In part 2 of his investigation into the Tiger Woods sex scandal — which is in the June issue of Vanity Fair — Mark Seal appears to provide more details into the golfer’s secret life and looks at how terribly Team Tiger handled the scandal that crushed his meticulously crafted image. Like the first article, nothing particularly earth-shattering, but details reinforce what the tabloids have reported. There is this interesting tidbit:
According to Cori Rist, Woods had his own room in the uptown New York apartment of “a superstar ballplayer,” and he often took Rist there for trysts.
Now that unnamed ballplayer wouldn’t be, say, Derek Jeter, would it? Jeter reportedly had a party, where mistress #1 Rachel Uchitel and Tiger initially met. Which sounds about right. One of my many mutual Facebook friends with Ms. Uchitel told me something similar the night before Thanksgiving when news first broke of the Enquirer article. Just saying.
Oh, more evidence of Tiger being a control freak, but has a lot of celebrity friends. Get out!
Jaimee Grubbs says that whenever she and Woods watched TV together, he was fanatical about holding the remote. She says he told her, “The only reason I’m accepting this [her demand to watch Desperate Housewives] is because Teri Hatcher is one of my good friends.”
He really does like eating kiddie cereal (not that there’s anything wrong with that at all), but the verdict might still be out on cartoons:
Cori Rist, who met Woods in a New York City nightclub, saw his childlike side, from his fondness for watching cartoons while eating Froot Loops to his insecurities as a boyfriend—according to Rist, he wanted to know where she was and what she was doing all the time. “From the moment I’d wake up, he’d be texting: ‘Who’s with you? Are you alone?’” she tells Seal. “It was almost like high school, when you call someone all the time: ‘Where are you? How do you feel about me?’ He needed constant attention and reassurance.”
More tangential proof Tiger Woods Inc. paid hush-money to Uchitel?
Famed women’s-rights attorney Gloria Allred has represented both Veronica Siwik-Daniels and Rachel Uchitel. Media reports, including one from Allred’s daughter and former colleague, Lisa Bloom, have said that Allred procured payment from Team Tiger in exchange for Uchitel’s silence. When Seal asked Allred if this was true, he writes, “A full 10 seconds passed while she smiled at me a dozen ways before purring sweetly, ‘No comment.’”
Whether or not that was taken out of context (article explains), it’s not like we don’t already believe the whispers.
Now do the excerpts change my opinion of Tiger? No, not at all. But will I pick up a copy of Vanity Fair when it hits stands on May 5th in NYC? Hell yeah. Just like I did last month. On second thought I might flip through, skim the article, then decide if I want to dish out five bucks (hey, I’m a starving blogger). For what it’s worth, it is what it is. Or something.