Rachel Uchitel was at the center of the Tiger Woods scandal more than a decade ago when it was revealed that she and several other women had affairs with the 15-time major champion. The situation resulted in a massive settlement for Uchitel, but she is now struggling financially.
The New York Times published a story about Uchitel on Monday. In it, the former cocktail waitress explained how she signed a nondisclosure agreement with Woods that promised her a payment of $5 million and $1 million annually for three years after.
“I’m not an idiot, I’m not a hooker, I’m not a prostitute,” Uchitel said. “I was and am a very smart girl and that’s why I negotiated $8 million, because I knew it was going to affect my life.”
The $8 million didn’t go very far, however. Uchitel explained that she only received a cut of the money due to taxes and legal fees. When she signed on to do “Celebrity Rehab” in 2010, Woods’ legal team demanded that she pay back the money she had received. Uchitel agreed to give up the additional $3 million she was owed.
Uchitel took part in HBO’s “Tiger” documentary, which was released earlier this year. She said she was threatened by Woods’ lawyer Michael Holtz over that.
“If you get a job, I’ll come after your wages. If you get married, I’ll go after your joint bank account,” Uchitel says Holtz told her. “I will come after you for the rest of your life.”
Uchitel says she has opened and closed two children’s clothing stores, and both are in debt. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and Holtz attended the bankruptcy meeting in May.
Tiger’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren may have blown the lid off the cheating scandal by sending fake text messages to Uchitel. A lot of people said Uchitel would be set for life after taking her “hush money,” but that obviously did not turn out to be the case.
H/T OK! Magazine
Tiger Woods shared some details about his rehab process in his first public interview since his February car accident.
Woods spoke to Daniel Rapaport of Golf Digest about where he is physically and how his rehab is going. Woods admitted that he’s no stranger to injury rehab, but described the current process as “more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”
Woods suffered open fractures to both his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in the Feb. 23 accident. It’s not yet clear if Woods will regain full strength and movement in that leg. He refused to comment on whether or not he would play golf again, sharing a more immediate goal instead.
“My physical therapy has been keeping me busy,” Woods said. “I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”
Woods added that he has been “helped tremendously” by the outpouring of support from people both inside and outside of golf.
Public appearances have been rare for Woods since the accident, though we’ve had a few glimpses of him as he recovers. It sounds like a slow and steady process, and because of that, it may be a while before we get any clear idea of where things stand with his golfing future.
Tiger Woods has not made many public appearances since he was injured in a serious car crash back in February, but the 15-time major champion took some time out from his recovery this week to meet with a young girl who is battling cancer.
Luna Perrone, a 10-year-old who has a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, shared a photo on Instagram Monday that she took with Woods. The young girl said she received some advice from Tiger after bumping into him at a soccer event in Jupiter, Fla.
“I got to have a quick chat with @tigerwoods this weekend when I bumped into him at the soccer fields! He told me to ‘stay strong’ which has always been my goal! Stay strong physically and mentally and inspire others to do the same! No matter what you are going through YOU GOT THIS!!!” Perrone wrote.
As you can see, Tiger was on crutches and had his right leg wrapped.
Chris Perrone, Luna’s father, said the meeting happened by chance. He said his daughter is “always achieving excellence in anything she does.”
“Support from the community, from anyone, especially from an icon like that makes you proud, makes you humble, too,” Chris Perrone said, via Gary Detman of CBS12 in Florida. “People so revered in the world are real people and have real feelings and step up when they see a kid who may not be doing well. It made me happy.”
Woods suffered severe leg injuries in his February crash, and it’s unclear when he might be able to play again. He shared a photo of himself last month on the golf course with his dog, which you can see here.
Perrone was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in January. She has a tumor that is too large to remove, and her father says her family does everything they can to make sure she stays active and strong. Her outlook given the circumstances is nothing shy of remarkable.
The golf world has been full of praise for Phil Mickelson after his surprise win at the PGA Championship, with big congratulations coming from one of Mickelson’s longtime rivals.
Tiger Woods took to Twitter after Mickelson’s win on Sunday to pay tribute to his fellow pro’s “inspirational” victory at Kiawah Island.
Once rivals, the relationship between Mickelson and Woods has warmed in recent years. They’ve joined together for multiple celebrity events for charity. More recently, Mickelson was among those paying tribute to Woods after the latter’s serious car accident.
At age 50, Mickelson became the oldest major champion in golf history. The victory could serve as motivation and inspiration for the 45-year-old Woods, who is still recovering from the accident, to make a comeback and try to match Phil’s feat if he wants to.
Tiger Woods is still recovering from his car crash in February, with no timetable on when he may return to golf. United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker already has a role set aside for him if he is capable of taking it, though.
Stricker said he has had conversations with Woods, and that he would love to have him as an assistant captain when the event takes place in September.
“We were on a Zoom call with him just this last week and he seems like he’s in a better place,” Stricker said, via Steve DiMeglio of Golfweek. “Like I said, though, he’s still got some ways to go.
“I’d love to have him there. Who wouldn’t, right? The guys really respect him, and he did a great job obviously as a captain (for the 2019 Presidents Cup), and he was an assistant captain of mine in 2017 at the Presidents Cup and he was unbelievable. He would do anything for you and he’s totally, totally vested in the situation and the process and almost to the point of he’s on it early and so much, it’s like, dude, we’ve still got months to go yet.”
Stricker did add that Woods offered his assistance for the event regardless of whether he could travel to Whistling Heights in person.
It’s pretty clear that even as he’s recovering, Woods has been keeping an eye on the tour and is in contact with a number of golfers. Based on what little we’ve seen of him since the accident, it’s obvious Woods won’t be playing anytime soon, but he’s obviously involving himself in other ways.
Tiger Woods shared a photo of himself rehabbing from injuries he suffered during his February car accident.
In an Instagram picture posted Friday afternoon, Woods is seen on crutches while checking out his golf course, accompanied by his dog.
It’s the first glimpse the general public has had of Woods since his frightening February accident. He has, however, issued several statements to the public, and has also been in private communication with many of his PGA Tour colleagues.
One thing we don’t know is precisely how well Woods is progressing physically, or if he even has a timetable on potentially returning to the tour. It sounds like he has a good chance of doing so eventually.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday released more details about Tiger Woods’ Feb. 23 car crash.
According to documents reviewed by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Woods believed he was in Florida, not California, when he was interviewed in the hospital following the accident. The report also states that Woods showed many signs of shock after the accident when emergency personnel responded to the scene.
“[Woods] was acting in a manner consistent with someone suffering from shock due to having been involved in a major traffic collision,” Deputy Carlos Gonzalez wrote in the report. “[Woods] was stuffing the deployed airbag back into the steering wheel. [Woods] was knocked unconscious during the collision and said he did not know how the collision occurred.”
The report added that Woods was “somewhat combative,” which is also consistent with shock caused by injuries. When interviewed by Deputy Kyle Sullivan at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, Woods “did not remember being involved in a traffic collision” and “thought he was currently in the state of Florida.”
The report also goes into previously known detail about the cause and circumstances of the accident itself. The account is consistent with other details we already knew about Woods’ mental state after the crash.
Woods issued a statement on Thursday in response to the release of the details of the crash.
Justin Thomas had a difficult start to 2021, but he managed to turn things around heading into the Masters. Although he was involved in a serious car accident less than two months ago, Tiger Woods was still able to help Thomas through his rough stretch.
Thomas sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington prior to the Masters, and he opened up about some of the issues he has had over the last several months. Thomas spoke about what he learned in the wake of his use of a homophobic slur back in January. He also reflected on the emotions he felt when he learned before the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February that his grandfather, Paul Thomas, had died.
Then, there was Tiger’s accident. Thomas said he had planned to reach out to Woods for advice and encouragement just before he learned Tiger was in a serious car crash on Feb. 23. The two did eventually connect when Woods was feeling well enough, and Thomas says the 15-time major champion gave him some valuable advice.
“What kind of hit home for me is, when things aren’t going well, he was like, ‘You need to go figure it out. No offense to your dad, no offense to your caddie, you need to go out by yourself. You’re a grown man. Go figure it out,'” Thomas says Tiger told him.
Thomas went on to win The Players Championship not long after that conversation. He spoke about the importance of his friendship with Woods after the tournament.
If you remember, Thomas was extremely emotional when he first discussed Tiger’s crash (video here). The two are obviously very close, and Tiger has had a big influence on Thomas’ career.
Tiger Woods authorized the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to release the findings from the investigation into his car crash, and they did so on Wednesday. Woods issued a statement shortly thereafter.
Investigators determined that speed was the sole factor in the Feb. 23 crash, which left Woods with serious lower body injuries that required surgery. Tiger was traveling as fast as 87 mph down a dangerous curved roadway. His SUV was going 75 mph when he struck a tree, according to police.
After the cause of the crash was released, Woods put out a statement on Twitter thanking all of those involved. He said he will “continue to focus on my recovery and my family.”
Although it was determined that Woods was traveling nearly twice the speed limit, he will not be issued a citation for speeding. LA County Capt. James Powers told reporters most courts would dismiss any ticket that was issued because it was not observed by police or witnesses, according to ESPN’s Michele Steele.
Powers also reiterated that there was no evidence of impairment at the scene of the crash.
Tiger reportedly told people at the scene and at the hospital that he did not remember driving prior to the crash. One report claimed Woods was also seen driving erratically earlier that day.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has determined the cause of the car accident that left Tiger Woods seriously injured in February, and those findings are expected to be released on Wednesday.
According to a report from TMZ, investigators have determined that the sole cause of Woods’ crash was speed. He was said to be driving 83 mph in a 45-mph zone at the time he lost control of his vehicle. Tiger has waived his right of privacy and authorized police to release the accident report to the public.
TMZ reports that the black box recovered from Tiger’s SUV shows that he accelerated at the time of the Feb. 23 crash. His vehicle gained speed as he lost control.
Police could have attempted to obtain a warrant to see if Woods was using his cell phone at the time of the crash, but they reportedly did not feel they had probable cause to pull his cell phone records.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the crash as “purely an accident” after it happened, and he said police never considered charging Woods with a crime. Authorities said there were no signs of impairment.
Woods drove his SUV off the road and the car rolled over. He needed to be extracted from the vehicle using the “jaws of life.” The 15-time major champion suffered serious leg injuries in the crash that required surgery. Previous reports indicated he told people he did not remember driving before the accident.
One report claimed Tiger was driving erratically elsewhere prior to the crash.