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Stray cats

December 4th, 2009
01:28 PM ET

There are plenty of golfers all over the world who have wished they were Tiger Woods at one time or another. But you’d be hard pushed to find someone wanting to slip into his spikes at the moment as he deals with the protracted fallout from his recent “accident.” [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/04/tiger2.art.jpg caption="Tiger’s “transgressions” are the subject of heated debate. "]

Whats more the recent “transgressions” of the world’s number one golfer is sounding alarm bells within the female fraternity at CNN’s London bureau.

Woods’ alleged off-course shenanigans with – oh, please! – a cocktail waitress, has started a debate about whether their own partners are “playing ball”.

We want to know whether Tiger's transgressions have caused you to question the faithfulness of your other half. Are you seeing the golf clubs left lying around the house in a new empowering light?

Ok. We know Tiger's said claims of physical violence are "false and malicious" but one has to remember that clubs can be incredibly effective at showing how you feel about your relationship. Just ask Nick Faldo.


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  1. Ken Hanson

    It's all his business–who cares? Let's move on to the global warming conspiracy.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  2. yankcolt

    CNN is no longer a news organization. It's a tabloid on the airwaves.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  3. Serena

    . To err is human, to forgive divine...However, in this era of incurable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C and other STD, is it worth all the risk to have just a few minutes of fun? A few minutes of ecstasy might bring one a life time of agony!

    December 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  4. Susan Goldman

    No! Leave the man alone! He is a good man. For heaven's sake, don't turn this into a media circus!!!!

    December 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  5. Wayne

    From the economy to Tiger Woods, the media seems to take great pleasure in focusing only on the negative.

    In Tiger Woods, we have a superstar that has earned his position at the top. Does it help to defame his image in the eyes of the young people that see him as their hero? How about leaving him alone. I'm sure you'll find something else you can trash.

    On the economic situation, how about passing the message investing in your neighbors business is a much better solution than buying an ounce of gold, stocks in companies that put people out of work and on the streets in the name of stock holder's profits. What will we do when everyone has locked themselves in a basement with their bar of gold? Do we really have to let history repeat itself?

    The solutions to the problems is education and understanding, not the governments or the chruches.

    One last comment. I would like to see an end to the "save the planet" hype. He planet is just being the planet. The earth will be fine, with or without us. The planet doesn't care if we're here or not. We are part of it's evolution, what ever we do. We don't really matter.

    Too much reality? Sorry folks, but somone needs to say it.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  6. Jay

    If he did it or not is none of our bussiness... That should be between him and his wife. Nobody really care about their marrige, people only care about see him fail... I dont blame him, I not saying he's right, but I don't blame him... But respect his space and his life... And if your are free of sins, then talk... I think none of us are free of sins...

    December 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  7. Wayne

    An Idol makes a mistake and proves he's human. So what?

    The job market decline is slowing so that's great news for investors? Yeah, right. What do you think would hapen if you told the 401K folks the truth about how their funds are traded and why?

    What would it cost not to trash our heros? Making people feel better by lowing the bar is mediority at it's worst. I keep hoping for better.

    December 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  8. JAS

    'CNN is no longer a news organization. It's a tabloid on the airwaves.'
    I read CNN online a lot and watch it on cable and I see myself silently agreeing with this comment.
    But Yankcolt, you also have to understand that if CNN does not cover the story, you'll find yourself googling other news and tabloid sites to get the lastest information, point of view and analysis.

    December 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  9. aisha

    They dont care about him leave him and care about ourselves okay.gotta!today is crisis much better to help how to improve our community.Good day!

    December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  10. Kim

    I agree, since when has CNN become the Enquirer? Let the poor man have a personal life!

    December 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  11. Emeka Hayen Germany

    Tiger Woods is a good man.and i know it took him longer than one day to be Hiro of many .so lets not destroy put an end to all he has made under one day

    December 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  12. Jesse James

    whatever!!
    get another Escalade and finish the trip you started!!!!!
    yours trully from Dominican Republic!!

    December 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  13. Bernard

    I think Tiger is an incredible sportsman – certainly one of the true greats of golf.

    However the fact that he earns a huge amount of money from endorsements for being represented as a role model and an upholder of sporting and principled behaviour is an issue. As he accepts endorsements to represent companies and brands in a principled manner then he has an obligation to himself and to his sponsors to maintain his image and live up to the ideals he is so handsomely paid for. If he cannot live up to these principles then he should not accept sponsors money.

    But Tiger has accepted sponsors money and has behaved in a really unprincipled manner. This and his reluctance to 'come clean' is what sticks in peoples throats and leads them to believe it is quite acceptable for him to be harshly criticised and dragged over the coals for his behaviour.

    But remember that Tiger is not the victim here – he has just been caught out and is dealing with the consequences and shame he has brought on himself. His wife and children are the real victims here – and they deserve everyones care, concern and best wishes.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  14. RKRAO

    Tiger woods is a good man. Let's forgive him and get on with his life.

    Tiger we adore you for your golf and your admission of indiscretion. Don't be hurt too much by this media onslaught. They would like to profit from your misery.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  15. Steve

    I suspect that any golfer who has any morals at all will be boycotting Nike as they seem to think it's okay to cheat on your wife. Is anyone thinking about what Elin is going through right now. The humility and embarassment.I hope she rips him a new a****le. Take him for everything Elin.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  16. Col

    Leave the guy alone he's only human, let him without sin cast the first stone. Lets focus on the kids in Africa dying of AIDS, they need all the help and attention they can get.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  17. Doug

    This is a personal and family matter for Tiger Woods and he and his family should be left alone to hopefully work through these difficult issues.

    The news and media seem very comfortable vilifing Tiger's actions which have been clearly inapropriate if true but it appears the women he might have been involved with get a free pass and are being protrayed and treated as celebrities rather than being considered as equally guilty as Tiger for enetring into a relationship with a known married man.

    Double Standard?

    We have much larger and far more important issues in this world to be focusing on rather then somones extramartial affair and certianly the news and media should not become part of the story with it's hype possibly creating further difficulties for the Woods family.

    You have reported it now leave them alone and begin report in important issues.

    and in all cases such as this the news media should not be praying on stories such as this

    December 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  18. Sinead

    When your Tiger Woods your famous and RICH. You should know better than cheating on your wife. You brought this on yourself. I feel bad for your wife and kids. But there is one good thing in this at least she knows how to use glof clubs. If it were me you would have never made it to the car lol!!!

    December 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  19. Jajja

    Seriously folk, Tiger Woods is an angel compared to me. That's why I'm lucky not to be a celebrity 🙂 !

    December 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  20. Imy

    Haven't we all made mistakes at one point in our lives?

    December 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  21. gordon peterson

    tiger is just another rich ,spoiled, arrogant celebrity that has been caught doing something wrong . this is news? I couldn;'t care less

    December 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  22. russell

    To err is human.The press is taking 2 much delight in Tiger's mess up.He cheated and got caught but the people he's accountable to are his wife and his children,not 'friends' like Jesper Parnevik

    December 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  23. Mark London

    Funny how none of the comments above make any reference to the question posed in the article. Guess it shows the article for what it is, a weak attempt to put a different spin and keep the Tiger story going.

    This is between the man and his wife, nobody else's business, end of story. Next thing they'll be crucifying his wife for sticking with him. All these people saying he's getting paid for endorsements, well those companies paying him aren't doing it out of charity. He has helped them shift units, that's why they paid him. If you don't like it, stop patronising those companies and jump to the next product using a spotless role model, until they turn out to be human as well, then you can migrate again. Did you start using their products because Tiger told you to in the first place? Get a life.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  24. Linda Emmen

    Cnn is doing good job. They should keep it. Let tiger woods face the mess he got himself into. From Nigeria.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  25. Martin H.

    Tiger Woods is one of the greatest sportsmen alive. I admire him for his mastery of golf. So what if he slept around. That's between him and his wife. I don't give a d*mn!

    If I had messed around it would stay between me and my girlfriend. And to the poster who thinks that he has an obligation as a role model for accepting sponsor money, I say: absolutely not. He can choose to live a non-perfect life and risk his sponsor money. Who wants to be a perfect role model anyway?

    Dear America, please do not get too puritan.

    Tiger Woods is to me, the epitome of sports mastery and has SINGLE-HANDEDLY changed the world of golf as we know it. That is what he will be remembered for by non-puritans.

    December 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  26. James

    Let's get a life.Life's too short to be looking at someone else business.Be Smart! Look into you own business and see where you are now and where you want to be this time next year 😉

    December 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  27. Roger

    Oh for Pete's sake Amercia, get over it, you've got much more important things to worry about.

    December 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  28. Bhushan

    Tiger is not a culprit. He did a mistake, and apologised for the same. It's purely his family matter and what he need is our best wishes..that's it. Although I hope, he will take care of not repeating the same mistake in future!!

    December 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  29. dale

    This is none of mine or your business - let us get back to important issues

    December 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  30. Pedro

    Who cares? For goodness sake let us focus on the issues that affect us all, not some individual who has decided to do his own thing.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  31. gregory

    Has anyone considered the fact that maybe Tiger needed the extramarital affairs – which are dictated by his natural male instincts, just like his to desire to win – to fuel his ego and help his game at the same time? He surely would have carried on doing the same for the next 30 years if he hadn't been caught. Now he's been caught and suddenly "sorry" about it.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  32. Kball1300

    I love the way people (and Tiger) say, hey, I'm not perfect, I'm only human. Really? Is this what being "human" means? That you hold up the facade of a professional and a role model to so many people, while you seem to screw everything that moves outside of your marriage, to one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen, not to mention the mother of your children? Is that being human? I think it goes much further than that. In my opinion, that's not being human. It's being a douche-bag. This isn't a single indiscretion. This is many.
    Then to hide behind closed doors, and not even come out, and come clean, with what you've done? Posting a statement on your website just doesn't cut it.
    Not only has he hurt his wife and children, but so many fans who looked up to this pillar of focus and determination.
    He says this isn't keeping with his beliefs and standards. Apparently these ARE his standards, he just got caught.
    I've been a huge fan of Tigers since the early days, and while I'll still admire what he can go with a golf ball, as a human being, I think he needs a lot more practice time.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  33. Andrew

    his busniess not mine or yours

    December 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  34. Berry Molasses

    The media coverage of Tiger Woods accident and speculations are totally ridiculous. He is human and will certainly make other mistakes after this incident. Perhaps not the same mistake, but he will make additional ones. After all, he is only human!!!! What I dont understand is why when celebreties make foolish decisions, especially infidelity, the media is ready to hurl with pitch forks. This story is overkill. I think we do more damage by keep brining it up instead of allowing him and family to work through the problem.

    CAN WE MOVE ON ALREADY? GEEZ

    December 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  35. Segun Kolawole

    Totally agree with Wayne's comments above. I mean there's more to this world that 'Tigers' and other animals out there who are just proving they are human. Let him be!

    December 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  36. Adebiyi Adeosun

    For me, it is time we realise that celebrities are not angels, but human beings with blood flowing in their vein like all of us. However, while i am not justifying Tiger's actions believing that men like him are supposed to be role models, i also think we should not expect too much of them. On a final note let the one who has not committed any sin be the one to cast the first stone. If this had happened in Nigeria, the guy would have been given chieftancy titles haven shown that he is a strong man, in fact the wife would not have been entitled to any alimony. Who cares! Leave Tiger alone to play golf in the woods!

    December 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  37. ontario

    I say his wife should get on with HER life...a life WITHOUT Tiger!

    December 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  38. John

    Did anyone even care about Tiger Woods before last week? The answer would be no right. So why should we care now? His day in the spotlight is over or at least we thought it was. Next week we'll be back to not caring about him again in my opinion the sooner the better.

    December 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  39. Linda

    Tiger betrayed all of us. We thought that he was a nice guy with a good family and hardworking at his field.

    He shouldn't say that he "wasn't true to his values". He was true by doing what he wanted. He did not think about his wife or family. This is a level of dishonestly that is too much for the public to accept. We thought that we liked him because he was a nice guy and not involved in anything off the straight, simple path of life even though he had lots of money. Now we do not respect him at all. Many men have one time affairs and the wife is upset. How could he allow this to continue for so many months?

    I am tired of all of the large companies gving thes athletes big contracts. The athletes have too much money. This is what contribues to all of them thinking that they can do anything and get away with it. Then everyone treats them like they are so special from the doorman at a hotel to a person in the coffee shop. They get too much money at too young of an age. They never did without.

    I think that they go into the sporting field to get the advertising contracts more than to play the sport and get the multi-million dollar salaries.

    I was a starving student and I learned how to budget my money and get by on very little. These athletes don't have to develop a bond with their wifes to get by through lean times as they have so much money coming in.

    When are people goint to stop buying products with celebrity names on them?!!! You are contributing to the problem also.

    The basic concept that America is built on is that of hard work.
    Just because they have skill in one sports area they should not be getting so much money. The Price of tickets to attend sporting events is beyond a normal person's means. The simple sporting events are big business. Eventually this will burn out. People will get tired of the high prices for tickets and food at the events.

    Stop contributing to this downfall in America. Schools should get sponsored by each athlete. With current salaries they should each be giving away millions to schools and teaches. Why should teachers get $45,000 a year and thes guys get millions. Even the President of the U.S. gets a resonable salary and it's not in the millions!!!

    December 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  40. Tom

    Unquestionably the stupidest thing I've ever read on CNN. And that says a lot, as CNN has continued to lower the bar on news as it fills the gaps with stories you have either made up, or failed to research. Charged, tried and convicted in the press? The news media has not demonstrated a level of sophistication to comprehend world events, let alone communicate them to the general public. Now this? Two thumbs down, CNN. Two thumbs down.

    December 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  41. willard

    all this attention because he's a successful asian/black/indian man with white women – period. who cares really but the haters?

    December 4, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  42. Raja Pisang

    Wives, esp those in western countries, have to remember that human beings are basically animals and the men are therefore polygamous. So it's only natural that Tiger, like most men, would wanna play the nineteen hole whenever there is an opportunity.

    If that is not acceptable to his wife, she should divorce him and take the $300 mil prenuptial money and run. With that kind of money and her beauty, she won't have any problem finding a man that would be faithful to her and live a happier life forever after! Right?

    December 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  43. Redoctober

    Tiger Woods private life belongs to him, his wife and children, on one else has a dog in this fight, so stay away.
    If the blowing winds, carry some debris, let it fall where it may, is not any of our business to meddle into someone elseses, Ok? ok.
    I am a Tiger fan, and always be, and the only way that could change is, if he ever disgraces the game of golf by doing inapropriate things that are unlawful to the game like cheating on the playing field. Other than that is not any of my business and shouldn't be yours either.
    Whatever may have taken place, is for his wife and him to resolve it in the privacy of the walls of their home, not on the street nor on the media, least of all the tabloids. My best wishes go out to the Woods family and may they find the way to overcome whatever.

    December 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  44. Redoctober

    And as far as the question posted in the report. quote," If Tiger's transgressions has cause you to litterally doubt of your partners fidelity," is ludicrous, I mean what kind of question is that? Maybe it did cause the writer doubts about his partner, but has never enter my mind that somebody elses misteps would be my own. LoL

    December 4, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  45. Redoctober

    Willard,
    your post is so true, that I co-sponsore it. I also believe that, that is the main reason of all of this hoopla.

    December 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  46. Redoctober

    Linda,
    You seem to be bias just for been bias, haven't you learn of the Tiger Woods Learnig School for the underpriviledge with a price tag of twenty five millions, yes, $25,000,000,00 and plans to build another one in Washington D.C. what are you talking about. There is a saying that goes something like this, "To whom much is given, much is also demanded" Well he needed not be demanded, he knows this and he is giving a lot.

    December 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  47. Ozgur Zeren

    When i saw the title 'stray cats' i thought it was an article related to real cats in the streets. Instead i found some hullabaloo about tiger woods and his affairs and whatnot and such. I dont give a damn about tiger woods or his affairs or his musings. You cnn people should drop this 'innovative titling' about articles and news. You are misleading and annoying your readers in the end.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:11 am | Reply

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