Tiger Woods could face jail time for hiring hookers; sponsors are backing out

2009 Australian Masters - Day 3

Late Friday evening, Tiger Woods made his second statement of this whole two-week-plus scandal involving the revelations of a dozen affairs with a dozen women – that we know about. Personally, I found the statement to be self-pitying, and I found the timing in particular cowardly. People only release statements like that on a Friday evening when they’re trying to bury it. It didn’t really work, though, because the whole media concept of “take out the trash Fridays” is moot with the 24-hour news cycle, with the Internet, and with the daily, if not hourly revelations of new scandals involving Tiger Woods.

So, with that being said, here’s part of this weekend’s newest scandals: Tiger’s biggest sponsors are beginning to either drop him, or distance themselves from him. This isn’t really breaking news – last week it was revealed that all of the commercials with Tiger had been put on an indefinite hiatus. Gatorade (whose corporate owner is Pepsi) was the first company to distance themselves from Tiger, and they’re now contemplating a complete severing of their partnership with Tiger. Now it’s like rats from a sinking ship. Here’s more:

Tiger Woods is facing an ugly split after a long and happy relationship – with his sponsors. Corporate giants AT&T and Gillette distanced themselves Saturday from the world’s best-known golfer/philanderer, raising questions about Woods’ multimillion-dollar advertising appeal.

Gillette announced it will cut back on Woods’ marketing role as the golfer focuses on his home life.

“As Tiger takes a break from the public eye, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs,” said a statement from Gillette. The company once featured Woods plugging their razors with fellow sporting superstars Derek Jeter and Roger Federer.

AT&T, which signed a deal with Woods earlier this year to put its logo on his golf bag, is reconsidering its ties to the 33-year-old mega-star after his admission of marital infidelity.
After Woods announced Friday that he was indefinitely abandoning golf in the wake of his woes, AT&T issued a statement offering their backing – to a point.

“We support Tiger’s decision and our thoughts will be with him and his family,” said AT&T spokeswoman Susan Bean. “We are presently evaluating our ongoing relationship with him.” Woods’ ties to AT&T predate the golf bag deal.

The golfer with 14 major titles hosted its annual AT&T National tournament – which he won earlier this year. Other sponsors stood more firmly behind Woods, whose carefully sculpted image has unraveled in the two weeks since a car wreck outside his Florida mansion.

Nike, perhaps his most visible and ardent backer, said Woods and his family had their “full support.”

“He is the best golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of his era,” said the Nike statement. “We look forward to his return to golf.”

[From The New York Daily News]

So, yeah. That’s the money stuff. Some people find it dull, but I find the money stuff interesting. But I know what most people are interested in – the hookers/mistresses/whatever. Fox News claims that because “former madam” Michelle Braun discussed Tiger hiring hookers, it’s perfectly possible that Tiger Woods might be charged with “patronizing a prositiute” which is a misdemeanor in New York. Fox News asked lawyer Tom Kenniff (who does not represent Tiger) about the possibility: “He could be charged with patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor in New York. Depending on the statute of limitations, if there are witnesses swearing out statements, and there is a money trail that can be corroborated, it’s a reasonable likelihood” that Woods could be charged. The possible sentence? A year in jail, maybe. And the New York district attorney’s office is not confirming or denying whether there’s an on-going investigation, or whether charges are being considered. If Tiger does got charged, let’s see if Nike still sticks with him.

UPDATE: Accenture, the business/management firm has now dropped Tiger. The Wall Street Journall reports Accenture’s statement: “”After careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising.” Accenture also announced that they will be doing an entirely new ad campaign without Tiger for 2010.

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  1. Lway says:

    and that is the way the cookie crumbles.

    Who the man now Tiger?

  2. AliG says:

    America is so hypocritical with its laws. It’s the country with the highest pornographic turnover and yet, hiring prostitutes is a crime. Honestly, get in to the 21st century!
    I don’t agree with Woods’ assholery, but to put him in jail for going with a prostitute? One may as well jail 60% of the US male population.

  3. Firestarter says:

    If they didn’t pursue charges against Eliot Spitzer, I doubt they are going to go after Woods. Just some more rumors to keep people interested.

  4. nikki says:

    god! he cheats his wife and now he ‘s losing his life! crazy!
    they could remember about Clinton

  5. QB says:

    He is not going to Jail. He is rich , they just say that everytime someone rich does something that is a ilegal and if a poor person like us did would get our ass in jail.

  6. Shawn says:

    Legalize Prostitution now

  7. snowball says:

    When he returns to golf (most of the analysts are predicting around March when the big events start), with or without Elin, you know he’s going to pick up new sponsors to replace the ones that dropped him.

  8. wow says:

    @Snowball – Yep, exactly. Sort of like the sponsors who dumped MTV due to The Jersey Show. SOme pulled out (no pun intended) but then others stepped up to replaced those.

    I doubt Tiger will go to jail either. Just as Fire stated, if they didn’t go after Spitzer, then why would they go for Tiger.

    They should, however, still go after Elin if she in fact did bust up Tiger’s face. I wonder if they will ever clear that up? Since his PR people are doing such a bang up job with everything else.

  9. bella says:

    It’s shameful, but Snowball is absolutely right. He may end up divorced, but he will also (most likely) end up with a whole new set of sponsors. And no, he won’t be charged or go to jail.

  10. Feebee says:

    God, people, ok not people – Fox News and the cable news ilk… love to talk out of their asses don’t they? Jail time or even charges are about as likely as me coming out as his next mistress.

    The problem with 24 news is there’s so much time to say nothing.

  11. Vanessa says:

    Couldnt happen to a nicer guy…..

    No way does he do time.

  12. Bobby the K says:

    maybe monogamy is actually unnatural.

  13. Goddess711 says:

    If monogamy is unnatural then don’t sign up for it!
    Nothing’ll happen to Tiger – the same lawyers, judges and cops who’d prosecute use the same services; more names would have to be named – it’ll never happen.

  14. d says:

    I think monogamy works for some and not for others. the thing is being honest with yourself and others about it. If you really don’t have any intention to staying faithful, don’t fake it and mess up that other person’s life. If you don’t want to be monogamous, don’t get married or don’t have steady partner. this isn’t judging those who aren’t monogamous either – I really do think it’s not for everyone. Let’s look at Clooney again. the guy’s said he has no intention of ever getting married again and it’s pretty much worked for him. if you know what you’re getting into, then fine. my guess is that Elin had NO IDEA that Tiger’s true nature and being lied to like that is never good. She’s better off without him. I thought it was interesting that one of hte other golfers – Daly ? – said it’s not always right to stay together for the kids…marriage is not for Tiger.

  15. loldongs says:

    Prostitution should be legalized anyhow.

  16. loldongs says:

    “maybe monogamy is actually unnatural.”

    Contrary to all indications in our admittedly very socially engineered, fucked up society. Human beings are principally a pair-bonding species.

    In fact we never would have achieved what we have as a society had we not.

    This is why we’re seeing a decline in society now, and why university studies are confirming that children from broken single-parent homes comprise the majority of prison inmates and criminal offenders.

    A healthy society requires a healthy investment from biological parents to succeed, and that’s why we’re seeing this sad, pathetic cultural mess unfold in the western world today.

  17. xxx says:

    Really what does he care about losing endorsements? He’s a billionaire. It’s just the public humiliation.

  18. gg says:

    I think it should be a possible misdemeanor to cheat on your spouse, and if charged you should have to pay a steep fine and have a mark on a criminal record. People flagrantly do this like it’s nothing, and it’s just so effed up. Nobody even bats an eyelash anymore. Maybe people would then think before they plunge into marriage without the required commitment.

    Don’t bloody get married if you’re just going to f**k around unprotected with slutty goldiggers like you’re free and single. It’s a deadly business that’s incredibly stupid and amoral. gah, I hate this guy. You gotta wonder how many STDs are floating around in the guy’s system, and if they were passed on to his other whores and his wife.

    How snowed we all were about his character. :roll:

  19. gg says:

    @ AliG, what in hell is “pornographic turnover” ??

  20. TaylorB says:

    Sen Vitter hired hookers, they testified under oath, yet he still has a job and is running again in 2010 and is likely to win. I would be stunned if a US Senator can get off (no pun intended) without charges or even a censure from the Senate yet a golfer would go to jail.

  21. ! says:

    “maybe monogamy is unnatural”

    or, maybe that’s what entitled males who don’t have the maturity or decency to not think with their penises want us to believe. Its much easier to say “monogamy is unnatural” than to admit that you’re just a jerk that doesn’t want to have to think about anyone else’s feelings. Men who claim monogamy is unnatural simply would like to continue living in their position of privilege which allows them to shame and belittle women into believing that men “just can’t help themselves”. Men are “allowed” (one could argue, socially conditioned) to be selfish sex obsessed and emotionless a-holes and they’ll say anything to keep that. They happen to be enjoying their cop out way too much, so of course they won’t admit that its rooted in complete immature narcissism.

    Not committing to another human being and making a meaningful emotional connection is the easy way out, one they’ve been told they’re entitled to since the dawn of civilization. Oh you poor poor men and your enslavement to your penis. You’re such a victim because you can’t control yourself. No wonder they’re like a dog with a bone when someone dares suggest that they’re being self indulgent.