Tiger Woods’ Teachers Claims Racial Kindergarten Incident Never Happened
First Published: April 2, 2010 3:23 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tiger Woods has a new woman to contend with – his kindergarten teacher, Ms. Decker.
Ms. Decker, who is being repped by attorney Gloria Allred, is denying claims that the golfer made in 2005 about a racially charged incident he alleged happened when he was a student in the teacher’s kindergarten class.
“I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten. A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted [the n-word] on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn’t do much of anything,” Woods said in an interview in Charles Barkley’s 2005 book, “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?”
“Ms. Decker believes that no such incident ever occurred to Tiger Woods while he was under he care as a kindergarten pupil on the first day of class,” Allred said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “Further, neither Tiger nor his parents nor anyone even reported the alleged racial incident to her or the administration. Therefore Ms. Decker contends that the statement that '…and the teacher really didn’t do much of anything,’ is completely untrue, since such an incident never occurred and was never reported to her by anyone while Tiger was a student at the school.”
Ms. Decker would like the golfer to retract his 2005 statement and apologize.
“Under the circumstances where a dedicated teacher has been unfairly slandered and maligned for motives that can only be speculated about, we think it is time for Tiger Woods to do the right thing and retract his statement,” the statement continued. “No teacher should ever be treated in such a callous and unfair manner especially one such as Ms. Decker. The time for Tiger Woods to make direct amends to her is now.”
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