he alleged Tiger Woods scandal heated up even as the Florida Highway Patrol decided the golfer wouldn't face criminal charges for his mysterious weekend car crash. Woods has denied on his website that he and his wife, Elin Nordegren, were fighting before the accident over an alleged mistress, but he now admits to "transgressions" that have let his family down. New York nightlife promoter Rachel Uchitel denied reports that she and Woods were having an affair. But a Los Angeles cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs, told Us Weekly that she had a 31-month fling with Tiger Woods, and gave RadarOnline two steamy text messages allegedly sent by Woods to back up her story. Life & Style magazine linked a third woman -- Las Vegas club promoter Kalika Moquin -- to Woods. Is the superstar golfer's shiny image tarnished for good? (Listen to a voice message Tiger Woods left for Jamie Grubbs)
Nobody should believe Jaimee Grubbs: The text messages don't prove anything, says Zennie Abraham in the San Francisco Chronicle. Grubbs claims she and Woods started a fling in 2007, but there are no times or dates for the texts she gave RadarOnline. It would be one thing if Grubbs had incriminating photos, "but a text message without identification information is a joke."
"Jaimee Grubbs releases alleged Tiger Woods texts, fails to prove affair"
The scandal hurts Woods -- true or not: Even if Jaimee Grubbs' story proves false, say Nancy Dillon and Corky Siemaszko in the New York Daily News, Tiger Woods' "good guy image" has been tarnished. And stay tuned, because Jaimee Grubbs, 24, says she has photos and hundreds more text messages to prove that her Tiger Woods affair story is true.
"Waitress Jaimee Grubbs claims torrid affair with Tiger Woods amid Rachel Uchitel tryst rumors"
Money is fueling the Tiger Woods scandal: A tipster claims Us Weekly paid Jaimee Grubbs $150,000 for its "sexxxy exclusive," says Hamilton Nolan in Gawker. And gossip site TMZ ran "breathless exclusives" about how Tiger Woods would end up facing serious charges -- "right up to the moment he received a big $164 ticket." Maybe we'll learn more when somebody gets Woods himself to sit down and talk."Rumor: Us Weekly pays big for Tiger Woods girl No. 2"
The media -- not Woods -- should be ashamed: Enough with the scandal mongering, says Kathleen Parker in The Washington Post. Tiger Woods doesn't owe America an explanation for his private life. "I don't care if the little ball goes in the little hole. But Tiger Woods will be my forever-hero" if he just tells the voyeurs to mind their own business.
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