When you mess up, it’s not always getting punished that hurts, but rather knowing you let others down.
Canadian golfer Brad Fritsch accidentally took a banned supplement when trying to lose weight, and was suspended three months for it.
He never failed a drug test, but rather self-reported his use of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to the PGA Tour on Nov. 30. Fritsch’s suspension came down on Monday, retroactive to Nov. 30, and the 40-year-old detailed the whole ordeal on Facebook.
“When I got the call that I was suspended, that was kind of the end of Part 1 for me,” Fritsch told Prime Time Sports on Tuesday. “The last month has not been fun, just being in limbo and assuming I was going to be suspended but not knowing for how long.”
While most offenders of any professional sport’s anti-doping policy are usually vilified for their actions, the genuine way in which Fritsch has handled his case has led to an outpouring of support for the Ottawa native, currently ranked 831st in the world.
He hasn’t played a round of professional golf since ingesting the DHEA.
“Yesterday turned out to be a really great day, honestly, because the support on Twitter and Facebook and all that has been probably 99.99 per cent positive,” said Fritsch. “And you don’t often see that on social media, and fortunately most of the responders are probably Canadian. I assume that because a lot of my followers are Canadian and they’ve been awesome. …
“Part 2 was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.”