Doug Barron, the 40-year-old doughy golfer who no one had heard of until the PGA Tour announced he violated its anti-doping policy, has filed a civil suit and temporary restraining order against the Tour. He claims the Tour unjustly suspended him and the press release caused him to be branded as “a doper and a cheater.”
But more important, we now know which medications he was taking: testosterone and beta-blockers.
Barron has been taking the beta blocker propranol since 1987 for a condition known as mitral valve prolapse and the PGA knew that when it tested Barron in June of this year, the suit says.
Without the medication, the suit continues, Barron experiences a racing heartbeat, pains and jolts in his chest, although his doctors have been weaning him off the medication as mandated by the PGA last October. Under the direction of his cardiologist, Barron said, he had reduced his intake from 160 mg per day to 40 mg at the time of the test. [A]fter experiencing fatigue and illness, Barron said, he was diagnosed in 2005 as having the testosterone levels of an 80-year-old man and that he has been taking exogenous injections since then. The injections, however, only bring his testosterone levels up to the low end of a normal range, Barron said.
If Barron was being weaned off the drugs, why didn’t he notify the PGA Tour and get an exemption as other players have? Because he’s not very smart.
No, he wasn’t taking big muscle-building steroids (obviously) but that’s the conclusion many people come to when “performance enhancing drugs” is used in a press release. Right now, golf can’t even get interesting steroid scandals.
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