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From San Jose, a different (unflattering) view of Tiger Woods

Thursday, April 5, 2012

imageTiger Woods was the focus of a veritable love-fest of attention from Bay Area sportswriters at Pebble Beach in February (did anyone else golf that week, by the way?). But this week for the Masters, Rick Reilly at ESPN focuses on an aspect of Woods’ life outside golf (and outside his womanizing): His disappearance from the lives of his siblings, including half-brother Kevin Woods of San Jose who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair.

Add: Since his diagnosis, Kevin Woods has had to quit his job and is in danger of losing his house. But he gets no help from Tiger, Reilly says, and apparently doesn’t even rate a phone call. Here’s an excerpt, including a quote from half-brother Earl Woods Jr., whom Tiger also allegedly ignores:

"I'd like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up," he says. "I'd like to say, 'Don't come knocking on the door when you need a bone-marrow transplant.' To see this is the response we get? Maybe when you see the world like he does, you don't see what other people are going through. But, seriously? You've got problems with your knee? That's nothing compared to what Kevin is going through. Nothing."

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For Kevin's part, he tells his siblings that Tiger must be busy. He has not asked Tiger for anything and has not tried to contact him. He remains a Tiger fan and will have his face close to the TV as Tiger attempts to continue his comeback at Augusta.


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