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Actors Guild Fines Tiger Over Ad

November 10, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Screen Actors Guild has teed off on Tiger Woods.

The union fined the golfer $100,000 for shooting a nonunion Buick commercial during the six-month strike against advertisers by SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, Daily Variety reported Friday.

The union’s trial board on the case also agreed to suspend $50,000 of the fine, but that would be reinstated if Woods makes a commercial during any future strike, the Hollywood trade paper said.

The decision was reached after a three-day hearing this week. Woods took part in the hearing by telephone and agreed to the decision, Daily Variety said.

The Woods case was one of the most volatile issues during the strike, which was settled last month. Many activists wanted the golfer expelled from the union.

Woods had refused to shoot a nonunion Nike ad in early May, a day after the strike began. He also issued a statement of support for the work stoppage but reversed course in July by shooting the Buick ads near Toronto.

``I have relationships to uphold with my sponsors who have supported me over the years. This is in no way a stance against the union,″ Woods said at the time.

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