Fritsch Self-Reports Violation, Suspended 90 Days


 

Not all drug suspensions are created equally. 

 

PGA Tour journeyman Brad Fritsch has begun serving a three-month suspension due self-reporting that he has been taking a banned substance. Fritsch failed to advance out of the Second Stage of Qualifying School in November 2017 and decided at that time, with two months off, it would be a good time to begin a weight-loss regiment.

Part of his program included a supplement that contained DHEA, which is on the Tour’s Anti-Doping banned list. He self-reported his violation to Andy Levinson, the head of the Tour’s Anti-Doping program and was given a 90-day suspension.

 

GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard had more information.

Brad Fritsch became the second player in less than a month to run afoul of the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy.

The Tour announced on Monday that Fritsch, who failed to keep his Tour card last season, “self-reported” the violation after learning that an ingredient in a supplement that he was taking was on the prohibited list. He has been suspended for three months.

 

In a post on Facebook, Fritsch explained that a supplement he was taking to lose weight (BioSom) contained DHEA, an over-the-counter anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour.

“I’m just so upset with myself that I didn’t think to question what was in the supplements. But I never did. And in the program rules, it stipulates that a self-report is the same as a positive test,” Fritsch wrote in his Facebook post. “I believe in the program. I’m a proud member of the PGA Tour and I don’t take that lightly.”

Here is Fritsch’s full Facebook post.

 

[GolfChannel.com]

 

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