If you put Kobe Bryant, Bengals owner Mike Brown, Andy Roddick and Brett Favre in the same room, my animosity toward that room might approach the hate that I have for PGA Bastard-At-Arms Vijay Singh. The Fijian made headlines in 2003 at the Colonial Tournament when he said that Annika Sorrenstam–agruably the greatest female golfer ever– “didn’t belong” in a PGA event. And then he skipped the tournament while his little comrade Ernie Els came out and said what a great guy Vijay was. Sure, leave it to some ginger boy from South Africa to discount any sort of discrimination in a country club sport.
But now Vijay’s really off his rocker–he has tried to bail out Allen Stanford, who defrauded investors out of $7 billion dollars. Allegedly.
Singh has an endorsement deal with Stanford Financial reportedly worth $8 million. Although no longer being paid, Singh has continued to wear the Stanford logo on his visor and shirt.[...]
“Vijay’s opinion is that Stanford has yet to be proven guilty and until then has chose to act supportively,” said Dave Haggith, a spokesman at IMG, the management company that represents Singh.
Vijay’s reasoning: Allen’s a great guy. I’m sure he is, Vijay. Great guys stand accused of ten-figure fraud all the time. I expected a little more from a guy that grew up on the side of a volcano.