Golf Legend Vijay Singh has been caught up in — of all things — a deer antler doping scandal.
That’s right. Deer Antlers … No, I’ve never heard of such a thing either.
According to the Daily Mail (among other media outlets), deer antler spray contains a ‘natural anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth.’ The Mail writes:
According to Sports Illustrated, Singh paid $9,000 for the deer antler spray, an oscillating ‘beam ray’ lightbulb, stickers bearing holograms of a pyramid and power additives in November. He is quoted as saying that he uses the spray ‘every couple of hours….every day.’
Singh. a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, said he sleeps with the ‘beam ray’ on and has put stickers, which SWATS term chips, on his ankles, waist and shoulders.
‘I’m looking forward to some change in my body, Singh told the magazine. ‘It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’ve only been doing it for a couple of months.’ US Tour vice-president Ty Votaw admitted the tour are looking into the report.
NFL and MLB players also have been implicated in the antler doping scandal.
Vijay is of course innocent until proven guilty, but the news is disturbing. It has long been said that golf didn’t have a performance enhancing drug problem because there was no conceivable benefit in a fine motor skills game. These accusations, however, suggest the use of PEDs as agents of rehabilitation. That, sadly, opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. If the stories about Vijay turn out to be true, then a cloud of suspicion could fall on any player involved in rehab from an injury.
3 thoughts on “Vijay Does Antlers?”
I wonder when they are going to go after Jim Furyk for his 5-hour energy.
Vijay has apparently replied that he took the antler roids, but didn’t know it was illegal.
Actually sounds plausible to me. Who knew Deer Antlers were a banned substance.
I find it hard to believe Vijay would ever take a banned substance to seek an advantage over his opposition.
In golf the only substance that would be beneficial would be beta-blockers and they are illegal.
I’ll be following this story with interest.