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Was it wrong for Haney to write tell-all book?

No pact, no problem

Diane Pucin

Los Angeles Times

Maybe Tiger Woods should write a book about Hank Haney.

Maybe he should just be quiet until he actually reads Hank Haney's book, "The Big Miss," that will be released March 27, the beginning of Masters week, and it is about the six years when Haney was Woods' swing coach.

Unless Woods or his more likely his agent Mark Steinberg, have Haney's signature on a non-disclosure agreement, well, too bad Tiger.

Remember when Phil Jackson wrote a book, "The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul," about the Lakers? Jackson had some unflattering comments about his star, Kobe Bryant.

Fire your "friend" and they realize they have stories to tell. Those stories make money for one reason. Tiger doesn't tell them. I'll definitely read it.

dpucin@tribune.com

Another grab at glory

Bill Kline

The Morning Call

Of course it was unprofessional for Hank Haney to write a tell-all about his former student. But — and excuse the wording — that's par for the course for someone such as Haney, who has been trying to build his brand with a TV show, instructional DVDs, infomercials and even his own golf academy. To Haney, it's all about Haney, and it doesn't matter that Tiger Woods was paying for his services and that the teacher-student relationship should be held in reverence.

Tiger's team gets a bogey here too. How could an entourage so large and supposedly so savvy fail to get a confidentiality clause with Haney for such a privacy-hoarding client as Woods? With help like that, for Tiger's sake, let's hope that Elin Nordegren isn't planning any autobiographies.

wkline@tribune.com

They're his stories too

Jeff Shain

Orlando Sentinel

Let's see, was Jim Bouton unprofessional when "Ball Four" exposed the vices within the 1969 Yankees clubhouse? Was H.G. Bissinger unprofessional when "Friday Night Lights" examined the relationship between a town and its high school team?

Not to equate "The Big Miss" with those classics, but they're from the same genre: Offer a glimpse inside the inner sanctum. Not all portrayals are flattering. We're still not sure just how "tell-all" this book really is, anyway. Haney said from the outset he brings no insight into Woods' extramarital romps.

Remember, too, that Haney has material because he was there. He had a role in golf's most dominant era of modern times. The recollections belong to him as much as they do to Woods.

jshain@tribune.com

Woods brought this on

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

From the excerpts we've seen, Haney's book does not tell all. It doesn't even tell most, assuming you'd want to read about fire hydrants and porn stars. Unprofessional would be writing lies. But I trust Haney and his de-facto co-author, the highly respected Jaime Diaz.

If Woods had treated the people around him properly, maybe his wife, caddie and swing coach would not have turned on him. But from the first time he said no to an autograph request — even from fellow tour players trying to boost their foundations — Woods has simply never understood the obligations that accompany success, money and fame.

Is writing about swing flaws, insecurities and Woods' desire to become a Navy SEAL treason? I say no.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

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