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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: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:25 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Love it.

Tiger continues to be an arrogant jerk, and even his ex-butt wipers (the media) have had enough.

(Insert slow clap here...) Go to hell, Tiger.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:19 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Tigers behavior has become incredibly boorsih.  What we are seeing is he is not a very nice man.  I applaud the GWAA for having the guts to tell him to shove it.  this is just one more misstep in Tigers handling of the situationm.  As a PR person, who in the heck is advising Tiger froma PR standpoint?  Apparently someone who does what he is told.  Tiger is losing fans daily, and as far as him coming back on the links, I certainly will watch.  But I guarantee you I would never purchase any product associated with this egocentric boor. Tiger does not realize that sponsors want his name not for how good of a golfer he is, but rather  how good of a person.  There are plenty of great athletes that can't get endorsements, and my prediction is Tiger will fall into that category.  He can break Jack's record but the sponsors by and large will stay away.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:17 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I say hats off to the GWAA.  I am totally sick of Tiger Woods.......

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:15 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Apparently writers aren't boycotting about talking about it leading up to the speech.  Always classy CBS.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:14 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

JuggernautJay, do you really think Tiger Woods owes anyone an explanation surrounding his transgressions? I mean personally, I couldn't care less about Tiger's personal life...anymore than I care about the guy who lives down the road. I like Tiger...he's a great golfer and he's been great for the PGA. Unfortunately the man made a mistake (or 2, or 6, or 12 depending on how many of these women you believe) and he's paying for it in his personal life...why does he owe millions of people any explanation?

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:07 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Who cares!!! This media craps don't understand the situation at all. They are not paying his bills. They are the ones that were fanning the situation taking over from tabloids. So what? Because they didn't get news to sell? It is totally embarrasing. He is coming back to golf because he has to fulfill his dreams, not he has to make money. God!!! Ask yourselves first if you guys are clean, no flaws. And then tell us you can judge him. Is he accused of rape? Is he got his picture taken smoking crack? ...... What is wrong with you guys? Can you guys show us what is inside your bed room? It is crazy. It is his wife, himself and family that has to worry. Apart from that, it is crazy and stupidity by the media. He did not kill anyone.
It is being crazy for hearsay .

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:54 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

For the record, I look forward to the day Tiger hits the links in a competitive environment so that I can marvel at his golf talents.

BUT, there is a big difference between the athlete and the man.  Tiger has become such a diva.  He can't stand scrutiny. He can't stand the negative press (that he created).  He can't seem to be a stand up man and answer all the questions surrounding his transgressions. 

It's easy to put the face time in when everything is going your way.  It takes a man to make the same time when your world is crashing down.

Man up, Tiger.  The world will respect you more if you do.   

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:49 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Good Job Woods...

Way to stick ti to the hell with them

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