Lindsey Vonn, gal pal of Tiger Woods, once cracked jokes about his sex scandal

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Of course, sports fans, gossip hounds, your grandma — everyone has heard by now that Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn confirmed on Monday via social media that their friendship has evolved into a relationship of a romantic nature.

Tiger Woods made the announcement via his Facebook page, presumably having one of his handlers publish the following statement:

This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.

Lindsey Vonn, nearly simultaneously, offered up her announcement of the two super-duper-sports-stars’ budding relationship on Facebook as well:

I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV

And if their respective words weren’t sufficient enough, both Tiger and Lindsey uploaded photos to the interwebs of the two posing together playfully in semi-cheesy images worthy of comparison to photos sitting on the coffee table of that “too happy” couple everybody knows who revel rubbing it in the faces of their friends that they are super-compatible.

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Clearly, the Tiger Woods-Lindsey Vonn coupling has baptized the two as the most high-profile and successful sports power couple currently on the scene. But even though the two admitted to being friends before their feelings towards one another escalated, even before rumors began circulating and “heating up” about their possible romantic relationship — including how Tiger dispatched his private jet to pick up an injured Vonn in Austria in February — some statements that Vonn made during the crumbling of Tiger’s marriage to Elin Nordegren in the wake of his reputably global-scale whoremongering, Vonn was just like everyone else, including myself (see here, here, here, here…heck, just read about every post I’ve written about Tiger Woods before July of 2011, for Pete’s sake), reveling (and attempting to profit from, in more than one case) in the schadenfreude of the unraveling of the image of the worldwide sports icon.

During a Feb. 2010 interview with Time that occurred shortly after Tiger’s much-publicized mea culpa news conference, Vonn couldn’t help herself as she cracked wise about Tiger’s scandal with some well-crafted zingers:

And like millions of Americans, Vonn can’t help poking fun at Woods’ staged event. When a member of her Vonn-tourage tells her that Woods gave a few friends hugs after ending his statement, she cracks, “They’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re awesome, you go have that sex.’ ” The room breaks into a laugh. Then she describes a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods’ podium, blue backdrop and all. “There’s something you don’t know about me,” Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. “Tiger, you’re like my idol, and I too have a sex problem.” More laughter. “That would be freaking funny.”

Granted, much time has passed and more than a few things have transpired since that day in 2010, including the dissolution of Vonn’s own marriage, but for a guy like Tiger whose personal history provides abundant evidence that he can hold a grudge with the best of them, it is nothing if not surprising that he has been able to get Vonn’s comments about him and be able to pursue a romance with her. I guess being blonde, tremendously successful and extremely attractive probably helps.

[H/T Geoff Shackleford, via Business Insider]

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53 Comments

  1. Gabriel

    March 20, 2013 at 12:53 am

    This is old news and what does it have to do with who they are today? If they’ve been friends as long as it appears they have, why would it be hard to imagine that she’d poke fun at him? Friends do that sometimes. Perhaps Tiger can tolerate a dig from a friend a lot easier than than you think. Likewise, perhaps he’s not as anal and his skin is a little bit thicker than folks give him credit for. You should too.

  2. hew

    March 20, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Never had an interest in golf, but this Eldridge Woods fellow is interesting.
    A deadbeat dad , philandering husband , apparently garners attention from people who have no life. Why would anyone pay any attention or give any credence to such an individual? Let us know when he does anything of significance toward growing up and tending to his family instead of mindless females.

    • Dave

      March 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Why the interest? Maybe she wasn’t kidding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      “There’s something you don’t know about me,” Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. “Tiger, you’re like my idol, and I too have a sex problem.” r interest?
      Maybe she wasn’t kidding. . . . . .

    • steve mona

      March 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

      That is Eldrick stupid.

    • Sylvia

      March 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Tiger was a lousy husband, but not even his former wife has ever said that he was a bad dad and certainly not a deadbeat dad, who is a man who does not support his kids financially or shows any care or concern for them. Tiger is tending to his family and shares custody and parenting of his kids with Elin on a very amicable basis, which is great for their children.

      • GARY

        March 21, 2013 at 1:58 am

        I TOTALLY AGREE WHO IS ANY MAN TO JUDGE ANOTHER MAN ?

    • Oli

      March 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Dave you need to get a life, why post some stupid comment when you are not even a golfer why would you be interested in Tiger? You must be one of those clowns that just like to stir the pot. Tiger is one of the greatest golfers of all time and a cultural icon, so some infidelity and whore mongering puts him in the league with Presidents of this country and many others. Big deal move on!

    • larry

      March 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Attn: Hew, I guess you haven’t heard, that Mr. Woods, has his kids, 6 months out of the year, it was part of his divorce agreement, he get them 6 mo, she get them 6mo. So what is your problem, or your just a hater that you don’t have what he got and what he can get?? And remember all he need is 5 more Major, and he will be the best golfer that has ever played the game. And what is wrong with Sex? Is there a law saying that you must have sex with one person, even if your married?

    • WillieRants

      March 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      WOW , people who post online blogs are really insiders, they know that Tiger is dead beat dad, which I really doubt since his dad was a pivital part of his life, and dud just make one mistake in all these yrs in the limelight. He had a sexual daliance. I mean dayum, dude obviously married too early before he sowed his royal oats.. the sad part is he had to pay out the nose because of this mistake and this nanny is now worth ten figures all for kicking out some babies…if anything I amsaddened by this more thananything… that he had to pay such a large amt to this beyatch

    • CliffordII

      March 21, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Even though I hate adultery too,
      I find your stated opinions about Tiger Woods, Unforgiving,Unrealistic in the world of a Celebrities, and somewhat unintelligently hostile.

  3. PatrickLA

    March 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Bottom line is Tiger needs someone that he can admire and respect on his own level. Lindsay is one of the very successful and accomplished athletes being a multiple World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist, and not a maid that happens to have a pretty face with ZERO accomplishments in life in a class like Tiger or Lindsay Vonn! Oh, and don;t say having a baby is all that because that is a common thing that happens all the time! Ask any Mexican female in LA!

  4. PatrickLA

    March 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

    It’s one thing to have a pretty face(Elin) and another to be a highly accomplished athlete and Champion and considered the BEST EVER at what you do. Lindsay is both. Tiger probably respects her like no other woman ever, including his own mother.
    Elin was a maid for gods-sake! Tiger NEVER respected her and it showed with his multiple sexual scandals. I doubt he does that with Vonn.

    • Fran

      March 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Actually, I believe Elin was a nanny, not a maid. But, whatever. So, I guess the fact that she wasn’t a “world class athlete”, but merely Tiger’s wife and the mother of his children meant that she was undeserving of his respect and fidelity, right Patrick? I don’t know if you’re married, but if you are, why don’t you run that theory by your wife and see if it flies.

      • Ursula

        March 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Wow,
        Patrick I’m deeply sorry that a person is summed up in value by their career choice. We know how much children and those who care or teach them are valued in our society.. Sadly it’s way below a billion dollar a year athlete. You’re right… his wife was just a caretaker of children and deserved to be completely F— over. Really?

      • larry

        March 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        Attn: Fran, What woman is deserving of ones respect and fidelity? She is just a woman who does nothing, does not earn a living, nor did she cook and clean, and she probaly only did it once a month like most women, to get money, and your saying that patrick, must run any and everything by one wife, I mean who do you think you are? are you the queen of something that deserve everything, your just a woman with kids, that does nothing to get respect.

        • ursula

          April 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

          Wow Larry,
          I’m actually a teacher and mother of two and happily married. I highly doubt you are happy period. Queen no, deserving of respect as any human being who doesn’t harm any one yes. Sounds like you need to speak to a sex counselor. There is a reason you only get in once a month. Could it be your attitude toward women? HMMMM

    • Sylvia

      March 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Why would you assume that Tiger didn’t respect Elin, or that he respects Lindsay Vonn even more than his own mother? Granted, he should not have been involved with other women out of respect for his wife and his marriage, and he paid a huge price – both in his personal life and career – because of it. We don’t know Tiger nor Lindsay, yet we don’t hesitate to voice our opinions about their lives. Has Tiger ever asked a blogger or any of the media about their lives, or does he even care what is going on in them? We sit behind our computers, secure in our anonymity, and make our comments as if we are friends with these people, and we need to stop that!

    • Tim

      March 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      So how about your Mother?

  5. Tom

    March 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Cool, maybe when he cheats on her she’ll still think it’s a joking matter. Wish I respected her so I could tell you how much I lost, but you can’t lose what you don’t have.

  6. bing de la vega

    March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’ve been a fan before and after Tiger’s trips to the hole in ones. His last two major wins are indicative of a man rising from his own snapped bootstraps. The fact that they both share the same life experience from theri previos marriage makes them true to each other to not make the same mistakes again. So we hope. Besides Vonn is prettier I think. Has a huge sense of humor. And that’s good for them too. Won’t be surprise if the next news will be another little tigers in their lives. They are both blessed and Wishing you both all the very best.

    Bing De la Vega

  7. Jimmy

    March 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Am I the only one that sees this? Tiger hasn’t forgot what she said, he’s getting the ultimate revenge in dating her. Now he’ll be able show her the “tiger” behind closed doors. It’s revenge via sex. He’ll probably grudge-**** her, and feel like he got back at her.

  8. RSteve

    March 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Regretfully, many of us have experienced failures at a first marriage. Statistics provided by Americans for Divorce Reform indicate American marriages have a 50% failure rate. Woods and Vonn are symptomatic of what’s occurring in American society. Each found themselves in a marriage that was not fulfilling their needs. There is no question that Woods’ behavior during his marriage was inappropriate. It’s well documented history. He made a mistake. He married the wrong woman. Hopefully, Woods and Vonn are compatible and continue to enjoy a mutually sincere relationship. If not, as they’ve done previously, each will move on; as they should.

    • CL

      March 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Your comment is perfect! People are so quick to judge, and hold on to things. EVERYONE makes mistakes, not trying to downplay ANYTHING he did to his then wife, it was inappropriate, disgusting and extremely hurtful for THEM!! We watched and read about it on every media outlet available, but they lived it, they’re business!! But as they’ve both clearly moved on, so should we. He has had to live with the break-up of his family all due to his own selfish actions, he deserves a second chance. If she has forgiven him, then so should we. I too believe that he and Vonn are more compatible and have similar situations, maybe this is good timing or just fate that they found each other as friends and have now decided to take it a step further. I wish them the best, and hope that it starts and continues with both truth and honesty.

  9. Sven Nortigen

    March 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Lost all respect for her…Hey lady get yourself tested quick…They look like a black and white photo together..haha

    • Sylvia

      March 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      It seems as if your comment has more to do with race than with Tiger’s past sexual indiscretions. Unless you’re a family member or a friend, I doubt that your loss of respect for Lindsay will matter in the very least to her or Tiger.

  10. Jake

    March 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I can’t believe she’s dating him. That really destroys her reputation. There has to be some other rich athletes she can get publicity from dating without destroying her rep.

    • knowsbetter

      March 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Yeah i now disrespect her……………..greatly. She will get in the same boat as his first wife, they like to cheat and she will be cheated on and she deserves it.

  11. Thomas Paul Murphy

    March 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The only reason that Tiger is where he is, is because of his father. His father took the time to teach him all that he knows. For Tiger to have sex with all kinds of women and risk having bastards born that will not have a father like he did is a great shame. Did he just become a golfer so he could have bastard children all over the place? People like that should not be making million dollar salaries in our society. They create a great burden to our democracy!!!! They abuse our democracy!

    So why is it accepted? Because bastards always need someone, a false idol, to look up to as if they are their father.

    • Sylvia

      March 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Tiger was a lousy husband, but not even his former wife has ever said that he was a bad dad and certainly not a deadbeat dad, who is a man who does not support his kids financially or shows any care or concern for them. Tiger is tending to his family and shares custody and parenting of his kids with Elin on a very amicable basis, which is great for their children.

      • Steve

        March 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Yah, he’s a great dad. He supports them financially. As if that is what kids want. Oh, and how does he share custody of them? He travels all the time.

    • Eva

      March 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Tiger was a lousy husband, but not even his former wife has ever said that he was a bad dad and certainly not a deadbeat dad, who is a man who does not support his kids financially or shows any care or concern for them. Tiger is tending to his family and shares custody and parenting of his kids with Elin on a very amicable basis, which is great for their children.

    • bsanchez

      March 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Did you really call children born of single mothers such a degrading name as a bastard? Are we still in the dark ages? Do these wonderful children not deserve to be given the respect as children with two parents (that probably will end in divorce or discord)????

      You, need to learn some manners!

  12. mary

    March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I wish them both the very best in both their personal lives, and their sport lives. I hope they ignore the nay sayers, and get on with their lives with great success.

  13. JT

    March 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    He’s not a Tiger, he’s a Cheetah………

    A leapord….I mean a Cheetah’s spots never change. Lindsay…you once cracked jokes about his “scandelous, extramarital affairs”, now you’re with the LIAR and CHEATER. Isn’t that being a hypocrit? Are you looking at the $$$. He’s nothing but a scumbag. You’ll soon find out….but you already know that by your prior comments.

  14. Mike Minic

    March 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Ok ! So he has the affinity for blonds. Elin, Lindsey, etc. The question is – did Lindsey acquired affinity for dark haired fella before or after he broke 1 billion dollar barrier on his bank account ??
    Lindsey … ?

  15. LGT

    March 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Just find this interesting. All Ladies are blond. All Ladies are white. Son like Dad.

    • knowsbetter

      March 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah you noticed that also, she will get what his ex wife got, they all the same.

  16. Bo 15108

    March 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Lindsey and Tiger …WHO ?

  17. Steve

    March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Tiger was and always will be an a$$hole. He cheated because he is Tiger Woods, and he could. I’m sure she has hundred$ of million$ of reasons to fall for him. Yeah, I know, she has some money too. But she is poor compared to him.
    When he gets sick of her, we will be reading about it soon enough.

  18. josh

    March 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Tiger could’ve done better than this, I believe he was banging this broad for awhile before the scandal hit and went with the one person who could”understand his disease” This like his career will not last plus golf is FRACKING BORING!

  19. Rob C.

    March 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I am just about at the end of my rope with the crappy reporting in sports. that has been done over the past couple of years. Who cares what was said by whom and what was done by whom. Unless the headline is sports related, “WHO CARES” The group of people doing the reporting today must have taken many DRAMA Classes along with their Journalism Classes. If they murdered someone, I guess that would be acceptable to report on, other than that “Shut Up Already” You Big Bunch of Gossips.

  20. THE BIG BULL

    March 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I am really happy for both Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn! It is real easy to criticize someone for their past indiscrestion but you really have to look at it from both sides. There was a reason Tiger strayed, maybe Elin wasn’t satisfying Tigers sexual wants and needs? There is a good article in enzine article!
    written by Carolyn Anderson on How To Keep Your man satisfied! I you don’t, a husband goes through exactly what tiger went through, once he found the first female to satisfy him he was hooked and on his way he went. He kept getting what he wanted in bed because of the women who tempted tiger! You know as well as I do, that the these women he went to bed with, were not new at the game of sex, just look at where he met some on them!
    I read that Tiger needed to find a woman that is at his level in life, so when he met Lindsey, it was probably the first time he met a woman at his level of life!
    Now that they are together they will be able to understand what it takes to be a champion in their sport! Plus the fact that Lindsey looks like a real woman!

  21. B. Brown

    March 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    As long as she doenst have sex when Tiger then whatever. Otherwise she is just another slut like the rest of the women.

    • Kim

      March 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      True. Women who have sex before marriage just to go prove how easy and slutty they are. A real woman will stand up for herself and have enough self respect to say no.

  22. richard horst

    March 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    some people do not learn from other people’s mistakes. why beautiful blonde white women go for this ni**er is beside me. if he wasn’t a famous athlete they wouldn’t give this spade the time of day. poor lindsay. soon she’ll see she’s been a fool!

    • Mark Harmony

      March 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Take deep breath and relax Dick. I mean seriously, your kind of bigotry almost certainly scores you some well deserved IQ points… That’s “Idiot Quotient”. The good thing about it is that you can stew in your hatred while the world moves on without you.

      Still, here’s a blessing… May the “Dove of Enlightenment” “sjit” on your head that way, we can address you properly. (SH) Dick Horst.

  23. not a tigger fan

    March 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    i used to feel bad for her accident. now,not so much

  24. bill

    March 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    she deserves everything she is gonna get, i used to like her, she lost a fan

  25. Dwight

    March 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Sven relative or not , you’re so right . This guys track record
    With hookers & media divas is comparable only to his pal
    Mr. Jordan . People have the tendency defend these
    Dispicable atheletes on their game & not their ethics & morals.
    Tiger is not a good person. And I don’t wish him well. He really
    Seems to be an elitest.

  26. WillieRants

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    one question… whats up with these geek az pics??? reminds me of Michael J and Elvis’s daughter back in the day when they were trying to convince us that Michael had a sex drive and it was for woman not little boys ,lol

  27. Ken Paulk

    March 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    You go Mr. Woods. When you get my age, trade her in for a 22 year old blonde and buy a corvette.

  28. AAA Sports Memorabilia

    March 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    We are happy for both that they have found each other and have been friends for a length of time before they got serious. Hopefully Lindsey will heal quickly and return to her sport and maybe this will get Tiger back to the top of his sport.

  29. Majeure

    August 31, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Tiger Woods is NOT a sports icon. He plays golf.

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