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December 3, 2009

The Year of Women Fighting Back

Posted: 12:03 AM ET

By Rebecca Dana via The Daily Beast

Elin Nordegren entered a high-profile world when she married superstar golfer Tiger Woods.Did Tiger’s wife take out her frustrations with a golf club? If so, she joins Jenny Sanford, Betty Draper, and Taylor Swift as scorned women who came out swinging.

Even before Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, took a golf club to his Escalade on Friday, 2009 was already shaping up to be the Year of Women Not Taking S**t.

Gone, for the moment at least, are the tearful press conferences where a puffy-eyed political wife stares at her feet while her husband confesses his carnal sins. Gone are the cheerful sham marriages held up as totems for the rest of us to emulate. Gone is the nobility of quietly carrying on. We are now fully in the season of not standing by your man.

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diane mitchell   December 3rd, 2009 12:16 am ET

Tiger's Wife has a better golf swiing than he does – diane mitchell, fairfax station, va.


Terry Chenier-Canada   December 3rd, 2009 1:22 am ET

When is CNN going to start reporting news? Between Octomom, Balloon Boy and now Tiger Wood's pecadelos; what should have been a five minute clip now involves a panel of talking heads, including lawyers, sports writers, analysts and therapists. Cut the guy some slack. And get back to reporting something important.


Maxine Thompson   December 3rd, 2009 1:23 am ET

It's unfortunate that we have a new war on the horizon, yet so much media energy has gone into Tiger Woods' Affair.

I pray he and his family can heal and rise above this.

Maxine Thompson
Author of Hostage of Lies


mckiss   December 3rd, 2009 1:24 am ET

SICKNING---–WILL NEVER WATCH HIM AGAIN. NO WONDER
HE'S SOOOOO 'PRIVATE'-–SO MUCH TO HIDE.


Mickael Taweh   December 3rd, 2009 1:33 am ET

I believe, if true, that it is irresponsible and just simply wrong what he has done to his wife first and foremost BUT I don't believe that it should be exposed to the media because just like any other person this could happen to anyone, and it's morally wrong to bring someone's business to the public, because frankly I don't care about his personal life, that's his business, not mine, nor should it be the business of CNN, MSNBC, FOX, or any other news agency. Yes it was wrong what he did do but we shouldn't be debating that, it's not our business. The business is between him, his wife, and his family and that's it. There's other issues on the forefront of this Nation, and personally Tiger Wood's personal life doesn't effect ANYONE in this Nation but his family, he shouldn't apologize to us, we don't care. I want all the American families to remember that whatever happens in one's private life has nothing to do with anyone else not only is it morally wrong but it's AGAINST THE LAW. I don't appreciate the media being a proponent in this chaos because there adding stress for this man. I'm disappointed in the media and a lot of personality that are a part of it.

Mickael Taweh
State of Connecticut


patti fitzhugh   December 3rd, 2009 1:34 am ET

I have lost respect for tiger woods.
I will not buy the products he endorses.
My empathy goes to his wife and children.


ckelly   December 3rd, 2009 1:47 am ET

This is crap!!!!!!!!-Womens reality is not designed by the "media' s fashionable slogan of the month"-Suddenly CNN is interested in the plight of the average woman???? I have been watching you guys for years.. Be honest- Hardly.

In my opinion: Tiger Woods is not only a great golfer and has earned his titles and sponsors, but he is an icon and idol for millions of young kids around the world. Now, what he did was wrong !!it was wrong!! but his greatest hurt and damage is personal, not legal or corporate.

All the media is doing is adding fuel to the fire. STOP> His wife is hurting , his kids are hurting and because of his arrogance and plain stupidity, he is hurting. Why does America need to tear its hero's down when they are human and screw up? Why is this good for the economy? Why is this good for his wife and his children?

All you big salaried media people love being mediocre and behind the scenes- because you know that in spite of the $200,000+ salaries your asinine behavior will never be exposed.

Live and let live, and look at real issues: men beating women, prgnant women's death statistics, childhood abuse, prostitution, unwavering poverty and kids on food stamps; the million+ mortgages in default, tent cities...etc.

And as much as it seems admirable that Nike and Gatorade is in Tiger's and Elin's corner-well...isn't there an up in coming young Japanese player and another up-in coming Irish player??

Nothing on TV is by accident-by omission and by inclusion.


Bayou Dell   December 3rd, 2009 1:48 am ET

In every case we see of adultry, the blame goes on the male partner. I wonder what responsibility Tiger's Wife has in their situation.
Infidelity doesn't necessarily begin when "He" seeks another. I wonder in how many cases does it actually begin when "the wife" goes from "I Do" to "I Don't, Won't".


Chinedu   December 3rd, 2009 1:48 am ET

Hey Larry,

Unfortunately, I am not a Tiger fan but i respect his brand image. I am sympathizing with him during this rough period because he had awful advisors that led him to this deep hole that will only get deeper until he comes out squeaky clean and confesses his sins entirely.

Having said that, another point I want you to closely study is why on earth would Tiger call his so-called mistress and tell her to delete her number off her phone because his wife might be calling her? Now, does that make sense to you Larry?

Anyways, I think his so-called mistress should be watched carefully as well because reality TV has taken over our society today and every body wants to be rich and famous on the expense of the likes of Mega Stars such as Tiger, Koby and Letterman.

And lastly, for all those young student athletes that idolize Tiger, this is life boys and girls, no body is perfect! Just try and be the best you can be in all facets of life and believe me, you will be a better role model than Tiger for the younger generation!!


Rasheed   December 3rd, 2009 1:52 am ET

So if a man catches he wife cheating, you would have a headline celebrating him taking a golf club and smashing out her windows.


A. Smith, Oregon   December 3rd, 2009 2:08 am ET

If America is going to do any lasting good in Afghanistan,

The American troops and contractors need to educate the Muslim women, train them in self-defense and arm them with personal side-arms.

The Muslim women in Afghanistan were the original victims of the brutal Taliban regime and the moment America leaves Afghanistan, the Muslim women will return to being under the brutal and callous heels of the Taliban who routinely beat, cane and murder Muslim woman for any perceived or non-existent Islamic infractions.

Helping the Muslim women cast off the medieval chains of slavery and degradation is in keeping with core American values.


Mike D.   December 3rd, 2009 2:24 am ET

First and foremost, Tiger Woods' private life is absolutely NO ONES' business but his family and his God!
Secondly, as far as a that public apology is concerned, Tiger owes absolutely NO ONE an apology but his family and his God!
Mr. Woods is paid, gets put on magazine covers, endorses many products and we support his name brand for his unrivalled performances on those 18 holes not for how he performes at his home address.
Now if the 24 hour media and tabloids want to headhunt and publicly lynch Mr. Woods for a 169 dollar vehical citation, that should be the extent of thier rights and nothing else. Yes, a public lynching and an attempt to ruin the career of the greatest golfer EVER over a very private matter because up till now Tiger wasn't human in the eyes of his beloved public.
Well Mr. Woods, welcome to the P.L.S.A.A.C. club. ( the Public Lynching of Successful African American Celebrities club). Tell Kobe, Michael Jackson, Michael Vick, etc. etc. etc. etc. I said hello, because I'm sure you'll have you're induction ceremony in the next couple of weeks.


janette tx   December 3rd, 2009 3:24 am ET

Just hope Tiger has a good lawyer he's about to have his
clock cleaned. A yoing guy with a clean image always runs
the risk.It's always the scanks that get them in trouble.


Angela Savage Austin   December 3rd, 2009 4:57 am ET

It can be shattering when the man in the mirror throws stones. Let this family heal.


Linda Donahue   December 3rd, 2009 5:18 am ET

Does Anyone realize we are in a war in Afganastan? Let Tiger Woods & his wife settle their problems on their own! I don't think they need 4 talk host dissecting thier whole relationship, I don't even think the consequences of what he has done has sunk into either one of them yet. She needs a lawyer, and he needs a life that revolves around what he is supposed to be representing, one of the greatest athletes of our time, that is going to quickly go down as nothing but an adultress!!!


steven kokkas   December 3rd, 2009 6:52 am ET

I guess it's quite important that we keep things in perspective. tiger woods is just another ordinary guy who is simply a good golf player. It doesn't mean he is God or percect.

Just as his wife or any other person is perfect.

It's important that we realize our weaknesses and learn to forgive


Ken Tega   December 3rd, 2009 6:58 am ET

Come on Americans, all you sports agents, therapists,analysts, et al......... Give Tiger a break as he is only human!! Every body got his own shortcomings, weaknesses, challenges, he is just one of us. Every human being makes mistakes one way or the other. He has a beautiful family that loves him and I believe that his family's privacy is respected and left alone to deal with this. The entire world is making it too heavy for him.


Eddie Cole   December 3rd, 2009 7:25 am ET

Taylor Swift? WHAT? This is going way beyond the imagination of children now. What in the world does Taylor Swift have to do with this?
In all due respect...and respect is due. The WOODS family is keeping this close to themselves. Because you're in the public eye it doesn't mean every thing you do behind closed doors or on your property is common knowledge or should be made public. Tiger Woods doesn't owe anybody but his wife & family an apology. Just because we live in a world of internet and market magazines it gives nobody the right to have to know personal things about him & his family...Its really sick!! How many other things is there to be concerned about in your own families?


Eddie Cole   December 3rd, 2009 7:27 am ET

TAYLOR SWIFT? Nothing against her.....BUT SHE SHOULD BE GLAD KANYE WEST GOT HER MORE PR!! NOBODY KNEW HER IN EUROPE UNTIL THE VMA'S WHERE KANYE MADE HIS STATEMENT!


JASON BAPTISTE   December 3rd, 2009 8:17 am ET

In regards to Mr. & Mrs. Tiger Woods privacy and/or about racism globally, "The miraculous evolution of perfect intelligence is when a human mind is totally exempt of pointless views." -by JASON BAPTISTE a.k.a. Golden Poet


anthony   December 3rd, 2009 8:28 am ET

She physically abused her husband and you want to give her an award? I don't think so!! She needs to go back to work as a nanny!! and Taylor Swift!?! Ha!! Don't make me laugh!!


JASON BAPTISTE   December 3rd, 2009 8:31 am ET

Mr. Larry King, In regards to Tiger Woods's recent accident, "KITTENS' POET– Noisy brains puzzled up are far more effective than dry tongues slapping milk!" -Written and composed by Jason Baptiste


Chandra   December 3rd, 2009 9:01 am ET

The sexism showed on the Larry King live show tonite was despicable. It was like the old boys club getting together and cheering each other on in bad behavior. Tiger Woods wife was referred to as "the wife". She has a name. The moral issue of setting an example by these men did not seem to come up in fact they seemed to make a joke of it. Unfortunately there is a family that is hurting, possibly a family that has been split up and they thought this was something to joke about. The fact that men humiliate women and their children by doing this was glossed over because "who cares Tiger will get to keep his endorsements and keep golfing"- so that appears to be all that matters in the old boys club! Where was the women's point of view. Where were the family values!


Hannibal   December 3rd, 2009 9:37 am ET

Why is it always a double standard for white and black superstars? When a white superstar has many affairs out of wedlock, it is not a big deal. But when a black superstar does it, it is. Why is it white women, and white America, love to tarnish the name of a black man, demonize him, lynch him, and see his downfall since the time of slavery? White America demonized and lynched O.J. Simpson (may be for the right reason) and Michael Jackson. I was always wondering who would be the next Michael Jackson. I think White America has started the process of making Tiger Woods the new Michael Jackson. God, please save Michael Jordan, and the others.


Monica   December 3rd, 2009 11:40 am ET

When I watched the Larry King last night, I was so disappointed. Why is Tiger Woods Affair a top story? He had an affair, so what! Why does the world think it is our business just because people are considered famous? Tiger Woods did not get his fame, his glory, his endorsements, nor his money because of his moral standards. He became Tiger Woods, famous, and rich because he is a talented and gifted golfer. A man having an affair on his wife happens everyday in America, so why are we sitting around acting like it is a huge shock! It is always disappointing to know someone cheating on their spouse, but that is between those two people and God. When Tiger said his marriage vows to his wife, it was not to the world, but it was to his wife and God. He does not owe the world an apology for that, and if that is the census then I feel so sad for our country. We have a war starting, more soldiers deployed, unemployment is on the rise, health care issues, and all Larry King, and his panel talked about was their thoughts of TIger Woods. People are such fair weather friends. You loved Tiger when you thought he was perfect, which is stupid because none of us are, but once he falls, we turn our back on him, judge him, and justify why he owes us an apology for not being perfect! All of you should be ashamed! Let this family deal with their problems in private, it is not a public matter!


Susan - Canada   December 3rd, 2009 11:54 am ET

Tiger Woods is an idiot....did he honestly think this wouldn't get out....give me a break. Your regular "joe" worries about getting caught in an affair and this public figure does so without a care in the world and even leaves voice mails for everyone and anyone to hear....I hope his wife leaves him and takes the kids and "millions" of dollars...I have lost respect for him as a human being. I don't deny he is a great athlete, but watching him now will leave a "sour" taste in my mouth....Tiger you are the biggest idiot...I know you must now realize what you have or are about to lose and I'm sure you have lost of lot of respect from your fellow golfers...and rightly so!


Scott   December 3rd, 2009 1:01 pm ET

I have a few comments to be pondered...If Tiger wasn't under the influence of anything, Elin must of really layed a beating on him prior to and probably during his exit for him to drive that zig-zag pattern into the hydrant and tree they have reconstructed, the guy is the king of repititoin he should be able to drive that route out his driveway and up the street in his sleep...Second, the voicemail he left(if it was him), he tells her to take her name off and just leave her number, I guess he wants her to keep calling, wouldn't he have said stop calling me if he was truely sorry as he states...As a profound golf fanatic I never cared for Tigers act, but now I see he has flaws like we all do and I'm ok with that. One more item...The public made Tiger, so I believe we do have a right to know...If president Clinton can go on TV and admit an affair then I think Tiger should step up and do the same, on Larrys show of course!


Hannibal   December 3rd, 2009 1:29 pm ET

Tiger Woods should get an advice from David Letterman regarding how to keep an image.


Ted   December 3rd, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Let´s not forget one thing; every time a man cheats on his wife he does it with a woman and mostly with a married woman who cheats on his husband.

This hysterical hollier than thou commentary is upsetting. Tiger did not do anything else, but had sex with someone else and all you hysterical women, you should have a mark on your forehead if you ever cheated on a partner. Many of you would look funny after that, because we all would see your true being.


william   December 3rd, 2009 2:32 pm ET

let them work it out,,let's END the 2 wars..put people bk to work, feed the poor and hungry.


Bev   December 3rd, 2009 4:31 pm ET

She also has everything in common with Betty Broderick, a San Diego woman who killed her husband, while he and his new wife were asleep. How about Lorena Bobbitt, who thought it acceptable to maim and sexually assault her sleeping hubby. Tiger's wife is out of control. To actually search for & locate, grab a club (not like they are kept lying around the living room), run out of the house, chase his vehicle down the driveway, all the while swinging the club – this a raging lunatic out of control. He was fleeing for his life. Why isn't everyone profoundly disturbed by her conduct and concerned for his safety, and that of the children, from his raging lunatic ? I am.


Stan   December 3rd, 2009 4:37 pm ET

Larry
I live in southern Ontario Canada.
I heard about the four officers that were gunned down.
This is my concern: If a white person had stocked and killed these officers, and the were blackj, certain groups would have called this a racial killing.
What does this now mean when a black person stocks and kills four white people.
It seems to me that only white people are racists.
Nobody has said that this was a racial killing.
What do you think?


Kirsten   December 3rd, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Enough with Tiger and his "transgressions". NEWS FLASH! He is not the first and certainly won't be the last. He's human and should be allowed to make mistakes, without anyone jumpin down his throat about it.


JASON BAPTISTE   December 4th, 2009 3:27 am ET

Here's an interesting poetic wise tip In regards to Tiger Woods, his wife, his mysterious mistresses and all parties privacy, and the media and public domain gossips, "KITTENS' GOLDEN POET– Noisy brains puzzled up are far more effective than dry tongues slapping complicated milk!" -by Jason Baptiste


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