Here’s what Tiger Woods needs to tell us: Absolutely nothing

I keep hearing and reading that Tiger Woods “needs to come clean.” (Here’s a boilerplate screed from the self-styled King of Outrage.) But you know what I say?

No he doesn’t.

He doesn’t need to say one thing more. He doesn’t have to talk to police, and he hasn’t. That’s his right under the law. And we the people have no overarching Need To Know on this issue. From the above expression of outrage: “The public deserves to hear exactly what happened in the wee hours of Thanksgiving night outside his mansion in Windermere, Fla.”

One question: Why?

It’s clear Mr. and Mrs. Woods had a discussion that didn’t end well. We can surmise that it had to do with the National Enquirer’s report of a Tiger dalliance with a New York nightclub hostess. We the people are not naive. But what exactly is Tiger supposed to say to us after driving his Cadillac into both a tree and a water hazard? (When run over by a vehicle, a fire hydrant qualifies.)

Should he paint himself into a Clinton-esque corner by wagging a finger and saying, “I did not have sex with that woman”? Should he risk being caught in a lie? Or should he admit to being an adulterer and thereby expose his already-exposed family to deeper public humiliation? Where’s the upside in that?

Tiger Woods is a public figure, but that’s not the same as being an elected official. He has asked no one to vote for him. Yes, he’s a serial endorser, but that’s more a matter between him and his sponsors. The corporations who pay him millions must decide if that money will continue to be well spent. (My guess is that they’ll shrug and say, “So what? He’s still Tiger Woods.”)

As hard as this is to believe in the Information Age, there’s such a thing as too much information. Alex Rodriguez held a mass media briefing last spring to address allegations of steroid use, and lo and behold he admitted using steroids. And you know what we in the media did? We ripped him for not telling us the whole truth, for being fuzzy on the details. We in the media can be a little silly sometimes.

And that seems an object lesson: Once you start talking about something seamy, you’re not given credit for facing the issue. You simply throw yourself and your family open to deeper scrutiny. Was the nightclub hostess the first Other Woman? If not, would Mr. Woods  please name names, places and pertinent details? Were photos taken? If so, could you provide them? And was it indeed a 7-iron Mrs. Woods apparently brandished on the morning after Thanksgiving, and if so did she choose the right club?

I say again: We are not naive. We have cause  to believe something is indeed amiss in the Woods marriage. But that is not our business. Nobody has been arrested. No charges have been filed. As much as we might hunger for the latest dollop of dope from TMZ, we have no inalienable right to satiation.

Tiger Woods is a public figure, yes. But even public figures have private lives. He should shut up — to his credit,  that’s what he has done — and tend to his.

240 comments Add your comment

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:33 pm

I agree, but then I don’t care what any of these famous people do, unless a crime is committed.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:34 pm

Now what happened, tell me what you know, damn it.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:37 pm

No don’t. When did Hines Ward become an idiot? Has he always been one and I, in my indifference, miss it. When will Coach Willie M be fired?

toga

November 30th, 2009
2:38 pm

If she is a nutjob and a danger to the children, he must come clean.

Da truth

November 30th, 2009
2:41 pm

I agree 100% …glad to see this coming from a member of the “entitled media” .

Ken

November 30th, 2009
2:42 pm

It the media that fuels these unrealistic expectations with their over the top coverage of these types of events. They are so desperate for a story they are willing to create one when none is there. I agree with your take on this completely, now lets move on the real news.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

3rd and three, long field goal range, late in the game, you have been running the ball down Techs throat all night. Why not play it as 2 downs to make and run it? It’s beyond me, but what do I know. If it’s shooting, gambling, or promoting prize fighting, then I’m the guy to talk to.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:45 pm

Trifecta baby, where do I collect my winnings?

misterwax

November 30th, 2009
2:46 pm

Maybe so Bark Madley…we can just wait for the State Attorney’s office to tell us instead…..1 possible misdemeanor (DUI) and 1 possible felony (assualt and battery with a deadly weapon)…domestice violence 101. many folks have had to deal with it in the courts….this married couple would be no different….sadly, the state may take the kids away and ward them to either grandparents 1000s of miles away or else the state.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
2:46 pm

That should read and did I , sloppy.

bamafan

November 30th, 2009
2:47 pm

Mark – I agree but that includes any statement by Tiger or his wife that she had to knock out the back windows of the car to get him out of the front seat when the airbags didn’t even deploy. Maintaining silence does not include lying. Methinks that she did knock out the back windows but hardly in the manner she claims. Tiger does have a duty to cooperate with the police, up to that point where they accuse him of a crime. He is apparently not fulfilling that duty in a manner that would make his mother proud. His decision to not cooperate will likely result in a citation for some traffic offense if only because he hasn’t “come clean.” His argument with his wife is his business until he destroys city infrastructure and requires police officers to respond.
I only know all of these because CBS kept interrupting Alabama-Auburn to tell us all this as if it were important. Yes Mark – no court documents have been filed but a public record (the police report) has been made.

Realist

November 30th, 2009
2:47 pm

Mark, you are right… as long as there are no charges filed. If the issue is adultery, it’s none of our business. If the issue is drunk driving or assault, well, then the public does have a right to know what is going on.

hic

November 30th, 2009
2:50 pm

Can’t find UGAY ranked in any football polls!!! It sounds as if “one game” did make the season for the UGAY fans!!!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/polls/bcs/

misterwax

November 30th, 2009
2:51 pm

Actually court documents have been filed by the police and the Da’s office in terms of subpoenas for hospital records and photos of his wounds…..to determine probable cause for domestic violence and assault…..also his blood data to confirm if he was driving while either on meds or alcohol….just want to get all the facts.

no longer dominate

November 30th, 2009
2:53 pm

Mark , Did your yeller Jackets and your bed buddy, paul johnson, win Saturday, screw golf in late november and leave tiger out of the news for at least 10 minutes!!!!

hello?

November 30th, 2009
2:54 pm

did your obama loving bosses make you write this article,, stick to football and your yeller jackets,,maybe you can continue to write for sesame street part time. liberal media elite

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

November 30th, 2009
2:55 pm

At first, I thought, “Man, just tell what happened and get it over with.” But, if he wants to stand up for his right to privacy, now I say, “Go, Tiger.” Like you, I assume there was a marital blowup that ended badly.

RedKneckerson

November 30th, 2009
2:56 pm

And why was Lane Kiffin being dogged about not saying anything about the kids arrested for “attempted” robbery?

I Now Pronounce You "Barack & Larry."

November 30th, 2009
2:57 pm

Tiger Woods got beaten up by his wife.

Friends, there exactly 4 types of women from whom we ALL need to stay as far away from as possible:

1. Blondes

2. Redheads

3. Strawberry Blondes

4. Ministers’ Daughters

Tiger done messed up as married a nutjob under Category # 1 when should’ve gotten him a good Brunette Lady like Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson or Shirley Hemphill.

Keep that in mind for your NEXT marriage, T W !!

hick Jacket?

November 30th, 2009
2:57 pm

yes …30 to 24 over the A She she runners up did make our season, i think the yeller jackets are ranked 12th now..slightly behind LSwho? laughing my f**** a** off

Herschel Talker

November 30th, 2009
2:57 pm

MB:

Nope. You’re wrong. If he wants to keep his endorsement contracts, he owes it to those who have him signed to contract to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Ruppert Brook

November 30th, 2009
2:58 pm

and suppose she shoots him tonight and kills Tiger Woods. Police have a responsibility to look into domestic violence (both sides). Imagine the uproar of police inaction if they had evidence that she did it to him and didn’t look into it. Imagine if it were the other way around and it was a woman.

M Anthony

November 30th, 2009
2:58 pm

Hopefully Tiger has another car available to go to the bank and check on all his money, while the morons are trying to figure out what happened. How about somebody telling us what happened to the bellyupjackets this past weekend? That is more news worthy. Let those country kids from Athens come to Atlanta and take over. “This is my house” what a great laugh.

AndyC

November 30th, 2009
3:00 pm

Mark, I agree with you. If he didn’t break any laws then it’s a private matter. The media is making a big deal about him failing to meet with the authorities. If he has no obligation to meet with the authorities then he shouldn’t. No good can come from it. Time will tell if the Woods mariage is still viable.

JDW

November 30th, 2009
3:00 pm

Jeff, nice article and I agree whole heartedly. I am not a Tiger fan and have not been since the 90’s when I lived in So Cal and had the dubious pleasure of competing in several events with the “Chosen One”. Tiger owes nobody but his wife an explaination and this unrelenting media frenzy is obscene.

Dap01

November 30th, 2009
3:01 pm

He wrecked into a fire hydrant. Are you saying for the police to turn the other way. He needs to answer like other citizens would HAVE to. It is sickening for celebrities to get special treatment.

not ranked?

November 30th, 2009
3:02 pm

nope but sitting back watching the 12th ranked teams fans make excuses is fun…like Paul Johnson didn’t think it was a big game…course to him ..Army and Navy is a big game i guess..or ga. southern and the citadel..but not tech and uga…..lmfao bug fans…we beat the runners up in the A She She!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John Q. Smith

November 30th, 2009
3:02 pm

You are correct. Tiger owes us nothing. However, we also owe him nothing. He does have hundreds of millions of our dollars. So if we decide to stop purchasing the products he endorses, he will make less money and lose our adoration, both of which he craves. So in essence, it’s up to him to decide whether or not we deserve to know.

Bat Masterson

November 30th, 2009
3:04 pm

hello?
hic
your type are
no longer dominate
in our society, stick a sock in it

leave it be

November 30th, 2009
3:04 pm

regardless of what happened let the law handle it for pete sake and not the Press…they thought tech was gonna beat Georgia….what does the press know!!!!!!!

Whopper Dawg

November 30th, 2009
3:08 pm

A very wise and successful businessman once told me, “If there is a question out there, you better answer it or people will make up their own answer”.

This is true. It is alway true that Tiger doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, but he runs the risk of everyone filling in the blanks which they will do.

One thing is for sure, she didn’t go down the way he is telling it. Absolutely no logic in that story. A fool can see that.

spiderman

November 30th, 2009
3:10 pm

batman ..are you trying to socialize us…not gonna happen..wouldn’t be prudent…run for mayor of Atlanta but don’t talk down to us about your view of your society

spiderman

November 30th, 2009
3:12 pm

and leave tiger alone..if he broke a law then pursue that,,,,,,,,,,the media types continue to push the American people away from minding their own business, all in the name of making money for the media

anotherdawg

November 30th, 2009
3:14 pm

All right – can’t say I disagree with you Mark. In fact, the same logic can be applied to Mark Richt, who is the one resposible for the Georgia coaching decisions, not the AJC or the fans. Thank you!

Chip Harris

November 30th, 2009
3:25 pm

I think it’s important to know for one reason-There is enough information to surmise that Mrs’ Woods probably assaulted Tiger. I would like to know for sure, because if that is the case…Mrs. Woods should either get counseling, get arrested, some message should be sent that it is NOT OK to scratch, cut, punch, etc. anyone regardless of what they did. SHe obviously went nuts and thats understandable, but it is not OK if a man hits a woman, and it should be likewise unacceptable to assault a man. period-I think for that reason its important for the public to see that regardless of the circumstances, and who you are, if you cause someone bodily harm you should be punished.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

November 30th, 2009
3:27 pm

Whenever I first got rich and famous, I got divorced so that I could take advantage of the daily parade of willing groupies without breaking my marriage vows. That said, Elin is sure a lot hotter than the brunette he was cheating with. But, there’s always the she’s-here-now factor with groupies … just ask Rick Pitino..

PMC

November 30th, 2009
3:27 pm

Come clean to what? If I were him I would pretend like this never happened. No good will come of knowing ANYTHING about whatever it was that happened at 2:30 in the morning. I don’t know what it was and I don’t want to know. Whatever it was certainly wasn’t good.

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech

November 30th, 2009
3:27 pm

Hey Mark,

Remember this next year right about Thanksgiving…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

Georgia will allways dominate Georgia Tech…

midnite

November 30th, 2009
3:30 pm

I agree the adultery accusation is a family issue and not our business.

In my opinion by leaving the roadway and striking fixed objects, and because it was reported to and and responded by emergency services, then how does Tiger not have answer for the accident?

If you or I do that you can bet that we will have to answer to the police. Can regular people tell the cops to “just go away” and “maybe we can talk tomorrow”? I don’t think so. Unfortunately most of us don’t have a team of attorneys to do our bidding for us.

Do the Woods get to “take a mulligan” on this incident because of fame, wealth, and privilege?

MMOB

November 30th, 2009
3:32 pm

Mind your own business, peoole!

I Now Pronounce You "Barack & Larry."

November 30th, 2009
3:34 pm

Could it be that the C-U-R-R-E-N-T “Mrs. Woods” has a multiple-personality disorder, one of which happens to be a racist?

jamerson

November 30th, 2009
3:38 pm

GEORGIA WILL NOT ALWAYS DOMINATE,

you guys are goin’ to the ‘Gaylords’ Motor City Bowl in Memphis. We are goin’ to the Orange Bowl. You do the math, 12million payout and 250,00 payout.

LOL

November 30th, 2009
3:40 pm

1. drunk after argument
2. suicide attempt
3. ???

Zeus

November 30th, 2009
3:43 pm

JAMERSON,

30-24. You may end up as champs of the ‘Atlantic Children’s Conference’ but you’ll never consistently compete w/ us and the big boys of the SEC. Glad you guys’ confidence was high though after going 10-1 through your watered-down schedule.

Nice game, nerd.

He owes us everything

November 30th, 2009
3:45 pm

Actually i a disagree we made him what he is by paying to see him play and buying his products…As fans he owes us the truth and should not us his money that we payed him to hide behind the truth..He wanted to be in the limelight and have fame and fortune well then he owes us an explanation as to what happened!!!!!

Mark Bradley

November 30th, 2009
3:46 pm

“We” didn’t “make” Tiger Woods anything. Tiger Woods made himself. Get real.

Jon

November 30th, 2009
3:51 pm

Dap, you dummy, go read the US Constitution and then tell me if he is still getting special treatment. He is completely within the law to not to talk to the police. If they have reasonable suspsicion that a crime has occured then they can go get a search warrant and then he has to start answering questions.

j. spicoli

November 30th, 2009
3:53 pm

Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he’s got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.

bigdawg88

November 30th, 2009
3:55 pm

I want to agree with Mark, but my curiosity just want let me! Guess that’s why i love Maury and Cheaters. I feel for Tiger to have his private business brought out into public.
But… on the other hand, when you ran your dumb behind out into public and ran over a fire hydrant AND hit your neighbor’s tree, you brought YOUR mess out into the public domain. You should be more like the tech players and taken your butt whuppin’ like a man!
Now we all know good and well that back window was broken BEFORE he took off down the driveway. I know you’re the lord of golf, but who the heck leaves golf clubs lying around the yard? Why would you go grab a golf club and run down the driveway to rescue someone without even knowing what was going on?
What really amazes me is how small this world is… that a Scandanavian chick can come to a posh suburb of florida – AND GO STRAIGHT GHETTO!!! I didn’t even know they have ghettoes in Sweden?
Worse yet, I heard Tiger doesn’t have a prenup! Boy, you better run straight to Jared and buy your woman a Kobe rock!!

AJ

November 30th, 2009
3:56 pm

There is a reason that even though he hit a hydrant and emergency personnel responded we are still not entitled to anything: FLORIDA LAW SAYS IT IS OKAY. Under the current laws in Florida, he is only legally obligated to provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, & a valid vehicle registration. He does not have to speak to the police. It may be nice if he did, but he is certainly under no obligation to do so. He fulfilled that requirement the morning of the accident. So, if you must “blame” someone for his perceived celebrity treatment, start with the Florida legislature.