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Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

Posted on: December 1, 2009 1:44 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 1:48 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hasn't heard or has ignored the opinions of those who fervently believe he needs to come clean about the curious details of his car crash after Thanksgiving Day last week

Maybe he'll listen to his friends.

Charles Barkley, one of the few people who has seemingly spoken to Woods since the Nov. 27 incident, told a Philadelphia radio station Tuesday that he believes his friend is blowing it by not admitting a mea culpa and adding the salient details.

Barkley, who has had more than a few notable run-ins with cops over the years, said Woods needs to stop hiding behind his spokespeople and man up, so to speak.

"I don’t want no PR person talking for me cause they don’t make it work," Barkley told WIP radio. "They aren’t going to make it better. I think he is really making a mistake in not talking to the cops and things like that. I think he is making a serious mistake.”

Barkley, who claims he has no actualy first-hand knowledge of what transpired, said that he believes Elin Woods might have had a role in the crash, too, a subject of much speculation at this point.

“Well, I think there is some truth on that, but the problem we got is that none of us know the truth," he said. "I think the police know the truth, I do. I think the police know the truth. That is the problem right there.”

By hiding and failing to play in his tournament this week in suburban Los Angeles, Barkley feels Woods is taking the worst possible tack publicly.

"I think he is making it worse," he said. "First of all, if, if, if that happened, I think all the secrecy, his statement apologizing -- I am not perfect and stuff like that. I think they are making it worse. I mean, I would love for him to come out and say, 'Hey we had a disagreement. I am sorry for the uproar. Please give me my privacy.'

"I think the public would be cool with that. But the TMZ, National Enquirer, him keeping quiet and avoiding the cops and things, I think people are going to say at this point: Hey we need to know the damn truth now. In the beginning it was like maybe the dude did have a wreck, but now with all the stuff coming out with bits and pieces, you are like, 'He didn’t just hit a tree or a fire hydrant because some other stuff was going on.

"I think because of Tiger and who he is, I think the cops would back off him. But I don’t think he can make them look bad. If they keep coming to your damn house and you keep telling them no, I think that is very dangerous. I am speaking from first-hand experience -- 'You know what, sir, I really apologize. It is 100% my fault. Please forgive me and I got to go.'

"For those of you who try to hang around and do what Roger Clemens or A-Rod and things like that, when you are kind of like, 'I don’t know what I was taking' and things like that. 'It wasn’t my fault.' Man it just makes it worse."


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2009 1:46 pm

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

>>yo joey, mea culpa is an acknowledgment of one's fault or error.  just

You are correct, sir. Hey, Joey, if you dont' know what a word means... look it up in the dictionary. There's one on the internet if your'e too cheap to buy a paper copy.

ALso, there's such a thing as extrapolating the meaning of words by their context.  "Hm..."mea culpa."  Mea sounds like me.  Culpa...culpa...culpa.... sounds like "culpability."  So Charles is saying that Tiger should say he's culpable for what's going on in his life. (And not in words on his website but actually in front of newscameras.)

I'd've had a lot of respect (not much, I admit, but a lot mroe than I have now) for TIger if he'd just stood in front of the cameras and told people, "Hey, it's my personal life, and I'm dealing with it. Mind your own business."

By not saying anything, it's clear he's running scared. Which makes him a coward in real life.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:44 pm

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

yo joey, mea culpa is an acknowledgment of one's fault or error.  just thought i would throw that out there.  i would love to hear what charles and tiger talked about.  i sure hope this passes and the great one can move on and play this game like the greatest ever that he is.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:29 am

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

First, stop putting words in Barkley's mouth. He did NOT say Tiger should "man up" and neither he did not imply those two words disguised by your 'so to speak'. So, shut up. Also, I doubt Charles was an altar boy prior to Vatican II nor did he take high school Latin. I only had four years of Latin, so I vaguely remembered what it meant and in what context of the liturgy.

Please reread the crap you slapped togetther and say after me, "Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa". I used to like your stuff. You have really gone  going down hill lately.

Man up, Elling. Edit your stuff before you send it.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:21 pm

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

Charles needs to read what Tiger said "It was all my fault" no excuses He said he embarassed his family and himself . People are a strange lot love you when your up love to help pull you down and even throw a kick in to help. Woods has never I repeat never put his private life on display and if you dare try to pul some garbage up he wil remind you he knows his rights. Why does everyone think we deserve an explenation for the wreck do we win the tourneys he plays do we sign his checks did we put in any time on the range getting our game together. If the man wants to talk let him talk he will but if he doesnt guess what and the Fl. police found this out he wont  we need to let it go Tiger will eventually say something but only when he is good and ready

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:08 pm

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

you look like my uncle steve. i think i would understand your point but i don't know what mea culpa means.  but people always need to have a second chance at their life, look at bob huggens.  he is ready to win the ncaa.

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