Tiger Woods’ Brother Says He Cut Off The Family

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By: Vibe / December 18, 2010

By Dr. Boyce Watkins, PhD

(BLACKVOICES) Tiger Woods’ brother, Earl Woods Jr., had some interesting things to say about the golfing superstar. Woods is the oldest of three children who came from the previous marriage of Tiger’s now-deceased father. Tiger’s brother now publicly claims that Woods has cut the family off and that he hasn’t spoken to him since 2006. Apparently, they spoke quite frequently when Tiger was younger. It seems that, according to Earl, the trappings of fame, entourages and piles of money may have detached Tiger from that which matters most: those who love us. At the same time, we can’t say for sure what happened in Tiger’s family that caused the division to occur in the first place. Tiger’s brother says that although they were invited to ride on Tiger’s jet to their father’s funeral, the golfer barely acknowledged them during the trip. 

One interesting thing about Tiger Woods is that he has long been notorious for cutting off those who’ve crossed him. Friends who spoke to the media about his personal life were gone forever, and Tiger has reportedly been quite ruthless in protecting his privacy. All that changed with the Internet, where privacy is no longer an option, when TMZ can fly a helicopter over the roof of your house. Tiger learned this year that no matter how powerful the celeb might be, no one can have complete control over his destiny, public image and lifestyle.

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