Notah Begay III has been a friend of Tiger Woods since their days together at Stanford.
Begay was deeply saddened by the news of his friend’s arrest early Monday morning and weighed in at The Golf Channel, where he’s an analyst.
“It’s embarrassing for Tiger. It’s something that you can’t go back and change,” Begay said.
Jack Nicklaus was asked on Tuesday as preparations are winding up for The Memorial tournament and Nicklaus had these observations when asked about Woods:
“I feel bad for Tiger. I don’t know what happened, what went on. I know Tiger, he’s a friend, he’s been great for the game of golf. He needs all our help, we wish him well.”
On the sponsorship reaction side, two of Woods’ sponsors were pretty curt with their reactions to his arrest.
Bridgestone issued this gem:
“We are award of the situation but at this time we respectfully decline any further comment.”
Nike has always been the “Stand By Your Man” company and issues this one:
“We confirm there’s no change in our relationship with Tiger.”
Hunter Mahan took to his Twitter account and at first posted:
“Get this dude some help, please.”
Mahan, perhaps realizing it was a knee-jerk reaction, deleted that Tweet then posted this revised version:
“To be clear, the news troubles me as someone who knows Tiger Woods well and I sincerely hope he finds the support he needs.”
Former NFL All-Pro Shannon Sharpe said:
“Sad, disappointed. I don’t know if we’ve ever had a greater athlete fall so, so far from glory. Some things I can have sympathy for and I can have empathy with but this is not one of the offenses. Because of the amount of money he has? He could hire a driver. He should never put himself in that situation.”
LPGA star Brittany Lincicome made hers short and sweet on Twitter: