Tiger Woods BLASTS Golf Digest Over Fake Interview: This Parody Is “Grudge-Fueled Character Assassination”
Tiger Woods BLASTS Golf Digest and writer Dan Jenkins in a new post on The Players’ Tribune, calling a fake “Woods” interview recently published as parody by the magazine a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.”
“Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?” asks Woods, referring to the article, in which “some jerk [who Jenkins] created to pretend he was talking to me” gives obnoxious answers to a variety of questions. In the “interview,” the phony “Woods” makes disparaging remarks about friends and says things like, “I like to fire people.” In another passage, “Woods” says of people who rely on tips, “Let ’em go find a better job.”
In his Players’ Tribune response, Woods writes, “All athletes know that we will be under scrutiny from the media. But this concocted article was below the belt. Good-natured satire is one thing, but no fair-minded writer would put someone in the position of having to publicly deny that he mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips — and a lot of other slurs, too.”
Woods also calls out Golf Digest for hiring an actor to pose as the famed golfer in pictures accompanying the article. He writes, “Whether it’s misreported information or opinions I think are way off base, I let plenty of things slide. But this time I can’t do that. The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted.” He also included the letter his camp sent to Golf Digest, which slams Jenkins for acting out his “personal hostility” toward Woods and using the article to “realize his vendetta.” Gossip Cop will have updates.