When I heard the news that Brad Fritsch was being suspended 3 months from the PGA Tour, the first thought that went through my head was “For real?” In an err in judgement, and completely unintentional, Brad was ingesting a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. What struck me was not only how open he was about the issue, but that he fully owned what happened. Instead of running and hiding behind a well placed PR firm or “no further comment”, he posted on his Facebook account everything that led to the suspension.
After reading his post on FB, I couldn’t help but think that it was just a little honest mistake. Rumours have swirled about several players absences from the tour, claiming that the suspensions were a result of hard drug addiction or a DUI after a night of partying. The PGA Tour doesn’t release any information regarding suspensions they dole out to the players. While it does the media, and some extent the public, a bit of disservice, it is ultimately there to protect the player and their private life. Brad wanted nothing to do with that sort of thing. He had a goal and wanted to accomplish that goal sooner then later.
There is no doubt in my mind that Brad will come out stronger because of this. He not only came out and told the truth to the tour, he told the truth to himself. Integrity. It’s what the game of golf is based on and what defines who we really are as a human. Brad proved he possesses that. And for that, we salute him.
By Jeremy Kehler