April 4, 2010, - 7:15 pm
Throughout his career, there were many who applauded Tiger Woods seeming apolitical nature and non-emphasis on race. It included Rush Limbaugh, with whom I often agree. Many also applauded his statement, on “Oprah,” that he wasn’t Black, but “Cablinasian,” since he has many ethnicities in his background. But I was not among these people. I knew that, sooner or later, Woods would be political and that he would play the race card.
Apparently, that “sooner or later,” was 2005, when Woods spoke of his “racial identity” to Charles Barkley, in Barkley’s book, “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man.” Woods told Barkley that, in kindergarten at Cerritos Elementary School in Cypress, California, he was tied to a tree, spray painted with the N-word, and had rocks thrown at him. Woods also claimed that the teacher didn’t care and sent him home. I don’t find Woods’ claim credible, especially since he’d never mentioned it before, except in a Baba Wawa interview around the same time. There are no documented reports of such an occurrence. And no-one seems to remember it. Seems to me, he was just playing the race card.
Now, in a comical sort of events, Woods’ former kindergarten teacher, Maureen Decker, is coming forward (where was she in 2005?) . . . and, sadly, she picked the biggest charlatan in the trial lawyer industry–the same lawyer who represents yet another woman in Woods’ life who wants an apology and some cha-ching. I predict both of these women will be waiting a long time for both. Like I said, I don’t believe Woods’ race-card story. But not only is it weird that the teacher didn’t come out and deny this in 2005 (she waited five years), but also that she hired Gloria Allred, possibly the sleaziest attorney of our time. Why? I can understand the teacher’s anger at being defamed in Woods’ obvious attempt to “get down with the struggle.” But she has no grounds to sue him now, as the statute of limitations for filing a defamation suit has long ago expired (it’s only a year in most jurisdictions). She should have done it then.
So, what is really going on here (other than that Woods is a big fat liar, about not just women but issues of race)?
I don’t believe that, five years later, she is “still feeling the stress” of his apocryphal racial episode claims. Why does everyone in this world deserve an “apology”? Why would anyone want an apology from a serial philanderer and race card merchant (who loves his race so much, he picks zero women from it with which to sleep)? And, if she doesn’t get it, she’s gonna sue him? Hilarious.
To Mrs. Roberg and Mrs. Adler, my kindergarten teachers, I promise never to write about or defame you in any way. So, please, keep Gloria Allred far away from me.
BTW, check out a portion of transcript of my smackdown of Gloria Allred (scroll down) when we debated the issue of women members at Augusta National, several years ago.
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