It's always very upsetting to see a sports player get involved with drugs. Dustin Johnson has done just that and he has suspended himself from the PGA Tour because of a positive test for cocaine reported Golf.com on Aug. 1, 2014. At this time Johnson is serving a six-month self-imposed suspension from the PGA Tour after the positive test for cocaine.
A source says Johnson has failed three drug tests. First he failed a test for marijuana in 2009 and than two for cocaine in 2012 and 2014. He was hit with a suspension for the 2012 failed test which was never made public. Under the drug testing policies of the PGA Tour it is not required to publicly announce any disciplinary actions which are made against players who test positive for recreational drugs.
On Thursday Johnson announced that he's taking a leave of absence from professional golf which is effective immediately. He said that he plans to use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges which he has faced. He also says that by committing the time and resources which are needed to improve his mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, he is confident that he will be better equipped to fulfill his potential and become a consistent champion.
The PGA Tour has released a statement wishing Johnson well reports ESPN. Executive vice president of the PGA Tour Ty Votaw says that Johnson's leave has been completely voluntary. Votaw says Johnson has not actually been suspended. In regard to reports saying Johnson has been officially suspended Votaw says the PGA Tour has a policy not to comment on rumors and speculation. The self motivated move by Johnson to seek help for his drug problem is impressive and probably means due to his own willpower he may someday leave drugs behind him and get back to the healthy lifestyle of a good sports player.