Vijay sues PGA Tour

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem got some very unwelcome news tonight on the eve of The Players Championship. One of the games greats Vijay Singh has filed suit in New York claiming the Tour violated its duty of care and good faith by exposing Singh “to public humiliation and ridicule for months.” Vijay’s lawyer for the suit is Peter Ginsberg, who was on the team of Jonathan Vilma in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.

On the eve of The Players Championship, the showcase event for the Tour at TPC Sawgrass, Singh filed suit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, charging the Tour with violating its duty of care and good faith. According to the lawsuit, the Tour exposed Singh “to public humiliation and ridicule for months.”

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According to the lawsuit, the Tour “failed competently and responsibly to administer its own Anti-Doping Program. … As a direct and proximate result of the PGA TOUR’s actions, Singh has been humiliated, ashamed, ridiculed, scorned and emotionally distraught.”

The suit, which says Singh was going to be suspended for 90 days, seeks damages in an “amount to be determined at trial, punitive damages and attorney’s fee, and such other relief as the Court finds proper.” (USA Today)

Singh was finally cleared of any wrong doing over the past week. So cleared that the PGA Tour says the use of Deer Antler Spray is actually not prohibited. So really who can blame Vijay for this suit?

The Tour rushed to judgement and was ready to suspend one of it’s well known golfers before they even decided if the substance used was banned. The Tour itself even Singh was very forthcoming and helped them every step of the way.

“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.”(USA Today)

The suit also claims that the Tour knows of many other golfers using the substance but only chose to punish Singh. If that’s true then his case surely will be stronger.

This will be a major story this weekend at TPC Sawgrass, so much so it will probably lead off coverage on Thursday. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Not just for the PGA but for athletes around the world in other sports who get wrongly accused.

The PGA of course has no comment. “We just received the statement,” PGA Tour vice president Ty Votaw told USA TODAY Sports. “We will have no comment.”

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