Scottsdale (USA): Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour. (Agencies)
The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Magazine. The magazine said Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners USD 9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.
The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps. The company says its deer-antler substance contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone. Singh released a statement at the Phoenix Open.
"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 the 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." Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said it was "looking into the matter."
Scottsdale (USA): Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the US PGA Tour.