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Seeing The Light Vs. Feeling The Heat

It’s easy to have no sympathy for Dustin Johnson and if what they are saying is true, he probably deserves none. He’s a high-profile celebrity athlete, a 30-year-old multimillionaire with a beautiful fiancée who is probably better known than he is. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything.
Johnson is taking a voluntary indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour in the wake of some serious drug allegations. He will miss the PGA Championship this week and has informed the PGA of America that he will not play in the Ryder Cup at the end of September.
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” he said in a statement issued by Hambric Sports, his management group. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”
The PGA Tour originally issued a statement that said it would basically have no statement. The Tour does not announce suspensions for positive tests for recreational drugs. Later, the Tour said that Johnson took a voluntary leave and had not been suspended, as had been published. The Tour did not deny, however, that Johnson had failed drug tests three times since 2009, as reported by Golf.com.
This move to deal with “personal challenges” is seen in the court system every day. People with multiple DUIs who are facing certain jail sentences are advised by their attorneys to check into a treatment facility and get sober so that the presiding judge might lessen or suspend the sentence.


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