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Wednesday
May082013

The Reviewers Have Spoken! "The Vijay Suit" Is A Smash Debacle!

First, Doug Ferguson's non-partisan AP story covers the basics of the suit filed by Vijay Singh against the PGA Tour (but not WADA), and includes this noteworthy portion:

"The Spray does not contain enough IGF-1 to be anything more than a placebo, as the UCLA Laboratory confirmed and the PGA Tour was well aware," the lawsuit said. It said it was comparable to taking a shot of bourbon, pouring it into an Olympic-size swimming pool, and then drinking a shot of the pool water.

Ginsberg declined to comment when asked if Singh's attorney contacted WADA before the tour dropped its case.

"If this suit is successful, what it's going to do is make the PGA Tour more responsible in the future," he said.

Here I thought the PGA Tour dropping the case after hearing Vijay's appeal and prompting WADA to change its policies confirmed the tour's responsibility?

Ron Sirak points out that "suing the PGA Tour on the eve of its flagship event is not a way to win friends and influence people."

There is also this:

One of the risks in filing the suit is that the move likely means that anything in his file at the PGA Tour headquarters - and Singh has been controversial enough that a file certainly exists - is now fair game for public release, as it was in the case of John Daly when he sued a newspaper for libel.

Bob Harig has issues with the timing, among other problematic issues in the case.

And so Singh picks this week to sue the PGA Tour?

It says more than a little something about the man, a Hall of Famer for goodness sake, to stick it to the tour on the eve of its signature event at the TPC Sawgrass, the place where the Players Championship begins on Thursday and where he will play in the event for the 21st time.

This is the same tour that, incredibly, let him slide without a penalty last week due to a technicality in its anti-doping policy. Putting the legal mumbo jumbo aside: Singh took a substance that was on the tour's banned list, one all players had been warned about; he admitted it in a magazine article; such admissions are deemed under the policy to be the same as failing a drug test; such failures can mean up to a year suspension.

Jason Sobel also can't get past the man upstaging his hometown event, or at setting his home "ablaze." He also talks to some players who aren't so keen on the suit.

For their part, PGA Tour officials offered a staunch “no comment” on Wednesday, but some players weren’t so quiet.

"This is bull----," said one player, speaking on anonymity. "How many millions of dollars has he made on the PGA Tour? And then they let him off and he sues them? What a joke. I'd say more, but they'd probably suspend me."

When it's suggested that the Tour can't levy a punishment for freedom of speech, the player explained, "But I bet they'd try, since I don’t have 30-something wins."

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Reader Comments (29)

Horrible decision Vijay - and he uses a long putter
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler
Maybe he hasn't put enough aside for his pension?!
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
It is hard to believe that photos and a newstory showing Tiger getting intoxicated, grabbing Vonn's butt, falling down some stairs and otherwise "embarrassing his girlfriend" (from news story) doesn't even make the front page due to Vijay. Congrats VJ, you are #1 once again.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Tiger Who?


It's hard to see that suit as anything but incredibly spiteful and stupid. Even if he wins a court case, does anyone really think its going to "get his credibility back"? That would imply that most fans thought he had credibility in the first place.

I've been a big fan of his from back in the day, but this is some seriously shameful stuff. Time for him to move to the Senior Tour and get out of the way.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Wow, it does look like Tiggly Wiggly got hammered at the Met Gala in NYC on Monday night. Vijays' timing is most helpful to push the brewing Woods story to the back pages.

Eldrunk Tanked Woods. Got get 'em Tiger.

Ladbrokes just knocked about six months off the affair/relationship.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaddie Brookes
Yeesh, @BrianS, are you referencing the New York Daily News as a 'news' source? You don't want to be doing that.
There were photographers out the wazoo at that event and the best the NYDN drums up is:
'Woods supposedly'
'Woods apparently '
An especially ripe one:
By 2 a.m., when the couple started to exit the party, Woods apparently fell while attempting to walk up a small flight of steps. According to a witness, his tumble caused him to freeze until a stern-faced Vonn came to his rescue, helping him to his feet and guiding him on their way out. Woods was reportedly swaying a bit after the fall.'
05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
@dbh - the Chicago Sun Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Melbourne Herald Sun, The Orlando Sentinel so far have all picked up the story about Tiger getting hammered in NYC.

The pictures hilariouis.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rep Monster
Getting drunk and grabbing your girlfriends rear at 2 am sounds perfectly reasonable behavior to me. Suing the tour on the eve of its flagship event sounds reasonable if you dont give a crap what the "TOUR" thinks. Once again golf writers are a bunch of sore whiners. HE is suing the tour for gosh sakes why wouldnt he file on the eve its premier event. Once again somehow "the event" becomes more important than anything else. " the event" "the tour" "the game" if these things are oh so powerful and so great then why is it that the belly putter Vijay and Tigers drunkeness is a threat to anything? ANd the anonmous player sounds like a real piece of work, doesnt have the balls to give his name and then thinks one should sit and be a little pansy just because someone made a bunch of money? Really? SO I guess Vijay did not earn his money it was just handed to him on golden platter? IF Vijay feels he was wronged and his reputation and integrity was damaged by the Tours ill worded and executed policy then sue the bastards. To do otherwise would be idiotic and sheepish.
"Getting drunk and grabbing your girlfriends rear at 2 am sounds perfectly reasonable behavior to me."

She was there as part of a PR campaign to launch a fragrance. If the only thing people are talking about afterwards is Tiger getting plastered and falling down the stairs, I don't think Ms. Vonn would see it as reasonable behaviour.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamas
The Jackie Chiles reference from digsouth on an earlier thread was hilarious.

Vijay has been a splendid gofler, and I've long admired his work habits. Regardless of what was on a banned list, I felt the charge against him was ridiculous from the standpoint of nonabsorption of a topical application. Now I am as disappointed in the course Vijay has taken as I was in the Tour's initial charge against him.

This legal action is not surprising, given that we live in a litigious society, with an abundance of attorneys.
Vijay obviously feels wronged and has chosen the legal system for attempt at retribution. Pehaps, in addtiion to the current incident he feels he's been shorted by the Tour on other counts.

It would not surprise me to see the Tour lawyers do a colonoscopic exam of Vijay's life and highlight every negative behavior (admissable by the court) which he has ever displayed. Just business, Vijay, nothing personal.

I doubt anyone will win here except for the lawyers. And after the conduct of the defendant and plaintiff, I hope both have to pay those lawyers a shiteload of ca$h.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
If you have a smoking hot girlfriend and you don't grab her a'' at 2am, you are a moron. Don't like TW, but can't blame him for that.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Ford
@rep, thanks for the suggested links!
Couldn't find anything on the Globe and Mail site. Hope they haven't sunk so low.
Via the scrupulous folks at the Chicago Sun Times I learned:

'† While Woods and Vonn did appear to be very cozy and comfortable together earlier in the evening, another longtime associate of Vonn’s reports the skier “doesn’t seem quite as smitten with Tiger as she was — even a few weeks ago. … Maybe his moodiness is getting to her.”

† That “moodiness” certainly appeared to be obvious as Woods was seen scowling a lot as a solo guest at Michael Jordan’s Palm Beach wedding April 28. “I just figured he missed Lindsey,” said a spy at the nuptials. “But maybe it’s because there’s a bit of trouble in paradise for Tiger and Lindsey? … Guess we’ll find out soon if things are falling apart.”...'

That writer is a regular Joe Friday.

Last thread jack I swear. Kids voice: Brian started it!
05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
@ Bridgestone agree If he was wronged, then he has rights too. Let's unleash the lawyers, Laaaaadies and Gentlemen. It's time to Ruuuuuuuuuuuuble! Two giant rogues going mano mano. Great theater. Man justice be served to the one that is n the right. @ Chicago How do YOU know this is "shameful"? He, and his attorneys, obviously feel his "credibility has been damaged. Let's see what Justice system says.
1985 Indonesian Open. That's all you need to know about the man and his 'good' name
Way to go Dig with the Jackie Chiles reference! Priceless
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
Funny stuff Brad ;)

Vijay's pension is S-E-C-U-R-E, so secure he's perfect comfortable sticking it to the Tour...like Ping secure.

Given his celebrity and extreme wealth I suspect Vijay has access to ultra-elite legal talent....this ain't no idle threat.

Seems that Vijay Hate trumps Finchem Hate -- who knew?!?!

Betcha Doug Barron is raising a toast to Vijay right about now!
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Another reason to root against Vijay.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuke Joint Jimmy
@ DTF Barron might be deposed?! Chamblee is going off on GC on Vijay right now. There was a big blow up in Ft. Worth years ago when Chamblee, still playing Tour, misquoted Vijay re: Annika,in the lockerroom and Vijay went after him and his caddy had to get him to back up. BTW, re: the Annika incident, "The Associated Press' correspondent later admitted that he had selectively quoted Singh's comments, deliberately misrepresenting the tenor of his remarks to spice up the story". all these people talking about the great shape he is in and trying to insinuate he was 'doping' with no evidence. No one ever say anything about G Player being in such great shape. Vijay runs 6 miles every AM and works out harder than almost any other guy on tour - TW may be his only challenger in the workout department..
Tiger and Vijay may have the most tone deaf advisors in the history of sports.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterManku
@ Manku Elin got the best "advisor".
A few interesting tidbits in all this.
If you read the full complaint, it references the Calc incident in 2011. A key part of the complaint will be showing that the tour did not do anything to determine if the spray was in fact a PED after that incident.
Vijay was in fact suspended, something for which many fans thought should have happened. But he used his right to appeal to keep playing. I did not kow that.
Vijay claims to have funded the research that showed the spray was not a PED. Shamefull to the tour if true.
Overall, I think Vijay admitting he uses "deer antler spray" would cause more embarrassment than anything the Tour could do to him.
The Tour should apologize for mishandling the issue and compensate Vijay's fees.
But I cannot believe this is a good idea, it wil only make a spectacle of the Tour and if concluded in court, will remain Vijay's biggest legacy. Although the Tour's drug policies appear to be a joke, this is not a Hall of Famers best exit.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG
Dover Pro - they r showing Singh on the Golf Channel right now hitting balls at the range.

He has man boobs and a spare tire.

He might have been working out hard years ago, but the evidence suggest that the workout regiment now a distant memory.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatriot
Sobel's piece, in particular, is a joke. One unnamed player "on the record." Unless I'm missing a very big point, Vijay brought this on himself with the SI chatter. By all rights, given the fact that he acknowledged taking the substance while it was still on the WADA list, the Tour should have suspended him months ago. But Finchem was too weak and too afraid of the publicity.

Now this.

It will be interesting to see where the Vijay apologists, such as Tom Pernice, fall on the anti- / pro- continuum. Though he has worked extremely hard and accomplished much, the selfishness of this move will reopen debate about his previous (un?)ethical behavior and cast an even greater shadow over his career.

In the end, the Tour will prevail, whether for better or worse, and Vijay, while wrong-headedly attempting to preserve a dubious reputation, will become the Shoeless Joe Jackson of the PGA Tour.

Sadly, his intentions as presented today will only serve to undermine his professional reputation, as well as that of bodies such as the Tour and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterellis
Can't wait to hear the heckling at the 17th Thursday and Friday.

I can't remember golf ever having a true "villain." This will be interesting; would be better if he were 10-15 years younger.

Of course, at 35-40, he might not need the antlers.

And btw, looks like Tiger is employing a different stack-and-tilt system. No matter how big and famous you are, if you get tanked, you look like every guy who ever embarrassed himself at the 20-year reunion.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
Jackie Childs was on tonight, Kramer suing big tobacco, best line - "look at my client, the man's a goblin"
Tiger out having fun in Neeew Yooork Ciiity. I say good for him! It is nice to see this man finally doing things, going places, being a dude, doing what a rich dude should do- take his beautiful woman out and have a good time! Good on him, and her! Hell, Del probably bought him a shot or 3!

She is a very beautiful woman, and I'm telling you Del, a downhill racer tagging up with a porn hound- Zoolander and his party boys were lightweights.
05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
He cheated a long time ago on the Asian tour. Once a cheater, always a cheater in this sport.
He is a coward (see Wd-ing from colonial when Annika played) and a cheat. And now I hope he pays dearly.
Retire now coward
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterZedsded
Guys working overtime to further damage an innocent man's character. Vijay is spot on. The damage has been done
05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma
@ Patriot not sure "who" you are looking at, but he is still cut and very fit. He still works out daily, some times twice. Don't think he needs a Man-zire, or a Bro, and not sure what flat tire you are referring to. Just saying.

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