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Tiger Woods looks seedy in what the National Enquirer claims are the first photographs placing him at a sexual rehabilitation clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss. The golf legend's face isn't clearly visible, but the dark blur is legible enough to be certain that he isn't wearing his trademarkable smile -- all teeth, and all of them straight as an arrow. We see instead a man with a foam coffee cup in his hand, a dark hoodie draped over his head and shoulders, and a look of annoyance or surprise directed at the photographer. The Enquirer insists that the images, taken last Friday, are authentic; semi-respectable news organizations, such as the New York Post, have taken them at face value.

They exist, says Larry Haley, assistant executive editor at the Enquirer, because of hard work and persistence. "At one point while we were on public land, the gate opened and there he was," Haley says.

If authentic, the photographs complete the downward arc of yet another celebrity scandal, the darkest night of which is always marked by a total loss of control over one's own image. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 22, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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While it is good that Tiger is seeking help, if indeed he is, I'm somewhat doubtful of the recent trend that so-called rehab is a cure-all. Fundamental change in mature adults isn't a matter of a few weeks in a comfortable retreat (though probably less comfortable than the Tiger Den). It takes years of sustained effort, and is not possible in many cases.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 22, 2010 12:06 PM

A spotless image is like virginity; once lost, gone forever. Woods can regain popularity by winning but things will never be the same.

Posted by: kc1006 | January 22, 2010 12:12 PM

Unless they announce that Tiger had sex wheelchair bound great grandmothers, no one is going to believe that he has an unhealthy sex addiction that he cannot control.

I think the public is growing weary of having bad behavior being excused under the guise of "addiction."

He would've been better off saying, "I cheated numerous times and should have never married. I apologize to my family and fans."

Posted by: sasha_206 | January 22, 2010 12:22 PM

He could rehabilitate his image if he were to devote time, resources and energy to the betterment of others.

Nothing but time and repentance can possibly heal the hurt of his family. Meanwhile, he could learn the meaning of life, something he has not yet confronted: serving others.

Start locally. Work at a soup kitchen; I guess that's the cliche.
But if you want not just to burnish your public image, Eldrick, but to find true redemption, something that isn't channeled through People Magazine, you must find something you can really invest yourself in, a cause worthy of the tremendous sacrifice that will lead you to Peace.

I recommend that you either end the US occupation of Afghanistan, repair the structural flaws in Haitian governance, or save the Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo from their living Hell. Anyone with the kind of money you reportedly have could do any of these.
Questions ? Give me a call.

Posted by: BrianX9 | January 22, 2010 2:13 PM

TMZ says it wasn't Tiger, but I believe Tiger will be okay. He will return to popularity but not wild popularlity.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 23, 2010 7:10 AM

I am losing sleep think about it.
I am having a hard time trying to figure out who is seedier? Tiger, or all of us for gawking at this train wreck hoping it will evolve into a full fledged movie, made for tv show or lover tells all mini series. No wonder United States is going down the tubes.
I think we need to start working on ourselves and stop worrying about what the hell is going on with Tiger Woods love life. Leave the guy alone and let him get on with his life.

Posted by: keithlb28 | January 23, 2010 11:51 AM

It's not about image, it's about reality. When people behave like Tiger has, there is something fundamentally wrong in their lives and psyches on a deep level, not just possible marital problems. He needs to find out what it is and then try to heal or control it, and if it eventually happens, it will take a long time. He will have to grow as a human being, and that can't be hurried.

It doesn't matter what people think of him, image is really not important. What matters is if he is able to become a genuine person.

Posted by: asoders22 | January 23, 2010 3:14 PM

If he were not married, his philanderings would just make him a "playboy." But if he's married, and the sex is not with his wife, then it becomes an "addiction?"

Sounds like a lot of PC cr@p designed for media consumption.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 23, 2010 4:55 PM

As much as I liked Tiger, he has shattered his image. Who I feel truly sorry for is his wife. She should get as much as she can from him for her and their children.

Posted by: wilson0004 | January 23, 2010 9:54 PM

"semi-respectable news organizations, such as the New York Post, have taken them at face value."

Very condescending remark from the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | January 24, 2010 5:06 AM

Private discretion is not nearly as newsworthy as public indiscretion. And people notice only what gets trumpeted. So he's done himself lasting damage.

Posted by: frodot | January 24, 2010 7:59 AM

Tiger's "scandal" is nothing more than amusing. I respect him for his ability to excel in the game of golf. I know nothing of his private life (other than what has been reported,) and frankly I don't care. Bill Clinton rose above his tawdry affairs, and so will Tiger.

Posted by: maus92 | January 24, 2010 11:47 AM

So, Michael Phelps gets busted for breaking the law,... 'Driving Under The Influence' (twice I think) ... and is caught on camera Smoking an Illegal Substance, 'Marijuana'...
YET,... he gets New endorsement deals,.. see: 'Subway' for one
Tiger broke no laws (he broke rules of marriage)...and what he did didn't and couldn't hurt the public, (like driving drunk on the crowded streets of Baltimore)
Yet, 'we' are more concerned and 'troubled' by His actions??? than Phelps??
But I remember, you are the same people who caused the financial crisis by 'buying' and borrowing what you couldn't in your own reality.

Posted by: Aerojam | January 24, 2010 1:27 PM

Are you saying you can only accept Woods in his "uncle tom" white polo shirts? Are you saying you are threatened by a black man shirtless with a hairy chest or looking "seedy" as you call him?

Posted by: areyousaying | January 24, 2010 3:01 PM

To me Tiger is not addicted; he has just expressed himself in ways that most healthy young men have expressed themselves when tempted with sex by a slew of beautiful women. We used to call this "sowing wild oats." Because he spent most of his early life focused on golf, under the watchful eye of his father, he missed out on a lot. He has been making up for lost experiences availabe via the sexual revolution. His mistake: he thought that marriage would satisfy him and he got married too soon. But his sexual urges and needs are too strong. So he acted on those urges to the detriment of his family. To call this addiction is just folly, it's just normal behavior for most heterosexual men and women of today's culture. I think we should cut him some slack and let him get his life back together. To err is human.

Posted by: ACraig93 | January 24, 2010 3:53 PM

Go away, you disgusting vulture.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | January 24, 2010 9:00 PM

Go away you disgusting vulture

Posted by: bigbrother1 | January 24, 2010 9:22 PM

First of all, there's no such thing as "sex addiction". It's a meaningless term.

Second of all, Wood's image as defined as the spotless, all-american guy who wins is gone. Can't be repaired.

Third, the photos just released of him attempting to look like a gang-banger makes him look pathetic. He's a freakin' golfer who was born in upper middle class and is now in upper class.

Finally, what's up with him only going for white bleach blondes? Pretty funny.

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