Jan 22, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Tiger Woods is hogging the jacuzzi and getting private maid service, and his fellow sex rehab patients are getting fed up with it, says a British tabloid. Is Woods “playing through” at a Mississippi rehab clinic? That’s the claim by the London Sun, which reports today that Woods is getting preferential treatment at the Hattiesburg facility, such as one-on-one counseling sessions when everyone else must participate in group therapy. Also, turn-down maid service! This apparently has miffed other patients to the point that at least one of them has leaked the details to the paper. Allegedly.
From The Sun:
While they must undergo group therapy, Tiger insists on only one-to-one sessions. He is also said to get maid service, while other patients make their own beds, clean their rooms and have to scrub toilets as part of their therapy.
A source at the clinic said: “When Tiger enters one of the public areas, other patients have been told they have to leave the room. Other patients share a cabin, but Tiger has his own. His special privileges are causing a lot of resentment.”
The National Enquirer released photos on Wednesday that it claims are of Woods outside of the Gentle Path clinic, which is part of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg. Journalists and paparazzi have descended on Hattiesburg since rumors began circulating last week that he was admitted there. Increasing the speculation is an ever-increasing police presence at the center, and the fact that workers just erected a wood-and-plastic screen to double the height of the compound’s perimeter fence, preventing anyone from getting a view inside.
For those in group counseling, a special “stop word” is written on a blackboard — which patients must yell out if another one recites a sexual story that gets them aroused. Tiger’s one-to-one therapy means he at least can avoid that ordeal.
But he is still forced to keep detailing his sleazy sexual history — which he had to own up to when he entered the facility.
Meanwhile experts teach him the secrets of “shame reduction” and “setting sexual boundaries.”
The source added: “Tiger’s got a rough road in there. The treatment is very similar to that undertaken by drug addicts and alcoholics. He will have to face his demons.”
Sources also say that when they do walk outside of the facility, they are required to be accompanied by escorts to prevent them from talking about Woods.
Meanwhile, Zeta Interactive, a digital marketing agency based in New York that tracks web trends, reports that the blogosphere seems to believe Tiger’s rehab stint is a PR gimmick or a hoax. Their recent report:
Consider that three of the most popular terms associated with Tiger Woods online posts prior to the scandal were “Masters”, “golf” and “win”. As of yesterday morning, since news of the rehab stint broke, three of the most popular terms used to describe Woods were “stunt”, “lie” and “trick”.
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