Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit this week against the Professional Golf Tour, of which he is an active member, requesting damages for the way it handled the recent controversy over deer antler spray he used.
The litigation alleges that the PGA Tour exposed the golfer to public ridicule and humiliation for months and breached its responsibilities to Singh by conducting an investigation that was flawed and imposing disciple that was unfair.
One of Singh’s lawyers, Peter Ginsberg, filed the suit on Wednesday in New York. Many will look at the timing of the lawsuit as curious or telling, as it came one day prior to the start of the Players Championship the flagship event of the PGA Tour, where the tour’s headquarters are located at the TPC Sawgrass and where Singh lives.
Singh has career winnings of more than $67.4 million on tour, which places him third overall all time and has won 34 times on the tour. In 2006, the World Golf Hall of Fame inducted him and he is playing this week in the Players.
In an article for Sports Illustrated magazine, Singh admitted to suing deer antler spray that contains a performance enhancing agent that at the time had been on the tour’s list of substances that were banned.
Because of Singh’s admission, an investigation was started by the tour and Singh was suspended for 90 days, which he appealed immediately. That appeal process was underway when the World Anti-Doping Agency took the performance enhancing agent in deer antler spray off its list of banned substances, after concluding it was not a drug that was performance enhancing.
Because of that, Singh was cleared of any wrong doing by the tour’s commissioner Tim Finchem last week.