Is the PGA Hiding Tiger Woods Link to Biogenesis and Steroids?

Suspicions of PED usage have surrounded Tiger Woods for over a decade.  When he admitted in 2010 that Anthony Galea, who has been convicted of illegally smuggling banned PEDs into the United States, had treated him in private at Woods’ own residence, the suspicions turned into assumptions.

Right now Tiger Woods is in that place Lance Armstrong was ten years ago.  Everyone was pretty certain Armstrong was doping, but the sports media and cycling industry feigned ignorance.  Armstrong was their cash cow.

It’s fact the media covered up Woods’ sex scandal, postponing the day of reckoning for a year-and-a-half, and the PGA Tour has long marketed their sport around the IMG-created Tiger Woods image.

In light of the recent report from Terez Owens, can we conclude Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour are now actively hiding a link between Tiger Woods and Biogenesis?  Unless the information Terez Owens reported is totally bogus, that’s exactly what they are doing.

The source said, “Tiger’s name is definitely on the list, but the PGA is not releasing which golfers were named.”

Think about what’s in that one sentence:

  1. Woods is on the Biogenesis customer list.
  2. The PGA knows which golfers are on the list.
  3. The PGA is not releasing the names.

Major League Baseball purchased file records from Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis employee.  They used them to pursue the players involved.  Would you trust the PGA to pursue Tiger Woods rather than to try to cover up the situation?  I’ll wait for you to stop laughing before continuing…

The source also told Terez Owens that Woods used testosterone cream, HGH, and steroids.  So, assuming the source is legit, those are not things you can brush off with, “Oh, that was just blood spinning.”

Like I said, Woods is now well into the Lance Armstrong Denial phase of his career.  (Note the Nike connection of Woods, Armstrong, Ryan Braun, and A-Rod.  Birds of a feather flock together.  As well, there is a serious allegation that Nike paid cash to cover up Armstrong’s doping.  [Offhand, I do not know the latest on that.])

A weird thought occurs to me.  The PGA is not releasing “which golfers were named.”  Golfers.  Plural.  What well-known golfer recently underwent a body transformation much like Woods did earlier in his career?  Here’s a hint: he signed a huge deal with Nike late last year.  Need more?  Woods helped recruit him to Nike, and the two of them have made some Nike ads together.  One last hint: the mystery player moved to Miami a year or two ago.  (Miami, you know, the place where Biogenesis is located.)

This is pure speculation, but think about it.  Rory McIlroy was once a polite, enjoyable guy who was amazingly open.  In the past year, he’s taken to cursing on the golf course, throwing and slamming clubs, and has even stormed off the course mid-round claiming an injury he later admitted was bogus.  The media often asks Graeme McDowell about McIlroy, and you’ve probably noticed Graeme — unfailingly classy — answers politely, but adds as an aside that he doesn’t see Rory much these days, so we can add that to the list of behavior changes for McIlroy.

Perhaps my speculation about McIlroy is unwarranted.  I hope so.  But until the PGA, or someone else, releases the names on the Biogenesis list, the entire tour looks dirty.

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39 Responses to Is the PGA Hiding Tiger Woods Link to Biogenesis and Steroids?

  1. brian says:

    YEP FINCHEM IS AS BAD AS THE PLAYERS YOU MENTIONED THERE ALL IN DENIAL.I HOPE SPORTS WRITERS DIG DEEP INTO THE PGA TOUR,GARY PLAYER HAD IT RIGHT 2 YEARS AGO. EVEN THOSE CLOWNS ON MORNING DRIVE KNOW THIS IS GOING ON BUT FAIL TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE BECAUSE THEIR JOBS WOULD BE IN JEPROADY

  2. NK says:

    Terezowens says they’re a sports gossip and rumor site.

    • lannyh says:

      Here’s how they describe themselves: “Terez Owens has made a name for himself around the world by standing up for the truth and exposing the Sports and Hollywood elite for who they really are.”

      Translation: They’ll print the truth, no matter what. They fear neither corporations nor athletes.

      • NK says:

        Yes, but they also have sports gossip written on their homepage. I’m not saying whether the report is true or false, but it seems odd that other sites have not reported any of this.

      • lannyh says:

        Not odd if the source only spoke to Terez Owens. Also, think about all the advertising Nike buys from the mainstream sports media. From a financial standpoint, are they more likely to write articles about what Terez Owens is reporting or to build up Woods’ great play the week before the PGA Championship?

        We now know Lance Armstrong was doping prior to his cancer diagnosis. I’ve been refreshing my knowledge on the history of that this morning, and it’s incredible how deep the coverup went. Nike denies it, but there seems to be some evidence that they, in tandem with Thom Weisel (a wealthy Bay area cycling enthusiast) paid the UCI (a cycling organization) president half a million dollars to cover up for a failed Armstrong blood test. Nike also stood by Armstrong well past the point logic would dictate they abandon him.

        Look at the number of times Armstrong lied to us. Then consider A-Rod and Braun and the others, and how vociferously they denied any wrongdoing — knowing darn well they were lying. They even savaged people who suggested they used PEDs.

        There’s a lot of incentive for a lot of people who have a lot of money to cover up this kind of cheating. They laugh at the concept of “purity of sport.” Their concept of fairplay is much like that of, say, the Medellin Drug Cartel. Whatever puts money in their pockets is “right.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you want to insinuate that Rory is also involved, I think you also have to take a look at a guy like Lee Westwood. He started his career a little on the heavy side, and then after nose diving for a few years, came back looking about as fit as anyone.

    • lannyh says:

      True. Body change, and he relocated to Miami. On the other hand, he’s not a club slammer.

      I don’t mean to insinuate Rory is involved, just that it’s not impossible that he is. If it were to come out, I think people would look back and say there were signs.

      • NK says:

        I understand what you’re saying, but so much has been written about Tiger on different sites over the past couple of years that turned out to be false, it’s hard to know what to belive. Just this year, I remember reading on another site about Tiger and his ex-wife agreeing to remarry. And that site also claim to quote from sources.

  4. mc says:

    There actually were talks about re-marriage between Woods and his ex. She reportedly wanted 200 to 300 million put into her account first, (in case his behavior of the past continued). He said no, (wisely I would say).

  5. Brent says:

    It’s hard for anyone to want to believe that their idol, their superstar, their hero is doping. After seeing his driving average of 319 in the first three rounds of the Firestone, when his season driving average is more like 294, I grew suspicious once again. If you look at his longest drive of the tourney last week, he hit a ball 378 yards.

    I harken back to a ESPN conversation between Goose Gosich and Dennis Eckersley, when they played for the Oakland A’s. They were in the bull pen warming up before a game watching the Bash brothers McGuire and Canseco, hit ball after ball out of the park. Eckersley told Gosich, “look at their bat speed”, obviously making reference to how fast they were getting their arms thru on the their swings.

    Tigers swing speed is an indication to me and his driving distance this week that he’s juicing. At 37, he shouldn’t be leading the golfers in driving distance. The drive is his game, because it sure isn’t his short game that wins him championships – ala Phil Mickelson. People don’t understand that swing speed is everything to hitting a baseball or a golf ball. The faster you turn on the ball, the more power you get. Great article, and I won’t be surprised if there are others in pro golf that have turned to Biogenesis for the answer to winning.

    • MH says:

      Firestone is notoriously firm and fast with lots of balls chasing far out into the fairways. Stuart Appleby has hit a ball over 400 yards in a tournament before. Is he juicing? Ne may have led for the week at Firestone, but Woods is nowhere near leading the tour for the season. If people want to wildly speculate that one of the highest profile stars in the world is juicing, whatever, but hitting it far at Firestone is faaaaar from proof.

      Also, why wouldn’t other outlets report this? The media relishes pinning any PED-taking scalp on their wall, regardless of who it is. Maybe not the golf media, since Woods butters their bread, but ESPN, Yahoo, SI and others have broken everything from PEDs to sex scandals to NCAA violations and beyond, seemingly without regard for who is affected. A-Rod, Armstrong, Paterno, USC, Johnny Manziel just to name a few of the people named in recent stories. And it’s also interesting to note that with Armstrong and A-Rod, each time either of them were named in any allegation or report there was press attention. Even if it just resulted in a boilerplate statement from one of them, there was still some kind of response and media coverage. This thing about Woods may blow up but it’s foolish to think that the entire media establishment is in the tank for Woods and would sit on a story of this magnitude if there were some substance to it

      • lannyh says:

        Why would ESPN cover it up? Gee, maybe their wall-to-wall coverage of the British Open? They also do Thurs/Fri coverage for U.S. Open (or Masters, one of the two).

        Woods is getting the Armstrong treatment. Sure, the “rumors” are reported, but then they are quickly dismissed. Go back and read the coverage of Dr. Galea. As soon as Woods — known for truthfulness, right? — said Dr. Galea’s visits to his home were above-board, the media let it go.

        You say the media relishes pinning PED usage on stars? What’s your basis for that? Biogenesis only became public because of a disgruntled employee seeking revenge on Anthony Bosch. The sports media was still telling us A-Rod might become all-time home run hitter — even though A-Rod admitted to steroid usage earlier in his career. No, far from your claim, the media is only too glad to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” And nowhere is that more obvious than in the golf media. Woods return to golf after his bizarre sex scandal was actually referred to his “comeback after his auto accident.”

        Your example of Manziel is funny, because the media is doing everything it can to keep Maziel in college football until at least September 14! It’s pretty obvious he took money for signing autographs, but do you think he’ll miss the marquee Alabama at Texas A&M game? He might, but it won’t be because the sports media goes all Berstein and Woodward on us.

        As far as distance and what-not, PEDs are not just used for muscle bulk/strength. In Woods case, he was battling injuries. As well, if you use PEDs, you have a faster recovery time, so, in golf, you could hit, say, 600 balls a day in practice vs 300 balls for not PED-taking players. Consider this: recently a 97-pound marathon runner lost a gold medal for testing positive for steroids.

      • MH says:

        The funny thing about your argument is that you seem to think the media is immune from having to have proof of the claims they make. If there is no proof of the claim then the media tends to let it go because because they begin to risk legal action. In all the stories mentioned earlier there was either proof to substantiate an allegation or there wasn’t. If there wasn’t, the story goes away despite what public opinion and speculation lingers on. If there is proof, the story goes on to its resolution (swift or not) with the punishment phase and whatever comes next.

        With Manziel, what might seem totally obvious can’t be presented as fact because there’s no proof yet. Your conspiracy theories about the media (golf media excepted) and Woods are ridiculous when you consider the people, athletes and institutions that have been taken down with scandals. You seem to think that not a single member of the media has followed up or dug into the topic. Any member of the media, of any outlet? Maybe there just isn’t enough there to make a story.

      • lannyh says:

        You are shifting your argument. First you said the media digs up PED stories with great relish; now you are saying the media can’t do anything until there is “proof.”

        Dr. Galea, an unlicensed doctor who pled guilty to bringing banned substances into the U.S., visits Woods in private at his home? Move along, nothing to see here! Yeah, right.

      • MH says:

        Stories and allegations can be unearthed and reported on. But if the media discovers there is nothing to support the allegation or that the situation is not as it appears, the story goes away. Proof is required to take a story to the next phase of reporting/ legal action. The stories that aren’t backed with proof of wrongdoing or don’t bring new information have a tendency to go away after a short time.

        As with the Galea case. It was investigated, proven and punished in the court system. I’m not saying anything untoward didn’t happen in his relationship with Woods, but the proof either isn’t available or isn’t there because nothing happened. What you’re doing is beating a horse that’s been dead for a few years, something the media tends not to do unless new information comes to light

      • lannyh says:

        Well, you keep changing your story. You started off saying that if PEDs were being used, our good ole media would have ferreted it out. Now you are saying that if the allegations are properly denied/covered up, that the press just throws up its hands.

        As for new allegations, did you not read the article? A source told Terez Owens that Woods’ name is on the Biogenesis list. Pretty major, no?

    • Bob Nichols says:

      Firestone has increases for all players of about 15% just the way they set up conditions of the fairways. Look over the last several years and you will see driving distances at Firestone are out of whack with regular tour stops! He hits more drivers at Firestone because of the comfort and confidence he has there. For most tour events he hits a lot of irons and fairway metals off the tee, hence the lower driving distance.

      Tiger wins with his short game more than Phil for the most part because Tiger makes more putts than Phil. Phil has the flair for the dramatic but overall Tiger is a better scrambler around the green!

      You keep trying though!

  6. MH says:

    And speaking of Phil, he hits it so long he barely carries a driver anymore. His short game is great, but you’re delusional if you think Phil is any kind of a short hitter.

    And before you go looking up his driving stats, remember that those stats are compiled with him hitting a 2-wood and not a driver.

    • lannyh says:

      You’re too hung up on driving distance being the only advantage of steroids for golfers. It’s all about RECOVERY. Be it from injury or a heavy practice regime.

      • MH says:

        Was responding to previous poster who brought up the distance thing. I know PEDs can be used for any variety of advantages when it comes to training and recovery as well as muscle building.

        Speaking of recovery though, what if an athlete uses a banned substance in order to return from surgery/injury more quickly. If the athlete is under the care of a doctor and not competing, should the player be allowed to take otherwise banned substances to make a full recovery? I just wonder, because many of the substances referred to as PEDs are given therapeutically.

      • lannyh says:

        Not my call. But if the PGA (or the US) bans it, it’s cheating (or law-breaking).

  7. MH says:

    Nice cop out

    • lannyh says:

      Why a cop out? I don’t follow. I didn’t think Craig Stadler should have been DQ’d for using a towel to keep his knees dry. But that doesn’t change the fact that he broke the rules.

      My personal views are that PEDs should be banned. But my opinion, as does yours, means nothing. It seems like you are trying to pave the road for an eventual admission by Woods that he was using PEDs. The problem is you can’t have two sets of rules.

      • MH says:

        Not saying you should have two sets of rules, but timing matters. If a player is not competing or considered otherwise healthy for competition are they subject to the same scrutiny as a player undergoing treatment? I don’t know the answer or whether that is addressed in the various testing programs, but it’s a valid point to bring up. I mean, Jarrod Lyle and J.B. Holmes probably took all kinds of medicines during their respective health issues, but were they subjected or expected to adhere to the list of approved substances?

  8. James Langan says:

    In case the tone of this comment is confusing, I’d just like to clarify that it is copy and pasted from a message I posted on a Tiger Woods forum. Thanks:

    I’d like to prelude the main agenda of this post by stating that I have been an enormous Tiger Woods fan for just about thirteen years now. His brilliance first came to my attention when he massacred the field in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach by an eye-watering fifteen strokes, and my devotion has never wavered, even with some of the unpleasant happenings off the golf course which have transpired since that fateful night in November 2009.

    It is precisely because he has meant so much to me throughout my childhood, and now into my twenties, that this has been so hard to admit. However, the time for denial is over, and my true feelings must come to the fore. OK, here it goes… unfortunately, and I really do mean unfortunately, I believe that Tiger was using performance enhancing drugs for at least a few years during his storied career. If I had to guess, going by the remarkable transformation in his physique, I would say he began taking shortcuts at some point between late 2002 (around the time of the surgery that forced him out of competition for a couple of months) and 2005, carrying on either until 2008 (when the PGA Tour’s doping policy came into play) or late 2009 (when Dr Anthony Galea was found out to be a supplier of PEDs).

    There are just way, way too many coincidences for this not to be the case. Please allow me to state my case:

    1. The most obvious piece of evidence comes from sheer, hard facts. Tiger Woods hired a Canadian doctor who was a known distributor of PEDs such as HGH to carry out plasma rich therapy at his Florida home. WHY an earth would you do that when there are an abundance of qualified therapists much nearer to home? Upon his return at the US Masters in 2010, Tiger was asked what procedure(s) Dr Galea performed during his rehab from the ACL tear. What he should have been asked was “Why did you hire a known PED distributor in the first place?” He was really let off the hook here, and it’s incredible that more hasn’t been more made of this since. So many top sportsmen share doctor’s, lawyer’s, dentist’s etc, so it’s highly dubious, to put it mildly, that so many of Dr Galea’s patients have been found guilty of taking banned substances, yet we are supposed to believe that the number one golfer in the world and possibly of all time is one of the only clean ones. This alone should raise red flags in even the most ardent of Tiger’s followers. However, there’s more…

    2. The PGA Tour began their anti-doping policy on July 1st, 2008, at the AT&T National. Tiger’s last appearance of the season was between the 12th-15th June, in the US Open at Torrey Pines. The next event he would have played, if not for the torn ACL, would have been… yep, you guessed it. Now it would be ludicrous to claim that the injury and subsequent surgery was all a sham, so I’m not going to go down that route. Tiger claimed he had been playing with an injury since July 2007, which I’m willing to go with. However, my belief is that PEDs such as testosterone and steroids are exactly what helped Tiger play through the injury, and it is because these were no longer viable options with the new policy in place that there was no choice but to have the surgery and look to heal naturally (at least for the most part).

    Supporting this claim is the fact that Tiger’s rapid physical transformation (3) from 2005 or so through 2008 became a lot more apparent from the summer of 2007 onwards (remember the almost superhuman physique displayed in the tight red shirt on Sunday at Oakmont?) If he did injure himself in the summer of 2007, it would make sense to up the dosage of PEDs in order to heal quicker and be able to play through the pain barrier.

    4. Now I mentioned a little while ago that I felt the recovery from the ACL injury was undertaken in a more natural way than the “supplements” used in the few years prior. This doesn’t mean everything was totally above board, and is where Dr Galea comes in. Before the anti-doping policy was introduced, it would presumably be no problem ordering testosterone and the like from more ‘mainstream’ sources, such as the Biogenesis clinic in Miami (NOTE, please click on the link below).

    //lannyhgolf.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/is-the-pga-hiding-tiger-woods-link-to-biogenesis-and-steroids/

    Once the policy came into play, you would have to be more canny. I believe when Tiger was off with this ACL injury, he dropped the testosterone and the steroids as a positive drug test would signal the end of his career, and all the dreams of passing Jack and becoming the best there’s ever been would be forever crushed.

    However, it is known that HGH can be administered in such a way as to make it extremely difficult to detect, hence why it is so popular and widespread throughout all of sport. Tiger had to retain his edge and athletic advantage over the rest of the field somehow, and it would make sense for this to be the one PED out of the three biggies to remain as part of the regime. Surely an HGH expert such as Dr Galea would be able to administer the hormone in such a way as to make it look natural?

    5. When Dr Galea was found guilty, that’s when the last of the cocktail of PEDs had to go. And surprise, surprise, the injuries start to pile up in a way they never had before… the walk-off at The Players, the withdrawal at Doral through a “tight achilles” (from the man who won the US Open on one leg!) Suddenly the man who could play through anything was a lot more fragile. A cynical person might suggest that the weak tendons and ligaments are a classic case of post-PED withdrawal (not me of course, hehe!)

    So, am I saying that all of Tiger’s success was built on a foundation of lies? Not really. I don’t believe he was juicing earlier in his career, such as in 2000, which is rightly considered to be his finest year of Tour. With or without enhancements he would have been the greatest player in the world, just maybe not by quite such an astonishing distance.

    Many people say that steroids, testosterone, HGH etc. would be of little use to a golfer. This is true when looking at individual facets of the game in isolation, such as driving distance, iron play and short game. However, what they forget is that PEDs help with your endurance and therefore allow you to train harder. How can it not be an advantage to have the physical stamina to practice for eight hours a day rather than four?

    Recovery time after exertion is also sped up dramatically, so you can be at your best every single week. It’s interesting that as Tiger increased in size and was at his most physically impressive, he was suddenly able to put himself in contention every single week. Look at the absurd level of consistency from 2006-2009 and compare it to that of 2001-2002, two hugely impressive years but nowhere near as consistent. Post-2009/Dr G, Tiger has began to have many more off-weeks where he doesn’t even come close to winning, which is understandable as physical energy levels wax and wane. This can be explained in 2010 and 2011 through swing changes, personal trauma etc. but not so much from 2012 onwards, where he clearly has the game to play the lights out but can’t do so on a consistent basis. Not being quite as fresh from day-to-day due to lack of enhancements will do that to you.

    Another, much under-appreciated benefit of PED’s is the MENTAL well-being they provide. What do steroids, testosterone and HGH all have in common? They make you feel youthful, confident and capable of achieving anything. Take a cocktail of all three and you start to feel bulletproof. If you walk around in a state of euphoria believing you are the man, then you are much more likely to hit that great drive or hole that clutch putt on the 72nd hole under the most intense pressure. Without the added help, these things won’t come quite as easily (notice how the clutch putting has almost evaporated in recent years?)

    Tiger has always been known as a terrific closer of tournaments. However, it may surprise you to learn that when he was a wiry young man, not pumped full of exogenous testosterone and anabolic steroids, he was much more prone to hitting poor shots under pressure (relating to my ‘confidence’ point above).

    2000-2001 is considered by many to be his finest stretch, but think about some of the crazy shots that were hit during the business end of tournaments:

    - The drive that was sliced miles right on the 2nd hole of the 2000 PGA playoff against Bob May, which would have resulted in a bogey if for not the tremendous slice of luck afforded on the 2nd shot, in which Tiger’s ball hit the cart path and trundled on over the green into par-saving territory.

    - The even worse drive on the 3rd and final playoff hole which would have been unplayable had some kid not thrown in out of the wilderness back down the cart path. This was one of the most fortunate playoff victories of all time.

    - 2001 Bay Hill Invitational – 16th hole, final round: Tiger hits it 2 feet from OB. Then hits another disastrous tee shot on the 18th which only avoids going OB as a spectator gets in the way!

    - 2001 NEC Invitational – Only requires par on the final hour to beat Furyk, yet somehow manages to miss the green with a pitching wedge from the centre of the fairway and winds up with a bogey. Hits two or three woeful drives in the playoff but is fortunate as each result in playable seconds, and can also thank his lucky stars that Furyk misses a multitude of makeable birdie putts which would have put the tournament to bed. Wins on the 7th extra hole.

    - 2001 Dubai Desert Classic – Shocking drive on the final hole, ending in a huge upset as Thomas Bjorn slays the mighty Tiger.

    - In general, Tiger would often bogey the final hole of a tournament when he was in the lead, albeit sometimes when his nearest challenger had to birdie it. This is a trait which has returned post-Galea.

    When did this ever happen once Tiger had bulked up? (And in my opinion was on this cocktail of confidence boosters). Think Hank Haney era basically. The only example I can muster is the bogey-bogey finish at the 2005 Masters, but I think Tiger always finds it tough to win the first major after a drought, it wouldn’t be human not to feel nervous, testosterone or no testosterone. Back nine of 1999 PGA and the lost opportunities in recent years are cases in point.

    So, given my assertion that Tiger wasn’t juicing during some of the best years of this career, and therefore was clearly the best golfer in the world either way, why would he use anything? My belief is that the pressure of winning majors and passing Jack started to take its toll at some point during the early to mid 2000s (which is alluded to by Hank Haney in ‘The Big Miss’ actually), so external ways of finding supreme confidence were required. As I said earlier, if you’re taking testosterone, HGH and steroids, you’ll feel like nothing is out of reach – wouldn’t you love to stand over a 15 foot putt to win a major feeling that way?

    I would ask the administrator(s) here to please give this thread a chance. Tiger Woods is my sporting hero, and it pains me to write what I have. This isn’t intended as a windup and certainly isn’t written with the intention of citing hatred and/or anger. All I want is a reasonable discussion on the matter. I want more than anything in the world to believe that Tiger was a clean athlete (I have no doubt that he is now) so if any of the great members here can convince me then that’s fantastic. I’d like to hear from both ends of the spectrum really, from Tiger fans who believe that the PED accusations are are a load of hot air, and from those who may confess to having doubts on our hero’s legacy. Questioning doesn’t make you any less of a fan, it’s only natural to ask questions and to live in a state of blind adoration is very dangerous indeed.

    Thank you very much for reading, I appreciate it.

    • mike says:

      James:

      Unfortunately I doubt Woods is now clean and I think it’s clear he has juiced for significant parts of his career.

      Sports have grown to a huge, brutally competitive business with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake globally. They need to create the next hero moment to keep people from changing the channel and continue buying merchandise. So a “franchise” like Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong has a huge incentive to cheat and there is huge incentive for every one around it – sponsors, networks, governing bodies of sport – to be wilfully ignorant until incontrovertible proof of guilt is provided when they conveniently wash their hands of the offending party. Only then do the sponsors drop the athlete – a lot like a Mafia family that sends a guy to whack a member that the cops have pinned to the wall. The fact that Tiger woods is still the world’s highest paid athlete means that he still sells lots of shirts, clubs and Gatorade for his sponsors. The reason Nike dumped Lance has nothing to do with being guilty and everything to do with the fact that he was not going to sell anymore swooshes for them.

      The commercialisation and incredibly sophisticated marketing and money spinning PR pursued by Nike and other sponsors and abetted by major networks and sports oversight bodies has become the defacto issue ensuring that PEDs are with us to stay. They are a tool for sponsors, athletes and sports to compete better and ultimately win.

      For me, Tiger, Lance, and others are entertainers in the same way as pro wrestlers are and I’d suggest it’s time to look in a different place for your heros than sports.

      • mcnugget says:

        Pointing to a few sliced drives in amongst a host of outstanding play as evidence towards PED use is spurious at best.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very well stated, my friend!!

  9. lannyh says:

    James, great commentary/analysis. I hope you don’t mind if I create a blog entry pointing to your comment. (If you do, let me know and I’ll remove it.)

  10. James Langan says:

    Thank you Lanny. Sure, you’re very welcome to do so.

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  12. ann1 says:

    Let it go people…

  13. Ricko W says:

    In light of the recent report from Terez Owens, can we conclude Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour are now actively hiding a link between Tiger Woods and Biogenesis? Unless the information Terez Owens reported is totally bogus, that’s exactly what they are doing.

  14. Samuel says:

    This is pretty much all i can say on the topic. When Tiger Woods is good i watch golf. When he isn’t i don’t care. I doubt i am the only casual sports fan who feels this way. How is that for any incentive to coverup or look the other way in regard to his PED use?

  15. Richard says:

    I think Tigers physical problems are probably related to steroid use. Steroids affect the connecting tissues and weakens them. This results in tearing muscles and straining joints because of weak connections.

  16. sol says:

    This article makes a major assumption. The fact that spitting and club throwing is due to steroids etc. It just points out that his life outside the course is not too balanced, such as due to all the strippers and porn stars etc, which he now has to deal with. So the anger can still spill over. Rory is the same, he is dealing with cash, probably girls, now dumped Caroline, therefore the spitting and club throwing starts, however they don’t over do the club throwing. It’s just once in a while. Other golfers like Lee Westwood probably have stable lives with stable girlfriends or wives, and are not too famous that they have to deal with excessive outside pressures. You guys jump to conclusions on here too quickly.

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