Mark Steinberg and PGA Tour Deny (just like Lance Armstrong did…)

8:00 pm Update

I commented over at Geoff Shackelford’s website today.  He was comparing Olsen to birthers, and I thought that was more than a little bit out-of-line.  Anyway, he responded to my comment, and I have replied to that one.  Who knows if it will stay posted, but last I looked it was still there.  However, that’s not the reason I send you to his website.  You need to read the comment a GinGHIN left.  He noticed that Steinberg used this phrase in his comment today: “absolutely, unequivocally and completely false.”  He then delineated several past denials where Steinberg (i.e., the Tiger Woods PR team) has used three adjectives in that same way.  It’s truly funny.

4:30 pm Update

Misinformation from the New York Post:

If Woods failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs, the PGA Tour said it is required to announce a suspension.

That simply isn’t true.  I’m flabbergasted by what passes for journalism these days.  They left out what falls in the middle of those two things.  Finchem must first decide to suspend.  If Finchem decides to “handle” the matter in a way other than a suspension, he is not obligated to announce anything, so the public is not even aware there was a failed drug test.

Hey, what do you think the odds are that Woods will be asked about these allegations at his next press conference?  After “Megs” or “Kell” has asked the first question, the one for which Woods has prepared a “breezy” response, what are the chances of a second question.  Hey, all you Karen Crouse apologists, how about putting the pressure on her to, you know, investigate this thing?  How about flying to speak to Olsen?  Asking too much?  After all, she’s kind of been the Tour’s PED reporter.

4:00 pm Update

Remember this from the Irish discussion board two weeks ago?  He said something was “imminent.”

I have a question no one seems able to answer.  Steinberg and the PGA Tour were quick to deny this allegation, so why still no denial of the Terez Owens report of Tiger Woods’s name being on the Biogenesis customer list, and Tim Finchem covering that up?  That report specifically delineated “testosterone creams, human growth hormone and steroids.”

Bleacher Report seems to be clamping down on reader comments on the article they posted about Olsen’s radio interview.  The total goes up, then goes down.  I guess they are hacking them left and right.  Funny how so much of the golf media thinks they work for Mark Steinberg.  Golf Channel certainly appears to take their marching orders from him.

2:30 pm Update

Okay, add Golf Channel to the confusion.  This must be why Morning Drive discussed the topic on air because, as we all know, they are normally see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, and speak-no-evil when it comes to Woods.  They just wanted to propagate Steinberg’s narrative for him.  Move along, nothing to see here.

This from their website:

In a statement released to Golf Channel, Woods’ manager, Mark Steinberg, said that the claims are “absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”

Olsen later recanted his claim to GolfChannel.com, saying, “My comments were Ill advised. I retract the entire interview and apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Tiger and Tim Finchem.”

This is pretty weird.  All these golf news outlets are saying they got the same statement?  So, did Steinberg and the PGA Tour coordinate a mass-emailing?  What’s going on?  And, as you can see above, “Olsen later recanted his claim to GolfChannel.com.”  ESPN says Olsen spoke to them.  Maybe Olsen is the only one who will speak in person.  (Funny that he characterized his comments as “ill-advised.”  He’s running from saying them, but not from the actual words.)

2:05 pm Update

Does anyone know the nature of Mark Steinberg’s “statement”?  Did ESPN contact him?  Did he call someone at ESPN?  If that’s the case, it’s weird that they would not say, “Steinberg told us…”  Twitter?  E-mail?

I have the same question regarding Ty Votaw’s statement.  Golf Digest reports it simply as, “Ty Votaw said.”

The Washington Post is attributing both statements to ESPN.  I like the honest headline the Post is using: “Tiger Woods is not on suspension for failing a drug test, his agent and a PGA official say”

Here are the statements as reported by ESPN and Golf Digest:

Ty Votaw (ESPN version): “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations.”

Ty Votaw (Golf Digest version): “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We can categorically deny these allegations.”

Not sure why the minor discrepancy.  Also, is there anything suspicious about Votaw making the statement rather than Finchem?  I thought only the drug testing administrator and Finchem got the results of the tests.  Check me on that, but that’s my recollection.

Steinberg (ESPN and Golf Digest): “These claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”

1:00 pm Update

Here’s the original interview where Dan Olsen speaks of Tiger Woods and PEDs, comparing him to Lance Armstrong.

Here’s Dan Olsen’s PGA career info.

Here’s the ESPN article/Dan Olsen hatchet job.  The fist sentence is funny in its bias and childishness:

A journeyman professional golfer who has spent time recently giving lessons and caddying said in a radio interview…

We learn ESPN thinks Olsen is just a lowly, piece-of-shit “journeyman” golfer who has had to stoop to “giving lessons and caddying.”  Come on: “Journeyman Tour pro” is a valid description, but ESPN felt the need to go negative (and take a swipe at caddies and golf instructors in the process).

 

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25 Responses to Mark Steinberg and PGA Tour Deny (just like Lance Armstrong did…)

  1. Sports-realist says:

    Curious, did Mark Steinberg DENY the same or similar allegations with Alex Rodriquez? Bet he did…

    • lannyh says:

      They have a lot of wiggle room. I’m still investigating, but what exactly did they deny? The suspension? Well, supposedly Dustin Johnson didn’t get suspended. It could be a non-suspension suspension, allowing all involved to deny. The guy was on 15 minutes or so, so they deny EVERY SINGLE WORD? They need to deny each item. Specify it.
      The guy is backing off now. Saying it was opinion. Why? Fear of legal action, you gotta know. Too bad, because if he forced Woods to testify under oath, he’d have to admit it just like Armstrong. And by denying this, but NOT denying the things I’ve covered here, such as Biogenesis, they are kind of admitting Woods WAS on the Biogenesis list. Know what I mean? They pick and choose what they deny.

      • Sports-realist says:

        Yeah backing off from EVERYTHING sounds fishy…..yeah sound like there were some phone calls made(COUGH) behind the scenes….trying to protect Eldrick is becoming a full time gig…..

      • lannyh says:

        It’s a smart move. Removes him from liability, for the most part, and he had his say. I hope he inspires someone to come forward. Maybe a Biogenesis worker will realize he’s going to lose the money he could have sold the story for if he waits too long.

    • lannyh says:

      Also, Olsen’s source or sources could have said, “Dude, you’ll ruin my golfing life if you name me.” He may be protecting them. But, with Woods falling apart physically like he is now, this is just going to come up more and more.
      And the “cheater ball” stuff IS true, although it wasn’t cheating. So what the hell is Steinberg denying? The guy’s terminology? Anyway, I need to dig into this.

      • Sports-realist says:

        I found this fascinating: The Tour also said that it would be required to announce if Woods had been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and that his suspension would definitely be longer than one month. However, if he was suspended for a recreational substance, they would not have to disclose anything.

      • lannyh says:

        Right, but the thing is… they don’t have to suspend. Everyone knows DJ was suspended, but they were able to deny a suspension. So if they officially suspend someone, it has to be announced. If they get the guy to self-suspend, they don’t announce the suspension.
        Look, I’m not sure I buy that Woods is suspended, but if he is, my gosh, they are doing some elaborate orchestration. I’ve wondered if some of Woods’s past absences were non-suspension suspensions.

  2. Kris says:

    This is the policy if a player fails a drug test due to PEDs: “The Commissioner, in consultation with the Program Administrator, shall consider any information submitted by the player and shall then decide whether to go forward with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation against the player. If the Commissioner’s decision is to go forward with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, the player shall be Notified of the sanction which will be imposed.”

    The denials are vague and meaningless. Finchem has the final word on whether a player is punished, no matter what the violation. I don’t believe Tiger is currently suspended, but I do believe Tiger is a known PED user that Finchem has protected in the past. Olsen retracted his statements because he didn’t want to “be looked at as just some crazy fucking nobody making accusations against Tiger Woods.”

    Full current USGA Anti-Doping Manual: http://www.usga.org/uploadedFiles/2014-2015%20Anti-Doping%20Manual.pdf

    • lannyh says:

      Thanks. Good stuff. I’m totally in agreement in thinking Finchem has protected Woods regarding PEDs.

      • Anonymous says:

        I read your post on at Shackelford’s site…and I saw his reply where he basically made fun of you. When will you realize that this guy is a closet tiger Woods lover and uses him to gain clicks for his site whenever things get slow. He just threw up a silly “When Will Tiger Win Again” poll on his site…what a joke. Then he goes and makes fun of you for challenging his “birther” comments and goes further to defend Obama, one of his other loves. Shackelford is one of the biggest hypocrites on the scene.

      • lannyh says:

        The post I made today?

      • lannyh says:

        Oh, I found it. I had not checked back. Let me go reply. I have a thick hide.

      • lannyh says:

        Okay, I have replied. Thanks for the heads-up. Let me know if you approve — or if it gets deleted!

  3. Sports-realist says:

    Just to expand on what Ken said: “Sanctions on players may include:” — followed by a list of items including ‘Ineligibility.’ Note the word MAY.

    Then: “In applying these sanctions in a particular case, the Program Administrator and the Commissioner’s designee may, except for Drugs of Abuse, look for guidance to International Anti-Doping Standard.”

    Then, the best part: “In rendering his decision in a particular case, the Commissioner may depart from the sanction guidance in the International Anti-Doping Standards as he deems appropriate in a particular case.”

    In other words, Finchem can overlook anything he wants to overlook. And, remember baseball’s massive suspensions last year didn’t come because of drug testing, but rather because of the Biogenesis records. Terez Owens has reported that Finchem has seen the list of golfers that were Biogenesis customers, and that Woods was on that list.

  4. Norris says:

    Anyone who has played or followed golf closely knows that Tiger Woods chipping skills have deteriorated at an phenomenal rate. The explanations I have seen from most golf commentators and journalists are ridiculous! Something has happened to Tiger Woods and it is not just demons in his head. A famous golf commentator says “Nobody’s talked about that, but it’s like somebody short-circuited his hand-eye coordination. I don’t know how that can happen. It’s crazy.” Exactly! I think the next part of the story is, what happens to a person’s hand-eye coordination after many years of PED use? Thanks for your site, it is the only golf site I see that makes any sense!

    • lannyh says:

      Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your saying that. I started this website because there were a lot of things (and there still are) that got deleted at many websites when you posted them as comments. I’m talking about about polite, non-bombastic, well-written, fact-based comments. There’s such a push to maintain a Heroic Tiger narrative, even after the various scandals.
      I too remember hearing that short-circuit thing somewhere.
      Thanks again.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lanny…there are many types of PEDS besides just the ones that “bulk you up”…I am convinced Woods was using. I appreciate you are only blogger to tell it real. Keep up the fight,

    • Sports-realist says:

      Dr. Gary Wadler, past chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List Committee, lists off the benefits of Adderall to an athlete.

      “It masks fatigue, masks pain, increases arousal — like being in The Zone,” begins Wadler, currently an associate professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, in a phone interview.

      “It increases alertness, aggressiveness, attention and concentration. It improves reaction time, especially when fatigued. Some think it enhances hand-eye coordination. Some believe it increases the mental aspects of performance.”

      • Sports-realist says:

        Now adderall was for ADHD kids, but The NFL doesn’t disclose the number of therapeutic exemptions issued, but MLB in 2011 granted 105. Such numbers were an eye-opener to Wadler.

        “I’m an internist, and I see lots of patients,” he said. “I can count on one hand the number I’ve seen over the years who had (ADHD) to such a degree that they required medicine.”………
        Even Students are taking it to help them FOCUS on cramming for exams….Just like other ped’s, which would explain why SO many athletes from so many different sports are looking for that LITTLE advantage…

  5. Sports-realist says:

    Lanny have you heard of this book called PGA JUICED, which is supposedly coming out soon? The authors name is Mark Johnson who has been a writer for 25 years….Now it actually as a promotion uses quotes by Gary Player and the now infamous Greg Olsen……I came across it in Publisher’s Marketplace…….the book supposedly will be on bookshelves around the time of the Masters in April……Is this real? Does this seem legitimate to you?

    • lannyh says:

      I have not! Thanks for the heads-up! I’ll look around.

    • lannyh says:

      I guess we’re just going to have to wait and see. It mentions Amazon, but there’s nothing there. If it’s coming out around the Masters, you’d expect to see it listed by now. The information at the website wasn’t written very well, and it said Pete Rose cheated, when he actually gambled. Maybe they rushed it to take advantage of Olsen being in the news. Time will tell.

  6. Sports-realist says:

    So this kyle porter sucks, as he is now doing character assassination on olsen, all because he went after Woods……Where did Kyle Porter come from? i read a few articles ago on here that Porter isn’t a professional writer and doesn’t go to pro golf tournaments, so WHO did he know to get this blogger spot….

    • lannyh says:

      He’s pretty horrible, but I wouldn’t be too hard on him. I’m sure he’s given guidance. I wrote a comment recently chastising him for “click-bait headlines and comment-trolling articles.” That comment was quickly deleted, and CBS is pretty darn relaxed about allowing people to speak their minds. I guess I hit too close to home.

      That said, it seems like 95 percent of websites today adhere to click-bait headlines and comment-trolling articles.

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