Tiger Woods’ latest women problem: kindergarten teacher

That's Maureen Decker, Tiger Woods' jovial former kindergarten teacher, to the left, saying nasty things about her former pupil.

That's Maureen Decker (left), Tiger Woods former kindergarten teacher, saying nasty things about her former pupil. (Video below.)

Gloria Allred, the leech in a pants suit, is expanding the Tiger Woods’ branch of her legal practice: Now she’s representing Woods’ former teachers, not just porn stars.

Just a few days before Woods holds his first actual news conference in over four months — coincidence, I’m sure — Maureen Decker of Cerritos (Calif.) Elementary School denounced past claims by Woods that he was harassed and racially taunted on his first day of kindergarten. She also pretty much blamed Woods for her migraines, her high blood pressure and — I’m not making this up — her colitis.

“If Tiger is truly following a 12-step program for a so-called sex addiction,” Ms. Decker said, as she did that finger-quote thing, “then he needs to apologize to all those he has hurt by his words and actions, and that includes me, his kindergarten teacher.”

There is good news. She made no claims of sleeping with Woods, nor could she provide evidence of pornographic finger puppets.

A little background: In Charles Barkley’s 2005 book, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Black Man,” Woods told Barkley and writer Michael Wilbon: “I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten. A group of sixth-graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted [the n-word] on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. I used to live across the street from school and kind of down the way a little bit. The teacher said, ‘OK, just go home.’ So I had to outrun all these kids going home, which I was able to do. It was certainly an eye-opening experience, you know, being five years old. We were the only minority family in all of Cypress, California.”

Here’s a link to the actual page in the book.

Decker claimed then, as now, that the incident never happened. Here’s my question: How would she know? Do you suppose that’s something a five-year-old would just randomly make up?

And here’s the bigger question: Why does it bother her  so much that she feels the need to hold a press conference 19 years later? Oh right. The colitis.

Stay tuned for next week, when Allred holds a news conference with Woods’ first grade teacher, who’ll spill the beans on what a horrible speller he was and how he seldom colored inside the lines.

Attention class: Miss Decker is speaking

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50 comments Add your comment

Grendel

April 2nd, 2010
3:27 pm

First? Also wow.

wesleywhatwhat

April 2nd, 2010
3:31 pm

sorry man, but this column is worthless.

today’s paycheck hasn’t been earned yet. get back to it.

Rev Al Sharpton

April 2nd, 2010
3:35 pm

Because if it had happened me and Jesse woulda been marching!!

Bob in SF

April 2nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Welcome back Schultzie.

wawel78

April 2nd, 2010
3:37 pm

if the guy is lying about something that severe, he needs to be called out for it. However, I’m not sure why she thinks he needs to apologize directly to her.

wawel78

April 2nd, 2010
3:38 pm

oh and if that actually did happen, don’t you think the news would have been all over that?

Jim

April 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Speaking of Al Sharpton, that story sounds a little bit like something (Google: Tawana Brawley) he’d make up.

Paul H

April 2nd, 2010
3:49 pm

Man. I truly thought I had seen it all. Unbelievable.

Not Disappointed

April 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Those Pre-K teachers are hot!

KevinM

April 2nd, 2010
4:03 pm

Rerun your column from yesterday Jeff. This was quite a waste of everyone’s time. You were better than this yesterday.

Can’t you talk Final Four, Braves, Hawks against the cheatin’ Cavs?

PMC

April 2nd, 2010
4:05 pm

He did that global apologising thing. That included worthless kindergarten teachers with an axe to grind and scum of the earth bottom feeding lawers like Gloria Alred.

Geez the more it goes on the more I like the guy.

PMC

April 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

It’s just kind of annoying that he sounds like Dave Chapelle mocking white people when he speaks publically.

Lydia

April 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

andrea

April 2nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Does Gloria Allred have a vendetta against Tiger since this is sounding as if she is out to get him any way she can and why does this woman bring this up now. Did Gloria research everything that Tiger has ever said and bring all these pitiful people into her fold. This woman is no different than the “W—–” that Gloria has represented. I have nothing but respect for teachers, but for this woman to allow herself to be used this way is disgraceful.

lefty fielder

April 2nd, 2010
4:17 pm

fame – the new drug
by the way . . . why is gloria all red?
oh wait, never mind.

Pimento Cheese

April 2nd, 2010
4:19 pm

“Do you suppose that’s something a five-year-old would just randomly make up?”

But if Woods made it up, he wouldn’t have had to do so as a five year old. He says he reported the attack to a teacher who told him not to worry about it. But if he was making the incident up for the book, he could certainly also make up the additional part about reporting it and being ignored.

Woods has been critized for not speaking out more on racial issues and not doing enough for minority communities. Isn’t it possible he made this story up in an effort to deflect such criticism?

Because if we have learned one thing about Tiger Woods over the last few months, its that he’s not averse to crafting a public image at odds with reality. Given what we have learned, and given that he apparently is still making things up (”no one my entourage knew”), shouldn’t any story he puts forth be viewed with deep suspicion. [And fwiw, if I were accused of the sort of racial insensitivity Woods alleged, and it was untrue, I'd be very PO'd myself.]

edwardz

April 2nd, 2010
4:22 pm

Here’s my question: How would she know? Do you suppose that’s something a five-year-old would just randomly make up?

Don’t you think someone had to untie him and everyone at the school would have heard about such an incident. Also, who said a A 5 year old made up the story? it was an older Tiger making it up.

wayne

April 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

It amazes me that none of these women have offered to apologize to Tiger’s wife or his children, for what they did. Tiger did not do all this alone. I bet that was equal if not more than willing participation by the “WOMEN’. You think.

All I'm Saying...

April 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Welcome back, Jeff. Hope all is well with you and the family.

Now, if only Gloria Allred and The Re-treads would go away because that’s what all of her clients seem to be: unoriginal and recycled.

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wayne

April 2nd, 2010
4:35 pm

I really doubt if the so called teacher even remembers who was in her class.

worm

April 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

I think I know who to believe..One is definitely a proven liar.

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worm

April 2nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Jeff, How the hell did the NBA approve ownership of the Bobcats for Michael jordan.(My 2nd favorite NBA player behind Magic)..He’s a lot bigger sleaze than Pete Rose ever thought about and he’s an OWNER!..If you ever see Tiger, Barkley and Jordan together-Get far,far away!

Paul in RDU

April 2nd, 2010
4:43 pm

I have no idea whether what Charles Barkley claims that Tiger said happened ever did happen. The timing of the lawsuit (5 years after Barkely’s book was published) is interesting as is the person bringing it.
From one of the news stories on the matter:

Ms. Decker says “no such incident ever occurred to Tiger Woods while he was under [my] care as a kindergarten pupil on the first day of class.”

Now this is a statement that sounds like it was written by a lawyer – very precise and leaving open the option of saying “didn’t happen when I was around” if some witnesses come forward to corroborate Tigers claims. Ms Allred obviously preps her clients very well.

sure they did tiger

April 2nd, 2010
5:17 pm

JEFF, I DOUBT THAT TIGER MADE THAT STATEMENT AT 5 YRS OF AGE BUT RATHER LATER IN LIFE..AND I FEEL IS ANYONE OF COLOR, BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, LATINO, ETC..MAKES THESE KIND OF STORIES UP ..THEY SHOULD HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEY MADE IT UP OR BE ARRESTED FOR IT..I AM TIRED OF RACIAL ISSUES THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE PEOPLE MAKE UP STORIES INCLUDING THIS ONE..

sure they did tiger

April 2nd, 2010
5:19 pm

ok TIGER NAME THEIR NAMES IF THIS STORY IS TRUE, JUST WHAT I THOUGHT YOU CANT AND I GUESS YOU TOLD NOONE INCLUDING YOUR PARENTS WHO COULD NOT REPORT IT TO THE SCHOOL, NO SUCH INCIDENT HAPPENDED

jgp

April 2nd, 2010
5:45 pm

How sad. This writer does not even make sense. OK Tiger runs home. Neat-that takes care of having the school know. Or does it? A child disappears and nobody asks? OK fine. He gets home. He outruns sixth graders- wow that dude has a tiger in his tank. He’s got paint on him. What kind-does it wash off? And bruises from thrown stones don’t go away. What did his parents do? They do not strike me as the kind who would not go to the school. But probably licked off the paint, licked his wounds, and sailed forth the next day to tell more lies and then peddle it to K newspaper’s sport writer.

jgp

April 2nd, 2010
6:20 pm

Apology. I forgot this is just the excuse Tiger needed. He suffers from PTSD-Post Tiger Stress
Disorder. Poor little Tiger. No wonder he acted the way he did.

dave

April 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

It’s a memory he wanted to have. It fit well into Barkley’s book. Tailor-made for Barkley … a good bit too much so, in my opinion.

I also think it is in poor taste to compare an incident such as the “tied-to-a-tree” story to his spelling and how “seldom he colored between the lines.” Interesting choice of words in a column revolving around race, but one is a hate crime and should be treated as such; the others mere foibles.

dave

dawg 4 u

April 2nd, 2010
6:44 pm

Glad to have you back on the gig Jeff. Let’s get some sympathy going for Tiger going into Masters week right. The cheating on his wife with all those other women has now been explained. It is a good thing that Tiger could outrun those other “white” kids or he wouldn’t be where he is today right? My only question on this whole Tiger-gate mess is how in the hell did he get hurt so bad in a little neighborhood accident in which the airbags didn’t even inflate? The Masters tournament ratings will probably be the best ever though.

BravesFan

April 2nd, 2010
6:52 pm

None of this sounds near as bad as what the black kids do to each other in places like Chicago… where they beat each other with 2×4’s and shoot each other everyday.

Douglas O

April 2nd, 2010
6:53 pm

Gloria Allred has no shame …….. big time anti male. She had the Duke lacrosse guys convicted from the start. This is just more of the same for her.

Carmen

April 2nd, 2010
7:04 pm

Leave it to Gloria Allred to find her way back into the Tiger Woods saga. She tried with the shameless porn Jostlyn and did not succeed; in fact it backfired on her Big Time. Now she found this old, ailing granny from retirement and is back again trying to get an apology from Tiger. HA, HA, HA, Gloria Allred is a bad joke!!!

bob

April 2nd, 2010
9:02 pm

I hate Allred as much as any other sane and rational individual but this story is just complete crap, this never happened but people will believe it since its believed that racism is taught to kids at an early age. The problem with that is this, I was raised in what at the time was rural georgia by a father reared in the mountains of northern georgia, southern north carolina and a mother that was raised in the country cattle ranches and orange groves in florida. They were both about as backwoods as they get and I wasnt taught one ounce of hatred to any race growing up but he wants us to believe that in california and one of the most liberal areas of the state, racism was so rampant that in ‘81 older kids tied him to a tree and spray painted racial slurs on him?

What is greater there jeff? Your coddling of tiger or your hatred of allred? Shes not a respectable woman most of the time, but tiger has also shown hes not very respectable lately and has the privileged attitude of a spoiled brat athlete. I can forgive marital indiscretions, somehow that makes him more human but to all of sudden start to push a story like this as a way to deflect? This is so transparent its pathetic but for some reason all of you eat it up.

The incident never happened and its just someone trying to garner sympathy. Its sad this is what passes for journalism today but then with the railroading of coaches I guess its to be expected.

What???

April 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Since when did kindergarten kids go to school with sixth graders? I’m older than Tiger and even in my day 5 year olds didn’t go to school with 12 year olds!

Elisa

April 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

I have a feeling that for Tiger Woods to get right with the world, it would take a lot more than 12 steps. He’s a disgrace.

I’ll give him this much – he did a great job of playing the saint until he was exposed.

rita

April 3rd, 2010
6:14 pm

This women is just as bad as all the others. “Personal and public apology” my *ss! The women representing her doesn’t do anything for a “personal and public apology”!! So it’s obvious what both are after – can’t you see the signs in their eyes?

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gary

April 4th, 2010
9:02 am

how did he untie himself from that tree? and 5 years old and able to outrun a group of 6th graders not likely unless he was the 2nd coming of forrest gump ’stupid is as stupid does” hmmm

Dr. Phil

April 4th, 2010
9:47 am

This whole issue is BS from everyone concerned. Tiger’s dad was a Special Forces officer with two tours in Vietnam–not a person who would let such an event slide. Tiger has made a circus out of the Masters’.

DDT

April 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Gloria and that teacher are just mad because Tiger did not fool around with them, they just wanted their share. Also from the looks of that old ugly hag of a teacher and her plastic surgery addicted scum lawyer, about the only person that I can think of that would touch those nasty things would be Dr. Phil.

Chuck

April 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Tawana Tiger Baloney,
Woods has a thing for trees and white women. He still hasn’t explained his car mishap. Where was he going 2:30 in the morning? Why was he driving in his bare feet? Why did he hit a bush? Why did he hit a hedge? Why did he plow over a fire hydrant – continue on until he was stopped by a tree? Just check the police report.

DDT

April 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

Chuck, the reason Tiger hasn’t explained a lot of what happened that night to you and some other people is because maybe its none of your or anyones elses business. Try keeping your nose in your own affairs and you wont have to worry about pulling it out of someone elses butt.

Chuck

April 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

DDT- Until he does this cloud of suspicion will remain over him besides driving in your bare feet in Florida is against the law yet Woods wasn’t cited for it. And why did he hire a high power lawyer shortly after a “minor” car mishap?

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Its not complicated

April 5th, 2010
8:50 am

I suspect that most posting here who say this incident never happened were not children who were perceived as different in their community. Race doesn’t matter, it would be plausible if her were considered different…..for no other reason than he was different. Things like this happen to children all the time, duh. As for the story, the book was published 2 years ago, this wasn’t something he came up with to cover for his problems in the press and gain sympathy, it was a story he told to his friend Charles Barkley…..READ people, and finally, In many communities especially 20 years ago and longer, there were elementary schools, Jr. High schools and high schools. (not as many middle schools existed in many places in the US) Elementary was K-6 Jr. High 7-8, High School was 9-12. Stop looking for lies everywhere you turn, If we were all held to the standard Tiger is being held to, well, I dare say nobody would be above the title of LIAR……If you lie about one thing then you lie about everything? Really?

Fair and Balanced

April 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Well, once the can of worms was opened —- it became inevitable that you going to get stories like this all over the place. And this stuff comes out in time for Masters Week. Great. Lets see who else will try to steal the show this week. Truth is – this is a sad story no matter who is telling the truth. If Tiger lied about his KG experience that is sad. If the thing really happened – that too is sad. Gloria Alfred coming out now about this — that is maybe even sadder. The saddest thing is that we are still getting junk like this in the media. Tell us how Tiger is hitting the ball today!