March 12, 2010

Will Tiger Woods return to golf sooner than later?

Posted: 08:56 AM ET

After a day of rampant speculation from sources who were sure they knew what they were talking about, Tiger Woods' agent told CNN Thursday that the troubled golfer had not decided when he would return to the links.

"No decisions have been made yet," said Mark Steinberg.

Woods, 34, stepped away from the tour late last year after crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home outside Orlando, Florida.

The early-morning crash set off a barrage of infidelity allegations
against the golfer, who is married to Elin Nordegren. The couple has two

Last month, Woods apologized in a tightly-controlled televised statement for his "irresponsible and selfish" behavior, which he said included infidelity.

He left open the possibility of a return to golf later this year, but
said that questions about whether he and his wife will remain together are between a husband and a wife, emphasizing the privacy that he became known for long before November.

"As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words, it will come from my behavior over time," he said then. "We have a lot to discuss. However, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us."

Woods lost some of his sponsors in the aftermath, but others, including Nike, stuck by him.

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A. Smith, Oregon   March 12th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

Tiger Woods appears to have hired a former Bush spin doctor to confuse, retell and re-spin the history and fallout of Tiger Woods multiple adultery and infidelity in his marriage and with dozens of mistress's.

The New York Post reported Thursday that Tiger Woods has hired former George W. Bush adviser and spokesman Ari Fleischer to help him rehabilitate his public image. Woods has been literally bombarded with negative press attention in the wake of revelations that he cheated on his wife with multiple women, perhaps compulsively.

A New York Post source stated that Fleischer has huddled with Woods in the golfer's living room to plan a media strategy for a return to play March 25, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Post reports: "Knowing he eventually has to stand before everyone publicly and take questions – something he didn't do in that bizarre orchestrated 13½-minute ramble on Feb. 19 – is why Woods sought out the advice of Fleischer, who in 2008 formed Ari Fleischer Sports Communications."

Fleischer is infamously known for his 2½-year stint as George W. Bush's first White House press secretary. He held that position as the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq began, and he was infamous for his harsh criticisms of those who opposed Bush policies and those that repeatedly stated Bush-Cheney had lied to the US Congress and to the Public in order to go to war against Iraq.

Does Ari Fleischer have any creditability left after his toxic stint with George W. Bush? I don't feel he has any creditability in anything he says or attempts to spin in the future. The man appears to be nothing but a paid puppet that mouths whatever lie or half-baked truth created in the back spin-room that he is paid to utter. If I were Tiger Woods, I would certainly keep shopping for a spin-mister and throw Ari Fleischer to the curb without looking back.

Kat   March 12th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

He will but wishes to keep it quiet knowing the sharks. Give the guy a bloody break.

He messed up his personal life. It is not as if he was caught spewing it on the golf course, golf balls or golf clubs, is it? He had a few Sp*** bins for that, did he not?

He is not the first and will not be the last to see women he is not married to. Millions of Americans are dealing with that as I type. Anyone following them around? And yes, some have even more than Tiger. Especially black men.

Oh, women cheat a whole lot too. they are just better at it....Lol.

Cindy   March 12th, 2010 5:36 pm ET

@A. Smith,
I disagree with you about Ari Fleischer. He is married to the daughter of a couple in my neighborhood and I have met him. He is very intelligent and has been doing this type of work for a while now. If you can put your politics aside, I think you might be surprised. My only question is why do people know about this; perhaps down the road would be OK, but if I were hiring help to reshape my image, I would certainly keep that very confidential.

Eddie Cole   March 12th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

Isn't it more interesting that Charlie Sheen was arrested for threatening to murder his wife with a knife to her neck? Why is this such a topic! Pitiful paranoid people making an issue of this mans private affairs....If you've been making any man an idol you're a sad sack of dog crap!! I can't believe how racistic this story is...Everytime I hear or read it I can puke!!! Charlie Sheen said its a private matter..and its washed under the bridge. Tiger says it and EVERYBODY has an opinion and passes judgement. Shameful!!!! The world needs to explode!!

Theresa   March 12th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

OMG.......he's a professional golfer...just get back to the game ...that's all' If he has to answer it & get on with things or get another profession. He's only a human being with the talent of a great golfer...that's it!!!!!

Cindy   March 12th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

@Theresa, I agree totally. Most likely Ari will tell him to make it short and sweet and then get on with the game. I hope he comes back soon as golf misses him and he is very good for the game.

jack   March 12th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Who cares if he returns to golfing or not? I know I don't.

Cindy   March 12th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

@Jack, probably only those who love golf care.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 13th, 2010 4:36 am ET

Gosh, will Tiger Woods have to end up making an apology to the Golfing World. By the sounds of it, looks like they could be waiting for one. If he does, please do it himself. Don't need any spin-doctors please.

As to his return, who knows, give him time, . Should he retire maybe or has he still got a lot of golf in him yet.

That was nice of Nike to stick by him.

jack   March 13th, 2010 8:01 pm ET

@Cindy..I realize it is a personal prejudice of mine, but I thing sports figures are vastly overpaid and spectator sports vastly overhyped. With so many fascinating things and very imprortant events happening in the world,it is surprising that so many masses of conformists get so worked up, even to the stage of hysteria over what is essentially quite repetitive and boring stuff. It's as though the masses have been programmed to get worked up over these empty diversions. Pavlov's dogs come to mind. See the crowds, the logos, the scores, and the person salivates, and buys the touted products. Spectator sports suck. If a person wishes to engage in the game themselves or keep it small scale, as a community thing , fine. it is the mega obsession which serves the interests of the people getting super wealthy from it, that I have the biggest objection to. Cindy, not that long ago, golf was not that big a deal, and older people mostly did it for exercise, before the day of motorized carts etc. People didn't feel like something essential was missing from their lives, then. Nor were they programmed as much or felt deprived without Tiger Woods worship and the entire phony corporate event we have today. Also ,I notice ,that these super rich sports stars were held up as some type of moral examples. That baloon has certainly been deflated, and the naked reason for sports hero worship stands exposed.

JoJo   March 13th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I care less if he return or not. I don't follow golf, its a boring game. But as far as Tiger Woods, that man must have been the greatest husband cheater. It took him over ten mistresses before he got caught. Some married people get caught after cheating only with one woman. If he fail his golf career, he can always be in porn.

Diane Wilson   March 14th, 2010 5:42 am ET

PLEASE will somebody teach Larry King that phenomena is PLURAL. A single person or thing is a phenomenon NOT a phenomena.
It has driven me crazy for years as he spreads the misuse of this word over and over again. We know he's a pathetic, uneducated kid from Brooklyn but can he LEARN something at last?

Cajazz76:24:8   March 14th, 2010 12:46 pm ET

Diane Wilson

It really upsets you that bad when someone mispronounces a word? I hope you can say forbidden under carnal knowledge correctly and seek it out for yourself. I know the smile it will bring to your face will soothe the wrinkle's.

Dodie   March 14th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

people often are critical of others when they are out of balance. A defense mechanism to place the focus on others.... Sometimes, it is needed....

jack   March 14th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

@Diane Wilson...Larry King didn't get to where he is by being weak or stupid. He has paid his dues, and because he makes interviewing appear easy is a testament to his ability. I think few of us could do nearly as good a job.

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