Dec
2
2009
Jesper Parnevik Channels Tony Soprano
By Stephanie Wei under General

While the rest of Tiger Woods’ golfing cohorts, for the most part, are (understandably) keeping their opinions to themselves, an outraged Jesper Parnevik, who played marriage-broker for Tiger and Elin, made some powerful comments:

I would be especially sad about it since I’m kind of — I feel really sorry for Elin — since me and my wife were at fault for hooking her up with him. We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron.

It’s a private thing of course. But when you are the guy he is, the world’s best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff. [via FanHouse]

Co-signed.

Meanwhile, according to Bill Zwecker of the Chicago-Sun Times, Elin is reportedly being bribed with a seven-figure paycheck to stand by her cheating husband. (Image management!) He also alleges the couple have entered marriage counseling and are renegotiating their prenuptial agreement:

My source indicated Elin Nordegren Woods, the mother of Tiger’s two children, has demanded — and is getting — a total rewrite on the couple’s prenuptial agreement making the incentives for her to remain Mrs. Tiger Woods even more enticing.

At this point, the couple needed to remain married for 10 years in order for Woods’ wife to collect a splitsville settlement of $20 million. I’m being told that time frame has been shortened — and the dollar amount increased “substantially.”

Perhaps most important of all, the Woodses have already begun intense marriage counseling — at their home — with a counselor who has been conducting sessions several times daily.

If they don’t work things out, Elin deserves way more of his kajillion fortune than $20 million. At this point, the only sympathy I feel is for Elin and their swedecaublasians. I have none for Tiger — he is still the greatest golfer in the world and I respect his game (on the golf course). But I also don’t necessarily rejoice in watching his perfectly manufactured life fall down the cracks and his dirty laundry aired to the world (despite my relentless coverage). Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of being Tiger Woods — whether it’s fair or not — means suffering intense public scrutiny when he makes a pretty damn big mistake.

As Parnevik quipped, “Maybe not just do it, like Nike says.”

[Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images]