Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tiger Woods Issues Statement On Accident

There has been a lot of discussion about the accident Tiger Woods had over the holiday weekend. It's actually quite interesting how the cable news programs have actually been asking why this story has been receiving so much attention (though all that has really done is prolong the coverage). In several of these reports I've been hearing about how Tiger would be issuing a statement, which would have the potential of putting the story to rest. Well, earlier today he issued the following statement on his website regarding what happened.
As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.
Even though we'd been hearing that his statement would answer some of the questions surrounding the late night accident, the statement doesn't add anything to the conversation that we didn't already know. I agree that Tiger should be allowed some privacy surrounding the accident, but all the vagueness of this statement doesn't help whatsoever. All it will really do is add another round of news coverage as the pundits now discuss how his statement didn't answer any of the questions about where he was going at that hour or what conditions lead to the golfing star getting into the accident.


  1. I'll expand a little more on my earlier tweet about this. I've dealt with accidents before, assisting and even being involved. Accidents happen, plain and simple. We drive our vehicles so much every day that people are bound to be involved in something. It's no big deal and thus the reason it's the law that people have insurance. Is there probably something more to this story because it is very vague? Yes but if I'm an investigating officer do I care? Not really. Could it be the reason why he's out that late? Probably but it's not a crime to drive in the middle of the night so his reason of being out that late is not a major factor. For such a major athelte I'm surprised his PR Team really dropped the ball on this one. A simple explanation of what happened would have been the end of it and at worse a pre-payable traffic to pay.

    One last thing, yes accidents are a part of the job and there are thousands that occur everyday but police work is extremely dangerous and it's pretty sad that our society seems more worried about Tiger Woods' accident when four police officers were murdered in Washington State and the killer is still on the loose. Just thought I'd add that because people seem more worried about celebs than those who protect us everyday. (Sorry for the little rant)

  2. I certainly agree that the media should focus more on the lives of fallen heroes than on celebrities. But, the media will sell what people want to buy, and this is a story more people are interested in.

    I also dont think this story should be swept under the mat, because for a man that might have higher powers of concentration than all but a few people on earth, its strange that in an accident where he wasnt going fast enough to deploy the airbag, he crashes into a fire hydrant. There is also a growing sentiment that spousal battery could be involved, which I think is quite serious and should be investigated regardless of fame.

  3. Rakeback,
    I don’t think anyone is actually suggesting that we simply brush the situation under the table. The problem is that at this point we simply don’t know how much is rumors that get carried away and have no evidence to support them. To make the situation worse, Woods and his PR team are handling the situation are feeding the rumors. If Woods had simply spoken to the police, then the situation would probably be a lot better. Even if the horrible allegations are true (which I haven’t heard any evidence to suggest they are), at least the police would be able to have some basis for an investigation beyond simple rumors that might not have any truth behind them.

    If he had simply given the police a statement and issued a public statement that wasn't so vague, then I think we could have a better idea about what happened. Instead, the poor handling of the situation has simply allowed the rumors to run rampant and the cable news shows bringing on folks who aren’t even familiar with the whole situation in order to speculate about Tiger’s motivations are for not making a statement. No matter what’s really going on, that doesn't help.