Affairs: Tiger Backs Off “No One Knew” Claim

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“.

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Woods:

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?

Yes. Read more…

Documents Debunk Tiger’s ‘It was all me’ Claim

Yesterday Tiger Woods confirmed to Tom Rinaldi of ESPN that he had more than one extramarital affair.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?
Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case.

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During his Sunday interview with Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel, Woods denied that any of his “inner circle” knew of his now-admitted multiple affairs. An inner circle that undoubtedly includes his longtime friend and President of Tiger Woods Design Bryon Bell.

Tilghman: It’s been reported that members of your team, your inner circle were involved in your misdoings, is it true?

Woods: 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.

Woods denial that his “inner circle” knew of his extramarital affairs is contradicted by documents obtained by TMZ.com. TMZ reported that emails and a travel itineraries attributed to Bell helped facilitate the golfer’s “rendezvous” with Rachel Uchitel in Australia. Read more…

Tiger To Bay Hill: From Questionable To Probable

Major development today in the Tiger Woods golf comeback drama: PGA Tour player Steve Stricker committed today to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods

Stricker, who hasn’t played the tournament since 2005, is a longtime friend and teammate of Woods. One month before Woods’ Thanksgiving car accident, Stricker partnered with him at the President’s Cup - going 4-0 in the process.

But more important is Stricker’s connection to another member of Team Tiger.  Read more…

Tiger: Embargoing Media At ‘News’ Conference?

The PGA TOUR announced today on its website: “Tiger Woods to hold news conference at PGA TOUR Headquarters, 11 a.m. ET Friday.

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CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports Woods will make a statement and that, “there will be no question and answer session.” Read more…

Agent: Tiger Plans To Blow Off Police Permanently

CNBC’s Darren Rovell received an email from Tiger Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg today indicating that Woods does not plan to initiate talks with the police at all.

“We have been informed by the Florida Highway Patrol that further discussion with them is both voluntary and optional,” Mark Steinberg, senior vice president and global managing director of golf for IMG, told CNBC.

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“Although Tiger realizes that there is a great deal of public curiosity, it has been conveyed to FHP that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family.”

Woods’ biggest sponsor, Nike, also has issued a statement on Woods - via Rovell. Read more…