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EA Sports Denies Rumors of Suit Over ‘South Park’ Tiger Episode

Report had golf video game maker considering legal action

Last week’s season premiere of South Park was its most watched in more than a decade, thanks in large part to a timely send-up of Tiger Woods. More than 3.7 million people watched last Wednesday’s episode, making it the biggest season premiere for Comedy Central’s animated comedy since 1999.

A Web site reported that one of Tiger’s sponsors – Electronic Arts, which produces the Tiger Woods golf video game series – was considering legal action over its inclusion in the episode (a recurring side plot involves Cartman and Stan playing an edition Tiger Woods Golf on the Xbox 360 – updated with details from the sex scandal, of course).

But a spokesperson for EA said on Tuesday "the reports that EA Sports is planning to sue the creators of ‘South Park’ are completely false.”

Here’s one NSFW clip:

EA Sports was one of Woods’ endorsers that stood behind the golfer in the aftermath of the sex scandal.

Following Woods’ press “conference” last month, EA president Peter Moore issued this statement: “"It was good to see Tiger address the public today, and we’re supportive of his focus toward family and rebuilding his life. He remains one of the greatest athletes in history, and as a long-standing partner, we look forward to seeing Tiger back on the golf course when the time is right for him and his family."

EA is scheduled to release “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11” for the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and iPhone on June 8.

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