Vijay responds: "I am absolutely shocked"
By mustang6560 on 1/31/13
In light of the recent SI report, Vijay Singh issued the following statement (and subsequently withdrew from the Waste Management Phoenix Open):
"While I have used deer antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Policy. In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA TOUR and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time."
So he admitted to using the deer antler spray, which is on the PGA Tour's banned substance list, however, he tried to justify it by saying he didn't realize it was illegal. Is it acceptable in the 21st Century, the age of the Internet, to plead ignorant?

Bubba Watson was asked his opinion about the deer antler spray situation and he was as candid as ever.
"I know that it's obviously illegal, whatever it is. It sounds like something I would never want near me," he said. "I don't even know how you take deer antler spray. And why would anybody want to take something that sounds like that.

" ... It's sad that people do stuff like that. It's sad that people would put some weird thing like that in their body not knowing what it's going to do to their body. But I love a sport, I happen to play golf. I love this sport. I would never do that. First of all, I would never put something named that in my body. If I lose my Tour card, I'm never going to go to deer antler spray to try to help me. It would just be I'd have to find a new job.

" ... I think we should check people for mental problems if they're taking deer antler spray. That's kind of weird."
I don't care for "holier than thou" opinions. It's easy for someone like Bubba, who is entering the pinnacle of his career, to condemn the actions of someone like Vijay, who is less than a month removed from the Champions Tour. But, it's silly Vijay is trying to act like he wasn't aware the deer antler spray was illegal. You bought a substance from two guys who work out of the back of gym in Alabama. Do you really need anymore context clues?

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bkuehn1952 says:
Some of us do weird things as we age; ask the next dude with a comb-over hairstyle or the lady that had botulinum toxin injected into her face. Many aging athletes are no different. I do not doubt that Vijay was ignorant of the fact that deer antler spray had as an ingrediant a banned substance. Still, he clearly thought the antler spray would give him a physical boost and an advantage over players that did not use the spray. Attempting to gain an advantage via a bizarre food supplement or spray is wrong.

The Tour policy rightly does not allow ignorance as a defense. Vijay should be given a suspension from both the Tour and Champions Tour, with a significant mitigation for his forthright admission.
mjaber says:
I read the SI article. This stuff has been banned for a few years. It's not a recent thing. I don't buy that Vijay didn't know.
Duke of Hazards says:
the funny thing is.... with Bubba Watson's height/build, his current age and the way that he swings the club, he gets my vote as Tour Pro most likely to start having performance inhibiting injuries in the not too distant future. he's from Florida, so maybe some kind of gator extract is more up his alley since he's apparently none too keen on deer.
mjaber says:
Just to follow up... The PGA Tour banned this stuff in 2011, and informed everyone on tour.
DougE says:
I'm gonna give Vijay the benefit of the doubt. I truly believe he did not realize it was on the banned substance list. Even though it is his responsibility to know, I don't believe he would intentionally risk jeopardizing his long successful, hall of fame career for something so "out there" if he had any clue it was banned. People make mistakes, sometimes with good intentions. He gets a pass from me until I see proof that he knowingly chose to use a banned substance.

On another note, does Bubba (of whom I am a fan) have some sort of personal issue with Vijay (of whom I am also a fan)? I am surprised he would be so vocal and judgmental in the media about another Tour player, particularly before all the facts are revealed.
windowsurfer says:
Bubba needed his wife to administer a little "Shut Up, Dear" spray.
joe jones says:
I have been writing about the use of PED's for years so my opinion is very biased. I don't give a rats ass what jerks put in their body. If they want to screw up their health so be it.What bothers me is the fact that kids look up to them and feel that if it's alright for Joe Pro it's ok for me.PED's have been showing up at the junior high level in the past few years. Some suggested and or supplied by coaches at that level. The apologists can spout forgiveness all they want. B.S to that. I remember Mike Golic spouting about how you have to understand how much pain the NFL players are in. I sent him a E Mail asking him how he would respond if a coach gave his kids PED's and he said he would kill him. Nuff said.
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
If Deer spray could make me hit the ball and play like vijay, sign me up. Haha
You know though of course the guys who came up with this is from Alabama. Prob the same type of guy who gets featured on a national news channel telling everyone the tornado sounded like a train.
GolfSmith7 says:
The Bubba Watson quotes aren't as condemning as they sound judge for yourself because this is probably where they came from. It seems like he's just having fun
mmontisano says:
VJ wasn't taking it for a competitive advantage. he was taking as a supplement to stimulate muscle growth, to heal faster. when you hit 3000 balls a day and exercise, you'd be sore. this stuff helps you recover faster.

so i actually believe that he may not have known. i'm sure the ingredients didn't say, "Warning: this product contains HGH." and unless you read that very small, random article 2 years ago about Calcavecchia taking it, how would you know?
falcon50driver says:
I was in a large building during a tornado, it sounded like a train rolling on top, with the metallic clanking and screeching and all that, pretty scary.
mjaber says:
@badcaddy... Every member of the PGA Tour was notified in 2011 that the spray was on the list of banned substances.

Also, if you read the SI atricle, the 2 guys selling the stuff tell everyone flat out that it contains the banned substance IGF-1, but that it can't be tested for.
windowsurfer says:
@GolfSmith7 - I see what you mean, he was joking around on that "rabbit toenails" segment w ESPN. But it looks like the comments in the story that Mustang quoted above take a little harsher tone. Plus, the second an overpaid pro athlete starts saying he "don't take nuthin" is the same second I start suspecting him.
jcstoll says:
@Duke of Hazards, hah! Gator extract. Good one. (Know where I can score some of that?)
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