Category: Matt Every

December 04, 2013

PGA Tour won't reveal drug violators to Vijay Singh

Posted at 5:03 PM by Pete Madden
Vijay Singh
Credit: Getty Images


In the latest twist in Vijay Singh's case against the PGA Tour, the Tour rebuffed Singh's sweeping discovery requests, including demands for documents and communications related to the "possible or acutal violation of the [Tour's Anti-Doping] Program" of five current professional golfers: Doug Barron, Matt Every, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott Verplank and Dustin Johnson.

In a letter to Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York State Supreme Court, the Tour's attorney, Jeffrey Mishkin of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, called Singh's discovery requests "overreaching" and "irrelevant," arguing that "these individuals have nothing to do with this litigation. Mr. Singh cannot and should not be permitted, in the guise of discovery, to engage in a fishing expedition that risks further harm to the interests of these and any other third-party golfers."

Singh's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, contends that information about the way the PGA Tour treated other golfers suspected or accused of violating the Tour's anti-doping program "will evidence the full extent of the PGA Tour's disparate treatment of Singh."

Three of the five golfers named in discovery have had previously reported run-ins with the Tour's drug policy.

Ginsberg declined to explain why the other two golfers -- five-time PGA Tour winner Verplank and eight-time winner Johnson -- were included in Singh's discovery request or whether he will be seeking information about other PGA Tour players in the future.

Documents concerning other golfers are just one of four categories of information sought by Singh and his legal team. In addition to "all documents and communications related to any positive tests by any golfer for any substance listed as a banned substance under the Program," Ginsberg also requested information concerning the structure of the Tour's anti-doping program, membership renewal forms and stance on colostrum, a substance that contains IGF-1 (the same hormone in deer antler spray) but is not banned, an all-out offensive designed to force the Tour to bring the details of its anti-doping program out of the shadows.

"Vijay alleges -- and it is historically obvious -- that the PGA Tour has administered many facets of the business in an inconsistent manner," said Ginsberg. "The PGA Tour presently is attempting to keep from disclosure evidence of the manner in which it has engaged in that type of disparate treatment of players. One goal of the discovery is to force the PGA Tour to come clean with regard to how it administers the golf business."

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July 08, 2010

PGA Tour pro plays event after pot bust at Iowa hotel

Posted at 3:08 PM by Mike Walker

PGA Tour golfer Matthew Every, 26, teed off in his first round at the John Deere Classic in Sivlis, Ill., on Thursday, two days after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance at the Island Casino Hotel Bettendorf in nearby Bettendorf, Iowa, according to The Quad-City TimesEvery

Police were called to a hotel room at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday due to a strong marijuana smell, The Quad-City Times said. According to police, three of the four occupants of the room admitted to smoking marijuana. In addition to Every, Derek Mason, 28, and William Hicks, 49, were charged with drug possession. 

Every was arrested and booked at the Scott County Jail in Iowa and released that evening after posting bond, The Quad-City Times said. Every has made 13 starts on the PGA Tour this year. His best finish was T8 at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix in February. Before he joined the Tour, Every appeared on The Golf Channel reality show "The Big Break." While at the University of Florida, he won the 2006 Ben Hogan Award for the nation's top collegiate golfer.

The PGA Tour does test players for marijuana use as part of its mandatory drug testing, but the Tour does not publicly name players who test positive for recreational drugs.

(Photo: Scott County Jail)

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