Tiger’s Haiti Relief: Bait And Switch Or Real Thing?

In the past 24 hours, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has been shouting from the rooftops that Tiger Woods is planning to make a large donation to the Haitian earthquake relief effort.

Russell Simmons Tiger Woods Relief Tweet

(Tweets were 20 hours ago and nothing from Tiger)

Simone Weichselbaum and Samuel Goldsmith of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS then followed up with this on Simmons and Woods:

Tiger Woods is considering a $3 million donation that would send doctors and supplies to Haiti, rap icon Russell Simmons told the Daily News.

“Tiger Woods is working on sending a mobile hospital with 50 EMTs to go set up a triage,” Simmons said Wednesday night.

Simmons and representatives from Wyclef Jean’s Haitian relief organization Yele have asked Woods to support the effort. Simmons spokesman has been in touch with Woods managment team and they are “excited” about the idea.

“I am waiting to have the conversation [with Tiger] tomorrow morning,” Simmons’ spokesman Marcus Harris said. “I am hopeful that it is a yes.”

“I am just asking for his heart and his hand,” he said.

“Just to meet the needs of the people.”

So we’ve going to “Tiger is” to “Tiger is considering” helping out in the Haitian relief effort. Sounds a little like Simmons might’ve jumped the gun. Especially considering that Woods reps have been silent. If he was going to do such a thing, don’t you think they’d be trumpeting his good deed?

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It’s more than a little presumptive for Simmons to come out and put Woods on the spot before he’s even talked to the golfer. Especially considering how Woods is trying to remain underground until he can figure out his marriage and career. (I know this is an extraordinary situation and Woods donating is a no-brainer.)

In the past few weeks, 99% of the reports on Woods have been bogus garbage. I want to believe that Simmons is telling the truth and that there is a good chance Woods will make a large donation to the Haitian relief effort, but I find it a little dubious that no one representating Woods has come forward.

That doesn’t mean something won’t happen soon, but it’s hard not to be cynical about everything coming out now about Woods that isn’t confirmed on the record by his representives.

All that said, I doubt that Simmons is doing this for a public relations stunt. At the very least he was duped by someone with incorrect intel. But for all I know, he’ll be proven dead-on and Woods will come through.