January 31, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bubba Watson wants no part of deer-antler spray. The name alone makes the Masters champion a bit squeamish.
It sounds like something I would never want near me. ... I don't even know how you take deer-antler spray, Watson said Wednesday at the Phoenix Open. Who's the guy that thought of that? He might have been on something, too.
A day after a Sports Illustrated article on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis put deer-antler spray in the news at the Super Bowl, Vijay Singh admitted he used the substance.
The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview for the Sports Illustrated story. The magazine said Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products. The deer-antler substance contains a performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone.
While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy, Singh said in a statement.
In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time.
PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour is looking into the matter.
It's sad that people live and die by their sport and they have to, I guess, cheat and go around it and try to better themselves with deer-antler spray, Watson said. I'm not just going to take something and ask questions later. I'm not going to take deer antler-spray and find out what it is later. ... I think we should check them for mental problems if they're taking deer-antler spray. That's kind of weird.