Tiger’s Many Affairs Dwarfed Efforts to Hide his Hound Dogging

December 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)–The Wall Street Journal published an illuminating piece on Friday, examining the extraordinary efforts taken by Tiger Woods’ handlers to keep his many infidelities hidden from the public. For years, the public persona of Tiger Woods was one of wholesomeness and a hard-working superstar athlete. And later, he projected the homey image of a father and husband, after marrying the blond Swedish beauty, Elin Nordegren. But we know now that his carefully crafted image, which put billions of dollars in Woods’ pockets from his many sponsorship deals, was a complete work of fiction. In reality, Tiger is a serial adulterer with a special fondness for Las Vegas cocktail waitresses.

And a sleazy romp in the back of his SUV with a pancake house waitress, almost did him in 2007, when his backseat quickie was captured by a National Enquirer photographer. Tiger’s handlers supposedly made a deal with the Enquirer to bury the story. But two-years later, his numerous indiscretions and carelessness brought Tiger Woods Inc. to its knees.

In 2007 Tiger apparently contacted pancake house waitress, Mindy Lawton for a backseat sexual romp, before he was due to travel to a golf tournament. A photographer from the Enquirer took some blurry photos of Woods’ rendezvous with Lawton in a church parking lot and the paper contacted both Woods and Lawton, saying that they had evidence of a sexual encounter and were about to go public with the story.

The photos was never published. Indeed, the photos were so blurry that the tabloid would have probably not gone forward with the story, but Tiger didn’t know that.

What happened next, reveals how Woods was able to keep a lid on his many infidelities for so long. In a quid pro quo deal, Woods’ representatives offered an interview to Men’s Fitness magazine, a publication owned by the same company that owns the Enquirer, in return for burying the backseat sex story.

Woods later appeared on the cover of Men’s Fitness, with an extensive photo spread and unprecedented access for a lengthy interview. The interview mystified Golf Digest. Woods had a special arrangement with the publication to offer special access.

The Men’s Fitness interview worked for a while to protect his image, but eventually the stories of Woods’ infidelities were too numerous to ignore. The National Enquirer was ultimately responsible for Tiger’s undoing, when two-years later it published a shocking story of Tiger’s alleged affair with New York party planner, Rachel Uchitel. Soon after the story appeared, Tiger crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant, and his many mistresses came out of the woodwork seeking media attention. The number has now exceeded a dozen.

His wife and two children have moved out of the couple’s Windermere, Fla. mansion and Elin Woods is reportedly seeking a divorce from her hound dogging husband. And his sponsors are dropping like flies. The sheer number of Woods’ affairs ultimately led to his downfall and his representatives eventually ran out miracles.

See the Wall Street Journal for more.


One Response to “Tiger’s Many Affairs Dwarfed Efforts to Hide his Hound Dogging”

  1. Dave Tryba on December 20th, 2009 1:05 am

    I live in central Florida and heard an interview by a local station of the couple — a brother and sister, I think — that found Tiger after his accident. They said they did not see any broken glass near the car, calling into question Elin’s story of breaking the side window to save Tiger after the crash. Do you have any information about when and where the window was broken?

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