Women trouble for Tiger
After the crash, the fall.
Tiger Woods might be in one piece physically after the now infamous 2.30am car accident outside his Florida home ten days ago.
But his reputation, his squeaky-clean image, his obsessively-sculpted identity is in ruins
Woods, if reports are to be believed, has been marking a few more birdies on his scorecard than is a married man’s privilege.
The mucky maelstrom all started two weeks ago when the National Enqurirer reported that Woods had been having an affair with New York socialite Rachel Uchitel.
Then came the car accident, reportedly the result of Woods and wife Elin rowing over the world No.1’s alleged involvement with the 34-year-old Uchitel.
Uchitel denied the allegations – at which point, another woman, LA cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs, came forward with stories of her 31-month dalliance with Woods. And to top it all off, she had kept text messages and a voicemail from him, which were subsequently leaked on the internet for the world to read and, even more significantly, hear.
On the back of that, came Tiger’s admission of “transgressions” on his website – a confession of sorts – before a third woman, Las Vegas club worker Kalika Moquin, was linked to Woods.
Uchitel then reportedly called a press conference, at which she was expected to retract her earlier denial of her links to Woods. However, that appearance was cancelled at the last minute due to what her lawyer called “unforeseen circumstances” – or payment of hush money, as some newspapers reported.
All of which takes us up to last Thursday and over the weekend more women were named as supposed mistresses of the world’s first billionaire sportsman.
Former Perkins restaurant manager Mindy Lawson revealed explicit details of her purported trysts with the golfer.
The scandal doesn’t stop there, either. Several other women, including a high-profile British TV presenter, are rumoured to have had a fling with him.
At this rate, dad-of-two Tiger is going to have more mistresses than majors to his name before too long.
So, what next for him? There have been suggestions in the US that he is considering an “enticing” offer to tell-all on Oprah Winfrey’s television programme, whilst The Late Show with David Letterman has also been touted as a talk-show confessional for him.
Such an appearance would be a major step for Woods. Not only would he have to candidly share details of his private life, something he has never done in his career up to now, he would also have to explain, to a watching audience of millions around the world, exactly what his ‘transgressions’ have been. No euphemising, no sugar-coating. Just plain, clear and translucent explanations.
One thing’s for sure: it’s going to get a whole lot worse for Woods before it gets better. And whether he still has a marriage when the dust finally settles will be interesting to see.