After having the PGA Tour’s doping case against him dropped, Vijay Singh is taking his own legal steps and suing the Tour for unspecified damages, claiming it harmed his public image and that it was going to suspend him from play for 90 days.
The case against Singh was dropped when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) determined that the use of deer antler spray should not be banned, but it was under investigation because it may contain a HGH-like substance known as IGF-1.
When WADA changed their stance on the spray, so did the PGA Tour. Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said after the case was dropped that Singh was “absolutely cooperative and forthcoming,” but clearly Singh feels he was severely wronged.
He’s suing for unspecified damages, but they relate to the Tour withholding nearly $100,000 in earnings from five tournaments Singh played during the investigation, and his feeling that the Tour abdicated its duty to players in rushing to judgment about a substance that had apparently not been fully investigated. Singh is being represented by Peter Ginsberg, who also represented Jonathan Vilma in his own lawsuit against the NFL.
Whether you agree with Singh’s stance on this or not, clearly he’s a proud man who believes he was hurt. Doping in golf is something that’s always been a bit of a touchy subject. This is likely to be just the first of this type of case as we move forward, and it’s going to get messy if Singh’s representation allow this to go on in a long, public battle.