After watching, reading and listening to media non-stop since the Jaimee Grubbs‘ voicemail of Tiger Woods came out - which prompted Woods’ relatively unapologetic press release - I’ve been a little perplexed as to why there hasn’t been more criticism of Woods’ unbelievably irresponsible behavior.
Until I read Mick Elliott’s AOL FANHOUSE piece on the man who introduced Woods to beleaguered wife Elin Nordegren, Jesper Parnevik, national media personalities have tiptoed around Woods nebuluous regret over his transgressions.
But that absurd deferral came to and end when Parnevik harshly criticized Woods’ for his unthinking treatment of Nordegren, his family, friends and business partners.
Some excerpts of Elliott’s piece on Parnevik:
Jesper Parnevik has some advice for Tiger Woods.
“Maybe not just do it, like Nike says,” Parnevik said Wednesday after finishing first-round play at the PGA Tour’s final-stage of qualifying being held at Bear Lakes Country Club.
“I feel really sorry for Elin … since me and my wife were at fault for hooking her up with him. We probably thought he was a better guy then he is.
I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron.”
“It’s a private thing of course. But when you are the guy he is, the world’s best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff.”
Finally Parnevik said what everyone in the national media was thinking, but apparently afraid to say for fear of offending Woods or perhaps his sponsors.
If Woods is actually human, and I’m starting to wonder, I would think he would have no problem with someone slamming him for his philandering. But instead, we get outlets like CNN still maintaining that they haven’t confirmed that the voice on Grubbs’ recording was Woods. Never mind that the only reason Woods released his statement was the smoking gun voicemail.
This whole thing is once again an affirmation that if you have enough money and fame, society’s rules don’t apply to you.
That’s the case with Nordegren, who Woods is reportedly paying over a million dollars not to leave him, Nike, which continues to support Woods because its Nike Golf business doesn’t exist without him, and the Florida Highway Patrol, which failed to fully investigate Woods’ car crash.