Tiger Woods considering legal action over analyst’s ‘cheating’ column

Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 7:16 p.m.

Tiger Woods said he is still considering legal action over a column written by Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee in which Chamblee accused Woods of cheating.

Woods publicly addressed the situation for the first time Monday since his agent, Mark Steinberg, recently issued a statement to ESPN.com that raised the possibility of suing.

In a column for Golf.com, Chamblee, a longtime critic of Woods, gave the world’s No. 1 golfer an “F” for his five-win season because he violated a series of rules.

Chamblee wrote that Woods was “a little cavalier with the rules.” Chamblee tweeted an apology last week.

Apparently that was not enough.

“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said. “But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing, as he didn’t really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.

“So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.”

Woods made the comments while preparing for an exhibition match with Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills.

Golf Channel has not commented on the controversy. Chamblee is an analyst for the Gold Channel, but he wrote the column for another publication. Chamblee has said he was not asked to formally apologize.

“I’m all done talking about it, and it’s now in the hands of the Golf Channel,” Steinberg said last week. “That’s Tiger’s view and that’s mine, and all we want to do is move forward. And whether the Golf Channel moves forward as well, then we’ll have to wait and see.”

Woods was assessed 2-shot penalties at Abu Dhabi, The Masters and the BMW Championship. A drop on the 14th hole of the TPC Sawgrass during the final round of The Players Championship was also in question. But Woods’ playing partner, Casey Wittenberg, agreed with the spot.

Chamblee has a reputation for criticizing Woods. But the cheating implications stirred a lot of controversy.

“What brought me here was the realization that my comments inflamed an audience on two sides of an issue,” Chamblee wrote on Twitter last week. “Golf is a gentleman’s game and I’m not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse.”

 

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