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What would Charles Barkley say if he could talk to Tiger Woods? “I would tell him I love him,” Barkley told the Sporting News on Wednesday. “I have been disappointed with the people who are around him. They have got him so locked up.”
By The Scoop
updated 12/16/2009 8:38:26 PM ET 2009-12-17T01:38:26

Tiger Woods’ “indiscretions” began with a pair of bad influences, claims one of his former mistresses.

“He was always palling around with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan,” the woman said. “They’re the ones who showed him the way.”

It’s ironic, then, that since the scandal broke, Barkley says he and Jordan have been unable to reach Woods.

What would he say if he could talk to the golfer? “I would tell him I love him,” Barkley told the Sporting News on Wednesday. “I have been disappointed with the people who are around him. They have got him so locked up. I know myself and Michael (Jordan have) been trying to get to him and we just want to tell him: ‘Hey, man, we love you and you are our friend.’ You need to know in times like this you have got friends.”

Barkley also believes that it’s time for Woods to show his face.

“I am so pissed that they have got him holed up,” he said. “He is a 33-year-old grown man. He did something wrong to his wife. He has to answer to her and his kids. That’s it. But this notion that he is hiding out ... I mean he hasn’t shown his face in almost two weeks.”

If Woods does appear in public, it will likely be without his wife, Elin Nordegren, or his two young children. Elin is due to depart shortly for Sweden, where she will spend the Christmas holiday, according to a source. No word yet on Tiger’s plans.

Tiger mistress good source of free advertising
Jamie Jungers, the Las Vegas-based model who claims she had an 18-month affair with Woods, is proving to be a good source of free advertising.

Slideshow: Celebrity scandals of 2009 Jungers was conveniently spotted — and photographed — snacking on Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet cookies: “She doesn’t want to gain any unnecessary, stress-related pounds!” said the accompanying press release.

A press release touting Jungers’ “O-face” and using photos taken at a private tasting event for Three-O Root Beer Vodka was also issued. “Guess she’s hoping to remind the golf star what he’s missing?” asked the accompanying release.

Other than a free cookie and bottle of vodka, Jungers is not profiting from publicity, according to the companies. “No, nothing official” in terms of an agreement, said a Three-O rep. “Three-O has private tastings a lot around the city, and she certainly wasn’t shy about posing!”

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Motherly Love?
Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Last Friday, Courtney Love lost custody of her daughter, 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain. A Los Angeles judge ruled that Cobain would be taken under the care of her paternal grandmother and aunt.

Love’s reaction to the change in custody isn’t likely to earn any favor with the courts: On her Facebook account she lashed out at her child in a series of misspelled messages.

“I hate to sound cold but any kid of mine who pulls this s*** has lost her position,” said one. In another, she said of her daughter: “She was deceptive she lied and shes lying to herself … my daihgter is not always honest.”

The reasons Love lost custody of her daughter aren’t clear. The court order that established the change in custody is valid until February.

Keeping tabs on the Reese/Jake breakup

Image: Jake and Reese split, Us Weekly cover
Courtesy of Access Hollywood
At least Us has a newsy, interesting cover this week, unlike its competitors.
There’s a dearth of newsworthy, interesting covers hitting newsstands this week.

OK! splashes “Kendra’s Baby Joy” on its cover (I’m confounded by the idea that this will sell well); Star photoshops a picture that originally contained Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo and Tiger Woods to include only Woods and Simpson in a feeble attempt to connect the two romantically; and People magazine has its year-end issue, which features Taylor Swift, who’s just so played out at this point.

And that leaves really the only contender, US Weekly. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal weren’t exactly exciting and high drama when they were dating, and it’s doubtful their breakup story breaks the mold. But at least it’s news.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc

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    >> matt, thank you.

    >>> can tiger woods ' marriage be saved? there are new reports this morning that his wife elin plans to leave him. nbc's peter alexander has the latest. peter, good morning.

    >> meredith, good morning to you. there is still no sighting of tiger woods , and some of his neighbors say they have not seen him in more than a week. as for his wife, one of elin's close friends tells nbc news that elin is a strong woman , and in her words, an amazing mother, and that any decision she makes are simply guided by her number one priority right now, her two young children. she's married to the world's greatest golfer, now tangled up in the world's juiciest sex scandal , and "people" magazine reports that elin nordegren has had enough and plans to leave tiger woods .

    >> elin has decided that this marriage cannot be repaired and she is moving forward with some sort of separation that will not only be a physical separation but will be them both moving on past this marriage.

    >> reporter: twice this week, the 29-year-old swede has been spotted without her wedding ring , most recently leaving a restaurant near her home carrying 10-month-old baby charlie and ignoring the paparazzi.

    >> what do you think of his 14 mistresses? what would you say to them?

    >> how about something nice like how are you holding up?

    >> how are you holding up, elin?

    >> reporter: and on tuesday, a moving van was seen parked outside of the woods mansion with elin reportedly instructing workers as they carried out large items, including pieces of art. when the details of tiger's tawdry bedroom drama broke, friends say elin, whose own parents divorced when she was just 6, thought her marriage could be saved. but according to "people" magazine, not anymore.

    >> as each woman has come forward claiming a relationship with tiger, it turns into a situation where she doesn't know what she can trust. everything she thought about her marriage was a lie.

    >> go on, be a tiger.

    >> reporter: woods' well-manicured image is now a distant memory, but his on-the-course excellence is still impossible to forget. the 33-year-old golfing great was voted athlete of the decade by the "associated press," with more than half the votes coming in since his sensational scandal broke.

    >> tiger's dominance was so glaring, was so enormous, that even in light of the current scandal, there was simply no denying the fact that he was absolutely the best at his chosen profession.

    >> reporter: the world's best golfer, but another accolade is no guarantee that tiger woods can rescue a marriage in the rough. and unfortunately, struggling marriages are nothing new to tiger woods . e-news spoke with a former girlfriend of woods who revealed that as a teenager, the golfer struggled with his own parents' marital problems and would often call her crying, upset about his own facility's infidelities. meredith?

    >> peter alexander , thank you very much.


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