According to Golf.com, the PGA Tour has dropped its case against self-confessed doper, Vijay Singh, citing new info from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that deer antler spray is no longer considered illegal because “it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.”
Singh said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he paid $9,000 last November for deer antler spray, hologram chips and other products from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids. The spray was said to contain IGF-1, an insulin-like growth hormone that is on the list of banned substances under the tour’s anti-doping policy.
“The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr. Singh,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday.
This has to be one of the most ridiculous and errant cases in all of professional sports. In an age when performance enhancing drugs are so widely used that its ruining the integrity of even the most sacred sports (baseball, mixed martial arts, football, Lance Armstrong and cycling for god sakes!), the PGA had the opportunity to send a clear message to all other golfer that drugs are a no-no by suspending Singh. Instead, they waited three quiet months before cowering beneath a rock and brushing the entire matter under the rug.
Regardless of quantity, an illegal drug is ILLEGAL. It’s a passive move from an organization playing politics and using the WADA as a scapegoat because its scared of pissing off someone with money!
If the PGA Tour had the balls to flex it’s muscles against Golf’s regulating bodies in opposition of the upcoming anchor putter ban a few months ago, there’s no reason why they couldn’t have done the same with this ruling.
The guy’s so guilty!!! Singh, who has won three Major Championships, recently dropped out of the top 100 in the world and has not won on the PGA Tour since the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008… just months after the tour began drug testing.
Man up, Tim Finchem! You’re a friggin’ idiot!
I’m already over it… someone please tell me where I can get some damn’ deer antler spray in Manila!