WHAT SHOULD TOUR DO ABOUT VIJAY AND THE SPRAY?
Shipnuck: Off the course, the big story last week was an SI report that cited Vijay Singh's use of a PED that is banned by the PGA Tour. Singh admitted he used deer antler spray but pleaded ignorance that it was outlawed. Tour regulations call for a one-year suspension for Singh's infraction but do allow for commissioner Tim Finchem to abridge the penalty as he sees fit. Should Finchem cut the aging Hall of Famer some slack or should Vijay be suspended for a year? I say send him to the gallows.
Godich: If the rule is there, it needs to be enforced. If Vijay is looking for a loophole, he should talk to Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
Morfit: A year seems long to me. I'd vote for six months, which would send a message and give Vijay a well-earned vacation.
Bamberger: Absolutely, he needs to be suspended. He had to know. If he didn't, he should have. Either way, the rules are clear. I have come to like Vijay, but he's looking for every edge he can get and now we know that means at least one illegal one. He can't be the only one.
Walker: Vijay should get a pass here. Deer antler is pretty common in Eastern medicine. Since it occurs naturally, it's not fair to expect Singh to realize that the deer antler spray would contain a banned substance.
Garrity: I'm more forgiving, but maybe that's because deer antler spray sounds so silly. Vijay is the gullible victim of a snake-oil salesman. Looking like a fool is punishment enough.
Morfit: His ex-trainer Joey Diovisalvi told me there's no way Vijay knew he was breaking the rule, which is probably true, but I'm not sure "ignorance is innocence," as Diovisalvi added.
Wei: The Tour made a special effort to educate its players about this. It's Singh's job to know the rules, isn't it? With compulsory drug testing on Tour, I'd double-check everything I'm putting into my body. I say he should be suspended for a quarter of the season at the very least.
Godich: Deer antler spray. Think about it. You're going to play around with something like that without investigating it? Pardon the pun, but that's a little hard for me to swallow.
Van Sickle: Vijay's sentence depends upon how you view it, as I wrote earlier in the week when the story broke. If you consider that Vijay used a banned substance, you probably want a harsh penalty. If you consider that Vijay used deer antler spray (from a guy who is clearly a goofball), you probably think it's laughable that anyone believes it helped him. I'm in the latter group. I let him off with a slap on the wrist. Deer antler spray? C'mon.
Garrity: I've got it! Finchem can sentence Vijay to a year of one-on-one interviews with golf writers.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Should Singh be suspended for using the spray? If so, for how long?