Elin Woods, You’re My Hero

by Shawanda Greene

I’m afraid what I’m about to say might tarnish my squeaky clean image, but I’ve been rabid for new information about this Tiger Woods “getting in a one man car crash at two something in the morning the day after Thanksgiving” debacle.

You’d think I’m a more thoughtful person. I’m not. Sorry to disappoint you.

Initially, I thought the media was making a big deal out of nothing. At the outset, it was my belief that they were being too intrusive and should butt out of the man’s private affairs. After almost a week, my opinion remains the same. But that belief isn’t powerful enough to prevent me from consuming any juicy detail of Tiger’s sordid (and let me add alleged) affairs that somehow finds itself in my inbox, my Twitter stream, or on the front page of TMZ.

Today, I – totally coincidentally – happened upon an article about Elin Woods that transfigured my indifference towards her into complete admiration. Although, if she really did put that golf club upside Tiger’s head, then she’d be all right with me even if the article I read is completely false.

Let’s assume it’s true. According to the Daily Beast’s Gerald Posner, Elin is negotiating an immediate $5 million dollar payout from Tiger. Which was obviously triggered by his shameful (alleged) infidelity.

But, wait. There’s more.

Elin’s also modifying the prenup such that she’ll get an additional $55 million to stay with Tiger’s (alleged) cheatin’ a$$ another two years.

And that’s not all.

Her original agreement with Tiger was thought to be a payout of only $20 million after a decade of marriage. Now we’re hearing Tiger has agreed to shorten the decade long contingency to seven years. I don’t know if Elin beat that out of him, or if he offered it because he doesn’t want his loving wife to leave him. Clearly, when you’re the most famous athlete in the world, it’s too much pressure for a mistress to keep your iniquities private.

Like everyone else, I have no idea of the particulars of Elin and Tiger’s relationship. But I definitely think it’s wise for a woman to look out for her own financial security when she’s given up her hopes, dreams, and freedom to support her husband.

I’m sure many women can understand the pain Elin must be feeling as a result of her husband (allegedly) stepping out on her. However, most of us don’t have to worry about the whole world analyzing and dissecting the intricacies of the most sacred relationship two people can ever have.

Regardless of what happens, I really hope things work out between the two of them, that their family emerges better and stronger than it was before. But in the event it doesn’t, I’m siding with Elin. I hope she gets everything that’s due her and more.

Please don’t be mad at me. I simply could not resist. And in case you can’t either, what’s your opinion on the matter? How would/do you protect yourself financially if your partner’s income is your household’s only income?

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Shannon December 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I totally disagree and this is a picture of whats wrong in marriage in America.

Why should someone get 20 million dollars for staying with the person your suppose to be with during sickness & health when did marriage become a business deal. And why should she get anything obviously she has more to gain by being married to tiger than he has being married to her.

But this comment is the worst:

"But I definitely think it’s wise for a woman to look out for her own financial security when she’s given up her hopes, dreams, and freedom to support her husband."

Hey, when he met her she was a freaking nanny or maid for another golfers family. So obviously she wasn't that ambitious to go from modeling to becoming a maid! And she is with the richest athlete in the world and she has given up WHAT to SUPPORT HIM? Are you serious ? If anything by marrying Tiger has allowed her to pursue anything her hear desires. He can open doors she could never get into.


BadDeacon December 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I'm one of them guys that thinks a pre-nup isn't such a bad idea. I wouldn't want a wife of mine to take a huge portion of the money I made as a "parting gift". I DO think that support should be a two-way street though. Yes, I would like a wife that supports my rise to fame and fortune, and I would fully expect to support her as she makes her own rise to fortune and glory.

Of course, I think the real issue is that people need to learn how to be better at being married, which would avoid all this nonsense in the first place.


Jason @ Dyalogues December 4, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Well, the prenup is something they both signed and agreed to, so they're bound to the terms of them.

I'm not sure why this marital dustup is even news, except for the (probable) large sums of money we're talking here.


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