and never found anything."
My personal view about PED use. Don't minimize how harmful they are to our youth. A recent report stated that approx. 80,000 12 year olds used some form in the past year. Why? because great athletes use them so they must be OK. Question. How would you feel if your 12 year old came home from school and told you his coach was giving him or her HGH?
Let them all take whatever they want, unchecked. Hopefully it will lead to a reverse in the gross overpopulation problem.
"We see the effect we have on kids, and it's humbling. It's a real honor to be a role model." Victor Cruz, NY Giants Wide Receiver.
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