Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond
I'm almost certain the attorneys riled up Vijay in selling the lawsuit ... it's what they do.
I honestly think a lot of guys like Vijay are more vulnerable to this kind of thing.
My mom's family was the same way.
When you come from nothing, you get used to relying on other people--your "community", whether friends or family--because it's just the way poor communities work. That's probably why more of those people actually give back when they do get to a place in their lives where they can do so.
And I'm not talking about welfare, so please don't take it that way. I'm talking about people helping people in the community so everyone is better off. I can't speak for Vijay, but I know my mom's family tended to trust people more. Things like selfishness and advancing your own interests at the expense of others around you just doesn't happen in those kinds of communities.
Maybe that made Vijay more trusting, and that's why he didn't check things out. Maybe it made him trust his caddie and that's why he didn't bother to spend 10 minutes looking into S.W.A.T.S. to find out if it had a banned substance in it. His caddie advised him, he trusted his caddie, and surely his caddie wouldn't suggest something that wasn't in his best interest. Right?
Fast forward 6 months later and now a lawyer is advising him to sue because the PGA Tour made Vijay look bad. How the conversation went down, or whether the lawyer was recommended by another "friend", we may never know. Regardless, Vijay comes off looking naive. Partly because he seems oblivious to the fact that his reputation took the biggest hit after he, himself, willingly admitted he used a banned substance. Even worse was maybe the fact that not only was it a banned substance (only because it contained something on the WADA list), but it was a banned substance that didn't even work, considered to be "snake oil" by many.
Now you've got several groups that each have their own reason for losing respect: one because he blew $9,000 on a "miracle cure" for his aging body that apparently had so little IGF-1 in it that (as his lawyer described) it's the equivalent of putting a shot glass of the product in a swimming pool and taking a drink of the water, another because he didn't bother to check the ingredients before using it, another because he admitted it in an interview and apparently didn't foresee the circus that would ensue, and yet another because he's decided (on the advice of a lawyer) that in order to repair the damage the best thing to do is take a little money from each of the player's PGA Tour pensions for himself and the lawyer.
On one hand I feel sorry for the guy because he doesn't seem like the same person who I heard about before.
On the other hand, I don't, because we're all adults, we're all responsible for our own actions, and if we don't take responsibility it's nobody's fault but our own.