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Famous friends have advice for Tiger, but lament; 'He's turned off his phone'

Dec 15, 2009, 7:17 PM EDT

When Tiger Woods drops out of public view he really drops out. Apparently he’s not even taking calls from the famous pals he has notoriously hung out with over the past few years, like Charles Barkley and Spike Lee. Without knowing the details, I’d be willing to bet that Barkley helped get him into this mess; but at any rate, he now wants to give some advice on getting him out of trouble.
One problem, Barkley told the Associated Press: Woods isn’t taking his calls. Barkley said that he hasn’t spoken to Woods since the Nov. 27 accident, which unleashed a series of events so monumental, that at this point they seem as if they were handed down a mountainside on stone tablets.

Barkley went on record about the Woods situation two weeks ago in an interview on WIP radio in Philadelphia, and in fact he hasn’t really stopped talking about it. This time, in remarks to the Associated Press today, he’s taken on a more serious tone.

“I think when you have these fires in your life, as I call them, you need to talk to somebody else who is famous who [has] been through things in their life,” Barkley said. “I don’t think you can talk about it to your family and friends, because your family and friends, they’re not famous.”

Director Spike Lee said he had hoped Barkley or retired NBA star Michael Jordan could counsel Woods on how to survive the crisis.

“He’s insulated,” Lee said. “If Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan can’t get to him, and those are his boys, then other people are making bad moves.”

Barkley and Lee talked further of the situation on a show that airs Sunday on news network HLN.
Among those who have also offered Woods advice from afar have been John Daly, Lawrence Taylor and, most entertainingly of all, the Redskins’ Clinton Portis.

“If he could keep that a secret and ain’t nobody came out and told [on him], hey, congratulate him. You know, most of the time there’s one or two, and you can’t keep that a secret,” Portis said in an interview on ESPN 980 The District.

“So if he can balance 14 and keep it a secret, congrats. You know, at least he knows what he wants. He don’t discriminate, he’s not against people, he don’t care what your job, what your background is….He knew what he was after.”

But it’s all just talk; Woods is listening to none of them so far. They shouldn’t feel bad, though: At last report, even Oprah couldn’t get through. And if Oprah can’t call you, no one can.
Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods changed number, not talking to some of famous friends [Chicago Tribune]
Barkley, Spike Lee worry about Woods [CNN]
Clinton Portis discusses Tiger Woods [DC Sports Bog]

  1. RichyRich3417 - Dec 16, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    So thats all one has to do in Solo774′s book to ascend to that pinnacle of greatness, make a million bucks as a black man? Forget morals and ethics and family? I remember reading in a book once, “for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and and lose his own soul?” I’m sure if Solo774′s daughters were of age and made part of Tiger’s slut parade, he would salaute them for hooking up with a rich and famous athlete. True greatness, no matter black or white will always be found with great morals and ethics.

  2. Curt - Dec 16, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    It’s none of our business!!!! I just want to be able to watch the greatest golfer in the world golf.

  3. LSUGirl - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    The reason so so so many of his tour mates have remained quiet is because they too have skeletons. These guys are treated like royalty while on the road. Lots of girls, lots of opportunity. It doesn’t make it right, but it’s a fact. He’s human, and told repeatedly how great he is — even when he’s being an ass (often). It’s mostly reporters and media commenting and the public. So many people who are dissing him have done the same. Is it because it was so many? He has more opportunities than most…and there are quite a few that are hating him right now who have cheated too…just not with a zillion.
    Wouldn’t it be cool if Tiger (or anonymously through his media guys) offered $100,000 for proof (pics, videos, emails, etc) for any person (male and female) who could expose some of these reporters for their own transgressions and infidelities. I have a feeling…they’d shut up. It may cost him a couple of million to “reward” all of them, but, it would certainly take the focus off of him. I realize they are doing their jobs in a way, but, it has taken on a life of it’s own — fueled by the opinions of “news” anchors, reporters, etc. It’s time to give him a break. He cheated, and got caught. Honestly people, he’s more normal than ever now.

  4. hammster - Dec 17, 2009 at 5:53 AM

    Word is Tiger’s cell phone is missing.
    There are reports there is a strange ringing noise coming from inside the tree he crashed into.

  5. Don Johe - Dec 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    The black caucus.
    What a GREAT bunch of “buddies”.
    Narcicistic jerks of a feather flock together.

  6. hb - Dec 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    I hear OJ is volunteering to counsel Tiger!

  7. BJC - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    There is only one “Tiger” in Windemere, unfortunately, there is also one “Pussy Cat”. Elin, take those kids to Sweden and take the “Pussy Cat” to the cleaners. Just maybe, his dad should have spent more time making a man out of him. Charles, Michael, Clinton. Wow, certainly a group I would want my children to look up too. Announced he wanted time to work on the marriage and is still, supposedly, texting the Bimbo.

  8. Jack Wilner - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Tiger has a “lifetime” exemtion on the PGA Tour…..he has won over 20 tournaments which gives you that exemption…..he can go and come as he pleases.

  9. logan okeefe - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    LorraineB your comments are RIGHT ON!!!

  10. drezzy - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Bosses use their authority to sleep with their secretaries,police officers use their badges to mind boggling extents,people cheat on their taxes.Point is , all of us do our own version of tiger’s mistake but won’t think twice about doing it again if it works. So leave the guy deal with his own demons and move on.I’m trying to steal cable right now.

  11. EMB - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    I agree with drezzy, we all have done something that we would like to keep private. So why do we continue to judge Tiger? Elin will make a decision to either leave or stay. Tiger is not be the first man to have a wife to leave nor will he be the first to have joint custody of the children. What is the big deal!!!!!! Time heals all things. Infidelity is one of the many marital problems that some people have to deal with. Others deal with money issues, worthless spouses, jealousy and so on. Tiger will survive and so will Elin. What would life be without problems. Remember we are not perfect. Our worst enemy is our weakness.

  12. Dennis - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Here’s some advice to Tiger:
    -Keep your private, P-R-I-V-A-T-E
    -What goes on between YOU AND YOUR WIFE…is just that–BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR WIFE!
    -A REAL FRIEND will just LISTEN…NOT give you advice…they’ll just listen
    -Know that while the CRITICS will criticize you, your REAL friends and family WILL support you.
    –FOR YOUR WIFE: “…for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, til death due you part”…don’t let your friends, family, and THE MEDIA, destroy your marriage. Some of them are/have experienced what you and Tiger are going through…What happens if your children go through this as a victim or culprit?…should the marriage end?…think about it, before you act.

  13. Freddy - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Well said…Amen!

  14. KA - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Tiger IS a slumdog and he has no one to blame but himself – When you are the best athlete in the world, there is no such thing as privacy…..

  15. KA - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Lady – get a life and a clue….

  16. Lowell Wikins - Feb 9, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    No one will ever be better than Jordan. Neither Kobe or Lebron are close.