So, this is the WHOA! story of the week in the world of sports. Five-time champion, Tiger Woods is not present at this week’s Masters Tournament as he’s recovering from horrific injuries stemming from a car wreck in February. However, his presence isn’t the one that is missing that has my jaw on the floor.
No, it’s this man’s. Angel Cabrera (right) won The Masters in 2009. As a past champion he is always welcome to not only participate in the tournament (at least until he’s 65), but always has a place at the table at the annual Champions Dinner, held on Tuesday Night during tournament week.
However, he won’t be playing in the tournament this week. And he certainly wasn’t seated at the most prestigious dinner table in sports on Tuesday night. No, Angel Cabrera is currently an inmate in a Brazilian jail. He was taken into custody by Brazilian federal officers on Jan. 14. Prior to that, he was the subject of a Red Notice issued by Interpol, which alerts police worldwide about internationally wanted fugitives.
Angel Cabrera is currently battling multiple charges and allegations of domestic violence and battery from a couple of women (including an ex-wife). The Red Notice was triggered when he left his native Argentina without informing authorities of his travel plans (as he is required to do because of the allegations). Cabrera’s lawyer Carlos Hairabedian has been very vocal in proclaiming his client’s innocence. In a recent interview he said of Cabrera, “He is not a serial abuser. He is not the monster they have consistently tried to portray him as in the media.”
Not the American media, apparently. Today is the first I’ve heard of this, and I’m a golf fiend! Interestingly enough the subject of his absence was a subject not to be broached at the recent champions dinner. His absence was acknowledged by his peers, and that was about it. It’s going to be interesting to see what becomes of this.