Vijay Files Suit Against The PGA Tour
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/8/13
As we reported about a week ago, the PGA Tour dropped their suspension and doping case involving Vijay Singh and his use of deer antler spray. As I wrote that day, I felt that this ugly story was far from over. Several oobers agree.

Sure enough, Vijay filed suit today in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. In a press release, the three-time major champion said:
"I am proud of my achievement, my work ethic and the way I live my life. The PGA Tour not only treated me unfairly, but displayed a lack of professionalism that should concern every professional golfer and fan of the game."
While Singh never failed a drug test, he told a Sports Illustrated reporter that he had used deer antler spray, which contains the substance IGF-1. According to the PGA Tour, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) no longer considers the use of deer antler spray to be prohibited unless a positive test occurs. Singh's attorney, Peter R. Ginsberg was also quoted in the statement:
The PGA Tour could have known by conducting some basic testing and research, the product that Singh sprayed contained no active biological ingredient and could not possibly have provided any performance enhancement. The PGA Tour has now finally admitted that the use of deer antler spray is not prohibited.

"Rather than performing its duties to golfers first, and then determining whether there had been any violation of the Anti-Doping Program, the PGA Tour rushed to judgment and accused one of the world's hardest-working and most dedicated golfers of violating the rules of the game."
Predictably, the Tour has not yet commented on the lawsuit. In the meantime, Singh is in the field for The Players Championship this week, scheduled to tee off at 2:00 p.m. ET tomorrow.


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jasonfish11 says:
So he broke a rule when the rule was effective. Then the rule got dropped (by WADA and the PGAT), and the PGAT decided not to punish him even though he broke a rule while it was in effect.

Then he decides to sue?

F' that if I'm Finichim I resend my lack of punishment and ban him for 1 year (or the max penalty) for breaking the anti doping rule that was in effect when he admitadley used the substance. Since apparently that is what he wants.

What a douche.
5/8/13
 
Trip says:
Shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you.
5/8/13
 
mustang6560 says:
Trip: +1

I'm not sure what Vijay expects to gain from this lawsuit. At the time he used "deer antler spray", it was considered a banned substance by the PGA Tour (and WADA) so the Tour acted in accordance to its rules, which Vijay agreed to at some point. He broke the rules so the PGA Tour privately announced he would be suspended (earnings and points withheld). Then WADA determined "deer antler spray" is not a banned substance so the PGA Tour came out and said Vijay would not be suspended. I thought the Tour handled the case well.

Vijay should be singing Tim Finchem's high praises and get back to playing golf for a living.
5/8/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
whatta a fjukkin' idiot. I never had a fondness for Vijay, now i kinda hate him.
5/8/13
 
glenrich says:
This is not a good move to save a reputation.
I think he just tossed it in the toilet along with the deer antler spray.
5/8/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Of course if he can prove real damages, he's entitled to his suit.
Just smells bad to me.
5/8/13
 
joe jones says:
It seems to me that V J is getting bad advice from someone. His attorney Mr Solomon has a practice built on this type of litigation. V J would be better off getting on with his career. He should let the furor blow over and concentrate on what made him great to begin with. Great performance on the course.If it ever comes to court (which I doubt) the first question the PGA attorney will ask him is "have you ever been accused of cheating in the past" He has an incident in the past that is still discussed by his peers to this day. That scab would be better off unscratched.
5/8/13
 
Dusty23 says:
I am rapidly losing any respect I may have had for this man
5/8/13
 
mjaber says:
I hope he falls into the water at 17, and then tries to sue Sawgrass... that would be amusing.
5/9/13
 
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
Stupid sue happy country we live in cause no one wants to take responsibility for their actions. Pitiful. Hope he misses every cut the rest of his career.
5/9/13
 
toothid says:
If Vijay didn't think there was any "performance enhancement" , why was he using it. Maybe he liked the "catchy name'.
5/10/13
 
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