According to Michael Bamberger and Michael Walker of Golf.com, the PGA Tour has given Dustin Johnson a six-month suspension for a positive cocaine test. This reportedly comes on the heels of a positive cocaine test in 2012 and a positive test for marijuana in 2009.
First things first, get well Dustin Johnson. Admit to your wrong and get rid of everyone around you who has enabled your illegal drug use over the years. You have a lot to live for, and it’s time to get clean.
Second, the PGA Tour should be more transparent with its drug testing. Players who violate drug tests should be given harsh suspensions, and they should also be embarrassed for shaming the game we love.
The six-month suspension in this case is commendable. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the Playoffs, and the Ryder Cup. He violated the Tour’s policy, and must put his career on hold for now.
However, although the Tour is 100% correct to suspend Johnson for six-months, they should have prepared a statement telling the public what the suspension was for. This not only sends a message to the players that they will be penalized for drug use, but it also reaffirms the drug-free image the Tour strives to uphold.
In addition to the report of the positive drug test, the Golf.com article also reported on Johnson’s alleged “sexual indiscretion.”
Bamberger and Walker write, “Johnson’s conduct has long been a topic of conversation among close observers of the Tour. He is often seen in bars near his home in Jupiter, Fla., and is also known to have had a sexual indiscretion with at least one wife of a PGA Tour player.”
And Robert Lusetich, FoxSports senior golf analyst, tweeted about the sexual indiscretion(s) as well:
Not a huge secret either that #DustinJohnson had affairs with 2 wives of PGA Tour players. One broke up the marriage.
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) August 1, 2014
No one wanted to hear all the bad news about Dustin Johnson today. I truly hope he gets his life together, and lives up to his potential on and off the course.
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