The headline you see above is not a belated, April Fools attempt at humor. A new woman has indeed come forward in the Tiger Woods scandal – a former teacher.
Maureen Decker is planning to speak out today at a news conference … to claim a famous tale Tiger Woods once told of childhood racism is nothing but a lie!
Here’s the background: In ’05, Tiger described how on his first day of school, “a group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word ‘nigger’ on me, and threw rocks at me. And the teacher really didn’t do much of anything.”
Decker, who was Tiger’s kindergarten teacher (and is now repped by Gloria Allred, of course), denies this ever happened: “No such incident ever occurred to Tiger Woods while he was under [my] care as a kindergarten pupil on the first day of class.”
ROUGH PATCH: Tiger Woods is not only a cheater, he’s a liar who made up a story about being bullied by racist kids, his former teacher says. Do you believe it?
Allred, in her own statement, called out Woods for defaming her client: “No teacher should ever be treated in such a callous and unfair manner especially one such as Ms. Decker. The time for Tiger Woods to make direct amends to her is now.”
No word if Bryon Bell saw the alleged incident take place.
Gloria’s shameless opportunism aside, you have to wonder if he really did make that up. Someone who lives a shady double life for years has very little credibility.
The Tiger statement was given as part of an interview for a 2005 book by Charles Barkley. Today at 1:30 EST, a press conference will take place at Gloria’s office.
But there’s more. Naturally, the teacher will unveil pictures of Tiger as a kindergartner and also express her feelings about the alleged Tiger Woods mistresses.
Naturally, we’ll update this story once she does, too.
UPDATE: Maureen Decker just said she believes Tiger’s tale of childhood racism never happened. She wants a personal apology, saying, “I am asking Tiger for a private and public apology to put my mind at ease and set the record straight.”
Decker also said she was suffering from migraines and elevated blood pressure as a result of this ordeal … and colitis. Okay, that’s pretty much it. THG out.