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Is Tiger Woods divorce settlement paying too much for Elin's silence?

According to reports in People magazine and elsewhere -- and touched upon in Celebritology -- Tiger Woods and his estranged wife Elin Nordegren Woods are nearing agreement on a divorce settlement that could pay her some $700 million, and provide her with sole physical custody of their children, provided that she remains silent about the details of his infidelity.

If the $700 million figure is true, is Tiger Woods paying too much for his estranged wife's silence? Let us know what you think below.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 1, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Posted by: LBinVA | July 1, 2010 3:35 PM

Why in God's name does anyone need $700 million??? This is wretched excess beyond belief!

Most of us live quite comfortably on a small fraction of $700 million. As a matter of fact most Americans earn less than one hundredth of one percent (0.0001) of $700 million or $70K per year.

Why does Wood's wife think she needs $700 million? This is absolutely disgusting! I think Wood's wife is just as screwed up as he is.

Posted by: montana123 | July 1, 2010 4:55 PM

700 million? Wow. I'll marry him for half that in a second. And he doesn't even have to respect me in the morning.

Posted by: dane1 | July 1, 2010 4:55 PM

Gold digger.

Posted by: luca_20009 | July 1, 2010 4:55 PM

If he's willing to pay it, how can it be too much? One should never be "more royalist than the king." What silence is worth that? Think HGH and steroids.

Posted by: dolph924 | July 1, 2010 5:01 PM

nice payday...

wow

Posted by: vigor | July 1, 2010 5:06 PM

Elin beats the crap out of Tiger, and then gets a cool $700 MILLION pay-out by him, she one tough sexy girl!

Hey Elin, we exchange glances at the PGA Championship previously, call me!

Posted by: theaz | July 1, 2010 5:12 PM

Silence is golden.

Posted by: Jihm | July 1, 2010 5:19 PM

Silence is priceless.

Posted by: Rita8 | July 1, 2010 5:32 PM

there should be a limit on how much you can get in a divorce settlement when you really didn't contribute to earning any of it... but since there is no such law i figure that amount is about half of his net worth... wonder if he'll have to still shell out alimony and child support?????

Posted by: nsxism2002 | July 1, 2010 5:32 PM

@montana... it's not about needing 700mil... that's probably half of Tiger's net worth so that's what is 'equitable' for their situation... i'm sure that if you were his soon to be ex you wouldn't say that you could make it by on 70k a year when he would still be living with more than a billion in the bank... if not for such a lofty settlement i'm sure child support alone for each of his children would be easily a million a year... it's all realative to your situation

Posted by: nsxism2002 | July 1, 2010 5:37 PM

"Is Tiger Woods divorce settlement paying too much for Elin's silence?"

Is an elephant too big to fit in a Toyota Corolla? First off, I know Tiger bought the divorce on his self, but $700 million for alimony? To see that she and the kids are taken care of is one thing, but to make her a near billionaire when she really didn't work for any of this money, outrageously exorbitant amount for ailmony, is totally ridiculous.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | July 1, 2010 5:41 PM

$700 million in exchange for my silence? Hell yes - I'd even get my tongue removed!

Posted by: maggots | July 1, 2010 5:44 PM

What a gold digger trailer sht woman

Posted by: moidalam | July 1, 2010 5:44 PM

Just think of what she knows or could say that, to him, her silence is worth granting her full custody of the children AND a 700M divorce settlement in order to salvage whatever little is left of his reputation and future earning potential. He would have been able to share time with and watch his children grow, besides being 700M richer, if only he had kept his vows.

Posted by: VAcitizen | July 1, 2010 5:44 PM

You're kidding.

What could she possibly say now that would stick Tiger more in the mud than he already is? Gossip and tabloid, sure, but shock the senses? Please.

Posted by: tslats | July 1, 2010 5:50 PM

i'm an old mens suit salesman. i made my commission from selling suits. in that department that year.. the story was about lee marvin. later on people got into (i mean enjoying this thing) called divorce. it sold suits so i did not ask... but i never married my parents are dead now . i will never marry.

Posted by: jgaskins1 | July 1, 2010 5:56 PM

Whatever Tiger can afford to get rid of this woman is money well spent. Whether she's asking $100 for a night or $700 million for few years of his life, we know, what sort of woman she is.

The message this "settlement" sends to their kids is morally worse than what Tiger has done to get himself into this quagmire.

Posted by: wolfhound | July 1, 2010 6:04 PM

Can't be true. Tiger has her boxed in legally with the prenup. I would think there would be a confidentiality clause in the prenup, any lawyers out there?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 1, 2010 6:08 PM

Why would anyone pay someone $700M in a divorce-settlement unless they were seriously worried that they would get more if they took it to court?

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 1, 2010 6:16 PM

$700 IS A PUNITIVE AMOUNT FOR INFIDELITY.

Posted by: jacques3 | July 1, 2010 6:24 PM

Wow. A woman who would have never seen even one million dollars in her life will now get $700m.

Posted by: gurbally | July 1, 2010 6:26 PM

Well, kinda reminds me of the time that a colleague (later the best man at my now failed marriage) offered at the end of the Nevada work day: "Hey, how about you and I go out to the Mustang Ranch, and I'll treat you if you let me watch."

I told him I didn't pay for it (I actually thought that).

Z, he said, we all pay for it. Cash on the barrel head, or installment plan, but we all pay. Tiger, the creator of unimaginable golf shots, has just achieved a way of paying that only a select few do: through the nose.

Posted by: MartinZook | July 1, 2010 6:28 PM

What sort of woman she is? Well, the sort of woman who won't live with the sort of man Tiger turned out to be.

She couldn't very well have many secrets about him worse than what we already know, or they would have divorced long before this.

Let them divide his money any way they want, not our business. Lots of money, but they might well both consider it fair. She'll bring up the children. The flights back and forth over the Atlantic for the next 18 years alone will amount to large sums, and she won't have to ask him for the fare or anything else.

Posted by: asoders22 | July 1, 2010 6:28 PM

"Whatever Tiger can afford to get rid of this woman is money well spent."

Yeah, a woman who has be cheated on, she must be a terrible person. Of course, being the cheater doesn't even come close.

Come on, he's the perp here.

Posted by: asoders22 | July 1, 2010 6:33 PM

It seems like a lot but HE is the one who cheated on here a bunch of times. HE is the one who lies to everyone else. HE is the one who wants it all brushed under a rug like it never happened and if that is what Tiger wants than he has to pay. He could say, no that is way too much and I wont pay it and if you want to tell the world what happened fine but I wont be blackmailed into paying that much, but he doesn't want to so he will pay the person he cheated on a bunch of times $700 mil. She seemed perfectly fine with their marriage and what she had until he started cheating on her. Not really a gold digger but an opportunist. Capitalism around the 4th of July, what a country! Next time Tiger, stay loyal or be pay the price.

Posted by: D84doc | July 1, 2010 6:35 PM

This is totally ridiculous..What did he do to command this amount of money for silence?

Posted by: maehenrie | July 1, 2010 6:44 PM

The question is misleading... $700M isn't only for her silence. Some of it is for her humiliation, some of it for stupidity, some of it for her denial, far too much of it is for attorney's fees, and some little bit should be set aside for the children... those poor, incredibly wealthy children. But after all, her silence truly is golden, isn't it. I wonder if any of the settlement money will come from the PGA?

Posted by: Zingdhao | July 1, 2010 6:48 PM

How on earth can anybody assume, based on what little info we have, that the wife is in any way in the wrong here?

A. Do we know what he's worth? It's all relative.

B. How do we know she demanded it? If he's trying to buy her cooperation, maybe he offered.

C. I'll play Pollyanna here. Maybe his therapy helped and he actually feels guilty about what he did. Let's face it. In this day and age, such infidelity can put at risk the innocent spouse's life, not just the marriage.

D. Maybe he wants to atone to look good for the kids, when they're old enough to comprehend.

E. People, if he is indeed paying $700M for her silence, you can better believe she knows things we don't that will make him look worse than he does now. I mean, unless he's an utter idiot, no one pays a person not to tell something that is already universal knowledge.. . . .

Posted by: AnnieDC | July 1, 2010 6:54 PM

Wow, Seven Hundred Million Dollars. Let's see what that looks like:

$700,000,000.00

I wonder how many lifetimes I would have to live at the same time to put that kind of money together.

I don't admire either of these people. Tiger humiliates his wife, she rapes him for all she can get. They deserve each other.

Posted by: barferio | July 1, 2010 7:03 PM

He and his people have apparently calculated that whatever she has to say would do roughly $700 million in damage to his ability to earn endorsements over the course of his career. Must be some gnarly stories in there.

Posted by: firethief | July 1, 2010 7:05 PM

"Marriage" is nothing more than a scheme to transfer wealth from men to women -- and most men don't even get meaningful parental rights in the process.

Posted by: politbureau | July 1, 2010 7:10 PM

This must make Elin the highest priced hooker in the history of the world!

Posted by: scoran | July 1, 2010 7:13 PM

go elin.

Posted by: j_e_bartlett | July 1, 2010 7:15 PM

Do any women have a problem with the divorce system that treats women like very expensive prostitutes and men as walking banks?

Posted by: scoran | July 1, 2010 7:16 PM

Since noone knows what goes on behind closed doors, how can anyone even comment!

Tiger most likely cannot ever get back to his amazing Golf but ! perhaps! he shall
have an (otherwise unlikely) awakening!

As for Elin, what attracted her to him in the first place?

No amount of money will repair the damage done to both of them.
Tiger had reached the pinnacle of his Golf Game and I will be amazed if he ever makes
a comeback of any kind. Not a wish but just a strong feeling.
I watched him play and was entertained and
in praise of him as so many were, and now
I say " May They Forgive and get on with their lives " and give those children an opportunity to LIVE in a harmonious surrounding.

Posted by: ealwj | July 1, 2010 7:20 PM

700 million. She can say whatever she wants to say and i wouldn't give her $700 million. Tiger, now is the time to say enough is enough. As far as what she has to say and what you will be asked-the response is No comment. She went from being a nanny to one of the most famous women in the world because she married tiger. Lawyer up and tell her to hit the bricks and you can't take me kids out of the country. Tiger...Just do it!

Posted by: kcob95 | July 1, 2010 7:24 PM

She should get as much as she can get, I have no problems with that. It's Tiger who continues to show what scum he is.

First, "full custody" shows how little he cared about the children. They were just toys he allowed his wife to have and about whom he cares not. That's pathetic.

Second, everyone knows he wasn't faithful. Women are telling their stories. Why can't he just admit he was unfaithful and move on. What exactly does her silence buy him? Are we not going to think he's a louse because he paid her $700 million to not say so? Of course not.

He's a rich, spoiled child. He has the money to spend in order to continue his delusions of adequacy. Congrats to her for getting that money.

As for the morons calling her a hooker, you're beneath contempt. She's not like Paul McCartney's gold digger, who clearly married in order to get the fortune and leave. She married, she was faithful, she raised the kids and she finally has enough of a despicable human being. It's up to Tiger, her and their lawyers, not your puerile minds, to figure out the divorce and what it's worth.

Posted by: groucho42 | July 1, 2010 7:26 PM

If it were me, I'd would have thrown her over a bridge a long time ago.

Posted by: sathompsonjr | July 1, 2010 7:27 PM

Whatever she knows and is worth 700 million or more - must be a doozy is all I can say.

Posted by: Oxygen1 | July 1, 2010 7:27 PM

Sure it is too much...
But the Ho's got Tiger by the yin-yang.

Posted by: kase | July 1, 2010 7:31 PM

To all who sympathize in some way with Tiger Woods, I say that Erin Woods deserves every penny she can get -- not so much to enrich herself, but to cause this man who treated her so abominably as much pain as she can. Not because of an affair, a dalliance, but his unrestrained jumping on mattresses with all manner of women and exposing his wife to any number of STDs, humiliating her in hotels from coast to coast. He is the worst kind of man, to show such complete disrespect to a wife, mate, and partner. I personally hope he never wins another tournament.

Posted by: JPMcC | July 1, 2010 7:42 PM

Postscript -- I think she deserves as much as she can get -- to cause him pain -- can you imagine the pain SHE felt when she began to understand the quantity and enormity of his betrayal.

But, God, I would love to see a trial, to see the evidence against him -- perhaps the most dominant athlete in any sport in history, brought to this because of an unwillingness to deal with basic juvenile hormones. A lesson in loyalty for all of us.

Posted by: JPMcC | July 1, 2010 7:50 PM

If it were too much Woods would have not made the deal. He's got to have good legal minds working on this. So what is he hiding by buying her silence? I'm guessing something that would sink all of his sponsorships, like some real juicy details on the affairs, or worse, performance enhancing drug use. His wife has to know a lot, and if $700M is considered a good deal, what she will be remaining silent about must be very damaging.

People should take the deal for what it is, hush money, and drop Tiger based on his own purchase of silence. But I'm guessing people will still buy products based on his endorsements, so gullible are Americans when it comes to their sports heroes.

Posted by: Fate1 | July 1, 2010 7:55 PM

The only person who values Ms. Nordegren's silence is Mr. Woods. Clearly, he believes $700 million is a reasonable price to pay. That is all that matters.

Posted by: merrill1 | July 1, 2010 8:01 PM

My take on this is that the big price tag for her silence is info she no doubt has regarding his use of illegal performance enhancing drugs. Forget the infidelity, that's out and could hardly get any worse, but what he denies and only he, his doc and possibly she knows is the HGH and other drugs he's used... that would truly ruin him.

Posted by: cr54 | July 1, 2010 8:09 PM

Too bad his wife did not get more. He is a sleaze ball with a brain between his legs. Maybe his hookers will start charging more -and I wonder if his ten second thrills is really worth all that money. Pathetic.

Posted by: adevine1 | July 1, 2010 8:10 PM

Like most media crud these days, this is stupidly written drivel to elicit an emotional response. He's not buying silence, she gets what she's due as an equal partner in a marriage. Depending on the jurisdiction they actually got married under, she could be due up to 50% of his earnings since the wedding. Forbes says no way he's worth more than $600M. He earns ~$100-150M/year, so she's due maybe $120M times 6 times 50% (tax) times her cut (50%), so $180M.

Posted by: kemurph | July 1, 2010 8:13 PM

Tiger is paying way too much money for her silence. He has taken the punishment for the infidelity. Give her the normal settlement and move on. Just make sure the children are taken car of. No one deserves $700 million. She was a babysitter before she meet Tiger Woods.

Posted by: dino_daniel2004 | July 1, 2010 8:38 PM

This is but another affirmation to all female jersey-chasers that if you position yourself right (by becoming a nanny on the PGA circuit), where you can meet socially dumb atheletes, gain their trust and marry them, then you too can be set for life without having to work for it. Lets face it... without Golf, Tiger is a geek and a woman like this would never go for such a man. But Tiget is an ace at golf allowing other areas like common sense to suffer... He gets into a place where nobody tells Tiger no...If you were in his place, could you say no to all of lifes temptations? I doubt it. This woman had a plan and it worked to perfection.

Posted by: dwdave67 | July 1, 2010 8:43 PM

Who cares anyway. Tiger is obviously a legend in his own mind. If he can pay so many millions to get the pesky wife and children to go away then he should. Maybe he needs to fool around with skanks to get the mojo to keep his game on the winning side. Interesting metaphor. Monogamy = loser. Multiple sex partners = top dog.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | July 1, 2010 8:46 PM

with what she now knows, this is a bargain.

Posted by: frieda406 | July 1, 2010 8:50 PM

What does this come out to about $10,000 per woman he slept with wile they were married? That seems about right to me.

Posted by: tianyisun | July 1, 2010 9:03 PM

The $700 million figure is not true. Tiger is not even worth that much; I would love to know if the Post has any reliable source for that figure.

He has earned a billion, gross, in his career... with 25% gone to agents, publicists, managers, etc., and 30% to taxes, and the stock crash (cancelling out investment gains for years), he might be worth $500-600 million, tops. I bet it will come out her settlement is in the $200 million range.

Posted by: beefchop423 | July 1, 2010 9:08 PM

If that is half of what he earned while they were married, she is entitled to it. Period.

Posted by: butforthegraceofgod | July 1, 2010 9:09 PM

Tiger is lucky as hell he's married to Elin because if he had humiliated me the way he has her not to mention possibly getting a VD from him he'd be walking around without a dick and I'd take as much money as I could get.

Good for Elin and her kids...hope that POS she was married to never wins another tournament.

Posted by: Hollister1 | July 1, 2010 9:09 PM

Comments posted by GROUCHO42, JPMCC and FATE1 said it all. Those who denigrate Ms. Nordegren are probably rednecks and female rednecks who are just jealous of the just settlement that Ms. Nordegren is getting.

Marriage is a contract. If one party breaks the contract he or she has to pay for his or her transgression. It is only fair.

I have never bought anything because of celebrity endorsements. I consciously avoid buying anything with any celebrity endorsement just as I never buy anything with a brand name exposed because I think they should pay me for advertising thier products. If more consumers think the way I do we will all be paying less for consumer goods. Think about that.

Ms. Nordegren, deserving is not the right word to describe the $700 million. You are entitled to it.

Posted by: rschan1 | July 1, 2010 9:19 PM

Second dumb poll question in a roll, the first being the Medal of Honor poll. Who cares if it is or isn't too much...it's his money, and he can do with it as he pleases. However, if he has $700M to give the ex and kids, then he has obviously crossed the $1B mark....

Posted by: WildBill1 | July 1, 2010 9:19 PM

Just goes to show that there is no such thing as free p***Y.

Posted by: builder701 | July 1, 2010 9:26 PM

That wife turned out to be the most expensive whore of all.

Posted by: observator1000 | July 1, 2010 9:30 PM

Give it to her in pennies.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 1, 2010 9:32 PM

He’s just feeling guilty. Maybe she’s a real b*tch? Maybe the ‘ol Tige hasn’t grown up yet? Whatever the reason, Tiger... there IS life after divorce.

It takes two to tango despite all the noise you’re hearing against you. With the guilt, you erase any responsibility your wife had in “straying”. There wasn’t an emotional bond there to hold you two together and guess what Tiger? She’s part of that. How did SHE stray from you? Economically? Prestige? Self-importance (because of you)? Hey, she’s part of this too... you just took the first step(s)...

Get real folks, think about yourselves or people you know.

Posted by: 4Jaxon | July 1, 2010 9:40 PM

Many are asking about what she could know that is worth $700M, and I don't know, but I can guess. What's the one thing that would finish Tiger for ever, ensuring he never gets another sponsor? VD. If he gave her one of the "gifts that keeps on giving" and she outs him he is done, done, done. Just a guess.

Posted by: UberDave | July 1, 2010 9:45 PM

What could she say that is worth $700 million? That she actually did beat him with a golf club on Thanksgiving night? Wow, shocking!! She doesn't know crap about what Tiger did with all those tramps. If the tramps spoke, would anybody really care or believe their details? It sounds to me like $700 million is half and is pretty much what anyone else would get in this high profile of a divorce. And that keeping quiet about the relationship is just a normal requirement if you want the money. I mean the Post does like to put a twist on words in their headlines sometimes, don't they?

Posted by: wcasey1 | July 1, 2010 9:54 PM

Tiger should NOT have paid her anything except child support. He should have JOINT custody.

The minute she demanded money for her "insult", she lowered herself to a "paid" escort.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | July 1, 2010 10:08 PM

Well, we don't know, do we? We don't know if he even wanted custody, or if having Elin taking care of the children full time while he moves on is what he wants. We don't know how much money he has or why he is agreeing to give her so much. But we can probably safely assume that even if he hadn't asked her to agree not to talk about their life, he would have been giving her a sizeable amount of money having failed to hold up his end of the marital contract.

Clearly though, a lot of folks who reacted to this have plenty of displaced anger about SOMETHING in their lives...

Posted by: happilyretired1 | July 1, 2010 10:55 PM

By demanding so much money, there is basically little difference between Elin and the other prostitutes that Tiger took to bed--the only difference is that Elin is more expensive.

On the other hand, Elin may claim that she is justified to get so much money because she has been exposed to STD, or has already contracted a sexually transmitted disease because of Tiger. In that case 700 million would be worth it to Tiger. Just think of Tiger's fall out, if she went public with that information.

Posted by: fridaolay | July 1, 2010 11:48 PM

He betrayed and publicly humiliated a beautiful, faithful wife and mother of his children. He deserves to get hurt where it counts - in the public eye and in the pocketbook. I don't get why more people are pissed that he seems never to have been interested in a single African American woman in his scandalous propensities. Screw him!

Posted by: DianeMaria1 | July 2, 2010 12:00 AM

I meant "aren't" not are.

Posted by: DianeMaria1 | July 2, 2010 12:01 AM

Reminds me of an old joke:

A guy at a bar asks a woman if she would sleep with him for $1000. She says no. How about $5,000? She says no. Ok, how about for $1 million? She says for '$1 million, yes!' Then the guy says how about $10,000? The woman becomes insulted and says '$10,000! what kind of woman do you think I am?' The guy says 'we know what kind of woman you are, now we are just haggling.' Elin just haggled to $700M.

Posted by: vagator | July 2, 2010 12:08 AM

How much would you pay to protect your career? The sad truth is that even $700 million may not be enough to prevent these potentially career-ending nuggets from leaking out to great unwashed. Truth always comes out. Always. Tiger paid to prevent it from becoming public but alas, it's good money after bad because Elin doesn't even have to break the story anymore. If it's on TMZ, it's true. The NFL will never be the same.

Posted by: DevH | July 2, 2010 1:04 AM

First of all, let's get real. There is No Way Tiger is paying $700 million to his wife. According to Forbes, his net worth is only $600 million. It never ceases to amaze me how gullable the American public can be. Does anyone really believe her silence is worth that much?

Posted by: slackmack | July 2, 2010 1:05 AM

Wow, there sure is a lot of free flowing male anger out there. But it makes no sense. He cheated... and not just a little, but in really persistent and duplicitous way. Who can say what penalty he should pay? But surely it is an amount that is significant part of his total net worth. When really rich people hurt other people they should pay an amount in damages that is related to their wealth, not to the wealth of the person who is damaged. She "married well", but then it turned out that she married very poorly. He turned out to be, as a human being and a father, scum. Let him pay and pay big. What sane person would care about Tiger Woods' financial pain, or rant about how she is some kind of whore? The tone of some of these comments is incomprehensible. As a man and a husband and a father, all of my sympathy is with her.

Posted by: mike777r | July 2, 2010 1:09 AM

Regardless what the settlement is Tiger is AGREEING to it. Throughout his career he’s had the best – sports agent, business partners, & lawyers. It doesn’t matter what their advice it’s HIS decision. If he wanted to fight it would be on. People can have their opinions about whether it’s fair or not, Elin’s a gold digger, she was just a nanny, etc. Throughout his marriage I never got the impression she was a gold digger or media ho. She has ALWAYS been private & this was obviously exactly what Tiger wanted. Her primary interest is what’s in the best interest of the children & I believe it’s his too. Tiger admitted that his exalted position – golfing god & ridiculously rich made him think he could do what he did & get away with it & he hid it from his wife because obviously he realized what he was doing wasn’t right. Undoubtedly he loves his children but they will grow up learning their parents loved each other but at some point things happened & some bad choices were made. Tiger created a PERSONA of a family man & made millions from this. Currently the idea of a family man includes monogamy. These children will make their own judgments about their parent’s behavior & whether it’s acceptable & how it will affect them. Presently we live in a world where vows & monogamy still mean something & Tiger & Elin made these vows to each other. Maybe in the future marriage vows shouldn’t include a commitment to fidelity & then we can all live happily ever after whatever the consequences (good or bad) may bring. Heck. I want a marriage with my wife where I can have mistresses but SHE can’t cheat on me. That wouldn’t be acceptable because it would hurt me & my children & she might bring diseases to our bed.

This divorce is the exception rather than the rule for us mere mortals. I believe Elin will always be judged about what she does with her settlement but she will do something productive with her life. If each of us could put ourselves in Tiger & Elin’s position for a moment we might see their perspective. But in the end there are no winners. It’s a sad story for everyone.

What remains to be seen is whether Tiger gets his game back. Maybe for Tiger it does take a voracious sex drive & meeting this need to be the number one player in golf for the foreseeable future. Go for it, Tiger. Any & all women who enter Tiger’s orbit will be questioned & judged for their motive. Ho, gold digger, whatever. We do live in a society where sex between people can be a monetary proposition. If Tiger is ok with this premise who are we to judge? But. Tiger, DUDE! Protect yourself! STDS! AIDS! CHILDREN! Just because you are the golfing god of this young century doesn’t mean you’re exempt.

Posted by: Parsley1 | July 2, 2010 1:29 AM

I want to live in a world where I can be married, have children, & as many women on the side as I want. I want my wife to be cool with this. But SHE can’t have any men on the side. Not cool. I want a prenup agreeing to this. I want to have unprotected sex with as many madonna/whores (that’s what they are after all) as possible & not spread the mess around (STDs, AIDS, or unwanted children). Not cool. I want to be insanely successful putting my ball in a hole, rich beyond my wildest dreams & have a website some fan developed called Tiger Woods Is A God. Very cool. I want to put a part of my earnings towards my foundation teaching young people to develop a good character like me. Very, very cool. I want my daughter to be a nun because I don’t want any of these young men chasing her. Not cool. I want my son to follow in my footsteps because I’m the man. Coolest thing of all.

Posted by: Parsley1 | July 2, 2010 1:33 AM

Someone asks ...
"Why in God's name does anyone need $700 million??? This is wretched excess beyond belief!"

*******

Hey, attorney's got to make a living too you know!

But really the question is; why would she deserve 700M?

The children deserve support no doubt. But ... she is a young women and can pursue her own "wage earning" career. What on earth "entitles" her? I didn't see her swing a golf club to pay the bills. And she had more nanny's to take care of the children than necessary.

She's not royalty. She married a golfer. WTF?!

As far as I'm concerned any women who could support this and some how justify 700M as being a fair compensation ... throws all the "equal rights", BS talk out the window.

It is amazing that women preach that they are just as good as men in every vocation and deserve equal treatment.

Until ......... it comes to handing out checks. Then it's all gloves off and the weeping begins.

Disgusting!

Posted by: Redchaser | July 2, 2010 2:48 AM

The vote thing is broken. Now no one will know how I really feel. :

Posted by: Larryman | July 2, 2010 2:53 AM

I cannot believe the hate and venom about Tiger Woods that I've seen expressed on this page. All because of an excessive divorce settlement amount? Surely you are better than this! We are only human and as such, we are prone to human error. The last time I saw so much hate and vitrole about a person was during the O.J. Simpson nightmare. He was accused of murder but he was still allowed to keep his sports legacy in tact and was not publicly taunted and humiliated. Now, it doesn't matter how many times Tiger begs us to leave his private matters "private", he is still haranged and spit upon as if he was something lower than a dog. Certainly, you are not treating Tiger with the respect and kindness you once showed him when he was winning all his tours all of the time. How can you as a people sink so low as to berate a fellow human being? Who knows what distress and agony you may have caused others? By the tone of these messages, I get the feeling that some of your anger at Tiger is pent-up anger and frustration at yourselves. Would you want the public in your very private business? Try walking a mile in his shoes--could you achieve the same greatness and be able to help other young people who want to play golf? If it were not for Tiger Woods, (1) the Golf Channel would not exist on basic cable--so you could see him play every Sunday; (2) More young people would not have become involved in the sport of golf; (3) there is a much wider and diverse audience watching golf now, myself included--I am a basketball fan. But please remember, "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone." I was so happy to see him respond to a reporter recently who asked him a question about Elin, "That is none of your business!" He should have stood his ground long before now and not kneel and kowtow to those who are envious and would jump at the chance to take his place with the women. Those have proven to be "fair weather" fans. I am a black African-American woman and while I may not condone his activities with "paid" women, I still like and respect him, I like his golf game. His ex-wife is now a "paid" woman. He married beneath him; she was a nanny! and a wannabe model. Why doesn't she have money of her own? She married him for his money and when the times got "rough," the "rough" got going: STRAIGHT TO HIS BANC ACCOUNT! Be strong Tiger. I very much feel your pain. If it's meant for you to be happy with another woman, it will happen. And if you re-marry, she(Elin) cannot keep your wife from being with your kids.

Posted by: shodo | July 2, 2010 3:02 AM

$700 million?
Yeah, sure. Can't anyone inside the Beltway do math? Understanding branding, licensing?

What's Tiger's annual licensing revenue? Let's say $40 million a year.

The logical model is that she gets 50% of his annual gross licensing revenue for the rest of his life - let's say $20 million each year for next 35 years. That adds up to $700 million.

Sounds like she (and the kid) have 50% equity of the Tiger Brand.

Posted by: boscobobb | July 2, 2010 3:02 AM

What's with all the trashing of Elin? Remember what brought Tiger to this point in time!

Not that any of us know the real Mrs. Tiger Woods, but it appears she was a good wife who, like any woman dishonored by her husband's infidelities -- and whose health was risked by his having sex with just about any woman he met -- and humiliated on the public stage, must move on. Give her a break.

$700 million for her silence? What more is there to know?

Posted by: joycebl | July 2, 2010 3:26 AM

My sense is that Tiger is bisexual. His wife knows it by now and will tell the world if she doesn't get these 700 million. It is just plain blackmail. Both of them have earned each other.

Posted by: ridagana | July 2, 2010 3:44 AM

Obviously Tiger fooled around with men as well. His wife is just blackmailing him.

Posted by: ridagana | July 2, 2010 3:54 AM

I'd say Groucho42 hit it right on the nose. A lot of you are so unbelievably materialistic in your remarks, it makes me want to barf. What a pathetic culture we have, to have molded the majority in such a way.

This really shows what scum Tiger is. He doesn't give a crap about his children. They were just an ornament, along with his wife. Why did he have the children in the first place? Those of you who call her a whore and are focused on the money, I would hate to be your wife or child.

Posted by: Playitagainsam | July 2, 2010 4:21 AM

First off, there are ALWAYS multiple sides to every story, especially the scandalous stories. So for everyone making Tiger out to be Satan and Elin as Saint (and his jump offs as victims), take a step back. She most likely married him for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was his fame and earning potential. She also had to have an inkling of what kind of dude she was hooking up with. And that goes triple for all those he met up with on the side.

That being said, I do not exonerate his foul and deceitful actions, and especially how they have embroiled his children and wife.

But--none of us knows the real goings-on between a couple. And usually there is no clear-cut victim and victimizer. Women do a lot of slick and foul sh#t in relationships too, be it physical, emotional or some combination.

He messed around and got caught, and she's tryin to get paid, that much seems to be true. (And I do agree that he could have some other skulls and bones he doesn't want let out--that seems plausible somehow.)
-jremedy

Posted by: jremedy | July 2, 2010 4:33 AM

Thats the screw..g he got for the screw..g he got.

Posted by: hfaulk01 | July 2, 2010 5:21 AM

This is what he gets ...for what he got.

Posted by: hfaulk01 | July 2, 2010 5:42 AM

Without a doubt Tiger is hiding something. This will go down as one of the biggest if not the biggest divorces ever. so, ask yourself the question, what is he hiding? I think it's golf related. Anyone ever realize his doctor got caught selling steroids. Before he got caught, a year before or so Gary Player talked about how certain players are juicing. I think he's hiding how he cheats. That's the only thing I can think of that would make her shut up.

Posted by: flombardo18 | July 2, 2010 7:06 AM

If Tiger believed it was too much, I doubt he would agree to pay it. So it must be worth it to him.

Posted by: Skowronek | July 2, 2010 12:48 PM

:: yawn ::

I think it's great. I hope everyone involved is miserable with their gobs of money and their egos.

Posted by: wrytous | July 6, 2010 10:37 AM

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