I’ve pretty much stopped debunking the bogus Tiger Woods stories that the gossips and shameless main media have been trying to pass off on us to keep the flame alive.
(non sequitur Tiger pic #1)
But with an exasperated reporter for the ASSOCIATED PRESS descending on Hattiesburg this week to vet yet another bogus tale of Woods attending a sex addiction clinic in the area, it’s time for me to share why the story is manufactured fantasy.
The afternoon of January 14, I was scrolling through Tiger Woods news alerts when I came upon this post from an obscure boxing site called 8CountBoxing.com:
8countnews.com is currently pursuing a report that golf icon Tiger Woods has entered the Pine Grove Mental Health Facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 8CN is in the process of confirming the authenticity of these reports from Hattiesburg.
No idea what the site meant by “reports” - as that was the first mention of the story anywhere. (I do have an email into them.)
There’s been no follow to the boxing site’s post, but later that night WLBT-TV in Jackson reported:
Have Tiger Woods’ troubles led him to the Magnolia State? Sources tell WLBT Sports that Woods is currently checked into the Pine Grove mental health facility center in Hattiesburg.
WLBT’s short on-air report was posted on the website the next day, January 15. Once the NBC affiliate’s report was posted online and started showing up on Google News searches, various other main media outlets picked up the story.
Finally, the story went live worldwide when RadarOnline.com reported January 15 (post now timestamped incorrectly as Jan. 16):
Tiger Woods is getting treatment at a top sex addiction program in Hattiesburg, Miss., sources have told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
The troubled golf great checked into Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, sources say.
Absolutely no difference between the original post on the obscure boxing site and RadarOnline’s report. Every single thing you have read about this story since derived from that tiny website post and five days later there hasn’t been one shred of evidence presented by anyone to suggest the story is true.
(non sequitur Tiger pic #2)
E! News though did present an interesting follow to the story. The cable channel claimed to quote a 19-year-old woman named Adrian Smith who said she had spotted Woods at the Hattiesburg airport.
After weeks of managing to avoid attention, the philandering linkster was working on his frequent flyer miles in the state this week. University of Southern Mississippi student Adrian Smith tells E! News she spotted Woods arriving at Hattiesburg-Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport Monday night.
The beleaguered star was sporting a black baseball hat, black jacket and jeans as he stood near the airport’s entrance at about 10 p.m., says Smith. He then proceeded to hop into a white SUV parked curbside.
“He didn’t look happy or sad, just straight,” Smith says. “He looked around and got in the driver’s seat. He didn’t seem to be in a hurry. He just walked around the car and got in. He sat there for a few seconds, then just drove off. His luggage was already in the car.”
Smith says she has no doubt it was a Tiger sighting. “I know it was him 100 percent,” the 19-year-old insists. Indeed, her dispatch jibes with a Radar Online report that says Woods is in Hattiesburg to take advantage of some local expertise.
A little hard to swallow considering Woods flies private and the extraordinary secrecy under which he has lived for two months. So just for fun I thought I’d attempt to confirm Smith as a USM student.
I went to the official Univ. of Southern Mississippi website and typed her name into the student locator search engine. No dice. An “Adrianna” though did come up, so I sent a message to the accompanying email address.
A day later, I received this reply: “I am not who you are looking for so please do not send anymore e-mails!!! thanks”
Sounds like I’m not the only one who had that idea.
I also searched the USM Facebook Network for an Adrian Smith and received no matches. Nothing even close. Finally, I called the USM registrar’s office and was told there was no Adrian Smith enrolled at the school.
I talked to a main media reporter today who was recently outside the Pine Grove grounds about those particular Radar reports. She said that because of media and paparazzi descending on the area, police were called to keep everything under control outside the clinic.
She also said that she was told by local police that the construction was to ensure privacy of all of the patients at the facility because of the media crush. It had nothing to do with Tiger Woods.
Finally, a blog post on the personal site of a NEW YORK TIMES Magazine contributor is being touted today as confirmation of the story. Here’s what was posted in regards to Woods being at the clinic:
A source confirmed to me what other news sources have been reporting the last two days: Tiger Woods is at the Pine Grove/Gentle Path sex addiction treatment center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
This is the third sex addiction clinic that Woods has allegedly visited. The first was in Phoenix, which I thoroughly debunked for you. The second was South Africa (yeahright) and finally we’re presented with this D.O.A. claim.
Dude, you think you want your life back?