Originally Posted by jojo
Or is it gossip built upon initial gossip?
As I said before, gossip was the rumor that Tiger was fooling around. We have no idea whether that's true or not.
What we know is that Tiger attempted to drive away in his SUV early in the morning and his wife smashed the back windows with a golf club. There was also an accident and Tiger was hurt seriously enough that he was lying on the ground and he had to go to the hospital. Then a statement comes out that his wife tried to rescue him from the SUV by smashing the back windows. That doesn't pass the smell test for me and a lot of other people. If she was rescuing him, why did she smash out the back windows? Are we to believe that she smashed out the back windows, climbed in through the back windows and pulled him out of the car to safety? Why was she so Johnny-on-the-spot? If I'm going out at 3 a.m. I doubt my wife's going to get up out of bed and follow me all the way outside onto the street to see me off.
You're right. It is his right not to talk to the police. But since he decided not to, it's our right to wonder why. He was also hurt enough that he withdrew from his own golf tournament (which I find amusing for some reason.) People who bought tickets to this to see him play are going to wonder why he did this. His sponsors are going to wonder why he isn't playing and if this accident is going to affect their products. And if Tiger isn't telling the truth here, the sponsors are going to wonder if people will buy their products that he endorses. If someone is seen as not believable, why would the public want to buy a product he endorses? If I'm in the market for some new golf clubs and I think Tiger's a lying sack of fertilizer, I think twice before I buy any Nike clubs. I wonder if he's lying about how good those clubs are. I realize that sounds somewhat silly but that is how advertisers and companies work. Even someone like A-Rod eventually told the truth - or enough of the truth to quell sponsors' fears.
As I said earlier, if Tiger had taken a day with his camp and come up with a story that had enough of the truth in it to satisy the cops, then it's just a big joke about how people hadn't seen Tiger drive that bad since the PGA Championship. In a couple of weeks, it's forgotten. Since he stonewalled the cops and put out this fable about how his wife heroically rescued him from his SUV, people are going to ask questions and wonder what the heck is going on and they are going to make up and/or believe all the rumors and gossip out there.