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Singh: Oh deer!

Singh: Oh deer!

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced in a press conference at Quail Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday that Vijay Singh would not be suspended for using deer antler spray and the case against Singh has now been dropped.

In a Sports Illustrated article earlier this year, Singh revealed he had taken the substance, which contains IGF-1,a banned substance on the PGA Tour and other major sports leagues as set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Subsequently, he released a statement that expressed his shock and anger, along with his ignorance it was prohibited.

Singh admitted he had used deer antler spray unknowingly, but there wasn’t a positive drug test, so he is in the clear. Basically, while IGF-1 is illegal, it is not a violation unless you test positive — even though there is no way of detecting the substance through blood testing.

Here’s the full statement from the PGA Tour:

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Deer in headlights

Deer in headlights!

Vijay Singh, known for his intense work ethic on the golf course and in the gym, is one of the athletes who have used a banned substance from a two-man company run in the back of a gym in Alabama called S.W.A.T.S. — Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, according to a fascinating Sports Illustrated story.

Christopher Key and Mitch Ross sell products like deer antler spray, hologram chips and “negatively charged” water that claim to help enhance an athlete’s performance. The deer antler spray contains IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), a “natural anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth,” which is banned by the NCAA and every major pro league. 

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