US Magistrate denies restraining order to Barron
A U.S. magistrate on Monday denied a temporary restraining order sought by a golfer trying to block a one-year doping ban by the U.S.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Tu Pham ruled Monday that Doug Barron did not show a likelihood that he would win on his claims argued in a hearing Friday.
Barron, a 40-year-old professional from Memphis, was the first to be banned for violating the
The judge said Barron made a strong case that irreparable harm would be caused but ruled the harm to others and the public interest weighed in favor of denying the “extraordinary remedy” of the restraining order.
In his ruling, Pham wrote that Barron’s participating in the qualifying round this week “could raise substantial public policy concerns regarding the enforcement of anti-doping policies in professional sports.”
Attorney Jeffrey Rosenblum had argued Barron took the drugs under the supervision of a doctor for “therapeutic use” and made no secret of it. Rosenblum said that Barron is “disabled” under the Americans With Disabilities Act because low testosterone “impairs a major life activity and that is intimacy with your wife.”
But attorneys for the
Rosenblum said Monday night that he was disappointed that the restraining order was denied. But he said they were encouraged by several findings by the judge and are considering a possible appeal.
“We consider this ruling to be a partial victory for Doug Barron. The Court’s ruling supports our allegations that there are serious questions to be addressed regarding the