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Woods takes 5 with networks

Posted on: March 21, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 8:43 pm
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five minutes?

Five hours might not have been enough.

After four months of refusing to answer questions, issuing parsed website statements crafted by unknown parties, and reading from honed scripts before a handpicked audience, Tiger Woods actually deigned to answer questions on Sunday.

Still, the choreography continued.

Offering invaluable access that few would dare refuse, the Golf Channel and ESPN accepted invitations onto the grounds of his home course, Isleworth Country Club, for exclusive interviews. But there was a catch: The exiled world No. 1 gave Kelly Tilghman and Tom Rinaldi a total of five minutes each to ask questions, the first he has fielded throughout the whole seamy, sordid affair.

Given the staggering amount of news relating to Woods and his behavior over the past few years, which has all come to light since his solo car crash on Thanksgiving night, this was like giving a crouton to a starving man. If not a village.

It’s not nearly enough.

The Woods interviews were aired simultaneously on the two networks at 7:30 p.m., at the exact moment that Jim Furyk was winning for the first time in 2½ seasons, at the PGA Tour’s rain-delayed Transitions Championship in Tampa. Just like he did with the Accenture Match Play Championship, Woods inhaled another event in one selfish and ill-timed gulp.

After all, Woods is transitioning, too.

Tilghman and Rinaldi threw questions at Woods as though they were competing in the lightning-round of a network game show. He bobbed, weaved, kept working religion into the equation, he admitted that he had screwed up in transcendent fashion.

“I’ve had a lot of low points,” Woods told Rinaldi. “Just when I thought the low points could not get lower, it got lower.”

Surprisingly, neither network asked Woods about his relationship to the Canadian doctor who has ties to HGH use and is the subject of an investigation in two countries. They didn't ask if he had been interviewed by the FBI.

However, both asked him about the solo traffic accident on Thanksgiving morning, when he veered over three curbs, and through two hedges and a fire hydrant before plowing into a tree. His answer to both was virtually identical and sounded absolutely rehearsed.

“It’s all in the police report,” he said, claiming the rest is between he and his wife, Elin.

Actually, it isn’t all in the report. He never talked to the Florida Highway Patrol about what happened, his blood-test results (if any were taken) were not made available and he wasn’t asked about whether he had taken sleeping pills before the crash, which means he dodged a possible DUI charge.

Despite mentioning several times that he remains in outpatient rehabilitation, he declined to state the nature of his affliction. It has been variously reported that he underwent treatment for sex addiction, and to overcome a reliance on prescription medications.

“That’s a private matter as well,” he told ESPN.

Woods also denied that anybody in his camp had knowledge of his affairs, even though multiple reports have indicated otherwise. The head of his design group, Bryon Bell, has been named in multiple TMZ reports as having set up rendezvous with various women.

The two interviews were taped Sunday afternoon on the deck of the clubhouse at Isleworth, where on Monday, the Tavistock Cup matches will be played. Thursday, the Arnold Palmer Invitational begins and he is the two-time defending champion and a six-time winner.

“I miss the game. I wasn’t ready for Tavistock or Bay Hill. I started too late with my preparation,” he told Golf Channel.

CBS was contacted and also asked if it was interested in interviewing Woods, but the network passed because of the five-minute ground rules.

“Depending on the specifics, we are interested in an extended interview without any restrictions on CBS,” network spokesperson LeslieAnne Wade said.

Good luck with that. Woods is still pulling the strings, issuing quotes in dollops and dashes, and he’s already indicated that answers will not be forthcoming on several key fronts.

Yet despite the brief window, Tilghman and Rinaldi got some seemingly frank admissions out of Woods, though he’s bent the truth beyond comprehension before, so it’s going to be impossible to tell if we’re being played again.

Selected nuggets tossed at Golf Channel:

“I tried to stop and couldn’t stop. It was horrific … You become disgusted.”

“I don’t know what I’m going to do [about playing in events after the Masters]. That, to me, is a little bit bothersome.”

At one point, Woods admitted to Rinaldi that he can’t be sure how spectators will react given that thousands feel personally betrayed by his actions, or are furious that he turned out to be a false idol to their kids.

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said. “I’m a little nervous about that. It would be nice to hear a couple of claps.”
 
Given that a series of sext messages that Woods reportedly sent to a porn star he was bedding are still the hottest item in Internet sports circles, Woods didn’t bother denying that he completely lost his moral compass.

“It was disgusting behavior. It’s hard to believe that was me looking back on it now,” he said to Tilghman. “I take ownership of it. Nobody else did it.”

Albeit, ownership on the five-minute installment plan.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

Hey steve you have nothing better to write about anymore. You write the same old story every single week. Give the guy a break already. It's people like you that make this world a piece of crap. I'd like to see what your little perfect world is all about. The guy made a mistake, he's paying for it and you just won't let the fire burn out. Why don't you write about some positive for once.

 



I couldn't agree with you more.  Woods' made his public apology, something he didn't have to do in the first place.  I read in ESPN the magazine a piece where ESPN's own Stuart Scott is quoted as saying his dad told him "if a man apologizes, you accept it. You don't doubt it, you don't question its sincerity. You just accept it."  He does not owe any of us a further explanation.  As for the claim that the police report did not include everything on the morning in question, if there was something the police needed from Tiger, they would have asked him.  End of story.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2010 3:06 pm
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

, I totally agree.  Elling is a toTal d-bag and clearly has a personal issue with Woods.  Tiger doesn't owe any of us anything.  You show me a person who says they have no skeletons in their closet and I'll show you a liar!  We've all done something we're not proud of.



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

Wow! This story is horrible! Leave Tiger alone! He is trying to fix what he messed up, he understands what he did wrong and doesn't need reports always trying to get involved!



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

Thanks..u too, I'm a recently implanted Cubs fan..live about two blocks from the park...so they'll be my new team this year.  Go Cubbies!



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2010 11:05 am
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

la2r, good points. You made me think... something a long line of teachers failed to do. lol

Your comments about Tiger should never have gotten married, is the one that started me thinking. Prior to getting married, how was Tiger to know he couldn't stop, since if he in fact was like Jeter may be, he didn't have any reason to stop. That's my story with this addition: for 24 years, maybe a couple of times a year, I flopped. For 24 years, after every flop, I not only promised myself I would never do it again, I believed I wouldn't. You may find the word "Denial" in the dictionary next to my name! :-)

Well, I think this will be my last post... at least on this thread. If we aren't careful, people are going to start including our names with Steve's when they complain "Give it up. Move on". lol

Thanks for your responses. Take care! Oh, and give up that tobacco! lol



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 10:40 am
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

I think you can make the argument that endorphins serve a similar dependence to chemical addiction, although I think you fall into a problem when you consider 99% of the human race is sexually functioning and very few actually fall into a full-fledged sexual addiction.  I don't disagree that it isn't a legitimate coping method and a hell of a great feeling. I don't even disagree that somebody could become addicted to doing it. 

That being said, it is not an addiction that the individual is oblivious to.  If you habitually engage in a habit, you're more than aware you're doing it.  If you're more than aware that you're engaged in a habit that specifically conflicts with the concept of marriage--you have an obligation to that person and your children not to get married.  If Tiger would not have gotten married, do you think this would be half the deal it is now?  I can guarantee you it wouldn't be.  He'd probably be a folk-hero.  Derek Jeter has a bit of a reputation himself (no knowledge of whether it's true) but since he never got married, nobody is too concerned about what he's doing.

There's a distinction you're not drawing, which is when you specifically hurt other people because of your habit, you can not avoid blame or criticism.  Tiger should have simply not gotten married.  If he does truly have a "sex addiction" he should have addressed it earlier if he truly wanted to tie the knot.

Therefore, even if we accept that he does have a legitimate addiction, I don't think criticism is unfair or unfounded. As a human being, I don't think he's necessarily a villain, I just wish he would handle this with a little more understanding of why the public is upset with him.  Alot of people believe he doesn't owe them/us an apology..however I disagree with this because he used his wholesome image to supplement his golfing prowess and probably earned himself an additional $200 million or so. (This is just my own estimate backed by nothing).

Anyhow- good debate anyways, hope you see my perspective.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2010 9:33 am
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

la2r, chewing tobacco, smoking, drinking are learned behaviors. Sexual desires are not learned behaviors. Nobody ever feels ‘an urge’ to chew, smoke or drink without first having chewed, smoked or drank. On the other hand, humans developing normally start feeling sexual urges often before they even have a clue as to “what’s going on”. Further, let’s just say that humans as well as all mammals know how to “complete the deal” without previous instructions.

 

Clinical or not? You stated that chewing tobacco is basically “of a more clinical nature’ than sex problems due to the fact that chewing tobacco has a “scientific (chemical) dependence, sex addiction is just a learned trait”. Given the stage upon which we are discussing this, let me skip the details and ask “When you ‘complete the deal’, don’t you feel better?” Sure you do. Know why? The endorphins that are injected into your brain.

 

Is it possible that rather than simply being a ‘learned trait’, that sex becomes an addiction when a person becomes chemically dependent on those “injections” as a means to “deal with the pains of life”. In other words, sex becomes a coping mechanism. In my opinion, breaking that dependency is the hardest of any because 1) sex is the most powerful, innate aspects of human existence, and 2) whereas the urge for nicotine will go away after awhile, sexual urges will remain for their entire existence.

 

la2r, I will say it again. All I hope for is that commenters will take the time to look under the surface, to attempt to understand the underlying issues, rather than rely only on what appears intuitive to them. As you so appropriately nailed me on, none of us is in a position to accurately diagnose Tiger. If we could, then we’d know whether blame or compassion was the ‘correct’ response. Without that, don’t all those that are so quick to blame Tiger risk being 180 degrees wrong?

 

la2r, thank you for taking the time to look under the surface.

 

 




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:43 am
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

Sorry!  I had to put that in MicroWord and copy over.  And it put all that crap on the page!!!  Sorry all.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:41 am
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

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In response to GoCubs : Over the past three years while Tiger was participating in what many would view as sexually inappropriate activities - could Tiger have simply decided to quit? Please respond as to wether or not you think he could have stopped and why you think that?

Lol yes he could have decided to quit, it’s a learned trait/developed habit a temptation that he enjoyed. Most people do have one or more habits like this but that doesn’t make it a clinical problem.  Personally, I’ve been chewing tobacco for 9 years. Why do I do this? I’m deeply concerned about my appearance and I risk having my whole face ripped apart.  Well, the answer is that I’m weak, I’ve had tons of friends kick the habit and I’ve even kicked it myself a few times, but ya know what it’s darn good and it makes me feel good and I went back to it.  This if anything might actually fall closer to a “clinical problem” because it is a scientific (chemical) dependence, sex addiction is just a learned trait.  Why would Tiger continue to do the things he did- well like he said “He felt entitled.” That statement right there tells you this isn’t a “pure clinical problem.”

In your reply, you started by stated "how people shouldn't be help accountable for their actions." Interesting comment since not once did I use the word "accountable" in my comments. Actually, I believe that everyone is accountable for their doings. However, I take it a bit further by adding this: If in fact it was beyond the person's ability to control what happened , they are still to be held accountable but being held accountable doesn't include blaming, criticism, nor punishment.   I hope that clarifies my position with respect to accountability:  I think this is just silly, but I’ll just accept this as your opinion and move on.

Please share with me what facts that you base your statement that they are not? Or was this just one more of a zillion "opinions stated as facts" that you and so many like you have been spewing forth over the past few months?  Well here’s a fact…the definition of a fact- is an OBJECTIVE statement of truth. What is objective about sex addiction?  It’s a purely subjective concept.  Over half of all psychologists and the majority of brain neurologist attribute the idea as simply a by-product of cultural influence.

Finally, I want to clarify a point you made about 12 step programs. 12 step programs don't just "help people change thier lifestyle", 12 step programs have saved thousands of lives.
That’s great that the program worked for you, and I have no doubt that the power of positive thinking can help curb or even stop the addiction, but the fact you were able to be treated my simply changing your mindset (which is obviously what this program does) tells you that there is very little clinical pathology associated here .

You should be applauded for doing something about your problem, but as long as the majority of the medical community remains skeptical of this even being a legitimate disease, I think people have the right to issue criticism, especially since this condition lends itself as an easy excuse to those that need to hide behind an excuse.  You have to admit, that even people WITHOUT a compulsive addiction such as this can e



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 10:55 pm
 

Woods takes 5 with networks

I agree for his Wife and Kids. Tiger gave up his personal life when he sold himself and image to every company that came along. If he wanted a private life, then he should have done endorsement. Can't have it all.


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