Golfing legend Tiger Woods has chosen the high road, refusing to be baited by the media. President Trump and Woods have known each other for a number of years, with both golfing together in the past. The subject of their relationship was brought to the forefront during a news conference Sunday following Woods’ final-round 70 at The Northern Trust.
Woods was initially asked whether his relationship with President Trump would be considered “professional or personal.”
Woods replied – “Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years. We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
The reporter tried again, asking Woods’ opinions of the President’s decisions to tighten U.S. immigration policies. The reporter asked – “At times, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially colored immigrants are threatened by him and his policy – what do you say to people who might find it interesting that you have a friendly relationship with him?”
Woods’ answer gave the reporter nothing. No ammunition. No racial innuendo to exploit. No controversy. Nothing. He simply stated – “He’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
The reporter tried yet a third time, asking Woods how he would explain such a friendly relationship with President Trump in light of his current ongoing feuds with many NBA and NFL players.
President Trump has been very vocal in his objections to the ongoing protests being staged by NFL players during the national anthem which they claim is in protest of racial inequality and social injustice. He famously revoked White House invitations to NBA clubs after players publically stated they planned to refuse to attend what under prior administrations had been traditional visits.
Woods refused to be baited and when asked for further clarity with the reporter asking if he had any more to say regarding the state of race relations and discourse, Woods shut the reporter down, stating – “No. I just finished 72 holes and really hungry.”
According to Sports Inquirer, “Woods was then escorted to a waiting car and departed for his private jet and a flight home to Florida, where he plans a few days off and some putting work before Friday’s next US PGA playoff event near Boston.”
What was abundantly clear was that Woods was uninterested in race baiting or in bashing the president. It was also very clear he was not interested in again becoming a fodder for the same media looking to hold him up as the latest example the token person of color to hate the president.
Woods knows what it is like to have every aspect of your life subject to debate, discussion, and dissection across the country. A gifted golfer with what was once considered one of the greatest careers in the history of sports, that career spiraled out of control in part due to a combination of injuries, infidelities, a car wreck, and poor decisions. As a result, many of his endorsement partners dropped Woods in an effort to steer clear of the controversy including companies like ATT, Gatorade, Gillette, Golf Digest, and Tag Heuer. But Tiger’s biggest partner, Nike, stuck with him.
Over the next few months, Woods released several statements. In those statements, he admitted he had been unfaithful to his wife, Elin Nordegren. In February 2010, he gave a televised statement in which he said he had been in a therapy program, famously saying “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to.” He then asked for privacy for his family.
Undergoing several more surgeries due to various injuries sustained throughout his professional sports career, with a fourth back surgery on his back in just four years, Woods was also charged with DUI in 2017. And yet despite the hardship and controversy, in April 2018 Fortune Magazine references Woods’ as “the favorite to win golf’s most prestigious tournament: The Masters.”
Fortune adds – “Observers are calling the plausibility a miracle, and it could be one not just for Woods’ career, but golf in general, as the sport struggles to reel in a younger generation disinterested in the game’s slow pace, pricey equipment and maddening difficulty.
Golf has dealt with declining television ratings in recent years, but a healthy, well-performing Woods has already led to a substantial spike in viewers. Last month, Woods’ second-place finish in the Valspar Championship led to the PGA Tour’s highest ratings in five years, according to the Associated Press.
Woods is also reviving the golf industry itself. Bridgestone told Reuters that Woods’ presence on the green this year has increased the average basket value of its products by more than 120 percent compared to the same period last year when he wasn’t competing.
“His endorsement [that we make the best ball] is more valuable than all of the science and data that we throw out to the consumers,” Bridgestone CEO Angel Ilagan told the outlet. “It is just ridiculous that we can show them hundreds and thousands of testings with robots and projectile guns that we’re the best ball, the most accurate ball. And the consumer doesn’t believe us until Tiger says, Yeah that’s true.”
But as a result of suffering those years of hardship, Woods learned how important loyalty is and what true friends are and President Trump is publically voicing his appreciation. On the Monday directly following the Sunday news conference, President Trump posted to Twitter his appreciation of Woods and his refusal to be either partisan or provocative.
The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
President Trump tweeted – “The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!”
In 2016 Trump posted a picture of himself, his grandson Kai, & Tiger on a course, also.
#Repost @donaldjtrumpjr ・・・ Who wants to complete this threesome? Or more importantly how many strokes is Kai going to give @tigerwoods and grandpa @realdonaldtrump ??? It was really funny watching them warmup on the range @trumpgolfpalmbeach when Tiger joked he's an 8 handicap and he's ready to play. 😂 #golf #kidsgolf #trump #christmas #vacation
Many have tried since Woods refused to speak ill of the president to make much of the longtime friendship Woods has enjoyed with President Trump remarking that the two have played golf together many times over the years. However, Woods has also played golf with former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
As Woods himself noted when asked to dish the details his current relationship with President Trump – “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
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Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Sometimes, fate comes knocking when we least expect it. That happened to country singer Kenny Chesney last night at the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards). An unexpected death in his family kept him away although he was nominated for “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year.”
No details are available at this time on who the family member is. Chesney did not speak about what happened on Twitter either. Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award. But I’m sure the thoughts and prayers of the thousands viewing the awards were with Chesney in his hour of grieving and need. The Daily Caller has more on this sad news and the music awards:
The 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) took place Wednesday night, but one huge singer was notably absent from the festivities.
Kenny Chesney, 50, was nowhere to be found.
The “American Kids” singer, who was up for the “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year” (for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”) awards, skipped the show due to a sudden death in the family. No further details about the tragedy are available at this time.
Ahead of the glitzy event, the Country Music Association Twitter account informed its over 750,000 followers that Chesney would not be in attendance.
CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight's telecast due to a death in the family.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 14, 2018
Chesney did not address the news on his personal Twitter account, but he did thank his co-performer David Lee Murphy for his hard work on “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” which took home the Musical Event Of The Year award.
Sometimes you hear songs & they just feel good. Occasionally one that feels good says something that people need to hear. That’s how I felt about Everything’s Gonna Be Alright when I heard it. Proud to have been part of this with my friend @davidleemurphy. #musicaleventoftheyear pic.twitter.com/X7l6esqcXq
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 14, 2018
Australian singer Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award.
Alyssa Milano Angers Unhinged Libs For Turning Her Back On Their HERO Avenatti
Alyssa Milano is one of those Hollywood stars on the way out desperate for attention. She has embraced just about every radical leftist cause out there. But give credit where it is due. Milano was doing the right thing when she vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties. Now, she has made a second good call.
Michael Avenatti, bombastic attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested last night for felony domestic violence. He allegedly punched a woman in the face that is not his wife and the left is in meltdown mode over it.
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) November 15, 2018
Chicks on the Right has more on Milano’s change of view:
I mentioned a few days ago, when Alyssa Milano vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties, that it may have been the first and only time I would ever give Alyssa Milano any credit for anything.
Michael Avenatti was arrested on felony Domestic Violence charges last night, and Alyssa realized this wasn’t about “sides.” This was about a man allegedly punching a woman in the face.
Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on both cheeks.
It was later confirmed that the victim was NOT his estranged wife – as originally reported.
HOWEVER – It is important to note that this doesn’t mean the incident didn’t HAPPEN. It means it didn’t happen TO HIS WIFE.
Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
This was enough for Alyssa:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 14, 2018
Good on her. This IS NOT about sides.
Avenatti has always been scum. I wouldn’t want anything to do with him in the first place. And she’s EXACTLY right. I would be wary any Republican who found himself in the same situation.
But people are REEEALLY ticked off at Alyssa, because you know… Avenatti was supposed to be our PRESIDENT.
Seriously?? Wow! I’m really surprised by your rush to judgment. Guess he’s not valuable to you anymore? I prefer to wait for facts before publicly disavowing and shaming someone. Might want to delete this tweet and hold tight a bit.
— LAintheOC (@LAintheOC) November 15, 2018
I'm not a fan of Michael Avenatti. And I believe victims should be given the utmost deference.
But I would be a slow to judge on this one. I don't know if Avenatti did it or didn't. But I do know that alt-right trolls have been trying to set-up political figures on the left.
— SwerveForThe Girl (@SfortheG) November 15, 2018
“Believe all women” …or call them alt-right trolls. Whatever.
And listen – I get it – we shouldn’t be quick to assume someone’s guilty of everything they’re ever accused of. But here’s a question: how many of these people stood up for Kavanaugh?
Before anyone judges Mr. Avenatti he deserves the same due process that everyone in America is entitled to. He has been an advocate of protecting immigrant children for FREE. He is the reason Michael Cohen is speaking to Mueller. Trump, Fox, and GOP hate him and this stinks!!
— Elizabeth Holmes (@HolmesTeganimi) November 15, 2018
DUE PROCESS? That’s a new one.
I read it's on SUSPICION of, NOT proven (yet) abuse. Has it changed? I don't want to condemn the guy into I have more facts. I don't like being judge, jury and executioner.
— Avery R. Russell ⚧ ⚨ (@YouEnbyMe) November 14, 2018
Again… what about Kavavanugh? Where were y’all then?
Where are the facts? You know the truth. We don't want another good man discarded as Franken was. Let's wait & see.
— linda may (@lindamayb) November 14, 2018
“A good man.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Also how exactly has he been protecting children other than doing self-serving interviews?
Sorry, Avenatti set the new rules. His career should be over just based on the allegation. Truth is immaterial. He wanted to sink a judge with specious unsubstantiated claims. Not only is he in the same boat he has actually been ARRESTED.
— SofaSpud65 (@sofaspu37) November 15, 2018
Believe all women. Y’all set the bar. Now you gotta stick to it.
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Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Chesney had good reason to be absent.