Paige Spiranac on the Tiger Woods Sex Scandal: He’s Not a ‘Monster’ for Cheating

by Chris Haney

Former pro golfer Paige Spiranac has come to the defense of golfing legend Tiger Woods amid HBO’s documentary that details his 2009 sex scandal.

The network recently released a two-part documentary titled Tiger that dives into Woods’ personal life. The golfer allegedly had 12 mistresses at the time, which led his wife, Elin Nordegren, to file for divorce. His sex scandal is now being rehashed in HBO’s documentary that includes interviews with Rachel Uchitel, one of his mistresses.

However, Spiranac does not think Woods is a bad guy because of the scandal. In fact, during her recent podcast, Spiranac said she thought he handled the situation as well as anyone could. The former golfer made sure to make the distinction between his offenses and others that could be considered more severe, according to a New York Post article.

“Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him. You look at your own life and the things you’ve done. No one lives a perfect life, we all make mistakes,” Spiranac explained. “It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated. A lot of people cheat in their lifetime.”

Additionally, Spiranac says that it’s hard for anyone to understand his situation fully. Woods arguably had the largest spotlight on him of any pro golfer ever. The level of fame is basically unprecedented in the sport of golf. Spiranac suggests that we get rid of cancel culture and help troubled people instead.

“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,” she added. “Let’s get rid of cancel culture and help these people. Because you don’t know what they are going through. I don’t think any of us could handle that spotlight, it’s insane.”

Tiger Woods Has Fifth Back Surgery

On Tuesday, Tiger Woods and his team announced that he underwent back surgery to deal with a pinched nerve that continues to trouble the golfer.

Woods, 45, has faced similar issues over the last seven years. This was his fifth surgery on his back since 2014. He first underwent back surgery in 2014 for a pinched nerve and missed out on The Masters.

In 2015, Woods underwent a second microdiscectomy surgery to deal with another pinched nerve. Yet, his back pains continued and he had a third surgery not long after. In 2017, the pro golfer revealed that he had a fourth back procedure.

“Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship,” the statement explained.

Woods’ doctors stated that the surgery went well and they expect the golfer “to make a full recovery.”

“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on Tour,” Woods added in the statement.

In addition, the statement also revealed that Tiger Woods will not be competing in his next two scheduled tournaments. They include The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in February. He will still fulfill his duties of tournament host at The Genesis Invitational.

[H/T New York Post]