Is this recent New Yorker article being honest? [NOTE: I just asked author John Cassidy for clarification.]
Though there is no evidence Tiger has ever used performance-enhancing drugs, rumors persist about his relationship with Anthony Galea, a Canadian doctor who was arrested in 2009, but never charged, on suspicion of supplying athletes with P.E.D.s.
No evidence? What are the fourteen visits to Woods’s home from Dr. Galea, an unlicensed doctor? There may be no damning public proof, but there is a whole lot of evidence. Someone might say, “It is circumstantial evidence,” but that’s an admission there is evidence.
Then they say Galea was never charged, but this Huffington Post article (it was the first one that came up in my Google search) says, “U.S. charges of smuggling, conspiring to lie to federal agents and defraud the U.S. government and distributing HGH were dismissed with Galea’s plea.”
So, Galea copped a felony plea “to bringing into the United States unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, that were used to treat professional athletes,” and the New Yorker says he was never charged? Huh? Are they playing a word game and saying, “Oh, yes, of course he was charged and pleaded guilty, but he was not charged with exactly what we wrote: ‘suspicion of supplying athletes with P.E.D.s.‘”
This is a pretty clear example of the media — in this case, the New Yorker — trying to make the Galea conviction sound like no big deal. Trying, in fact, to make the Galea felony conviction sound like no conviction at all!
It’s just plain stupid of the New Yorker to claim Galea was never charged when he copped a plea. He was not charged with anything, but decided to plead guilty anyway? Give me a break. THIS is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I explain why people love kicking Woods on his way out: The media acted — in concert, basically — to distort and cover up and present an image of Tiger Woods that was far-removed from reality.
Ed Hardin Redux, with notes:
He’s a shell of his former self, and now he has to endure a long public fall as we judge his game, his personal choices and even his success. Was it all real? [What is he asking about not being “real”? Is he referring to the dominating victories of 2000 when Woods was using a 10-yard-longer ball the other players did not have? Is he talking about PEDs? Is he talking about the over-the-top hype from the golf media?] Are the injuries and creeping self-immolation part of something far more sinister? [More sinister? Is he suggesting PEDs? Is he suggesting the “self-immolation” is some kind of atonement?]
I think the story of Tiger Woods is just getting started. This could be an epic downfall, professionally and personally. [If he didn’t think 2009 constituted an epic downfall, what does he think might be coming next?]