A car accident over Thanksgiving weekend left America wondering just what happened between Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren. Sunday, Woods requested privacy:
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 rumours 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.But pundits think the world's most famous golfer is better off dishing the whole story--even his biggest fans want an explanation. Fair or not, in the age of the internet and the 24-hour-news cycle, bloggers say the truth — or some version of it anyway — is bound to come out on its own.
- Come Clean and Move On John Paul Newport of The Wall Street Journal says Woods is right-the incident is private. "I, for one, would be happy not to know more, and to give Mr. Woods and his family the privacy he requests. And I’ll bet millions of others would be content to draw the curtain there, too. It really is none of our business." But Newport says that isn't going to stop the press from harassing him about it. "Unfortunately, that’s not the world mega-celebrities inhabit, and hoping for different on his part is unrealistic. Mr. Woods and those close to him will be hounded about the events of November 27 until they are chased up a tree or there is blood on the ground." His advice? Come clean and get on with it. "Every public relations professional whom I have seen interviewed about this matter in the last two days has offered the same essential advice to Mr. Woods and his entourage: get everything out in the open as quickly as possible. If it’s harmful (and there’s no certainty there is harmful news there, remember), take your lumps sooner rather than later. And move on."
- Does Tiger Really Think He Can Wait This One Out? Gawker's Adrian Chen doesn't think waiting for things to blow over is such a good idea. "Tiger Woods
is currently waging a war of attrition against cops and media folk
trying to get to the bottom of the Case of the Pro Golfer and the Tree
of Doom. This is a dumb strategy."
- Tiger Thinks This Is Going to Be a Private Matter? Good Luck With That The Scared Monkeys blog doesn't see how Woods is going to keep his privacy in this one. "Wow, if Tiger Woods, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world thinks that this is going to be a private matter, he must still be feeling the affects of going in and out of consciousness from the SUVaccident . Even ESPN Sports Reporters were acting this morning as if Woods personally owed them an explanation was to who, what, why and when."
- He's a Role Model. He Makes Money With His Name. He Owes Us an Explanation Jazz Shaw of The Moderate Voice says "celebrities accept a certain reduction in their expectation of privacy when they move into that world by their own choice and for their own profit." And Shaw says Tiger has made plenty of money with his name and image. "When you run for elected office, you effectively sacrifice all but the most rudimentary privacy in what you do in the bedroom and the bathroom. But for somebody in Tiger’s level of public involvement, it’s not much better. So, Mr. Woods, stop lecturing us about intruding on your privacy. You chose this life, you cashed the checks, you put your face, your name and your image out there to fatten your bank accounts. And this is part of the price that comes with that. Man up, Tiger."
- He Owes No One Any Explanation About Anything At The Guardian, Mike Tomasky is more interested in Tiger's unexpectedly good grammar in his public statement — yes, really — than his marital troubles. "Notice in the first graf the correct use of "my family and me" where many half-educated nitwits would say "my family and I" because they think it sounds classier." That other stuff? Tomasky says it's none of our business. "Are he and his wife having difficulties? That's their business. Is he having an affair with that woman? He's one of the two or three most famous and desirable men in the world." Tomaksy says "temptation of the flesh must be thrust before that man on an hourly basis. In any case, it's only his business and his wife's, no one else's. He owes no one any explanation about anything."
- No Legal Obligation to Speak Chris Rovzar of New York Magazine's Daily Intel blog says people should leave Woods and his wife alone. "The famously reclusive athlete and his wife have no obligation to speak with police unless charged with something, even if Elin did tell her side of the story two slightly different ways (in one version she drove a golf cart to the accident, in another, she ran)."