sigmapete1, on 04 April 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:
dmbgolfer, on 04 April 2012 - 01:41 PM, said:
Ping_Ho, on 04 April 2012 - 11:48 AM, said:
finished the book...i want hank to hire me so i can write about his personal life and make money off that. golfing stuff was great but he wrote tigers personal life to make money..
it doesnt matter if it related golfing.. he does not have any rights to make money off someones personal life. i dont care if thats tiger woods or some random club pro.
Hank, who coached Tiger Woods, has a right to make money off his own personal life. That was his life- he coached and interacted with Tiger Woods. He wrote about it.
It doesn't really work that way. The question is really whether there is an implied confidentiality in a coach relationship (the so called locker room code). No one is saying Haney broke any laws but if you agree with that code, then what he did was wrong in the eyes of sports people.
I am a lawyer, and my conversations with clients are my memories too. Does that mean I can write a book about my personal life and include all the details I learn about clients? Absolutely not. In that case there is an express confidentiality, the "attorney-client" privilege. So assuming there is an expectation of privacy (which is admittedly up for debate) this whole line by Haney of "they are my memories too" is complete garbage.
Keep in mind, Haney got paid a LOT of money by Tiger who essentially made him the public figure (at least in golf) that he is now. In my opinion, Haney betrayed what was probably once a friendship just to chase a few dollars down.
Everything he did was totally legal, but would you want that guy as your friend?
I am a lawyer too, which is why I know attorney-client confidentiality, yes. Golf teacher-student confidentiality, no.
You might be referring to something more generally known as good manners, i.e., the writing of this book might exceed the bounds of good manners. That may be so, but if you read the book, or if you've read just about anything about Tiger Woods, you see that he too, is severely lacking in good manners, common courtesy, basic human decency. For crying out loud, he's the richest athlete in the world and a notoriously bad tipper to waiters.
He did not pay Hank well. Was Hank able to make money off the association? Sure, because that's how Tiger operates- I don't have to pay people well or even treat them well because just being in my presence is reward enough.
Would I want Haney to be my friend? No, probably not, but I'd want Tiger to be my friend even less. (Riding on his jet, or even the souped up golf cart and playing a round with him at Isleworth or the new place would be cool, but a real friendship? No thanks.
Tiger reaped what he had sown.