Reports: Department of Children and Families Called to Tiger Woods' Home

PHOTO The back of Tiger Woods home is seen on December 3, 2009 in Windermere, Florida./ Inset: In this photo provided by the Tiger Woods family, from left: Sam, Elin, Tiger, and Charlie Woods, are shown in this file photo.AP Photo/Getty Images
The back of Tiger Woods home is seen on December 3, 2009 in Windermere, Florida./ Inset: In this photo provided by the Tiger Woods family, from left: Sam, Elin, Tiger, and Charlie Woods, are shown in this file photo.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was called to Tiger Woods' home on Friday afternoon according to TMZ and Radaronline.

The visit was for a "well-being check," following a complaint and not part of an investigation, TMZ reported.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) would not confirm the report nor release any details about the call.

"Florida law requires that all concerns reported to the Florida Department of Children and Families regarding the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult are confidential," Carrie Hoeppner, a spokesperson for DCF said via a statement.

DCF is looking into a report of possible domestic violence between Woods and his wife Elin that allegedly took place in front of their two children and involved a golf club, according to Radaronline.

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's department said they received a call from DCF on Friday afternoon at 2:41 p.m. to help open the gate to the Isleworth community.

The officers were on the scene at 3:19 p.m., according to Jim Solomons, a spokesperson for the sheriff's department.

"We were called to assist. We assisted them getting past the guard shack and they were on their way," Solomons said.

The sheriff's department would not release the address DCF visited. The officers did not initiate a criminal report, Solomons said.

Tiger Takes a Break – Will His Sponsors?

While golfing legend Woods takes a break from the links to focus on his family in the wake of reports of alleged extramarital affairs, some of his sponsors are starting to distance themselves from him.

The consulting firm Accenture, whose ads featuring the athlete are frequently found on airport billboards and on television, became the first sponsor to completely sever its ties with Woods, ending its multimillion-dollar campaign with the star. The slogan of the campaign was, "Go On. Be a Tiger."

Wood's was "no longer the right representative," Accenture announced in a statement on its Web site on Sunday.

Woods' alleged behavior --

so at odds with his squeaky-clean image -- has got everyone talking, especially the sponsors who make up about 90 percent of his reported $100 million-plus annual income.

"People who have paid, among them more than $100 million, right now are going, 'Oh, for crying out loud,'" Bob Garfield, editor of Advertising Age, a magazine that covers the marketing and media industries, said of Woods' travails.

Woods' Troubles Began After Car Crash

The top golfer's sterling reputation began to be questioned after he crashed his Cadillac Escalade outside his home in Florida on Nov. 27 at 2:25 a.m. According to the official story, an unconscious Woods was rescued by his wife, Elin Nordegren, who heard the crash and used a golf club to smash the vehicle's rear window and pull him to safety.

But there were unconfirmed media reports that Woods left the house after arguing with Nordegren, and soon afterwards, reports of extramarital affairs began to pile up.

Fall from Grace was Swift, Stunning

"This is the greatest fall from grace, in my opinion, of anybody in sports history," ABC News sports consultant and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan told "World News" Saturday. "Tiger was such a cultural icon, crossing over from sports into society in such a big way."

Gillette said Saturday it would be "limiting [Woods'] role in our marketing programs," and AT&T said Friday it was "evaluating our ongoing relationship with him."

Unlike Accenture, however, neither Gillette nor AT&T so explicitly suggested its partnership with Woods was completely over.

"For the past six years, Accenture and Tiger Woods have had a very successful sponsorship arrangement and his achievements on the golf course have been a powerful metaphor for business success in Accenture's advertising," the Accenture statement said. "However, given the circumstances of the last two weeks, after careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising. Accenture said that it wishes only the best for Tiger Woods and his family."

Companies began backing away from Woods this weekend after he announced late Friday that he would take an indefinite break from professional golf to focus on being a "better husband, father and person" -- most likely spurred by published claims of at least 11 extramarital affairs and links to porn stars.

But will the family be together while Woods works to make things right?

The Associated Press reported that Nordegren just bought a $2.2 million home on a secluded Island in Sweden, and questions have been raised as to whether they will be there together.

Questions Swirl about Woods' Family, Impact on Sport

There were also pictures this weekend of his yacht -- aptly named "Privacy" -- being loaded with provisions.

Michael Levine, founder of Levine Communications Office, says it's impossible for Woods to be anonymous, no matter where he is in the world.

The couple have two young children, and in the last television interview before the scandal broke, Woods claimed his family comes before his golfing career.

As for the sport itself, Wood's absence could have serious consequences for the bottom line. Television ratings dropped 50 percent when Woods missed time last year due to a knee injury.

Steve Williams, Woods' caddy, expressed concern over the situation.

"He's obviously got something to work out and I hope for everybody's sake that (he) and his family, his lovely wife Elin, can repair the damage and get back together," he said.

But not everyone is as sympathetic.

Jesper Parnevik, the Swedish golfer who introduced Tiger and Elin, has said he feels responsible for Nordegren's humiliation.

"I told her this is the guy that I think is everything you want. He's true. He's honest. He has great values. He has everything you would want in a guy. And uh, I was wrong," Parnevik said.

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