It seems that the Tiger Woods debacle is just getting worse and one has to imagine that all of the deity status that most had with Tiger are about to get majorly tarnished and that Tiger is human after all.
The trouble started last week when Tiger Woods wrecked his truck into a fire hydrant and then a tree where he then needed medical attention. Tiger was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries which also included “scratches on his face”. What would seem like a self inflicted minor accident then started presenting red flags as Woods refused to speak to authorities to address their questioning for days after the accident. Many were trying to assess the cause of the accident and then a rumor arose that it had something to do with an altercation between him and his wife Elin Nordegren over an affair with a New York Club Manager named Rachel Uchitel which possibly explained the scratches.
Rachel Uchitel denied the allegations that she was having an affair with Woods, but sources say that Uchitel frequently bragged about having an affair with not only Woods, but also Yankees players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, as well as actor David Boreanaz. Being “overwhelmed” with all of the attention, Uchitel hired “lawyer to the stars” Gloria Allred to keep the wolves at bay which is really not working too well and only adds to the speculation that things are about to get really bad before they get better.
Meanwhile, Florida authorities had no choice but to subpoena certain traffic and hospital reports and aspects of the events to put the traffic part of the case to rest. They ended up charging Tiger with a non-criminal charge which will cost Tiger $164 in fines (pocket change), but will also cost him 4 points on his drivers license. As far as the authorities were concerned, the case was closed.
Then another “mistress” appeared out of the woodworks named Jaimee Grubbs, a cocktail waitress that he met in Las Vegas in 2007. Not only was she not denying a relationship (excuse the double negative), but she also came to the party with text messages and even worse, voice mail recordings of Tiger pleading with her to remove her name from the cell phone ID because his wife was becoming highly suspicious.
The voice recording is unmistakably Tiger’s voice pleading, “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”
Grubbs reported to a British tabloid The Sun that they had 20 sexual encounters spanning a 2 and half year time period with the first one being literally days before the birth of Tiger’s son. She quoted Woods as telling her that “quietly and secretly we will always be together.”
As expected, with so much evidence verifying the allegations as truth, Tiger has had no choice but to try and come clean to some extent, but insisting that it’s a family matter with his statement on his site saying, “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.” Which in some cases is true, but he is a public figure, paid by the public (via tournaments and attendance), but even more damaging adored by the public both young and old.
Tiger’s statements on his website do everything but admit to the affair which included statements such as: “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.” and then finally, “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions… I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”
In closing, one would simply have to say that while, yes, this should be a private matter, he made it into a public matter by refusing to speak with authorities which caused all kinds of rumors and allegations to spawn from what started as a simple traffic violation. One also has to be concerned that this may possibly be just the beginning of a slew of women that may come forth digging this hole deeper than it is now. If there were two, there most likely are many more.
What do you think?