In a March 21 interview, Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel asked Tiger Woods about media reports that indicated members of his “inner circle” knew of “misdoings“.
That is not true, it was all me. I’m the one who did it, I’m the one who acted the way I acted, no one knew what was going on. I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle they would’ve, they would’ve stopped it…or tried to put a stop to it but I kept it all to myself.
Larry Dorman of the NEW YORK TIMES follows up with Woods about that statement, which based on hard evidence presented by alleged Woods mistresses, appears to be untrue.
In a statement to Dorman, Woods said:
“No one is responsible for my behavior but me. Even though there were times when I deceived various people in my organization, most were simply told little to nothing and kept in the dark. Obviously, I did this to avoid owning up to my actions. I expressed regret for that manipulation because the fault is mine alone and so is the blame.”
So is Woods now intimating that members of his “inner circle” may have unwittingly aided in the execution of his extramarital affairs?
It isn’t impossible to believe that Woods childhood friend and president of his golf course design company Bryon Bell didn’t realize what he was doing when he allegedly booked flights, hotel rooms and other logistics for Josyln James and Rachel Uchitel to meet Woods on the road. (And in the case of Uchitel, actually fly with her to Australia.)
But considering the closeness of Bell’s relationship to Woods, the golfer was to be Bell’s best man at his wedding recently, it is impossible to believe that Bell wouldn’t have at least suspected that an extramarital affair might be going on.
If I was Woods and I actually believed Bell never suspected anything, I’d be rather worried about Bell’s soundness of mind and ability to operate a golf course design company that generates millions for me annually.
I bring up Bell first, over Woods agent Mark Steinberg and caddy Steve Williams, because we have verifiable documents that point to his involvement in setting up the logistics of alleged affairs. Though Steinberg is linked to the alleged deal to prevent a National Enquirer expose about a Woods affair by brokering an interview of Woods with Muscle & Fitness, both properties of American media. (American Media has denied that happened.)
Joslyn James also recently said in an interview that Williams was “aware” of her and knew of the “dynamic” of their relationship.
Williams has repeatedly denied knowledge of Woods affairs, but Steinberg and Bell have said nothing - despite numerous inquiries from the media.
In a perverse sort of way, I admire the relentless defense Woods is providing for his friends and business associates. Though I doubt Woods wife Elin Nordegren is nearly as excited about his unbending loyalty to those who, in my opinion, had to have known that something wasn’t quite right.
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