World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh says the PGA Tour ignored the use of controversial deer antler spray by other golfers it knew had used it, while focusing attention on Singh’s self-admitted use of the spray back in 2013. Singh claims the Tour didn’t sanction the other players who admitted deer antler spray use, while announcing a suspension of Singh. That’s “unfair” and “absurd” treatment, the 3-time major winner insists in a memorandum filed with the New York State Supreme Court.
Singh’s proposed suspension was swiftly rescinded — the spray wasn’t considered performance-enhancing by anti-doping authorities. But by then the damage was done to Singh’s reputation, and it cost him endorsement deals, appearance fees and more. Singh was an advocate for the spray, which is made by a company called S.W.A.T.S. — the golfer never tried to hide it, saying he used the spray on a daily basis. While many are interested in the results of the Singh-PGA Tour legal fight, others are mostly interested in whether the deer antler spray works — and where they can get it. Opinions on such substances are evolving. More people in sports are looking favorably on the positive possibilities of banned and previously banned substances. Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, for example, is helping fund a study to determine the safety and potential proper use of HGH in recovery for athletes.