Tiger Woods today said he won't take part in his own charity golf tournament this week. He's recovering from injuries he allegedly suffered when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and tree.
Online sites think it has more to do with his wife attacking him after reading about his alleged affair in a gossip rag.
Is his marriage our business? Not exactly, unless there's a judicial system double standard at work in matters of domestic abuse. Jimi Izrael on The Root explains:
I think Tiger Woods is stiff-arming the cops because he doesn't want them to take pictures of his injuries. If it looks like he was punched or scratched, then the cops will have to act. And if the final explanation for this event turns out to be domestic violence, police will not need a statement from Tiger, and his wife will have to go to jail for assault. Tiger should co-operate with police to put any incident of domestic violence on the record. This will protect him from any allegations in the future should he have to defend himself from an attack at a later date. Granted, this is all conjecture. But if they did indeed have a tiff that resulted in violence, how should they proceed?
Well, they can do one of two things: Get some counseling and be role models to other couples in turmoil, or continue to stonewall and soldier on without comment, and taint Tiger's image while living in a dysfunctional relationship. Tiger wants to keep it a private matter, but he's living his life in the public light. It's one thing to guard your privacy. But when you hold yourself up as a role model, you have an obligation to be accountable to people who look up to you.
Jason Whitlock at FoxSports disagrees:
We don't know any more or less about Tiger Woods today than we did before he left his house Thanksgiving night. Anyone arguing otherwise is a naive idiot. And anyone arguing that we need to learn more is a ratings-starved TV producer or a self-righteous, undersexed hypocrite.
The Florida Highway Patrol's interest/obsession in cross-examining Woods and his wife is a publicity stunt and an effort to embarrass a powerful celebrity. Only a fool believes the police "investigate" every minor crime. And, yes, I'm aware that in the post-OJ era, the police take domestic violence far more seriously. But this, in my opinion, is a TMZ-fueled ******* match. There are dollars to be earned digging up dirt on Woods and his wife.
What say you?
Without denying the feet-of-clay factor fueling many of us jerks, Whitlock is wrong. There could be a real domestic violence crime here, and Woods could've killed someone with that car. The cops should ask, and he (and wife) should answer.
It becomes our business when it spills into the streets and puts the public at risk.
Had this been Tom Woods, a successful lawyer or doctor living in the same neighborhood, would we care? No.
I know Mr Collins likes to ask the questions that no one is asking. So has anybody considered that the Woods family includes two small children. And while I suspect they have domestic help (aka nannies) for most of the time, maybe, just maybe they allowed the staff to have the holiday off. So here's a completely hypothetical scenario.
One of the kids wakes up at 2AM and isn't feeling well. They realize that they need something from the store. So Tiger does what most dads in his situation would do and hops in the car to run to an all night drug store (which reopened at midnight). Distracted by something in the car or outside it he doesn't realize that he's angled off the road, straight at a fire hydrant. (They build those things to withstand an impact like that, particularly at slow speed.) He didn't have a seat belt on (maybe that was the distraction) the car wasn't moving fast enough for the airbag to deploy, at least that's the report, so he bounces around in the Escalade and gets cut up. Knowing as they do that there are unfounded tabloid reports of an affair, they dodge the FHP because the cuts might be construed incorrectly. It's a holiday weekend and he may want his lawyer there to keep the police in-line legally and he/she is out of town. You or I may not care, but he's worth a couple of billion take a hundred million or two, so he needs to make sure that he doesn't become the target for a lawsuit.
So maybe it is a domestic incident, just not the kind people think.
Jack's comment's alludes to what I call "quarter under the lampost journalism", after the fella who is looking for his lost quarter under a lit lampost rather than the one he dropped it at, on account of "I can see here".
An equally plausible, but much less riveting, framing of the story is not likely to to see much play.
At the end of the day, who knows how this will turn out. But history is littered with such cases where truth was more boring than the alternatives.
"Truth more boring than the alternatives."
Such as "We were on our laptops" instead of "We fell asleep"? :-P
However, some people find that truth plenty interesting.