Posted March 16, 2014

Tiger Woods Loses Million-Dollar Autograph Lawsuit

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After more than 45 minutes of testimony from Tiger Woods on Monday following his dismal final round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a Miami-Dade jury found ETW, Woods’ company, liable “for deceptive and unfair trade practices” and awarded $668,000 (about $1.3 million with interest) to golf memorabilia retailer Bruce Matthews of Gotta Have It Golf, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Eric Isicoff, one of Matthews’ attorneys. “The behavior of ETW Corporation has been reprehensible and we are very pleased with the jury’s verdict.”

ETW is expected to appeal.

Woods received a trial subpoena to testify in Miami-Dade Circuit Court the night before the start of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.

Bruce Matthews, President of South Miami-based Gotta Have It Golf, a golf memorabilia retailer, sued Woods’ Corporation, ETW, for $1.75 million (and another $1 million in attorney’s fees, a matter which remains pending before the court) claiming that Woods breached a 2001 agreement by failing to provide them with a certain number of autographs and photographs.

This isn’t the first time Gotta Have It Golf and ETW have locked horns. In 1997,  Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Woods (through Golden Bear Golf, Inc., AP Enterprises and ETW Corp.) collectively brought suit against Matthews and Gotta Have It Golf to stop the unauthorized sale of their images and signatures. Gotta Have It Golf countersued, adding IMG as a defendant, and the judge’s decision set an antitrust law precedent that a “sports and celebrity representation firm acting as professional golfers’ agent could not conspire with its principal where agent’s interests are aligned with those of the principal.”

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75 comments
stufium
stufium

Don't do any business in the future with that looser.

CatherineLBrown
CatherineLBrown

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renee
renee

Oh my, life has made a big U-turn for Ol' Sleazy Woody, hasn't it? The Midas touch has gone the same way as his golf game, right down the toilet. A brilliant career undermined by arrogance and self-entitlement. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy :)

Serge_Storms
Serge_Storms

Did they take this picture right after Tiger got out of Cheech and Chong's van?  Maybe a little weed would help his back spasms.

canadianox
canadianox

i like when he shoots high 70s wearing those silly red shirts

Clip
Clip

There goes the yacht fuel for the next 2 months.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

What's PATHETIC about doing business with a KNOWN narcissist? Doing business with a known....... 

jim5car
jim5car

Lot's of pathetic, anti-Tiger posters here.  I guess losers (espeically racist losers) just can't keep their mouths shut.

As for his alleged cheating - how does he cheat?  Not one shred of evidence that Tiger cheats, but these scumbags keep flailing away.


Envy is an ugly emotion...

PackersFanNumeroUno
PackersFanNumeroUno

This is great news and you know this stings Eldrick even more since he's such a cheapskate.

dorado
dorado

the racists are out in full force, i see, conveniently ignoring jack and arnie.

gunter
gunter

Why the cheap shot with that photograph? I thought SI was better than that.



GGARY
GGARY

he can affford it and a loy more so good

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

What's next ? Breach of contract with Lindsey Vohn ? The greatest bullshitter in the PGA !

Redskins
Redskins

Woods cheats at everything!

rememberwhatbushdid
rememberwhatbushdid

Tiger's body is falling apart.  Foley has his swing plane so flat his back can't hold-up. His swing positions are all over the place.  He has one, and one chance only to beat Jack's record.  Swallow humble pie and go back to Butch Harmon.

Lew Tomeno
Lew Tomeno

Please let's not make golf like espn sports center garbage. Our sport is too good to reach that low and become national enquirer.

Jerry Zimmerman
Jerry Zimmerman

Has anyone seen where my golf game and swing have gone?

maudezilla
maudezilla

@renee  You got it right !!  just like the all female jury .   

maudezilla
maudezilla

@jim5car  you need to read this article again  Tiger is the looser here- a jury said so.  As for Tiger, he needs an attitude adjustment.  His glory days are OVER!!!. He should take lessons from Arnold, Jack, Gregg  and etc.  He is the ONLY one in the GOLF world who still thinks he's THE golf  GURU.  Race has NOTHING to do with it.  YOU were the only one who brought that up.  Think about it. 

Tuesdaymom
Tuesdaymom

Jim5car don't think of yourself as a loser, embrace yoursel, learn a new skill and get a date.

bobdevo
bobdevo

@jim5car Oh, please, he's been caught a couple times on the golf course "bending" the rules, he cheated on his wife, and he took PEDs - also cheating.  Watching the wheels come off the Tiger-mobile . . . . . .

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

@jim5car  One need not be a racist loser to dislike Tiger.  To wit...


He treated his wife horribly while carrying on several affairs with waitresses, porn stars and whomever else tickled his fancy.  GREAT way to treat the mother of your children.  Sadly, we shouldn't be the least bit surprised, since Tiger's dad cheated on his wife and while this supposedly hurt Tiger during his teen years - he went and did the same things to his own kids.


As for Tiger cheating on the golf course?  He's been caught a few times with rules violations, and even when he's assessed a penalty, he feels he did no wrong.  So yeah, that's a cheater for ya.


I admit he is one of the greatest golfers ever.  He's got more money than I'll ever have.  But I'm not envious.  My kids know that their father is honourable and that I don't cheat on or off the golf course.


You keep riding his nuts though... I'm sure he pays you quite well (rolls eyes)

TCUfan
TCUfan

@jim5car What world do you live in? Certainly not one associated with reality.

TCUfan
TCUfan

@doradoPlease explain the fact that Tiger has not one black or Asian friend and has never even dated a black or Asian women. Tiger's the one that hates blacks and Asians. Anxiously waiting your pathetic, racist reply.

macer
macer

@Redskins

Please consider changing your offensive call name!

Tiger is in good company with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer against Gotta Have It Golf.

Your assertion that "Woods cheats at everything" is without credibility.  One does not win 14 majors and 79 tour events cheating. 

Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker

@rememberwhatbushdid  I agree it's the swing, but it's not so much the flatness. It's the gawd-awful upward "pelvic" thrust at impact, after the shoulder tilt. I don't know how anyone uses the S&T swing/Foley Swing call it what you want, and doesn't have back problems. You're right, the only way he can catch Jack's record if he moves back to a more traditional, two plane swing with a weight shift. Haney's swing won him six majors, and while it got flatter with Haney, it was still a two-plane swing. Anything but Foley, but Tiger is too stubborn. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Shooter McGavin 19711 @jim5car  Yes but you same people idolize John Daly who pretty much does the same stuff but it's dismissed as "boys being boys."  I wonder what the difference between Daly and Tiger is?

eddie767
eddie767

@TCUfan I'm so happy you know so much about Tigers life. You must be a stalker, to know what race his friends and gfs have all been. But, I guess MJ, Barkley, Kobe aren't black to you. Also, what does it matter you and others who he dates?

Redskins
Redskins

@macer @Redskins

BS. And no, Mr. PC Liberal bleeding-heart I will NEVER change my screen name!


Palmer and Nicklaus are two of the most forthright, honest and sterling examples of the qualities of Golf. To place Woods' name beside them is a travesty.


NO, I am not talking about records and achievements on the course, I am talking about character and integrity and Woods lacks it in spades!

americanlegends
americanlegends

@macer @Redskins  umm, Tiger dragged Nicklaus and Palmer into this kicking and screaming.  Palmer settled out of court and Nicklaus fulfilled his agreement without fail. As in, Nicklaus and Palmer left Tiger to stand on his own in the end, because this entire drama was stupid, really really stupid (and arrogant) of Tiger. 

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@macer @Redskins  Right.  One doesn't cheat in order to win.  One cheats because ... oh, yeah, I guess someone who cheats DOES do it to try to win.  Ask Bill Belichick how many Super Bowls his teams have won since they got caught cheating.  But they won three before they got caught.

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

@macer @Redskins    By that logic would you say that a person could not win 7 consecutive Tour de France bicycle races like Lance Armstrong did without cheating?  Isn't it just possible that cheating HELPED HIM to win 14 majors and 79 tour events?

TCUfan
TCUfan

@mystafugee @Shooter McGavin 19711@jim5carFirst of all, please provide a source that "you same people idolize John Daly". Perhaps one difference is the fact that with Daly, you get exactly what he is. No pretense, no lies, no hiding or any other excuse.

TCUfan
TCUfan

@eddie767 @TCUfanHis life is public knowledge.So haw many photos of you seen of him with a black girlfriend concubine? Zero.

macer
macer

@Redskins @macer

Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player in the history of golf.  Tiger Woods is the second greatest player in the history of golf and many would make a great case for Tiger being the greatest.

Tiger has twice as many major wins as Arnold Palmer, with majors wins being the foundation for legacy in golf.  Palmer, Sir Walter Hagen, Tom Watson, Freddy Couples, Jim Nance and Tiger Woods, has had his transgressions.

Redskins, please consider changing your user name at this site! 

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