Lindsey Vonn stands by her boyfriend, former world No. 1 Tiger Woods, for a piece published with his byline on Derek Jeter's The Players Tribune on Tuesday, taking issue with an imagined interview legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins published.
"We talked about the article and that he was going to say something," Vonn said to USA Today. "I completely agree with him. I agree with his statement and I'm glad that he did it. That's not journalism. It was like a fabricated interview, like what (Jenkins) thinks Tiger would say."
Yes, it was a satirical column. In fact, Golf Digest made it obvious on the cover of the December issue of the magazine in which it appears, as well clear in the digital version which was published on after Woods' piece. Woods wrote Jenkins' piece was unfair, unethical and penned by a man angry he never had a one-on-one interview with the 14-time major winner.
But we digress, lest we get mired in semantics.
Vonn continues, "But it went way too far, and it wasn't very clear that it was a joke, that it was fabricated. If you read it, you might think that it was actually Tiger talking. The whole thing is completely ridiculous."
Again, it could not be more clear. Long-time readers of Jenkins would have also remembered the first line of "Tiger's" answer as the closing line from a 2010 Jenkins takedown of Woods. Jenkins wrote he was rejected by Woods' agent and, wondering why, was told, "We have nothing to gain."
Woods is perfectly entitled to take exception with what Jenkins wrote, but to claim that it was unclear the piece was a parody is indefensible.