Monday, November 30, 2009

Tiger, you've got to talk

For three straight days now, Tiger Woods has snubbed law-enforcement officials attempting to speak with him about the single-car accident he had in his own driveway in the wee hours of Friday morning. (Here's the latest story about that).

Tiger certainly isn't paying me to tell him what to do, or I'd be doing so from a beach in St. Somewhere. However, here's a bit of unsolicited advice anyway:


Tiger, you have got to talk to the police. Hiding out in your mansion, offering some lame excuse or another (you're asleep, or getting your agent to call, or, more ominously, having your attorney say you're "not available") does you no good.

Official, carefully-parsed statements on your own Web site do you some good, but not enough. You have to actually answer questions. Account for your actions. If it was a careless mistake, big deal.

It's not like you have committed a serious crime here. The only person you actually hurt with this strange wreck was yourself. And yet, by hiding out, Tiger, you're acting a bit like a criminal would. Obviously, there's something embarrassing about this crash that the public doesn't know -- but can it really be that bad? I don't think so. I bet the rumors are worse than the truth.

This is the downside of celebrity, Tiger. I know you value your privacy above all else (to the point of even naming your yacht "Privacy"). But you enjoy all the perks of celebrity's upside -- the endorsements, the millions of dollars, the never having to wait in line anywhere you go.

So explain yourself. First, to the police. Then, to the public.

Trust me, it will all go away much sooner if you do.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think he has to explain anything to anyone. If he chooses to let the rumors circulate that's really his business. He's still a person.

Anonymous said...

At this point Tiger is just protecting his wife. She went nuts. This happens the EXACT SAME DAY the Enquirer runs a story that he is cheating?! She did bash the back window of his Escalade in....but it was as he was leaving and that's why he wrecked. Their story is she smashed the back window AFTER the accident to help him get out but that makes no sense...how does that get you access to the driver? Beotch went psycho on him, he tried to leave and she said "You're not going anywhere!" and took a club to the car. Ever seen an out-of-her-mind nutjob chick when her man decides he's had enough of her craziness and tries to leave....they lose all control and that is what happened here. She caused the wreck and Tiger is covering for her, probably because he feels guilty because he did cheat with the skank from NY.

Anonymous said...

Why is it necessary for him to talk, when everyone knows what happened?

The Enquirer writes he had an affair, his wife goes nuts and busts his lip, he drives away, she chases with a golf club and smashes the window, he wrecks, she drags him out of the car.

What else do you want to know?

Anonymous said...

Since there is NO law stating one has to. I see NO reason what-so-ever that Tiger Woods should be held to revealing any info just because YOU WANT him to. Stars shouldn't get away with more then normal people do, but they shouldn't be held to STRICTER enforcement either.

Anonymous said...

You tell him Scott. Although the comments about the wife going nuts are probably exactly right. -And that would be very embarrassing. But these people saying "oh leave poor Tiger alone" make me laugh. That is the price of fame dude. If something embarrassing happens, people will find out, sorry but it goes with the millions. That's not to say that being stalked by paparazzi is OK, because it's not. But crash your car at 2am within walking distance from your house, and your WIFE smashes out the window to "save you"? What do you expect?!

Anonymous said...

Why should he talk Fowler? So the media can bash him? It is a private matter!

Anonymous said...

People like the one above who seem to not have a life of there own, and beg for drama from other people's lives make me a sad puppy. I thank God everyday I have enough in my own life to worry about, that I'm not looking and begging the media to give me juicy gossip about people I really don't care about.

GROW UP PEOPLE. GET YOUR OWN LIFE. AND THEN PUBLISH IT HERE FOR ALL OF US TO READ. So we may get a good laugh at of you.

J said...

Tiger Woods does not owe anyone anything. You are writing that Tiger MUST talk because you want to write something about it. The readers who are demanding more info are, just as the above commenter said, celebrity-obsessed. The police want to interview him only because he is Tiger Woods, and then they can cash in on what they know. If it was the neighbor who had crashed, the police would not ask for a special interview from her (they would probably demand one from Tiger though).

Your paragraph about "but you enjoy celebrity's perks" smacks of wealth and celebrity envy. Can you imagine what a zoo it would be if he waited in line anywhere? Celebrity or not, every man deserves some peace and quiet now and then.

So to Scott and all the "we demand more info" commenters here, unless you are willing to have every second of your life scrutinized and published, I suggest you put your class/wealth envy aside.

Anonymous said...

The people defending Tiger's privacy were clearly interested enough to read the damn article and take the time to post in the comments. Hypocrites.

J said...

Oh, another thing. If the Enquirer story and rumors of Mrs. Woods going ballistic are true, that also is a private matter, and none of anyone else's business.

Jason said...

Scott,
You sound like the high inquisitor and torturer for the media: "We have ways to make you talk, Tiger! Spit it out now and we avoid all this unpleasantness!"

The only people who will gain by his talking are the media. Go do some insightful analysis and work for a living instead of demanding the celebs do your job for you.

Anonymous said...

i agree 100% with you scott..way to go.

Anonymous said...

Domestic violence is everybody's business. Police are required to investigate.It's the law!

Anonymous said...

If I were Tiger I wouldn't say anything. It's nobody's business but his and his family's. People kill me with the it comes with the fame bs. That doesn't mean it's right.

Anonymous said...

Tiger isn't going to admit he was heading to the black Friday sales the rest of the world!
Looks, his rights (and our rights) say he doesn't have to say anything and I applaud him for staying private with the details. The police don't have any information to say anything other than an accident occurred. We should leave the couple alone to work out any differences they may have because a worthless paper says something was going on between Tiger and another woman.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the ever rantin swearing tantrum thrower TW who skipped anger management class ready to go OJ on his his soon to be ex-wife espec after her big city divorce lawyer gcleans him out for 75% of everything he owns and for life. No wonder he was pizzed.

Anonymous said...

Tiger, keep your mouth shut. You do not owe the public any explanation. According to the police, you are not obligated to speak to them. So don't. The public is not entitled to know every detail of a celebrity's life. If there are issues between you and your wife, work on resolving them and making your marriage stronger. But please do this in private.

Anonymous said...

This cheat could be suicidal and certainly neurotic but owes America and the world a full explanation since they made him famous and millions. He is a high profile public figure and fully accountable whether he likes it or not.

Maybe his his wife will seek protection from the police if she is endangered with threats and battered wife syndrone.

She and hers need to be examined for any psychological trauma bruisings etc. Woods may have finally gone over the edge.

Anonymous said...

2 comments for people:

(1) Domestic violence is a crime but if he doesn't provide evidence against his wife (who is probably the guilty party here) and doesn't press charges it is a non-event.
(2) For the person talking about his divorce. I seriously doubt they will divorce and also would certainly believe he has a pre-nup that would drastically limit her windfall. However, you can always dream up your own scenario.

I saw don't talk about it - his sponser will stay with him and never went out of his way to win over the public except with his game which will go on as before.

Anonymous said...

"She and hers need to be examined for any psychological trauma bruisings etc. Woods may have finally gone over the edge."
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What an idiotic comment! If there was any domestic violence it was her hitting him over the alledged affair. Quit the hating and speculating! Tiger deserves his privacy and they will settle it among themselves. BTW, she talked to the police and went to the hospital with him. Don't you think if there was any physical damage to her someone would have noticed!

Anonymous said...

"Maybe his his wife will seek protection from the police if she is endangered with threats and battered wife syndrone. She and hers need to be examined for any psychological trauma bruisings etc. Woods may have finally gone over the edge."

How much you wanna bet that the person who posted the above garbage is female. So typical of any alleged "domestic" issue - automatically it is assumed that the wife is battered. Tiger ends up in the hospital with cuts on his face, she admits to smashing his window with a golf club. He is unconcious when 911 is called. Yet you think SHE is the battered one??!!

This broad Elin was a nanny before she met Tiger. Now she has more money than she could spend in 5 lifetimes. She went psycho here and the only reason she is not in jail (yet) is because Tiger knows he is better off keeping the truth of her attacking him out of the press. Cheating is not right (and he did) but that does not give her the right to put her hands on him or attack him or his car as he tries to leave.

Anonymous said...

"Why should he talk Fowler? So the media can bash him? It is a private matter!"

No, it is not a private matter when you wreck you car on a PUBLIC roadway. It's not private when the police, paid by the public, have to get involved and thus create a PUBLIC record. If the same thing happened to you, it wouldn't be private, either. Take a civics lesson.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to me that no one has commented on what would have happened had this entire situation had been reversed.....

If the "story" is true, what if Tiger accused Elin of cheating... then, in a fit of rage, busted her lip and scared her so much she runs from the house in an attempt to get away. She gets in the car and as she's backing out, Tiger attacks the car with a golf club. She then loses control of the car, hits a tree and a fire hydrant....


You know what would have happened in that situation? Tiger would have no Nike, no AT&T , no Gatorade, no Tag Hauer, no Buick. He wouldn't have squat. And his behind would be in jail right now with Steve Williams trying to bail him out.

This situation is not funny. Tiger shouldn't talk to anyone. Why? If it had been reversed he'd be SKEWERED in the press right now. Why allow them to try to decapitate him anyway when he did NOTHING wrong? He walked away from an obviously caustic situation, showing what mature and professional guy he is. Now he's supposed to talk about it too? Give me a break.

Keep quiet, Tiger.

Anonymous said...

Lets see now 50% of 500 mill comes to a cool 250 mill plus 50% of all future earnings and child support payments of 100,000 per mo.

Yikes. Somebodys on the hook for the rest of their life and will be a poor man when the lil wife cleans him out. He will crying to Dr. Phil bein asked " What were you thinking "?

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