Tiger Woods: Injured Golf Great Now Face of Japanese Version of Ben-Gay
Tiger Woods Finds a Sponsor in Japan
Tiger Woods' fall is complete: he's off the course due to injuries to his left leg, people still talk about his many mistresses, his beard smells of desperation and, now, the only sponsorship he can seem to land is with a company touting the Japanese version of Ben-Gay.
Yep, things sure seem to have gone awry for the former golf great.
On Wednesday, a press release out of Nagoya, Japan, via CBS News, offered this little tidbit:
"Kowa Company Ltd. is pleased to announce the use of Tiger Woods as the image character of Antiphlogistic Analgetic Vantelin Kowa series."
Maybe Woods chose to be the face of the Antiphlogistic Analgetic Vantelin Kowa series because no one is ever going to remember it.
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Touting Japanese heat rub not only should give Woods free samplings of the product as he tries to recover from an injury that has sidelined him since May 12, he also joins a growing list of athletes currently out of the game due to injury that are sponsored by the company.
Like, Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who just had elbow reconstruction surgery.
Woods also did commercials for canned ice tea in Japan in the late '90s and, if anything, this will at least give him a little more dough as he's off the links.
But his reputation certainly won't be helped reaching for endorsements.
Woods may think he's safe from media scrutiny in Japan, but, in the "Information Age," complete with Internet and YouTube, I wouldn't be surprised if his commercial instantly is spread across the world when it debuts in mid-July.
Stay tuned, folks.
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