Report: Jordan taught Tiger how to womanize
‘"I told him, ‘Stay away from that son of a b----,’ golfer's ex-lawyer says
updated 10:15 a.m. ET, Wed., March. 31, 2010
During the 1990s everyone wanted to be like Mike.
During the 2000s Tiger Woods was like Mike.
But Woods emulated the high-flying, opponent crushing superstar in more ways than just athletic dominance, friends say.
Tiger also learned from Mike how to womanize like a pro, according to Woods’ former lawyer and adviser John Merchant.
"I told him, ‘Stay away from that son of a b---- [Jordan], because he doesn't have anything to offer to the f---ing world in which he lives except playing basketball," Merchant told Vanity Fair in a bombshell interview hitting newsstands today.
Quoting Merchant and self-professed Tiger ladies Jamie Jungers, Mindy Lawton and Loredana Jolie Ferriolo, the article paints a picture of the world's top golfer as a sex-crazed, high-stakes gambler who felt no remorse about the double life that shamed his family.
It’s not an unfamiliar story. Jordan went through one of the most expensive divorces in history in 2007 when he and wife Juanita split after years of rumored infidelity.
But Tiger wasn’t just imitating Air Jordon. The basketball star played a role in his affairs, the magazine says.
Michelle Braun, a "matchmaker" who claims to have procured girls for Woods, said she steered Ferriolo to Woods while he was at a Bahamas casino. Ferriolo said that Jordan, who was also there, sent a bodyguard to try to intercept her.
"I walked over to him and he grabbed my hand. I walked away, and he kind of gave chase. He goes, 'I'm Michael Jordan. I will find you.'"
But Woods had plunked down $15,000 for the meeting with Ferriolo, according to Braun. Ferriolo, who claims to be writing a book about her affair with Woods, claims she fell hard for the golf superstar.
"He made me fall in love," Ferriolo said. "I couldn't believe that he would turn out to be such a playboy."
Woods, whose once pristine image has been in the deep rough since an ugly Thanksgiving night incident and subsequent revelations of philandering, is planning to make his big return to competitive golf at the Masters, from April 8-11. But while Woods can still swing a club better than anyone on the planet, the prestigious tournament comes as he battles to save his marriage.
Jungers said that after a 2005 assignation with Woods in Las Vegas, she asked him about his home life.
"How's your marriage?" Jungers said she asked Woods.
"Good," Woods allegedly replied, adding that Nordegren was in her native Sweden "with her sister."