Full transcript: Sarah Hampson on the Tiger Woods affair
12:53 Globe and Mail: Sarah Hampson takes your questions here at 1 p.m.
1:00 Globe and Mail: Thanks for joining us today Sarah. I'll get us started just by asking for your reaction to Tiger's announcement today.
1:04 Sarah Hampson: Well, I was shocked but also, sadly, not surprised in a way. I was shocked because I think I, too, wanted to believe in the Boy Wonder and Snow White, his beautiful, blonde, former-nanny wife. He had this perfect image - and I think that as much as we like to bring down celebrities, we like to build them up.
1:05 Comment From Kevin: With the precedents for celebrity athelete divorce settlements set so high eg. Michael Jordan- do you think we could see something like that here?
1:12 Sarah Hampson: Too early to tell. With his statement on his website, he is obviously making it clear that he wants to repair the damage with his wife. He wants to be "the husband and father that my family deserves." The question I guess is about his wife, Elin, and whether she is prepared to stay in the marriage. You have to wonder at his behaviour - he allegedly started his affair with the former cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs (unfortunate last name, no?) almost three years ago, just before birth of his first child. And as each day passes, more alleged mistresses are coming out of the woodwork. Radar onLine is reporting that Tiger paid for the tickets to Australia for the New York party girl, Rachel Uchitel, who has denied the affair up until now. This could get much worse. And I, like many, feel sorry for Elin, who has a rather sweet image as a loving mom and supportive partner, scandal-free and pure as driven snow, except of course for allegations that she clubbed her husband with a 7-iron.
1:12 Comment From Guest: Hi. Just a comment... I'm not sure that the media fascination with celebrity affairs is necessary, but I do find it fascinating that our memory for such events is so short (in the case of Clinton and so many others... not that it's really our place to judge). I'm also amazed that more of us don't use these examples in the media to turn the lens inward, examine the potential causes of infidelity, and really have a dialogue about those issues. What are your thoughts?
1:14 Comment From Guest: Americans love to build up their celebrities and sports figures into God like status and then take delight when the fall. I think Tiger's an example of someone who has just too much money. I think you can have too much of anything including money. With all that money I would imagine Tiger had women chasing him all the time. I think any normal guy would cave into that temptation.
1:14 Comment From Tim: The more women who come forward or are revealed, the more this will cost him if his wife decides to end the marriage.
1:20 Comment From guest: I just don't understand why people set themselves up for a fall by claiming to be a role model-I hate to say it but I can't see how someone exposed to so much temptation could stay on the straight and narrow- It takes an iron character methinks
1:24 Comment From Melissa: Personally, I feel that he should own up and set the record straight. The longer he goes without having some sort of press conference to let everything out, the longer the media is going to speculate about what led to the crash and the longer it is going to weigh on both Tiger and Elin.
1:24 Sarah Hampson: I think that the media fascination with these kinds of stories stems from the very human content that so many of us share. Look, infidelity in marriage is a huge problem. And there's something in Tiger's behaviour that suggests he felt above it all. I mean who would leave such an incriminating trail of evidence - racy text messages and voicemails ? He was making himself very vulnerable but obviously he didn't think he was. He perhaps couldn't imagine that his lover, the former cocktail waitress, was going to proudly talk about her affair.
1:24 Comment From Monica Lewinsky: Do you honestly believe this story is valuable content?
1:26 Comment From Bill: Why don't we leave the guy alone to sort out his family business?