Ex-Coach Calls Woods Sex Addict
Woods never confirmed receiving treatment at a sex-addiction clinic in Mississippi. When Gray asked Haney point-blank what Woods is in therapy for, the golf teacher candidly said: "Well, the only thing that I knew about was his, you know, issue with the sex addiction."
But Haney, who stepped down as Woods' coach last Monday, said rumors Woods used performance-enhancing drugs are "100 percent false."
"People that say otherwise are just starting rumors," Haney said. "It's based on no facts at all. There's a lot of jealousy."
Woods' blood-spinning treatments with Canadian doctor Anthony Galea were also aboveboard, he added.
Gray told USA TODAY: "I think what the public is interested in knowing is whether or not Tiger was in there for prescription drugs, or other drugs, or alcohol, or was it sex addiction because so many questions have been left unanswered. . . . Tiger says it's all in the police report. But clearly it's not."
Woods withdrew from the Players Championship because of a neck injury. Haney said Woods would be "better off if he was just was a little more forthcoming" about his injuries.
As for Woods hitting tee shots to the right, Haney said his former pupil "has a fear of hitting shots to the left and, as a result, he misses a lot of shots to the right."
Gray said he's "never seen anything like" Woods' swift fall from grace. "We were watching Picasso paint. It's just very sad. Nobody was against Tiger Woods. He had no enemies. He's become his own. The only enemy has been himself. . . . You can only hope he can go about his life and regain his stature."
Carbo's 'contract' on Hernandez: ESPN's Outside the Lines had an eye-opening piece Sunday. Former baseball player Bernie Carbo admitted trying to hire someone to attack ex-St. Louis Cardinals teammate Keith Hernandez after Hernandez testified in 1985 that Carbo introduced him to cocaine.
The former Boston Red Sox player told ESPN's Mark Schwarz@ he was stoned on marijuana, booze and speed when he pinch-hit the home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series that set the table for Carlton Fisk's game-winning homer. Carbo, 62, would like to apologize to Hernandez.
"I knew some people, and I had $2,000, and I asked them to break his arms. . . . He said, 'We'll do it in two or three years if you want it done, but we're not going to do it today, Bernie. If we went and broke his legs today, or broke his arms, you don't think they would understand that you are the one that had it done?" Hernandez, now a New York Mets TV analyst with SNY, could not be reached.
Kiffin comments: John Matuszak had a great moment in North Dallas Forty. "Every time I call it a game, you say it's a business," he rants to a coach. "Every time I say it's a business, you call it a game!"
That came to mind when HBO sent excerpts from Andrea Kremer@'s interview of Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel airing Tuesday night (10 ET).
Kiffin is widely disliked at Tennessee after bolting to accept the Trojans' job. Kremer asks him about preaching loyalty and togetherness when he left after one season.
"I never once told any of those players I would be there forever," Kiffin said. When Kremer pressed whether that comforted those players he recruited to Knoxville, Kiffin admitted: "No, but it's part of the business. You know, as they get older they understand. That's why they put buyouts in contracts, you know."
Cute. Like a lot of college coaches chasing the next buck, Kiffin wants it both ways. Good for Kremer for getting him to admit what many college coaches think but don't say.
Win it for Ali: Mike Tyson tells YES Network's Michael Kay@ in a new CenterStage premiering May 26 that he wanted to exact revenge on champion Trevor Berbick during their 1986 title bout for the beating Berbick gave Muhammad Ali in Ali's last fight in 1981.
"I just thought he unmercifully beat the crap out of Ali," Tyson said. "I just thought that he didn't have to do that. This guy, Ali, was absolutely helpless. . . . Ali couldn't do nothing."