The Jaimee Grubbs installment in the ongoing Tiger Woods soap opera (read: caravan of affairs) took the internet by storm. Jaimee Grubbs, the cocktail waitress cum reality show extra, reached overnight celebrity status by coming forward with her story of an alleged affair with Tiger Woods, the world’s most famous sports figure. Jaimee Grubbs expose in Us Weekly and on UsMagazine.com presented over 300 text messages, photos, and a voicemail purported to be of Tiger Woods to support her assertion that she had had a 31-month-long affair with the legendary golfer. But why come forward after 31 months of a clandestine affair and openly admit to having a relationship with a married man? Or had she planned to come forward all along?
Jaimee Grubbs told Us Weekly that she felt bad for Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren. “I loved how we got along. But I knew in the back of my mind there could never be just us. There would always be the wife, or somebody else.”
So why jump on the man while he’s down? Having already taken some pretty serious hits with affair allegations offered up by the National Enquirer regarding a 34-year-old nightclub promoter, Rachel Uchitel, and having been the victim of a single car collision early Friday morning, it seemed almost sadistic to see that Jaimee Grubbs, heretofore only known for a stint on VH1’s “Tool Academy,” coming forward and claiming a long-term affair just when it looked like Tiger Woods was going to make it out of both the potential legal problems and the extramarital accusations unscathed. Rachel Uchitel was denying an affair with Woods and Florida authorities closed their investigations into his car accident, a situation that was leaning toward potential charges for both him and his wife, Elin Nordegren. And then Jaimee Grubbs’ expose became headline news…
She told Us Weekly she had hundreds of racy text messages from Tiger Woods. There were photos and she allowed Us Weekly to post a frantic voicemail that Jaimee Grubbs claims is Tiger Woods worried about his wife calling his mistress (her) because she has become suspicious of an affair. The caller even identifies himself as “Tiger.”
Affair or not, there seems to be the possibility of a set-up in all this. Jaimee Grubbs saved over 300 text messages and a voicemail. For what? Have text messages and e-mails become the love letters of yesteryear, those mementos saved to remind one of another’s devotion? Or could she have saved them simply to use later in her quest for fame, simply waiting for just the right moment to use them?
The voicemail is especially intriguing. The voicemail is a request for the receiver (understood to be Jaimee Grubbs) to take their name off their voicemail because he (supposedly Tiger Woods) believes his wife has went through his phone records. There is nothing endearing about the voicemail at all. So why keep it? (By way of comparison, why did Monica Lewinsky keep the semen-stained dress without dry-cleaning or washing it after her sexual encounter with then President Bill Clinton?)
Radar Online reported that not only was Jaimee Grubbs bragging about her affair with Tiger Woods on the set of VH1’s “Tool Academy” while they were filming last year, but she did so while the cameras were rolling. Aida Menaska told the online tabloid that Jaimee Grubbs also talked about hooking up with George Clooney, although she had been unsuccessful with that endeavor.
There are reports that Us Weekly paid Jaimee Grubbs $100,000 for her Tiger Woods story.
Question remains. Was Jaimee Grubbs simply an disappointed opportunist striking while the iron was hot (Tiger Woods has been the dominant news story for nearly a week), considering that her affair with him had no future? Or was she a calculating opportunist, saving what she needed from the relationship in order to gain better market value for her information when an opportunity presented itself (just after the accident and the first affair allegations)? Or was a fame groupie, setting her sights on Tiger Woods, saving everything, always intending to use the information for financial and/or personal gain?
It is difficult to say with any degree of certainty if any of the aforementioned descriptors fit Jaimee Grubbs, but it is not difficult to believe that she is capable of being the person described in any of them. Some will do anything to achieve fame or even be associated with the phenomenon. Some will do anything for money. And sometimes in the seeking, the two may not be mutually exclusive.
Although it would be just as easy to believe that Jaimee Grubbs entered into the Tiger Woods relationship at the age of 21 with the starry-eyed enthusiasm of a lovestruck young woman happy to be in the presence of Tiger Woods, not to mention having sex with him, it becomes rather difficult to believe that there was not an ulterior motive developed somewhere along the way. Especially if the George Clooney information is accurate. Especially since she kept that voicemail.
It is far easier to believe that Jaimee Grubbs planned for an opportunity just like the one she has taken advantage of through Us Weekly. It is far easier to believe that she kept the alleged Tiger Woods affair voicemail and those text messages (or created them, if they are not authentic) to use in a tell-all situation. And it is only too easy to believe that she feels as bad for Tiger Woods’ wife as Monica Lewinsky did for Hillary Clinton.