Tiger Woods ignoring calls from ailing half-brother, says his family

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 05, 2012 07:20 hrs

Tiger Woods has reportedly been ignoring calls from his half-brother, who has been suffering from multiple sclerosis and is in danger of losing his house.

According to ESPN, the golfer could not be reached, as he prepares to tee off in the Masters.

Another of Woods' half-brothers, Earl Woods Jr., said Kevin Woods, 52, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and has been unable to work, prompting them to reach out to Tiger for assistance.

"I leave messages," the New York Post quoted Earl Jr. as telling the sports channel.

"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," he said.

Earl Jr., Kevin, and their sister Royce were the children of Tiger's dad Earl Woods' first marriage.

Tiger, who is between 17 and 20 years younger than his half-siblings, was the product of Earl Woods' second marriage to Kultida Punsawad.

The siblings said that they have not heard from Tiger since 2006 when their father died.

Earl Jr. said the family had been close until Tiger turned "15 or 16."

"We haven't asked Tiger for a dime.

"Not even tickets to a tournament. But Kevin's losing his home. He needs a caregiver and he can't have a caregiver and keep his home at the same time. And we can't do that, we don't have the means," he added.

Earl Jr. now lives in Phoenix while Kevin and Royce live in San Jose, California.

"I'd like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up.

"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," Earl. Jr said. (ANI)

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