WINDERMERE, Fla. Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams said Thursday that he lost respect for his partner of 12 years when details of the golf superstar’s repeat adultery emerged.  The New Zealander, 47, made no public judgement as he stood by the 14-time major champion when he apologized for his widespread infidelities 18 months ago. But a day after Woods made the surprise announcement that he had parted ways with Williams, the bagman admitted that he, too, saw golf’s phenomenon in a dimmer light. “Well, I think when you’re great friends with somebody and a situation like this occurs, you obviously lose some kind of respect,” Williams told CNN… “I’ve stuck by him through and through. Now he decides things aren’t going well for him, and I’m down the road, so the timing’s very disappointing.”

Update: During a radio interview, Steve Williams made clear that he was disappointed in Woods’ move saying he had “stuck” by the golfer “through thick and thin” and “I’ve been incredibly loyal and then to have this happen you could say I’ve wasted two years of my life.” The caddie believes he deserved better treatment for being a standup guy. “I took a lot of heat during Tiger’s scandal, not just myself but my family as well, and never really got pardoned from that scandal. I would have to say given what transpired 12-18 months ago, I think anybody in my situation would say they didn’t have total respect. That respect would have to be earned and this situation is definitely not earning my respect.”

Straighten this out for me because I’m a little confused here.  Who was Tiger cheating on, his wife or Steve Williams?  Look, I appreciate for this guy that it sucks being fired after doing a good job for 12 years.  It’s obvious that Tiger is in meltdown.  He’s gone all Jimmy Conway, unstable, paranoid and unable to tell friend from enemy so he’s having them all whacked.  I get that.  But where does his caddy get off acting like he’s the one Tiger was two-timing?  These guys didn’t just have a boss-employee relationship, they were friends.  They were in each other’s weddings.  So how does that justify Williams acting like Tiger owed him an apology?  As if while Tiger was out giving ATMs to Joselyn James, Williams was in the kitchen keeping his dinner warm and wondering what time he’d be home.  I mean, Christ, it sounds like he’s about to ask for alimony or something.  As it happens, I’ve never had a close friend get caught cheating on his wife.  But if I did, I’d take my friends side in a nanosecond.  Without thinking about it.  It’s an absolute no-brainer.  Because that’s what friends do.  They take their friend’s side, right or wrong.  (Has Steve Williams learned nothing from the Hannah Montana’s “True Friend“?)  Of course it wouldn’t go over well at home.  No wife wants their husband running around with a serial cheater.  But you weather that storm.  Because loyalty is how I roll.  And none of my friends pay me 10% of $10 millon in annual tour winnings, believe me.  So this guy can complain about getting canned after years of service and I’m with him.  But he can knock off this jilted lover nonsense right now.  @JerryThornton1