8:00 pm Update
I commented over at Geoff Shackelford’s website today. He was comparing Olsen to birthers, and I thought that was more than a little bit out-of-line. Anyway, he responded to my comment, and I have replied to that one. Who knows if it will stay posted, but last I looked it was still there. However, that’s not the reason I send you to his website. You need to read the comment a GinGHIN left. He noticed that Steinberg used this phrase in his comment today: “absolutely, unequivocally and completely false.” He then delineated several past denials where Steinberg (i.e., the Tiger Woods PR team) has used three adjectives in that same way. It’s truly funny.
4:30 pm Update
Misinformation from the New York Post:
If Woods failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs, the PGA Tour said it is required to announce a suspension.
That simply isn’t true. I’m flabbergasted by what passes for journalism these days. They left out what falls in the middle of those two things. Finchem must first decide to suspend. If Finchem decides to “handle” the matter in a way other than a suspension, he is not obligated to announce anything, so the public is not even aware there was a failed drug test.
Hey, what do you think the odds are that Woods will be asked about these allegations at his next press conference? After “Megs” or “Kell” has asked the first question, the one for which Woods has prepared a “breezy” response, what are the chances of a second question. Hey, all you Karen Crouse apologists, how about putting the pressure on her to, you know, investigate this thing? How about flying to speak to Olsen? Asking too much? After all, she’s kind of been the Tour’s PED reporter.
4:00 pm Update
Remember this from the Irish discussion board two weeks ago? He said something was “imminent.”
I have a question no one seems able to answer. Steinberg and the PGA Tour were quick to deny this allegation, so why still no denial of the Terez Owens report of Tiger Woods’s name being on the Biogenesis customer list, and Tim Finchem covering that up? That report specifically delineated “testosterone creams, human growth hormone and steroids.”
Bleacher Report seems to be clamping down on reader comments on the article they posted about Olsen’s radio interview. The total goes up, then goes down. I guess they are hacking them left and right. Funny how so much of the golf media thinks they work for Mark Steinberg. Golf Channel certainly appears to take their marching orders from him.
2:30 pm Update
Okay, add Golf Channel to the confusion. This must be why Morning Drive discussed the topic on air because, as we all know, they are normally see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, and speak-no-evil when it comes to Woods. They just wanted to propagate Steinberg’s narrative for him. Move along, nothing to see here.
This from their website:
In a statement released to Golf Channel, Woods’ manager, Mark Steinberg, said that the claims are “absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”
Olsen later recanted his claim to GolfChannel.com, saying, “My comments were Ill advised. I retract the entire interview and apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Tiger and Tim Finchem.”
This is pretty weird. All these golf news outlets are saying they got the same statement? So, did Steinberg and the PGA Tour coordinate a mass-emailing? What’s going on? And, as you can see above, “Olsen later recanted his claim to GolfChannel.com.” ESPN says Olsen spoke to them. Maybe Olsen is the only one who will speak in person. (Funny that he characterized his comments as “ill-advised.” He’s running from saying them, but not from the actual words.)
2:05 pm Update
Does anyone know the nature of Mark Steinberg’s “statement”? Did ESPN contact him? Did he call someone at ESPN? If that’s the case, it’s weird that they would not say, “Steinberg told us…” Twitter? E-mail?
I have the same question regarding Ty Votaw’s statement. Golf Digest reports it simply as, “Ty Votaw said.”
The Washington Post is attributing both statements to ESPN. I like the honest headline the Post is using: “Tiger Woods is not on suspension for failing a drug test, his agent and a PGA official say”
Here are the statements as reported by ESPN and Golf Digest:
Ty Votaw (ESPN version): “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations.”
Ty Votaw (Golf Digest version): “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We can categorically deny these allegations.”
Not sure why the minor discrepancy. Also, is there anything suspicious about Votaw making the statement rather than Finchem? I thought only the drug testing administrator and Finchem got the results of the tests. Check me on that, but that’s my recollection.
Steinberg (ESPN and Golf Digest): “These claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”
1:00 pm Update
Here’s the original interview where Dan Olsen speaks of Tiger Woods and PEDs, comparing him to Lance Armstrong.
Here’s Dan Olsen’s PGA career info.
Here’s the ESPN article/Dan Olsen hatchet job. The fist sentence is funny in its bias and childishness:
A journeyman professional golfer who has spent time recently giving lessons and caddying said in a radio interview…
We learn ESPN thinks Olsen is just a lowly, piece-of-shit “journeyman” golfer who has had to stoop to “giving lessons and caddying.” Come on: “Journeyman Tour pro” is a valid description, but ESPN felt the need to go negative (and take a swipe at caddies and golf instructors in the process).