Woods shouldn't stay quiet long

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 5:15 AM
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It has always been easy for Tiger Woods on the golf course. Until now, it has been the same way in his personal life.

Tiger Woods  AP Photo
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Tiger Woods

No more. Not with 911 tapes still to be heard and accident reports still to be viewed.

The early Friday morning accident in front of his house wouldn't have drawn the attention of anyone other than the local cops if he were anyone else. There was no alcohol involved, damage was minimal, and Woods was treated at a local hospital and back home before word began to leak out.

But he's Tiger Woods, and he's larger than life. He pummels opponents on the golf course, and he sells Gatorade and Nike products to millions who are in awe of what he can do.

Woods created that aura himself, carefully managing what people saw on the course and even more carefully managing what they were allowed to see off it.

He was the ultimate control freak, whether with a 7-iron in his hand or a microphone. But, as Woods is so painfully learning now, even he can't control everything.

At some point he'll have to talk with the troopers. More importantly, at some point he'll have to talk to his fans.

If not, the Internet rumor mill will keep churning. If not, the rampant speculation will be passed off as fact.

"People are just piling on with speculation and controversy," said David Schwab, a vice president of Octagon, a major sports marketing firm. "You need something to settle the ship. If he's not able to do it, find someone to do it for him."

That ship seemed steady as a rock until this week when reports surfaced that the National Enquirer was planning a piece on what it said was an alleged affair between Woods and another woman. The woman denied in an interview with the Associated Press that there was anything going on between her and Woods, but the report found its way to blogs and on Twitter anyway.

Then came the bizarre scene of Woods bloodied and semi-concious in his SUV with his wife using a golf club to smash out a window to help save him. In the rush-to-judgment world that exists Online, suddenly two and two became five and the story steamrolled even further out of control.

Assuming Woods has crisis management advisers, he had better get them on the phone. Assuming they answer, he had better listen to their advice.

Say something, and say it soon.

"He's obviously gotten advice so far that he shouldn't talk to anyone," said John Rowady, president of rEvolution, a Chicago-based sports marketing agency. "That was one of the issues, albeit a different one, with Michael Phelps. I was always a believer that you should come out and say what happened and apologize if need be and take it from there."

So far, though, nothing but silence. No comment from Woods, none from his agent, and none from his spokesman.

On Saturday, they weren't even talking to the troopers who were heading over for an interview.

What they — and we — eventually find out may be surprising. Or it may turn out to be nothing.

Either way, Woods needs to talk.

The one thing we do know is that, for all his money and passion for privacy, it turns out Woods is not much different than anyone else. His accident parted the curtains on his windows, and gave us a tantalizing peek inside the barricades that a guy with a yacht named "Privacy" so jealously guarded.

It's all part of the public record now, and it's nothing Woods can control.

What he does need to know is this: People will forgive and, mostly, they'll forget, as witnessed with the infamous Phelps bong photo.

Woods doesn't have any expertise in all this. Yes, he's the most famous athlete in the world, greeted a few weeks ago like a rock star in Australia. But outside a few well chosen pictures of his photogenic wife and his equally photogenic children, no one knew much.

It was the Michael Jordan model and it worked well as Woods managed to stay out of any controversy to become possibly the first athlete to earn a billion dollars. Even his well known affinity for all things Vegas never tarnished the image of Woods as the ultimate family man with the ultimate family.

"Here's a guy that has a squeaky clean record. He leads the king's life and everybody admires him," Rowady said. "It's a personal matter, but his ability to come out and talk about it will be interesting. I'm sure he has a lot of pressure on him and is trying to avoid the rumors."

Woods will have a chance on Tuesday when he is supposed to be at a press conference for his tournament in Los Angeles. But in a world where information and disinformation spread faster than swine flu, even that may be too late.

Hard to blame Woods for wanting to take a pass. Even if it was the best scenario — that maybe Woods was just heading out for a drive — he might be mocked for his lack of skill in negotiating his driveway.

The longer Woods keeps quiet, though, the worse it will get.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/29/09 - 06:38 am
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The #1 question will probably

The #1 question will probably have something to do with those "driver shaped" bruises around his head and shoulders, since the back window was carefully broken out to avoid any such accidental bruising. Oh well, I anxiously await the plausible explanation from my favorite sports "hero".

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/29/09 - 07:14 am
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In ANY PLACE in America, if

In ANY PLACE in America, if an regular person did not talk much quicker....Where would we be? With a warrant on our head or jail... must be nice to be above the Law? In fact we would be charge with leaving the scene of an accident. Tiger really called OJ & he said RUN TIGER ...RUN....yes & DON'T TALK ...CALL YOUR ATTORNEY first.
If you didn't know OJ has a cell phone?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/29/09 - 07:39 am
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Why should he talk? If a

Why should he talk? If a "regular person" had the same situation, he or she would be issued any tickets that was warranted and not have to satisfy the curiosity of a bunch of Voyeurs.

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/29/09 - 07:45 am
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Removed

Removed

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/29/09 - 07:52 am
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Tiger also knew a DUI would

Tiger also knew a DUI would HURT his media advertising!!! That would run into many, many million's,l Can't have that. So actually his running was what he needed to do ...retain his image!

grinder48
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grinder48 11/29/09 - 07:53 am
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This whole bit about his
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This whole bit about his being allowed to decide when he talks with police is absurd!

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/29/09 - 07:53 am
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Did you ask Ben Harbin the

Did you ask Ben Harbin the same question?We do not need to know,law enforcement does. It do not matter now whether or not he was drunk, they cannot prove it. Issue tickets for reckless driving, failure to maintain control, leaving the scene of an accident and destruction of public property as any other " regular person" would be treated.

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/29/09 - 08:00 am
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(Q)?We do not need to

(Q)?We do not need to know,law enforcement does?(UN) Are you crazy because you sound like it. Have you ever heard about cop's beating people? It's our duty to watch everyone to protect everyone...even the Law. THAT'S BECAUSE WE LIVE IN AMERICA.

justus4
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justus4 11/29/09 - 08:01 am
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See...these people are
Unpublished

See...these people are extremely predictable. The AWM is working now to turn this accident into a lon-running trial of "talking" and not "talking" because, according to the article, "talk to the troopers", Ha! And if he don't? Will the AWM turn that into a "he's got something to hide" syndrome? Of course they will...thats the point, if he speaks or not. He should not say a word about the accident and let his talking be done on the golf course. U can't lay with dogs without getting their fleas, so he knows the deal.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 08:14 am
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The Cops didn't need to beat

The Cops didn't need to beat him, Elin had already done that. And he is just slightly more black than Obama is since his father actually had some slave blood unlike Hussain's Arab father.

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 11/29/09 - 08:37 am
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Tiger still enjoys the

Tiger still enjoys the protection of the 5th Amendment. The police can't make you talk about a traffic accident or anything else, look it up. The facts seem pretty simple, Tiger got clocked with a golf club by his berserk wife, and in trying to get away hit a fire hydrant. If the situation involved you or I, the only difference would be that our wives would be going to jail. Tiger Woods has a crazy, vindictive, and at times violent wife, that does not make him anything but average. He will really get dizzy when he has to hand over some major cash to her in the divorce.

MyChronicleUserAccount
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MyChronicleUserAccount 11/29/09 - 08:39 am
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Ya'll quit picking on Tiger!

Ya'll quit picking on Tiger! What would you do if your wife came after you with a driver? As far as I can tell its a private matter; if he wishes to press charges then it might get a lil embarrassing. Haven't we all done something we regret? Give the poor boy a break. How many of us guys could keep avoiding temptation if beautiful women kept finging themselves at us. We all have weak moments, well possibly.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 08:44 am
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I'm certainly not picking on

I'm certainly not picking on Tiger, I'm jealous of him. But what I really want to see is a few pictures of the one he was messing around with!!! Wow, better than Elin?!?!?!

soldout
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soldout 11/29/09 - 08:49 am
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If you have followed Tiger

If you have followed Tiger around the course you know he has a bad temper and a foul mouth. The rest of his imagine is very controlled so probably only a few really know him.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/29/09 - 08:58 am
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I know his father would be

I know his father would be very proud of him right now.

csrareader
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csrareader 11/29/09 - 09:00 am
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I have the feeling that

I have the feeling that somewhere... John Daly is smiling.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 09:07 am
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I don't think Long John ever

I don't think Long John ever let one of his many wimmens beat him around the head with a club. He seemed to be the one taking the preemptive action.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/29/09 - 09:09 am
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I hope it all ends as well as

I hope it all ends as well as it can under the circumstances. I would be shocked if alcohol is involved....or an affair. I hate the rumors. I wish he would have a press conference and end all the specs. Once he does that, it would quiet down.

leaveitatthedoor
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leaveitatthedoor 11/29/09 - 09:09 am
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DEAR LORD PEOPLE --- THIS MAN

DEAR LORD PEOPLE --- THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY IS HUMAN. HERE IS HOW THE PRESS WILL KICK ANOTHER HUMAN WHILE THEY ARE DOWN. It is NON of our business what is going on with him or his family. He deserves the right to be silent and not blast his business all over the world. Find something else to do and let these people deal with their own problems which are NON OF OUR BUSINESS AT ALL..!!!!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 11/29/09 - 09:13 am
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I really like the guy but,

I really like the guy but, whatever...he's just another man. He's not perfect. He never was and never will be perfect. It was a very high pedestal that he and y'all put him on. People will always fail us. If he did cheat on his wife, he went after the cheapest bait and bit like a big bass. His wife should kick him to the curb and laugh all the way to the bank. Welcome to earth, Tiger Woods. Next time, keep your pants on. And, by the way, he doesn't owe us any explanations.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 09:16 am
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Give me $100mil a year and

Give me $100mil a year and I'll open up my private life to the gossip rags. Y'all could have fun with that! "Don't throw me in that brier patch!"

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/29/09 - 09:20 am
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JQP, I agree, legally he

JQP, I agree, legally he doesn't owe a public explanation, but, come on, how many people look up and respect him? You don't think he owes those folks some sort of message?

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 11/29/09 - 09:24 am
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Tiger was accused of cheating

Tiger was accused of cheating (supposedly not true). His wife freaked, scratched his face and came after him with a driver. After calming down, they concocted the car accident to explain his injuries. Bad idea!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 11/29/09 - 09:24 am
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Right now he is probably

Right now he is probably consulting with an attorney or two and a public relations persons or two on how to clean this mess up. He does have to answer to the sponsorships and worst of all...his mother. We'll see if the truth comes out or if it gets sugar coated. Sounds like a Koby Bryant (sp) thing, doesn't it? Great way to get paid for a story..bed a married, seemingly sqeaky clean, celebrity.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/29/09 - 09:24 am
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leaveitatthedoor - Are you

leaveitatthedoor - Are you talking about our great president?

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 09:27 am
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CG - "great president"? Who

CG - "great president"? Who dat?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 11/29/09 - 09:29 am
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Can't we leave the Prez out

Can't we leave the Prez out of a conversation just ONE time????

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 11/29/09 - 09:31 am
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As much as I like Tiger, it

As much as I like Tiger, it seems to me that he is hiding something. He is failing to give officers information for an accident report which could lead him to jail. He did property damage to a neighbores yard and tree. He has to show his DL, insurance card and registration. Also, it seems to me that he will at least have a seat belt charge placed on him due to Florida does have a seat belt law. If he had his seat belt on, he would have never hit the sterering wheel or dash board with his mouth.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 09:31 am
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JQP, Not as long as he is

JQP, Not as long as he is still trying to screw up my country and life.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/29/09 - 09:37 am
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nadp - you aren't

nadp - you aren't understanding this yet, are you? The leaks in his face were caused by a Swedish blond hottie with a golf club. The airbags in his Escalade never deployed.

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