Matt Every, 35, has been served with a 3 month ban from competing in PGA Tour Events for violating the Tour’s conduct policy on drug abuse. The rule that began in 2008 has affected 6 other players since being implemented. Every will miss 3 tournaments that he had scheduled to play in and will be eligible to return January 7th. Senior writer Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel posted Every’s statement on Twitter.
Here is Matt Every's statement on his 12-week PGA Tour suspension. He says he tested positive for cannabis – a drug that he has been legally prescribed for a "mental-health condition." pic.twitter.com/Jv11nTkhfv
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) October 18, 2019
With the statement, Every got out in front of the ban and said he has a legal prescription for cannabis in the state of Florida for a mental health condition. Every, the back to back Arnold Palmer Invitational winner in 2014 and 2015, said his doctor of 30 years gave him a prescription. Every says he is not an “acceptable candidate for ‘Z’ class drugs nor benzodiazepines.” Therefore, cannabis been “by far” the safest and most effective treatment for his mental health condition.
Every adds that he has no choice to accept the suspension and clearly has no intentions of appealing it stating, “I knew what WADA’s policy was and I violated it.” Additionally, and for obvious reasons, Every does not agree with the rule but says he is excited for what lies ahead and cannot wait to come back “better than ever” in January.