Team Tiger Purge Commencing After The Masters?

Monday Robert Lusetich of FoxSports.com was the first to bring up the possible ouster of Tiger Woods caddy Steve Williams.

Tiger Woods Joslyn James Steve Williams

A high-profile golfer has been laying bets that Williams would be axed and replaced with Billy Foster, a well-respected Englishman who caddies for Lee Westwood.

Foster, who said last week that he knew nothing of any such plan, filled in for Williams at the 2005 Presidents Cup so Williams could be with his wife, Kirsty, as she gave birth to their first son.

In the same piece, Williams confirmed to Lusetich that he will work The Masters, but now more speculation from a credible source is percolating that Williams will be replaced after Augusta. Veteran golf reporter Ryan Ballengee:

Steve Williams made no affirmation beyond Augusta National, and there is increasing talk that Tiger could be making a change on the bag sooner than later. 

One indication from a source was that Fred Couples’ long time man, Joe LaCava, could be plucked by Woods to replace Stevie.

Of late Williams has continued to be weighed down by allegations that he knew of Woods’ extramarital affairs. He’s repeatedly (sometimes angrily) denied such claims, most recently leveled by alleged Woods mistress Joslyn James.

Today James produced an email she claimed was received from Tiger Woods Design President Bryon Bell confirming travel arrangements for her that helped facilitate a tryst with Woods in Charlotte in 2007:

Tiger Woods friend Bryon Bell Email To Joslyn James

Bell, who has known Woods since childhood and oversees his golf course design company, has also been cited via documents obtained by TMZ.com as enabling a meeting between Woods and Rachel Uchitel in Australia. That hookup is what produced the NATIONAL ENQUIRER story that ultimate brought down Woods. Read more…

Documents Debunk Tiger’s ‘It was all me’ Claim

Yesterday Tiger Woods confirmed to Tom Rinaldi of ESPN that he had more than one extramarital affair.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?
Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case.

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During his Sunday interview with Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel, Woods denied that any of his “inner circle” knew of his now-admitted multiple affairs. An inner circle that undoubtedly includes his longtime friend and President of Tiger Woods Design Bryon Bell.

Tilghman: It’s been reported that members of your team, your inner circle were involved in your misdoings, is it true?

Woods: That is not true, it was all me. I’m the one who did it, I’m the one who acted the way I acted, no one knew what was going on. I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle they would’ve, they would’ve stopped it…or tried to put a stop to it but I kept it all to myself.

Woods denial that his “inner circle” knew of his extramarital affairs is contradicted by documents obtained by TMZ.com. TMZ reported that emails and a travel itineraries attributed to Bell helped facilitate the golfer’s “rendezvous” with Rachel Uchitel in Australia. Read more…

NBA’s Most Notorious Madame Unwittingly Outed?

Thursday Hannah Karp of the WALL STREET JOURNAL did a piece on how great the party scene in Toronto was for visiting NBA players. Mentioned prominently in the story was a woman named Mona Halem.

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At the center of much of the city’s athlete nightlife is an event planner and promoter named Mona Halem, a former employee of the Air Canada Centre, which is home to the Raptors. Ms. Halem has become “notorious” throughout the sports world, says Raptors forward Antoine Wright, for assembling attractive party guests to fete nearly every franchise that comes to town.

The popularity of these parties—some athletes say they’ve cancelled appearances and forfeited thousands of dollars in fees to attend them—has made Ms. Halem a known entity throughout sports.

The Journal doesn’t specify what Halem’s business model actually is, except that, “some athletes say they’ve cancelled appearances and forfeited thousands of dollars” to”attend” her “events.”

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Here is an extensive gallery of photos from some of Halem’s past “events.” After you look through the photos let me know if you think NBA players have “forfeited thousands of dollars” to merely “attend” her “events.

Today I talked to an NBA staffer and a league announcer about Halem. Each travels with an NBA team.

Mona Halem With Jay-Z

The staffer told me that league players have long been hooking up with “Halem’s girls,” with her “services” to the ballers often going beyond bottles.

I also learned today that Halem’s ladies occasionally service the stray, garden-variety rapper, boxer and member of the Buffalo Bills. (I’m serious.) Hockey and baseball players though aren’t getting any action, as Halem apparently prefers dealing with the basketball and football types.

Mona Halem Jermaine O'Neal

That’s not to say that Halem makes her bones as madame, but if the follow-up pieces about her in the TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL and TORONTO STAR are any indication, I’m not the only one hearing that she’s providing visiting ballers with more than just party favors.

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Woods Uchitel-Enabler Reps Huge Tiger Biz Deal

Today Ron Green, Jr., of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER has a piece on the North Carolina development that will feature one of the first Tiger Woods-designed courses. The course, called The Cliffs at High Carolina, is still apparently a go and the project leader for Team Tiger is none other than Woods flunky Bryon Bell.

Tiger Woods: Inspired by golf, Motel 6

(Motel 6 outbid Perkins for coveted placement)

Yes, Bell is the same guy who TMZ.com reported, with his own personal credit card, booked Rachel Uchitel’s flight and hotel room to Australia where she was ambushed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER. The Enquirer’s piece on Uchitel’s Bell-enabled *alleged* tryst with Woods reportedly contributed to his Thanksgiving car accident.

Bryon Bell booked Rachel Uchitel's flight and hotel room to Australia

(Bell reportedly even flew with Woods *alleged* mistress Uchitel to Australia!)

Bell also was one of the “close friends” of Woods who attended his “talk” last Friday in Orlando. A talk not attended by Woods wife Elin Nordegren.

The Observer reported today that the Woods-designed golf layout in Asheville is still on course. How do we know? Because Bryon Bell informed the Charlotte newspaper of it.  Read more…

Uchitel Dumps Tiger For Poor Man’s Joe Francis

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER reports that Rachel Uchitel has moved on from Tiger Woods to a Christopher Harding of West Palm Beach:

Rachel Uchitel Christopher Harding

Harding is described as “Hooters heir” and the son of a “Hooters franchisee kingpin.”

Was there ever a better match between two people. She spends her time inflating her lips, and he spends his time inflating breasts.

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My Buzzkill: Limo, Strippers, Booze & NFL Players

I’ve pretty much lost interest in Jayson Williams‘ inevitable death spiral but then there’s this from Rush & Molloy at the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:

Stripper in a limo

(Sports radio promo guys: Don’t even THINK about it)

Former Scores owner Elliot Osher tells us Williams once invited Osher’s late brother, Billy, and a bunch of the staff from his strip emporium to go club-hopping. Osher recalls Billy called him in a panic.

According to Osher, Billy said the crew was riding around in the limo when Williams unzipped his trousers and got intimate with himself. “There were no girls there,” says Osher.

“[Jayson] says, ‘This is cool, right? Come on guys, don’t worry about it. I’m not gay!’” Osher, who’s writing a memoir, says his bro jumped out of that limo. Williams’ lawyer, Joseph Hayden, didn’t return calls.

Okay, not that interesting either. But reminds me of when I worked as a Program Director of a sports radio station in Kansas City in the late ’90s - and the time we did a contest to select promo girls for the station.

The promotions director at the station decided it’d be a great idea to round up a bunch of strippers as ringers for the contest. He then invited several KC Chiefs and KC Royals as celebrity judges. The players I can remember for the Chiefs were Andre Rison and former USC receiver Larry Parker. Mike Sweeney from the Royals was also in attendance, though dude is a god-squadder who fled the scene almost immediately.

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On The Record: Uchitel, Woods Not Together In FL

RadarOnline.com reports this afternoon that the attorney for alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel has gone on record saying that  Woods and Uchitel have not been in contact while the alleged mistress has been seeing family in Palm Beach:

Contrary to reports that Tiger Woods and his original mistress Rachel Uchitel have been meeting up in secret since the scandal broke, RadarOnline.com have learned that’s not so and that the two have not been in contact for ‘quite some time’.

Gloria Allred Rachel Uchitel

In an exclusive interview Rachel’s power house attorney, Gloria Allred tells RadarOnline.com, “Ms. Uchitel has had absolutely no contact with Tiger Woods for quite some time, and has not seen him or had any communication with him since she has been in Palm Beach.”

With Woods’ yacht docked in North Palm Beach, seven miles from where Uchitel has been staying, there’s been the predictable, apparently dubious reports of the two hooking up in South Florida. Read more…

Is Tiger Still Seeing Uchitel? Allred: “No Comment”

There’s been plenty of reports the past week that alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel (photos) recently traveled to Palm Beach to reconnect with Woods, who is reportedly now living on a yacht based in North Palm Beach.

Gloria Allred Rachel Uchitel

Today Uchitel’s attorney, Gloria Allred, claimed to set the record straight on why Uchitel was in Palm Beach. From Hollyscoop.com:

Uchitel’s attorney Gloria Allred tells Hollyscoop exclusively, “Rachel is in Florida because she has family there.”

Uchitel does have family there, but it’s what Allred didn’t say that might’ve tipped her hand on what’s really going on between Uchitel and Woods.

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Pics: Your SbB Rachel Uchitel “Go Away!” Present

UPDATE (10:05pm PT - From Los Angeles): When will the Tiger infidelity story cease to be interesting? This is the first sign the well may be dry and it’s perhaps time to move on to more substantial subjects. At least until I see something worth bringing to your attention.

Since Tiger Woods has (allegedly) silenced his (alleged) mistress Rachel Uchitel by (allegedly) shaking the infamous (money) tree outside his Isleworth estate, I thought I’d empty my stash of Uchitel snaps.

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(Rachel: Don’t go away mad. Just go away.)

Today Uchitel, who had (allegedly) been shopping her Tiger affair story to all the tabloids, decided to cancel a press conference that was (allegedly) to feature her confession of an extramarital affair with Woods.

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So why do you suppose she canceled the press conference?

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Any ideas?

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Here, let me help you. Read more…

Tiger Flunky Booked Uchitel Aussie Plane Ticket

TMZ.com has the name of the person who booked Rachel Uchitel’s plane ticket to Australia, where she (allegedly) hooked up with Tiger Woods in an extramarital affair. Meet Woods’ “childhood friend” Byron Bell (top left flunky-looking dude):

Tiger Woods Pays Everybody

(If you can keep a secret, Tiger will make it rain!)

The ticket was purchased by Bell using a credit card. He also booked a room for Uchitel at the Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne.

We’ve learned Bell actually flew with Uchitel to Melbourne and both had rooms at the hotel.

So did Bell know the exact nature of what he was doing? Funny you should ask … Read more…