- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
- ‘Duck Dynasty’ Phil Robertson suspended ‘indefinitely’ for gay comments
- John Podesta eats crow: ‘I apologize to Speaker Boehner’
- U.S., China race to finish line on ‘invisibility cloak’
- Obama ‘cavalier’ in hiding foreign aid order, judge rules
- Prince Charles: Muslims are driving Christians from Mideast through persecution
Sponsors stick by Woods despite ‘failings’
Question of the Day
Corporate sponsors said they still stand behind Tiger Woods as a spokesman, even after the golfer acknowledged “personal failings” Wednesday in the wake of reports that he had an extramarital affair.
Companies including Nike, Gatorade, Gillette and EA Sports said they have no plans to change their relationship with Woods, who earns tens of millions of dollars in endorsements as one of the world’s most visible athletes.
Though some companies declined to comment on their relationship with Woods, nearly all said their agreements remain intact.
“Nike supports Tiger and his family,” the athletic equipment manufacturer said. “Our relationship remains unchanged.”
Said Gatorade: “Tiger and his family have our support as they work through this private matter. Our partnership continues.”
NetJets, Gillette and EA Sports all issued similar statements, which came Wednesday after Woods issued a statement on his Web site apologizing for “transgressions” that he did not specify.
“I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves,” he said in the statement. “I am not without faults, and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”
The magazine US Weekly on Tuesday reported claims from a Las Vegas cocktail waitress who said she had a 31-month affair with Woods. The magazine Wednesday released a recording of Woods purportedly asking the woman to adjust her voice-mail greeting to avoid detection by Woods’ wife, Elin.
Last week, the National Enquirer reported Woods was having an affair with another woman in New York. That woman has denied any affair took place.
Woods was cited for careless driving after crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree outside his Florida home early Friday morning. A six-page accident report indicates Woods caused $3,200 in property damage and that he was driving erratically without his seat belt.
Tabloid reports suggested Woods had been arguing with his wife over the reports of infidelity and that he may have been attacked by his wife. In his statement Wednesday, Woods called any suggestion of a physical altercation “utterly false and malicious.”
Woods has been known to protect his privacy closely and said he would continue to try to do so despite heightened media interest.
“But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake, which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy,” he said in his statement. “I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases, and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”
About the Author
- First Down: Best weekend bets
- SportsBiz: What the next decade holds
- Shifting sands for NCAA
- Monumental sports year will connect fans on a global scale
- SportsBiz: Selling a new career
Latest Blog Entries
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- Half of America strips religion from Christmas
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for gay comments
- Obama's own panel rips NSA spying on phone calls of Americans
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
- Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
- Pa. police pull people over for random DNA tests for feds
- President gets budget win -- but only by staying out of negotiations
- 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson: Gays 'wont inherit the kingdom of God'
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Lists of top ten movies, songs, funny moments, fashion statements, automobiles, children's names, stupid celebrity moments, first dates, last dates, weddings, and much, much more.
Right-brain investing in a left-brain world. You can do it. I can help.
News and views on the Civil War.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow