News is that an hour ago, Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit in NY against the PGA Tour for lack of fiduciary duty (I reserve the right to change this after more news) in placing deer antler spray on the "forbidden" list and initially sanctioning him for its use.
From what I can tell, the substance was on the PGA Tour "forbidden" list, Vijay used a substance on the forbidden list, and now he is suing the Tour because he claims it should not have been on the "forbidden" list.
And he does it on the eve of the Players Championship, I assume, to make a splash.
My initial opinion? He is a mean-spirited, vengeful man who could have handled this in a more positive way with the Tour to clear his name.
Singh filed suit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, charging the PGA Tour with violating its duty of care and good faith.
CLEARED: Tour drops case against Singh
The suit was filed by Peter Ginsberg, who represented the NFL's Jonathan Vilma in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.
"We just received the statement," PGA Tour vice president Ty Votaw told USA TODAY Sports. "We will have no comment."
The Tour, the lawsuit says, 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," the suit claims. "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.
Singh, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who counts three major championships among his 34 Tour victories, admitted in January in an interview withSports Illustrated to using deer-antler spray but was unaware that it could contain a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1).
But information supplied by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the Tour's investigation says the use of deer antler spray is no longer prohibited. Based on that information, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem decided to drop the case.
"I am proud of my achievements, my work ethic, and the way I live my life," Singh said in a statement. "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."
Edited by Mr. Desmond - 5/8/13 at 10:56am