Gloria Allred: Tiger Woods's True Opponent?

A bevy of women linked to Tiger Woods are watching as he returns to professional golf this week. One of them might peer more closely than the rest.

In the wake of Woods' fall from grace, Gloria Allred emerged as a kind of crusader against the star golfer, representing at least two of his alleged mistresses (nightlife promoter Rachel Uchitel, porn star Joslyn James) and speaking on behalf of other women in Woods' life (his kindergarten teacher, Maureen Decker.)

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As he rises back into the public eye, she's revving up her efforts to bring him down.

Monday, following Woods' press conference in Augusta, Ga. ahead of this week's Masters tournament, Allred and James held a press conference of their own in which the porn star called the golfer a "big fat liar." James (real name: Veronica Siwik-Daniels) shot down Woods' public promise to better himself as "big malarky" and noted that "after the birth of his first daughter Sam, he was with me 10 days later."

While James and Allred want an apology from Woods, they won't follow him to the Masters to get it. Allred said her client is moving on with her life, though James is still upset that "he lied to her when he said they would have a life together."

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James isn't Allred's only ammo against Woods. Last week, she took a hit at him with the help of Woods' kindergarten teacher, who claims she's suffered with migraine headaches, elevated blood pressure and colitis because he perpetuated a false story that he was the victim of a racially charged attack on his first day of school.

Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods' alleged mistress and Gloria Allred's client.

Woods' anecdote about how he "the teacher really didn't do much of anything" after he was tied to a tree and spray-painted appears in Charles Barkley's 2005 book, "Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?" (Woods first recounted the story in a 1997 interview with ABC's Barbara Walters.) Decker, now 69-years-old and retired, claims she doesn't remember the incident happening and said Friday that neither Woods nor his parents complained about such an attack when he was in school.

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In a press release, Allred said Woods ought to "retract his statement and apologize to Ms. Decker," adding, "No teacher should ever be treated in such a callous and unfair manner by her pupil, especially a teacher who has been as dedicated to her students as Ms. Decker has been. The time for Tiger Woods to make direct amends to her is now."

Tiger Woods' kindergarten teacher, Maureen Decker, whom Gloria Allred also represents.

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What does Allred want from Woods? She didn't immediately return's requests for comment, but considering her past, the legal force-to-be-reckoned-with may see him as another prize for her mantel.

"Gloria is one of these attorneys that understands that the court of law is different from the court of public opinion," said Hollywood publicist Michael Levine. "She uses the media as a tool to both stay relevant for herself and stay on the offense for her client."

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