'Too hard on him': Paige Spiranac defends 'insane' Tiger Woods cheating scandal

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Instagram sensation Paige Spiranac (pictured left) taking a photo and Tiger Woods (pictured right) during a press conference.
Instagram sensation Paige Spiranac (pictured left) and Tiger Woods (pictured right). (Images: Instagram/Getty Images)

Instagram sensation and former golfer Paige Spiranac has defended Tiger Woods from the criticism he received after his infamous cheating scandal following the release of a new documentary.

Woods’ world came crashing down in 2009 when it was revealed Rachel Uchitel was just one of a number of mistresses for the golfing legend.

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The saga prompted his marriage breakdown to Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

But further details of Woods’ love affairs have been revealed after the release of the two-part series on the golfer’s life.

This prompted former golfer, turned Instagram sensation, Spiranac to defend Woods from the fierce criticism he continually receives.

“Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him,” she said on her podcast Playing A Round with Paige Renee.

“You look at your own life and the things you’ve done, no one lives a perfect life, we all make mistakes.

“It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated. A lot of people cheat in their lifetime.

“Probably 99.9 per cent of people have done something bad in their life.

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“It’s not for people to sit on their couch and make him out to be a monster when I don’t think anyone could have handled that any better than he has.”

Spiranac went on to claim the spotlight Woods received in the wake of the scandal was “insane” and she believes he handled the situation well.

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Based off a biography written about the golfing legend in 2018, the documentary delves into many different parts of Woods' complicated life - from his relationship with his late father Earl, his well-documented affairs and subsequent marriage breakdown, to the incredible career turnaround that culminated in a 15th major title at the 2019 Masters.

However, the golfer's agent Mark Steinberg has slammed the documentary as just another “unauthorised and salacious” take on Woods' life.

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 20, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
Tiger Woods plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 20, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“Just like the book it is based off of, the upcoming HBO documentary is just another unauthorised and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all time," he told Golf Digest.

One of the authors of the autobiography, Armen Keteyian, is also an executive producer of the documentary, which is based around interviews with people once close to the golfer, who have since fallen out with Woods.

Among those interviewed were the American's former caddie Steve Williams and one of his many mistresses Rachel Uchitel - labelled by the makers of the documentary as the “woman at the centre of the sex scandal that forever altered Tiger’s world”.

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