April 8th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Nike releases a statement explaining Tiger Woods' ad

CNN Entertainment received a statement from Nike Golf regarding Tiger Woods' controversial ad.

"We support Tiger and his family. As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father."

The 30-second spot debuted on ESPN and The Golf Channel at 6 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The ad will air up until 4 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, April 8th.

To view the ad visit www.youtube.com/nikegolf


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February 19th, 2010
02:41 PM ET

What's everyone tweeting about Tiger?

Shortly after his public apology Friday, the majority of posts on Twitter regarding Tiger Woods seemed to be less-than-empathetic, to say the least.

However, Twitter’s more notable users - including Eve and Mandy Moore - had a different take on the former golf pro’s plea.

“Whatup ya'll... Don't ya'll think they should leave Tiger Woods alone. He's human, what the hell,” Eve wrote. “He didn't handle the media right but whateva. The only appology he ows is 2 his wifey…”

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January 14th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Obama on Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods' sponsors may have turned against him, but at least one person is still rooting for the disgraced golfer - and hoping for the best.

President Barack Obama told People magazine during an exclusive interview that he believes Tiger will try to put his life back together again, following his admission of infidelity.

“I don’t want to comment on his personal relationship with his wife and family, but I’m a strong believer that anybody can look within themselves, find their flaws and fix them,” Obama said.  “I’m sure he feels terrible about what happened, and I suspect that he will try to put his life back together again.”

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January 4th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Shirtless - but not 'untouchable' - Tiger in Vanity Fair

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Over the last few months we’ve seen many sides of Tiger Woods as he’s gone from untouchable pro golfer to weekly tabloid fodder. Now, thanks to Vanity Fair, to the world is seeing another side of Tiger: shirtless.

In a photo spread that was shot before the scandal broke, photographer Annie Leibovitz said she tried to capture Woods as the “intensely competitive athlete” he is for the magazine’s February issue.

“I wanted to reveal that in these photos. And to show his incredible focus and dedication,” Leibovitz said.

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December 9th, 2009
03:06 PM ET

Tiger’s Career Will Be Fine!

What a surprise! Yet another sports star has cheated, lied and presented himself as a role model, when really it seems he’s just another dude as intoxicated by fame and money as the next mega sports star. And we are simply outraged! But sad truth here is that Tiger’s career will be A-OK. If you think his career is kaput because he may have cheated on his wife, you’re sorely mistaken.

If the adultery claims are true – Tiger is a class-act pig. Daily, more women come forth to claim their spot in what is a veritable harem of ladies who say they’ve have had affairs with him. His wife – the mother of his two children– is no doubt heartbroken, his marriage in the toilet and his fans are disillusioned.

The world’s greatest professional golfer built an empire on his good name, incredible game and hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorships. He’s hocking watches, energy drinks, video games, cars, condos and more – because, hey! – he’s the good guy we all admire!

Now, the backlash has begun: Tiger action figures have been thrown in the discount bin, Gatorade dropped a line of Tiger-themed energy drinks and media tracker Nielsen reports that not a single Tiger commercial has aired on TV since November 29.

Tiger will pay the price – in his personal life. If his wife has a brain in her head, she’ll leave his butt – and quick. He’ll lose his marriage – he’ll lose his panache as a family man.

But he’s not going to lose his place as the greatest golfer we’ve ever seen.

Tiger is still at the top of his game, professionally. And that’s not going to change any time soon. He’ll keep on playing and he’ll still be a hero to many. Sponsors will have to shift their endorsements from “Tiger the family man” to “Tiger the bad boy sports star”. And they will – because he’ll still be able to sell the goods.

If Alex Rodriguez can overcome a steroids scandal and be hailed hero, Kobe Bryant beat a major sexual harassment scandal and come out on top - hell if Bill Clinton can still carry a career as a highly esteemed humanitarian and diplomat, what with his flair for interns and cigars – then Tiger Woods will be fine. He should take a page from David Letterman’s book – but that’s another story.

I want to be clear: I think Tiger Woods is an arrogant, power-hungry, fame-drunk pig. But he’s still the best golfer in the world.

 

December 7th, 2009
11:44 AM ET

'SNL' has some fun with Tiger

The Tiger Woods scandal provided plenty of comedic fodder for "Saturday Night Live" this week as the cast mocked Woods’ car crash and affair allegations.

This weekend’s show was hosted by “Gossip Girl” cast-member Blake Lively, who - with her long blonde hair - stepped in as the perfect double in skits involving Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren.

In a skit featuring  a Tiger Woods’ press conference with CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Lively stood by cast member Kenan Thompson, who played Woods. In the skit Tiger is portrayed as apologizing for his “multiple transgressions,” to which Lively’s Nordegrin looks angry and shocked.

The scene then cut away to a news studio before rejoining an injured Woods holding another press conference outside his Florida home. The supposedly terrified Woods, played by Thompson with his arm in a sling, held up covert signs for camera that were hidden from his wife saying, “I’m scared.”

The skit continued with Lively's Nordegren chasing Woods from the press conference in a rage.

The jabs continued in the “Weekend Update” news report where anchor Seth Meyers referred to Woods’ car accident and said: “Last Friday, Tiger Woods hit a tree and a bunch of ladies fell out.”

The jokes come as women continue to allege that they had affairs with the professional golfer following his admission of “transgressions” last week. The controversy first erupted over the Thanksgiving holiday when Woods sustained injuries in a car accident outside his Florida home.

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