Dec 17, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT
There’s been a flurry of reports by several news agencies over the past few hours that Tiger Woods is about to head to Arizona to enter a rehab facility for sex addiction. At least four Phoenix-area television stations are reporting it, but the blog SportsbyBrooks did some digging, and it turns out that all the reports are based on one paragraph from a story today in the London Daily Mail; and that paragraph is buried midway through the story.
So, believe this one if you will, but it seems rather shaky. From the London Daily Mail:
Meanwhile Woods, 33, was reportedly planning to go into rehab in Arizona in the New Year for treatment for ‘sexual compulsion’ and his use of Vicodin painkillers and Ambien sleeping pills.
Two of the stations reported that Woods would be treated at The Meadows, a rehab facility located a few miles outside of Phoenix. But there’s no solid verification for that either. From SportsbyBrooks:
So while Fox 10 is already backing away from its report last night — the online report contains no mention of “The Meadows” — the story is still picking up speed on NBC 12, ABC 15 and Independent 3.
And for the record, I did talk to Valerie Allen, public relations person for The Meadows today. When I asked her if Woods was coming to The Meadows, she said, “I can neither confirm not deny any reports.”
In case you’re wondering of Woods is attending rehab to save his marriage, the answer is probably no. ABC News.com is reporting that “the divorce is 100 percent on.”
Fox/NBC/ABC News In PHX: Tiger To AZ For Rehab? [SportsbyBrooks]
Tiger Woods might be coming to Arizona soon [ABC 15]
Tiger Woods was ‘traumatised by his father’s many affairs’ [London Daily Mail]
Tiger Woods: Divorce Looms for ‘Athlete of the Decade’ [ABCNews.com]
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