VF: Jordan influenced Woods' infidelity

Magazine Source: Golfer never felt bad about double life

ORLANDO, Fla. - An upcoming magazine article connects Tiger Woods' marital infidelities to another sports legend: Michael Jordan.

One of the greatest basketball players ever would play with one of the greatest golfers ever on the course and in the casinos, according to a man who used to be close to Tiger Woods.

John Merchant was Woods' former lawyer and adviser, and in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, he is quoted as warning Woods to stay away from Jordan. But he says Woods wouldn't listen.

In the article, Merchant describes Woods as a sex-crazed, high-stakes gambler who never felt bad about his double life. And he lived out this life alongside Jordan, Merchant said.

Jordan had his own relationship problems. He split from his wife in 2007 after years of infidelity rumors in one of the most expensive divorces ever.

Merchant told the story of when Jordan and Woods were hanging out together in a Bahamas casino and a matchmaker sent a woman Woods' way. But Jordan's bodyguard intercepted, trying to send the woman Jordan's way. She continued toward Woods because he had already paid $15,000 to meet her, according to Merchant.

That woman became one of Woods' mistresses, according to Merchant.

The Vanity Fair article goes on sale in Central Florida on April 7.

Before that, the public will hear from Woods himself. He will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday at Augusta National, home of the Masters, where Woods will play in his first tournament of the year. Watch it live on clickorlando.com.

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