March 03, 2010
Finally ... finally we get someone being honest about the Tiger Woods situation. A person as close to Tiger on the road as anyone, speaking up about the scandal and how it has hurt him as much as it has hurt anyone not related to the golfer.
Steve Williams, caddie of Tiger Woods since 1999, spoke Wednesday to 60 Minutes in New Zealand, his home country, about all that is Tiger, admitting, "I knew nothing, that's my answer. I don't have to clarify or extend that answer. I knew nothing." Along with those strong words from Steve, the man that has become famous for his defense of Woods on the course went after the golfer a little off the course.
"If I had known something was going on, the whistle would have been blown,'' he said. ''Of course I'm mad at him, why would you not be? I'm close with his wife and he's got two lovely children and he's let them down. But when a guy's having a tough time, it's not up to me to beat him with a stick right now.
''He's getting enough grilling from everybody else. When you're a true friend of somebody, that's when somebody needs your support and needs you the most. That's when you don't walk away. Tiger's one of my closest friends and he needs my support right now and I'd never think of walking away."
A lot of people have speculated (with Rick Reilly even calling for Williams to be fired) that Stevie knew what was happening the entire time, but just kept his mouth closed because he had such a cushy gig. These type of exclamations make it seem that he is genuinely fed up what the situation and what Tiger did to everyone. How hard has it been?
"It's been the most difficult time of my life, no two ways about it, because every single person believed that I should know or did know or had something to do with it."
The bottom line is this; it isn't Stevie's place to be telling others what goes on behind the ropes. This is Tiger's journey, and Steve is an employee. His life has been rattled, I'm sure he is worried about the upcoming months when Tiger joins the tour and gets back on the course, because it will be as hectic as ever. If nothing else, we should all appreciate him being honest and moving on from there.
'I knew nothing' - Tiger's caddie says he was in dark over infidelities [Sydney Morning Herald]