New York, NY (Sports Network) - Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit against the PGA
Tour on Wednesday, claiming that the tour caused "public humiliation and
ridicule for months" after he admitted using deer antler spray.
Singh admitted using deer antler spray in an article on Sports Illustrated's
website, SI.com, on Jan. 29. At the time, the spray was on the tour's banned
The tour adopted its list from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Singh's lawsuit
claimed that the tour failed to "determine, in a responsible way, and without
any scientific examination, whether the Spray in fact fell within the Anti-
Doping Program's definition of 'banned substance.'"
In April, WADA took deer antler spray of its banned substance list. Shortly
thereafter, the PGA Tour dropped any sort of case against Singh, although he
contends in his suit that the tour tried suspending him for 90 days. He
appealed and claims his $99,980 in earnings during the appeals process have
been held in escrow.
Singh's attorney, Peter J. Ginsberg said in a statement: "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.
"I am proud of my achievements, 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," Singh said
in a statement.
His lawsuit was filed in New York where he has a residency and the tour has an
Singh is still in the field Thursday for the Players Championship, which is
the flagship event of the PGA Tour. He is a three-time major champion and a
member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The Sports Network