Tiger Beat: More from the Tiger Woods-Rachel Uchitel alleged affair

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Who knew that one little National Enquirer cheating story could be the root of all Thanksgiving evil for Tiger Woods and his family? Last week, the Enquirer published their exclusive and extensive report on Tiger’s alleged affair with a New York events planner named Rachel Uchitel. Allegedly, they’d been having an affair since June, while she was still maybe/allegedly having an affair with David Boreanaz. After most media outlets covered all or parts of the Enquirer’s affair story Wednesday and Thursday, the sh-t started hitting the fan early Friday morning. At first, the report was simply that Tiger Woods got into a car accident just outside his Florida property, and that he hit a fire hydrant and a tree (a local station a sketchier and more sinister turn as TMZ and other outlets began reporting that Tiger’s wife Elin Nordegren may have attacked Tiger physically, and may have been attacking his car.

Over the weekend, the sketchiness continued. According to reports, Elin has changed her story at least once (since being questioned by the police), and by Sunday afternoon, the police had still not gotten Tiger’s statement. Elin even turned away investigators on Saturday, claiming that Tiger was “sleeping”. TMZ has had some of the most damning reporting about the incident, but I’m not sure how much to trust them. On Sunday they even began reporting that Tiger told a friend that Elin had “gone ghetto” by attacking him (allegedly) and that Tiger said he needed “the Kobe special” -meaning that he needed to buy his wife some jewelry so she would stop attacking him or whatever. Here’s People Magazine’s version of events – which is pretty much what we can assume is the “official” version, straight out of some PR hack’s mouth:

“When [officers] got there, he was laying in the street,” Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor told PEOPLE. “His wife had broken out the back window with a golf club to get into the vehicle and pull him out.”

Woods’s wife, Elin Nordegren, reportedly used two golf clubs to shatter the back window of Woods’s SUV in an effort to remove him from the vehicle. “She was frantic, upset,” Saylor said in a briefing Friday night. “It was her husband laying on the ground.”

Woods had lacerations on his lower and upper lips and blood in his mouth, says Saylor, and lapsing in and out of consciousness. Alcohol was reportedly not a factor. When asked at the press briefing whether Woods and Nordegren had been arguing, Saylor said he had no knowledge of that.

Two troopers tried to interview the golfer Friday, but his wife said he was sleeping and the officers agreed to come back Saturday, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said tapes of the 911 call reporting the accident outside Woods’s house won’t be released until after they have been reviewed. “Right now we believe this is a traffic crash,” Sgt. Montes said. “We don’t believe it is a domestic issue.”

Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, and spokesman, Glenn Greenspan, said there would be no comment beyond the statement posted Friday afternoon on Woods’s Web site, which read: “Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night. He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition. We appreciate very much everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

Woods’s father-in-law, Swedish radio journalist Thomas Nordegren, told the Associated Press in Stockholm that he would not discuss the accident. “I haven’t spoken to [my daughter], Nordegren said in a phone interview. “I don’t want to go into that.” He later told the Swedish newspaper Expressen he had not talked to Woods “since he got back from the hospital.”

Woods’s mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, also refused to discuss the incident. “She doesn’t want to comment on private issues like these,” said her spokeswoman.

Woods is set to host the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., starting Thursday, and to appear at a press conference Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club.

[From People]

Meanwhile, “the other woman” has been trying to do some damage control of her own. Rachel Uchitel is quoted in reports from People Magazine, to Us Weekly, to the New York Daily News. Here‘s one of her many statements: “I did not have an affair with Tiger Woods. I understand that there’s rumors all over because everybody’s talking about it. But I’m telling you, people say rumors about me all the time. People will say a ton of things about me. I did not have an affair with Tiger Woods. The things that were said from the source in the Enquirer are in fact, not true. I met him twice and have not heard from him since.” Uchitel also claims that she offered to take her own polygraph for the Enquirer, “and they refused it. They told me it was too late and the story was running anyway.” Personally, I think she’s given interviews to everyone for the joint purpose of officially denying the Enquirer’s affair story, and to keep her own name in the press. Oh, and Uchitel has hired Gloria Allred. Probably because Allred is so camera-shy, right?

Knockout party girl Rachel Uchitel took some hard shots Saturday from the National Enquirer. The tabloid, answering her denial of a romance with golfing god Tiger Woods, released photos of Uchitel partying with pal Ashley Samson – who detailed the alleged affair to the Enquirer. The pictures show the barely dressed duo striking lascivious poses on a recent vacation they took to Spain, the Enquirer said.

On Friday, Uchitel told the Daily News she didn’t know Samson – even misstating her last name. “I’m not friends with Ashley Simpson or whatever her name is,” Uchitel told The News in a Facebook message. She did not answer messages Saturday about their relationship – and hired well-known attorney Gloria Allred.

The Enquirer promised to expose “a slew of contradictions” between Uchitel’s denials and their report. Allred said her client would have no comment on anything involving Woods.
The Enquirer lashed out as a club source told the Daily News Uchitel was spotted rubbing shoulders with Woods at the Griffin Club in the Meatpacking District in June.

“She was acting as a hostess, showing him to a private booth near the DJ booth,” the source said, noting that the pair didn’t appear to be flirting.

[From the New York Daily News]

The NYDN goes on to hit the highlights of Rachel’s life as a professional party girl. Apparently, she was engaged to a man who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and after 9/11 and a four-month marriage to Wall Street banker Steven Ehrenkranz, Uchitel “reinvented” herself as Vegas VIP hostess with a “history of being with married men” and girlfriend of powerful nightclub owners, like TAO‘s owner Jason Strauss. For the ex-husband’s part, Ehrenkranz claims he doesn‘t know if Uchitel has been banging Tiger: “I couldn’t know, and I couldn’t care. The person you’re talking about, I haven’t seen in five years.” Yikes. Sounds like a good marriage, right? Also, Uchitel’s aquaintences call her “self-destructive” and they note “she’s always popping out of her blouse.”

Here’s the thing… as everyone begins piling on, I end up feeling sorry for Tiger. I mean, I kind of believe he probably had an affair with Uchitel, but to watch this guy – who up until this point has lived a pretty squeaky-clean existence – have his life dissected by the rabid celebrity, tabloid, mainstream and sports press is intense. But I’m sure there will be more revelations about Tiger and Elin and Rachel in the days (if not hours) to come – and I’m sure I’ll be eating it up too!

Also: Tiger released this statement Sunday afternoon on his website: “As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore. This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again. This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible. The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false. This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.” Haha, I bet Elin made him release that statement or she was going to smash out another car windshield. No, it’s not funny. Maybe a little bit.

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  1. Babs says:

    If its true that Tiger Woods’ wife ran after him brandishing a GOLF CLUB, and he chose not to rip the club from out of her hands and crack her upside the head with it, then he must be a VERY sweet man who would NEVER hurt a fly.

    Honestly, if Tiger was really attacked by his crazed wife who happens to be smaller and weaker then he is by a lot, and he chose to run away from the little psychopath instead of beating her down, then he has my total respect.

    Woods should be remembered as a man who does not hit girls from this point on!

  2. CandyKay says:

    Reading between the lines, it seems Tiger’s wife heard the story of his infidelity and gave him a whuppin’.

    I wonder if all same people furious about Chris Brown beating up Rhianna will be just as furious about Mrs. Woods beating up Mr. Woods.

    Supposedly infidelity was also the cause of the Brown/Rhianna disagreement.

    Unlike Chris Brown, of course, Tiger is a gentleman who is doing his best to protect his wife, even at the cost of his own reputation/endorsements.

  3. westender says:

    What I don’t understand is if Rachel Uchitel says she did not have a affair with Tiger Woods why does she need such a high profile lawyer? Also where is she getting the money to pay someone like Gloria Allard? It all seems to point towards Rachel Uchitel being in talks to spill the “real dirt” on her alleged relationship/affair with Tiger Woods. It just comes down to how much a media outlet or tabloid is willing to pay her.

  4. Firestarter says:

    Babs, you really have some issues, judging from our post here and your disgraceful comment in the Pitt thread.

  5. loldongs says:

    Because she’s speaking favorably of Tiger Woods for hypothetically not defending himself against an aggrieved, golf club wielding spouse?


  6. mel says:

    I dont know what to believe but both stories are fishy… I hope Tiger can work things out with his wife. I’m sure alot jewelers will be calling him…

  7. Kevin says:

    Reads Firestarter’s comment and hauls ass over to the Pitt thread to see what’s up.

  8. Firestarter says:

    loldongs- Uh no. Because she is talking about “not beating her in the head with a golf club” and the racist remark that she left in the Pitt thread that was taken off of the board by Celebitchy, that’s why!

  9. Ursula says:

    Yucky, poor poor Tiger- NOT!

    He made his bed, let him lie in it.

    Arrrrgh, now all tabloids are going to have him on their covers next week, and the week after….. Poor me.

  10. eternalcanadian says:

    Totally bizarre situation. For Elin to be running around with a golf club at 2am, and for all the car doors to be locked not to mention Tiger attempting to drive off at 2am. Then the neighbour calling 911 instead of Elin. So yeah, totally bizarre. As for the affair, I do think it happened. Too bad. I thought Tiger was one of the good guys. Unfortunately his pecker was thinking for him.

  11. Kevin says:

    CandyKay,,,whuppin lol. Haven’t heard that in awhile. I’ve had to block those little girlie hits before from a lady friend (I have a smart mouth once in awhile). What really seems to make them angrier is, as your backing up and blocking those hits with a wax on wax off movement, is giggling! I tell you from experience, never laugh!

  12. Tess says:

    Tiger’s damaged his rep big time.

    He’ll never never never reclaim that aura of pure athleteticism that he owned, prior to SUV-GATE.

  13. fizXgirl314 says:

    babs, get help… your eagerness to have a woman bashed over the head with a golf club is frightening to me… I don’t understand why women are so eager to have men beat them… it’s not happening enough according to your standards or something???

    and PLEASE spare me this shit about a “woman’s scorn….” if that crap was true, there wouldn’t be so many women (pregnant or otherwise) lying in a ditch or floating in a river at the hands of their significant other…

    I am so sick and tired of people being outraged at women even though statistically, the odds are still completely against women women in terms of the number who get abused, killed, beaten, raped or battered…

    There are so many people who are already outraged, and we haven’t even gotten out of the woods yet… crying about a double standard is so silly and ignorant at this point… It overlooks the fact that, statistically, there is still a legitimate reason for women to have more protection in the eyes of the law than men…

    you know why there’s a double standard? because, you, as a female are still FAR FAR FAR more likely to get beaten and killed than a male…

    so first, make sure that we’ve achieved some level of equality in that regard, before you start screaming about “unfairness”, because, at this point, that shit doesn’t make sense… unless you like the odds of getting your ass kicked to be in your favor… if not, then stop giving men any more excuses to do so…

    They should realize that they should only hit a woman if it is absolutely, positively called for and never otherwise…

  14. Lem says:

    before this thread spins wildly on…

    has anyone else noticed how truly unhappy Tiger looks in every photo anywhere online, in which his family is with him? (since Friday when I started looking at tiger woods) There was one family photo with a dog licking him where he looks genuinely happy but in ALL the rest…. not so much.

    just saying

  15. Lem says:

    Tiger beat, lol

    shame Kirk Cameron went all ‘godly’

  16. snowball says:

    If all this is true (the affair, Tiger taking off out of the house, Elin beating in the windows of his Escalade), then I feel pretty sorry for all of them. One of the sports’ pages reported that Tiger may have been on painkillers for his knee and that could have at least a small part of how he ended up mowing down a fire hydrant and a tree.

    No woman or man deserves to be beaten for any reason, including infidelity. I’ve been cheated on, I know how badly it hurts and how you want to go after the cheater with a baseball bat and make them hurt too. But violence is never excusable and if Elin did go after Tiger with a golf club, then she needs some anger management therapy at the very least.

    Tiger’s statement was awfully ambiguous and I don’t think helped much at all. Gloria Allred seems to pop up like a bad case of herpes every time there’s some case with “another woman.” She represented that Amber person in the Scott Peterson case. I don’t know what she gets out of it, since she seems more like a manager getting press for her client.

    Anyway, this made me laugh: “I understand that there’s rumors all over because everybody’s talking about it. But I’m telling you, people say rumors about me all the time. People will say a ton of things about me.”

    This ho really has delusions of grandeur. I’m waiting for a “rumor” that she’s boinking Obama or better yet, either Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie.

  17. beachbum says:

    Why is he avoiding the police questioning for 3 days?This looks highly suspect. JMO

  18. Firestarter says:

    Well said fizX!

  19. Just a Poster says:

    You know I was willing to think ahh just gossip about the alleged affair, however, add a wife, a golf club and the late night fight…

    I am not condoning this act, but I do understand how a situation like this could get totally crazy in a heartbeat.

    *please note, the only time I have ever swung a golf club was on the driving range*

  20. Cinderella says:

    He better hope his opportunistic sidepiece isn’t pregnant.

    It’s really disheartening. His father did so much to raise a good son and a world-class athlete and this is how Tiger thanks him? Pitiful.

    I tend to agree that Tiger looks less happy in photos since children came along. I hoped he would not be one of those selfish jerks that detach themselves when kids take up mommy’s time. Elin was always at his side supporting him at numerous tournaments. Now she has two small children and may not be able to hop on a plane and go. That means he’s going to meet up with barfly trash?

    He was fortunate to be raised in a home with two loving parents and now he’s going to possibly deny the same for his own kids?

    He deserves to lose all kinds of respect.

  21. Ethel says:

    This fascinates me. Whey do we always want to see our hero’s Achilles heel? The thing that makes me think there is more to this than is being said is that it was reported he left the house at 2:30 AM. Where the hell was he going at that hour on Black Thursday? To line up at his local Wal-Mart?

  22. free says:

    what? r u kidding? Tiger is a PIG!
    he’s a cheater this isn’t hte first time either, guaranteed

    come on, do’nt defend him. he deserves to go down. Hope is he, I’ve always hated him, he’s a sleaze, now the rest of the world knows it!

  23. CandyKay says:

    LOL at the Wal-mart comment. :=)

    Perhaps he was looking for some red polyester lingerie for his very classy mistress.

  24. Jag says:

    I want to know why he’s avoiding the police, too! That’s what makes it all seem real to me; otherwise, why does he act like he’s hiding something?

  25. nanster says:

    I realize that it takes two to tango, but this Rachel Uchitel needs to grow up and stay away from married men! If you “Google” her, the only things that come up are about her supposed affairs with David Boreanaz and Tiger Woods. It sounds like this chick is a fame wh*re and is doing whatever she can to snare a famous man. If this is true, I feel bad for Elin and the kids – she seemed to have the perfect family with Tiger and I really thought he was one of the “nice guys” of sports. Really disappointing…

  26. Ana says:

    BlindGossip – As if this famous athlete didn’t have enough dang problems right now, you can add a couple more to the list. His wife knew that he had relied on a certain substance in the past to relieve his extreme bouts with performance anxiety. However she did not know until a couple of days ago that he has been experimenting with other substances that could get flagged during testing. The second problem he has is his penchant for women who are paid handsomely to be discreet about their extra-curricular activities with him. Word is that he likes to be punished for his bad behavior. He was subjected to harsh discipline from an early age, and he tells the women that he needs them to continue that tradition in order for him to be perfect. But don’t expect either of these habits to come to the forefront in the coming months. Everyone is getting paid off to lie or to keep their trap shut.

    Hmmmm. Love Blindgossip. (Don’t worry CB you’re still my number 1) 😀

  27. lena says:

    WTH @ this comment “Tiger told a friend that Elin had “gone ghetto” by attacking him ” If this is true I don’t like Tiger even more now, it’s a gross generalization about people that acutally live in the “ghetto”…that they all behave badly or something…and furthermore what does Tiger know about the “ghetto”? People don’t go around swinging golf clubs when they have disputes in the hood.

    On to the topic…Tiger won’t meet with police because he wants his wounds to heal so the police won’t press charges against his wife…Tiger doesn’t have to do it(press charges), the police can do it if they see evidence of domestic abuse. The story is really simple, Tiger got confronted for cheating and I guess he admitted that he did cheat and Elin attacked him, Tiger ran out of the house and jumped into his car and Elin followed with golf club in hand, when Tiger started to drive away she attacked the car with the club by either hitting it or throwing it busting the back window out. If you look at the pictures of the car you will see that she could’ve easily walked over to the passenger side to “drag” Tiger to safely. She beat his a** cause he cheated plain and simple…and wrong

  28. snowball says:

    To be technical (and I’m not saying this applies in every jurisdiction), if the police don’t witness someone smacking someone else in a domestic situation or have witnesses to verify it, the person injured has to be the one to press charges unless the DA’s office gives them the go-ahead because there is substantial evidence without the victim’s cooperation.

    The police can’t look at Tiger’s face, see some scratches and just arrest Elin, especially if Tiger won’t cooperate.

  29. Cat says:

    Well there goes all his credibility and endorsement deals. He’s not the pristine family man anymore, so now he’ll probably lose the ability to make people respect him and try to be like him. I hope it was worth it.
    Really this story just makes me sad. He seemed like such a nice person 🙁

  30. lena says:

    Really snowball? I thought that in some states (not sure if it applies here though)if police could see signs of domestic abuse they could take the person in for it. I thought you didn’t need the other party to press charges. I only think that might be the case here, but only because Tiger won’t let police interview/see him.

  31. Iggles says:

    Ana – Good post! I love Blind Gossip too.

  32. Goddess711 says:

    Know what sucks? In every picture she looks genuinely head-over for the guy. That’s sad when a guy can have that kind of response from a woman and then destroy it.
    Sounds like Tiger needs serious therapy. Any guy (like Kevin up there) who thinks it’s funny to antagonize a woman into going off her nut (and yeah, ladies, we’re all capable)needs a good kick in the balls every time he does it, like the Pavlov thing so the Kevins of the world learn NOT to do that.
    Otherwise, wear a helmet at all times and sleep with one eye open, man-ho’s!

  33. gracie says:

    “Today’s Blind Items

    I’m sure the fans of this married world class golfer with the perfect image would be shocked to know he cheats on his wife on a regular basis.

    Tiger Woods”

    This is from the blog Crazy Days and Nights just a couple of minutes ago.

  34. lin234 says:

    @ fizXgirl314:
    I completely agree with you. As much as people would like to think men and women are perfectly equal, the truth is even in the most progressive and civilized countries, majority of women are still being paid less than their male counterparts for the same jobs. That’s just in the professional world much less on other serious issues against women.

    Any woman who has walked alone in a dark parking lot at night has known that scary paranoid feeling when they see some unknown man walking near them. Does the same feeling happen to men when they see a single woman at night? My uni implemented a safety escort service that consisted of two volunteers driving people to their cars at night (after 8 pm – 2am) since the campus was so big. 90% of the people who used the service were women. It’s scary knowing the odds are against women when it comes to being raped, beaten, etc.

    Anyone who compares this to the Chris Brown beating is just silly. I don’t condone hitting but do I see a difference in the severity of a man beating a woman half his size? Yes, I do.

  35. diva says:

    I am genuinely suprised at how aggressive the police are in pursuing this incident with Tiger. I thought since he is a golf icon and has a squeaky clean image, they would try and cover for him.

  36. CandyKay says:


    I disagree with you. Violence is violence, no matter who gets hurt.

    It seems as if you have a script – “man aggressor, woman victim” – and if an incident doesn’t fit that script, it doesn’t really count.

  37. fizXgirl314 says:

    yeah I don’t see men whining about how women don’t get paid as much or how women are the ones who always have to stay home and take care of the kids when they’re sick or how women can give everything they have to a man and get traded for a younger model…

    I’m sure their little hearts are just breaking into a million pieces over all lthe unfairness we have to deal with as women *eyeroll*

    candykay… in the majority of cases, women are not a threat to men… I am sure tiger is laughing about the fact that they are going to arrest his wife over a few scratches… this seems like such an unfortunately side effect of all the stupid people calling for “fairness”… It really requires a complete and utter negligence of the truth of a situation… Tiger woods probably felt very little threat at his slight wife scratching his face up… and she might go to jail over something like that, which is really sad and pathetic…

  38. Kevin says:

    Goddess, you don’t know me so don’t judge. If I’m removing myself from a situation it’s my right not to get hit. It’s also my right to laugh at any situation I find funny. (in my case that’s a hell of a lot of things)I never said I antagonized anyone and I have never hit a woman nor can I see myself doing so. Sorry if by not getting all indignant about every little situation that happens in this unfair world offends you. I suggest you get used to it.

  39. lin234 says:

    It’s funny how people are so fast to point out the double standards regarding this plausible story and ignore the greater disparities surrounding gender equality. For the people who immediately point out the double standards regarding a situation like this, you are assuming that men and women have homologous rights and this is clearly not the case.

    There is no script. I’m merely enforcing on the fact that there is a certain amount of vulnerability to violence a majority of women routinely face in public much less in private from men. Statistically, it’s quite ridiculous how high crimes against women are as opposed to men.

    If the rumors of Tiger’s infidelity are true, then Tiger Woods is in no way a “gentleman”.