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Stephen A. Smith calls Tiger Woods 'a punk who cowered from the real issue'

Feb 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

In case you were wondering what Stephen A. Smith thought of Tiger Woods’ little press apology get-together on Friday, you’re in luck. He appeared on KLAC radio in Los Angeles on Friday and did his usual thing: Chewing the scenery until nothing was left but a microphone and and the host in his underwear. Smith, as it turns out, is not a big fan of Tiger’s apology. An excerpt:
“I thought he came across as very fake and disingenuous. I didn’t buy a word of sincerity that was coming out of his mouth. I thought he was upset that he even had to be there in terms of having to address anybody. Certainly he didn’t want to address the media and I thought that he was a punk and cowered away from the real issue of really addressing the issue of what transpired.”

“You don’t have to get into the details of what transpired between you and the mistresses or between you and your wife, or whatever the case may be. But you do need to go in front of some people and actually answer questions as opposed to some kind of press people. You’ve got people who think it’s brilliant and all of this other stuff — they’re living in a different world than me. I thought that he was insincere, I thought the words were sincere, but I thought the heart that was spewing those words left a lot to be desired quite frankly.”

stephena.jpgBut my favorite part was when Smith declared Tiger had been lying from the start, referring to his early press release on his web site in which he claimed Elin saved him from his SUV on the night he crashed.

“I think that people should stay out of people’s bedrooms, their business is their business. But the problem I have is that he started this whole thing when he went on his personal blog and lied, talking about his wife being a hero who rescued him from an SUV crash. There’s no way you run into a fire hydrant and a tree when you’re just driving down the street, and he’s talkin’ about she pulled him out of the car and saved him.

“In the interest of full disclosure, let me tell you some information about myself. I own a black Escalade. I own the exact same black Escalade that Tiger was driving that night, and I’m here to tell you that there’s no way that Elin broke out the back window, went in and dragged him from the front of the car and out to the street. It’s a complete lie, it’s a cockamamie story and was made up, and nobody is buying it.”

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Stephen A. Smith on Tiger Woods’ Statement: “I didn’t find anything genuine about his presentation at all.” [Sports Radio Interviews]

  1. EG - Feb 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Smith is an idiot. Period. Although what Tiger did is not right. It is between him and his family. People like Smith are blood sucking leeches that don’t deserve to be in the media or anywhere in the public eye.

  2. gary - Feb 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    who in their right mind gives a crap what s.a. smith thinks about anything?

  3. Vince - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Why don’t you lazy parents quit using these athletes and movie stars as role models for your kids? That is the most pathetic display of parenting one could possibly do. Tiger cheated, so what? You’ve probably done it yourself, your kid just hasn’t found out yet.
    I’m more upset with Tiger apologizing to people that don’t matter. He’s way above any of these inbreds that are demanding all of this for him. He doesn’t need golf, golf needs him. I wish that guy would grow a set and tell these have nots where to go. I’d come to my first golf outing wearing a blond wig!

  4. Golfguy - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Hey guys,
    Tiger Woods makes about roughly $100 million per year total…that’s made up of about $10-$15 million playing golf and the other $85-$90 million in personal endorsements…..meaning that he’s selling an image, which has been manufactured by IMG (International Management Group)since before he joined the Tour as a professional golfer. Do you think this “Tiger Woods Learning Center” was created out of the goodness of his heart!! No, it was set up with IMG’s initiative to bolster Woods’ manufactured image…and by the way the major contibutors to this Learing center are his sponsers…the donations to this kids center have been about $30 million which is paltry sum compared to the estimated $1 billion this guy is now worth.
    This is not just about Woods and his wife and kids…its much larger.

  5. KC - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Yes. And where does all the endorsement money really come from? Us, the people who buy. So really TW works for me. TW your fired.

  6. thill - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Edit, I agree with you 100%. People need to worry about themselves and not what the next person is doing. Tiger’s only obligation is to his family first, sponsors, and the students who utilize his foundation.

  7. Mike J. - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Stephen A. Smith has a radio show that I listen to daily on Fox Sports Radio.

  8. Wizz - Mar 24, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Stephen, you sound jealous of Tiger. It doesn’t matter if he is lying about what his wife did on the night of car crash. I commend him for protecting his wife and protecting his privacy with his wife. It’s none of our business. Stephen, go take chill pill and work on another story. You are starting to get out-of-hand with your so-called “candid” statements and turning into gossip similar to TMZ.