Social media influencer and podcast host Paige Spiranac is defending Tiger Woods in advance of an HBO documentary about Woods’ life.
Woods, who was married to Elin Nordegren at the time, was revealed in 2009 to have had affairs with at least 12 different women.
Paige Spiranac Defends Tiger Woods
“Probably 99.9 percent of people have done something bad in their life,” Spiranac said on her podcast recently, the New York Post reports. “It’s not for people to sit on their couch and make him out to be a monster when I don’t think anyone could have handled that any better than he has.”
“It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated,” she said.
Spiranac played golf in college at the University of Arizona and San Diego State, and briefly professionally before retiring in 2016.
She has also spoken out to defend golfer Justin Thomas. Thomas used a homophobic slur after missing a putt at the Tournament of Champions last weekend. Spiranac said neither golfer should be “canceled” for their mistakes.
Spiranac Discovers the Limelight
The influencer is gaining an understanding of what it’s like to be in the public eye. And that appears to have made her more sympathetic to fallen celebrities. She recently sounded off about the comments she gets about her physical appearance.
“It’s crazy I can be told I look too fat, too skinny, too plastic, too old, wearing too much makeup, not enough makeup,” Spiranac tweeted. “Boobs too big, butt not big enough, too pale, hair too blonde, not blonde enough all in one day. Guys it’s not a build-a-bear workshop over here. Calm it down.”
Spiranac told the Guardian in 2018 that “people seem to think I got where I am because of the clothes that I wear.”
“That’s unfair to me and unfair to all of my accomplishments,” she said. “I probably do more community service than any other professional golfer. For people to say: ‘You only show some cleavage, that’s why you have what you have,’ is unfair. That’s the injustice that we face every day as women and I see it a lot in golf.”
Spiranac does not seem too worried about the unfairness of Woods’ behavior to the women affected by it. But she did express concern about Woods.
“Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him,” she said on her podcast. “I don’t think any of us could handle that spotlight.”