MSNBC Is Reporting A Woman Taken To Hospital From Tiger’s House

Man, have the wheels come off that cart.

Update: Geesh, now they are saying “Female adult removed by firefighters ‘on advanced life support’”

Update the Second: I find this whole situation very sad, and frankly shocking. I’ve been a big Tiger fan-boy from the get-go, because he seemed to me to be one of the very few professional athletes of this modern era who actually lived up to his hype. How often has someone come along who was touted as the greatest this or that and then turned into a huge fizzle? And then Tiger appears and not only lives up to it all but exceeds it. Look at his record; it is simply unmatched. The guy wins basically one out of every three tournaments he enters. And always with the cool demeanor and never the barest faintest whiff of a scandal.

Until now.

The man whose image was all about control and cool dispassionate annihilation of his opponents turns out to be permanently stuck on “randy frat boy”. His facade of class and dignity covers up a preference for doinking waitresses where ever he can find them, from trendy NY clubs to Perkins Pancake House. There’s no internal control, no limits, no one in his huge retinue that says “you know, Tiger, I really don’t think this is a good idea.”

The hubris to think that he could get away with this behavior amazes, really; although I guess that’s what makes it hubris, isn’t it? One would think that a smart guy like Tiger, a guy who texts and twitters, would at some point realize that leaving electronic droppings scattered across the web would invariably lead back to him as surely as breadcrumbs bring the pigeons to your bench. It’s just amazingly stupid and sad. Especially in this modern era of ours of the “Reality Show” mania, where people do all sorts of outlandish behavior to get on TV for five minutes, where people shamelessly expose the most private of details about their lives and those about them, gleefully and exuberantly demeaning any and all in the process, in the trample to have the spotlight shone on ME!…you would think, you would hope that this would lead to some discretion, some semblance of self-restraint on people’s part, even though that is the very thing that our society seems to most abhor these days, isn’t it? Especially for a guy whose major sponsor’s slogan is “Just Do It.”

I hope and pray that Tiger and his wife come through this physically unharmed. And I really hope and pray that he finds the strong moral compass that he so desperately needs; it’s all around him on Tour.

There’s a higher power than his website or corporate sponsors that he needs to confess his transgressions to.

Updated The Third: Thanks to a pointer from JeffS in the comments I see they’ve identified the woman as Elin’s mother. I can only imagine the “stomach pains” she’s having now…

9 Responses to “MSNBC Is Reporting A Woman Taken To Hospital From Tiger’s House”

  1. ricki says:

    This just makes me so effin’ sad. For years I thought Tiger Woods was above all the stupid-athlete crap that other athletes get caught doing.

    I think I will never be a fan of anyone ever again. People suck.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    As a good friend of mine has always maintained, ricki: “The more I know about people the more I love my dog.”

  3. Rob says:

    I’m at the “just having fun with it” stage but Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution humbles me.

  4. JeffS says:

    Bingster, has the story been updated? Because the headline reads “Woods’ mother-in-law hospitalized, is stable”.

  5. Skyler says:

    I don’t care a whit about his personal life, it’s none of my business.

    He’s a golfer. I admire him for being good at his sport. I don’t need to admire an entire person to be able to appreciate a superlative trait.

    The sport is not “golf and good husband.”

  6. don says:

    I’ve always shared a certain respect for Tiger Woods. Still do. I think he’s an incredible golfer and probably a solid human being as well.

    He’s a cheater, true, but most human beings on. I think it was Elin’s mom who was rushed to the hospital. Might be a plot to get her some of the $85 million Tiger plans to give his wife to stay.

    Money, it changes everything. Including stepmothers. LOL.

  7. Rob says:

    I should say that I don’t normally pile on with cheap shots. If he had an illicit affair, that’s a sad, human story and off my almost non-existant gossip radar. When the illicit affairs get into 10-12-15 territory and it invades my sports pages, we’ve moved into the comedy central portion of our program.

  8. Kate P says:

    The only thing I said to my co-librarian at school (after she commented that this news was reported by our high school student anchors during morning announcements!) was that I could only imagine the relief Jon & Kate were feeling.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    don, Tiger is a phenomenal golfer, and as I said above I’ve been an unabashed fanboy since day 1.

    But I can no longer agree that he’s a good person, if that’s what you mean by ‘solid’.

    He’s not a single man: He took a solemn vow to be with only his wife. We all have our failings, but this is not a case of some one who has too much to drink at the office Christmas party one year and canoodles a co-worker; that is certainly wrong but on a completely different level than what Tiger has done. He continually, consistently and repeatedly committed adultery; he has sought it out and brought it into his home. These are not the acts of a good man; these are the acts of a bad child.

    A man knows the call of temptation, he knows the immediate pleasure it can bring. And he also knows the price, so a Man says “no”.

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