Tiger Woods’ accident is causing the vultures to circle around him looking for meat. As a private citizen, he doesn’t owe them anything nor an explanation about his SUV accident. The problem is Tiger is a public person. Tiger Woods has guarded his privacy throughout his career. The price he pays for his celebrity status is people poking into his private life. That’s what comes with fame as the world’s best known athlete. Tiger has posted a statement of sorts on his website. Inquiring minds will still want to know more.
What is perplexing is why the Florida law enforcement want further information. No alcohol was detected by the police. The accident occurred on private property. Wherever Tiger was going is a private matter. It’s not against the law to leave your house at 2 am. The police infer that Tiger’s injuries appear inconsistent with his accident. They suggest his injuries are more serious than what might be expected from hitting a tree. Well, it was not a minor accident. Just look at his Cadillac Escalade. It’s well banged up too. Legally, Tiger owes the police no further explanation. He must provide his driver’s license, registration and insurance information. He complied.
While Tiger may owe more to the public, he owes nothing more to the police. He has no higher standard than any of us as a private citizen. In police matters, he is a private person. The Florida police are on a fishing expedition. And I hope Tiger doesn’t take the bait.
What do you think?