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Tiger Woods has three half-siblings, Kevin, Earl Jr., and Royce and ESPN’s Rick Reilly recently spoke with them.Kevin is 52 and his body has been deteriorating for the past three years after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He is now forced to live his life in a wheelchair.
Earl Jr. told Reilly of ESPN.com, Kevin might lose his house soon, and he needs a caretaker, but Tiger won’t return Earl Jr.’s calls:
“I leave messages. I leave updates on Kevin, but for whatever reason I don’t get a response. … Kevin loves Tiger. A call from Tiger would really pump Kevin up. When he doesn’t call, it just makes him feel worse.”
Woods’ half-siblings, who had the same father as Tiger, told Reilly they remained close to Tiger until he was about 16, but as Tiger got more famous, the less they heard from him. And since their father died in 2006, they haven’t been able to contact him at all.
The half-siblings have never asked for money, but now Kevin is in dire need of help. Kevin told Reilly:
“I’d like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up. I’d like to say, ‘Don’t come knocking on the door when you need a bone-marrow transplant.’ To see this is the response we get? Maybe when you see the world like he does, you don’t see what other people are going through. But, seriously? You’ve got problems with your knee? That’s nothing compared to what Kevin is going through. Nothing.”
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