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Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 10:19 pm

The number of attendees at Tiger Woods’ controversial, coming-clean press conference on Friday morning just got even smaller.

Upset over ground rules that Woods and his handlers created for journalists who were being admitted to the session, the board of the Golf Writers Association of America voted to boycott the event, set for 11 a.m., ET, near PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

From the outset, Woods sought to keep the number of those in attendance to a handful of around 30, a number that mostly included personal and professional friends or business associates. Three international wire services were invited to cover the session, during which Woods is expected to apologize for his unseemly extra-marital behavior over the past few years.

They represent his first public comments in three months, since before the sex scandal began last Thanksgiving.

Woods is refusing to answer questions, however, and outside of the wire service contingent, had limited the number of other media outlets to three. After the GWAA haggled with his spokesman Thursday to increase that number by another 12, Woods’ camp agreed to double the total number to six.

However, given that the GWAA ultimately felt it was inappropriate for Woods to dictate terms regarding how reporters would be allowed do their jobs – namely, by refusing to field questions – the organization voted to skip the event entirely.

“I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods,” said Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group.

“The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”

One GWAA board member called it “a clear protest vote.”

It won’t affect much change in the eyes of Woods, presumably, but the organization felt it needed to stand on principle.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News are the wire services invited to attend. Initially, the other trio of media invitees consisted of one writer from a newspaper, Web site and magazine.

Nineteen GWAA board members voted to boycott the event, while four voted to attend and three abstained. In all, 26 of the 27 eligible board members cast votes.

For the record, as a GWAA board member, I voted to boycott the Woods session.

Category: Golf

Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2010 4:49 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Woods and the PGA are not about integrity but $$$$. They don't care about Elin or the kids, they want ratings and money. Everything is crafted so that the PGA and tigerget back to business as don't let the FREE Press inside to ask potential tough questions. At least there is someone with integrity...good for the Golf writers who boycotted.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 1:31 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

do you know how stupid you all sound.
You are talking about a man that cares so much about his image that he is going to a fake rehab.
This is completely ridiculous. If he just came out and said I made a mistake and moved on then fine.
He is creating the circus. You all just make excusses for him. He has become a complete clown.
Going to a fake rehab is just so stupid.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech


So the GWAA was upset that Tiger was dictating how they can do their jobs?  In other words, they weren't able to give Tiger the 3rd degree and embarass him even more than he already is, so they'll BOYCOTT it! 

What questions do they need to ask??  Who he slept with?  What positions he used?  Did he use protection?  Were toys being used?  I mean give me a break!  The point of the press conference was to apologize to the world, something he didn't even NEED to do.  He needs to apologize to his WIFE and FAMILY and that's all.  But since he is a public ICON, he held this press conference to apologize to everybody at once.  He doesn't need to sit up there and get scrutinized for something he's done in his PERSONAL life.  The details are none of our business. 

If it was Sergio Garcia or Phil Mickelson, nobody would even care that he cheated on his wife.  He didn't committ murder.  Hell, he didn't even break a law.  What he did was wrong to his wife and family, but it's not unforgiveable.  Just let him handle his personal life so he can get back on the golf course so we can all care about golf again.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:54 pm

Golf writers to cry like babies and run to Gloria

Get a grip, he doesn't owe you pack of loser writers anything. He doesn't have to answer any questions about his life personal or not to anyone. That is what this country is about. When he feels like it he will if not he won't. Go see Gloria Alred and take your bitching to her. That's where you belong with the other prostitutes and porn sleeze that feel "wronged" by Tiger. What a pack of losers.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:50 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Tiger doesn't owe the writers anything.  The writers need him more than he needs them.  He apologized to his fans and anyone who he may have dissapointed, and that's all he owes!  His wife and family are the only people that deserve details.  The writers can suck it.  There job is to report the news not create it, and by them boycotting the event they are actually creating news.  If the sports "writers" want to ask questions about a stars personal life/marriage then they should go work for TMZ. 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:49 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Your a loser Elling, a terrible writer and a hater. Give us all break and go hole up with Ernie Els and leave us alone.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:46 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I cannot believe anyone would take the position that Tiger not taking questions from the media is not standing up for what he has done. Tiger doesn't owe anyone anything. His wife and other family members will and should be the only ones to expect anything from Tiger. Tiger Woods is a great golfer, that is how i view him. The man is not a role model nor should he be. He is not paid by the public so he owes them nothing and he sure as hell doesn't owe the media any kind of explaination for anything. If the questions come back to being about golf and his play then fire away. Other than that pack sand!!!

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:39 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I have zero respect for 90% of the media.  With the expansion of cable tv, all they care about is getting their mug on tv so they can become personalities.  Objective reporting has become a thing of the past and now everyone just spouts opinion as fact.  Once respectable entertainment shows like Entertainment Tonight now spend every minute on who so and so is dating or what they're wearing or where they bought a cup of coffee.  News and sports media is no better.  Instead of finding the best newscaster, let's just throw onscreen the most attractive person we can find.   Walter Kronkite is rolling over in his grave.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:45 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Some people are so unreal.  Who the hell cares about the GWAA?  These are writers and gossip starters. 
 Tiger made a mistake in his personal life just as all of us have and he is paying for it just like any of us would.  I am not saying what he did was right but it's not any of our business.  Tell me how many of you run out and tell everyone what mistakes you have made.  If anyone can step up and say they do then we are looking at an idiot who thinks what they did wasn't a bad thing and they are looking for attention.   Let the man live his life just like any of us would want to.
  As for them voting to boycott, who gives a crap.  Tiger should never grant them another interview when he is back on top of the golf world.  What makes them better than anyone else?  Do you really think that some gossip mongers that don't get to do an interview are going to change Tiger's life or any other public figures life?

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:26 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

God man, the players should make more money. They do the work. Just how much would you tax the players? lol

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