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.”
But 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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