PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson announced a leave of absence from golf this week, citing personal problems. Right on cue came reports of multiple failed drug tests.
Johnson, who is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, issued a statement saying he is "taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately.”
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced."
The 30-year-old says he will focus on “committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation."
In doing so, in an undetermined time frame, "I am confident I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”
It appears there's more to this than this vague explanation suggests, however.
According to TMZ and Golf (dot) com, DJ tested positive for cocaine, his third failed drug test in the past five years (2009 for weed, 2012 and 2014 for coke).
The website claims he has been suspended for six months by the Tour.
Under the PGA’s drug-testing policies, the organization is not required to announce disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.
The PGA Tour released a curt statement wishing Johnson well and saying it looked forward to his return, without providing any additional details.
When asked directly about Johnson’s suspension, Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour, said Friday that the Tour would have no further comment.