November 30th, 2009
11:11 AM ET

Woods is only human

The news that Tiger Woods crashed his car has caused shock around the world - the act seemingly so inconceivable for a man who has historically demonstrated such power of control as a driver. But surely it is unfair to expect perfection both on and off the golf course?

The intrigue generated by a figure, so famed for inch-perfect precision of movement, driving an SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree has proved a powerful draw to global consumers of news; initially through fear that an iconic figure of our times had been seriously hurt, then through curiosity that the machine-like forger of fortune had revealed himself as a human capable of mistake after all.

Woods is a living legend whose track record at times defies belief. Since turning professional in 1996, the Floridian has dominated his sport so comprehensively that his legend has transcended the discipline of fairways and greens to make him one of the most famous men on the planet.

It's not just his sporting achievements that set him apart - at just 33-years-old his record of 14 Major-wins leaves him just four short of the all-time record set by Jack Nicklaus - it is also the manner of his victories and the public persona that has been built around such success.

So appealing is his image to corporate association that he has become the biggest-earning sportsman on the planet, bringing in an annual estimated income of $110 million.

There are fairy-tales and there's the Tiger tale, and up to the point Woods drove his vehicle from the road, the latter modern-day fable had proved more compelling. So the illusion of perfection has been shattered - but is this a bad thing, and does it reduce the power of Woods' story? Well, no.

The image of Woods, like any, is a projection and not a reality; a persona kept clean and free of controversy to maximize the revenue-generating potential of a legendary sporting talent. In many ways, you can't see the Woods for the artificial trees.

So the contrived image has been cracked, but what human - especially one under such pressure to deliver - could have upheld the perfect picture for as long? And is it a surprise that something different lies underneath?

Whatever the cause behind the crash, Woods has at last shown he's a mere mortal who, though blessed with supreme talent, has personal ups-and-downs like the rest of us.

The story may have developments yet but the remarkable record of Tiger's accomplishments will go down in history regardless of his less-than-impressive track-record with Thanksgiving transportation.

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  1. Jim

    I find it very interesting that he has canceled 3 meetings with the Stae Police what is he trying to hide.

    I am sure if it was the average person they would not be allowed to do that.

    All that does is lead people to the conclusion that he has something to hide and for me I understand no one is perfect but we all need to follow the rules of law.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  2. pramok

    Human makes amends and comes out with truth and anger for friends and well wishers !

    November 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  3. greg

    I dont understand the fuss with this story – so he had an accident so, what? Did Tiger ever claim to be super-human. NO. He is just a sportsman, its not as though he is running for congress or something. I think the media need to grow up and stop creating a frenzy of a non-issue

    November 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  4. Evan


    You clearly don't understand the situation. It is not required by law to give a statement to the police in an accident in the state of Florida. It is required to show registration, ID, and proof of insurance. He isn't trying to hide anything, but as a public figure, he simply wishes to keep his private life private.

    Would you like it if you made a mistake and someone broadcast your mistake across the entire planet so everyone could know what a fool you made of yourself?


    November 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  5. Dedrick

    If he did have something to hide and u were him and had a team of lawyers would you talk to the police? Probably not. And if you don't have a team and they haven't arrested you are charged you with anything then remember "you to have the RIGHT to remain silent."

    November 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  6. Tasha

    What is wrong with everyone? Leave Tiger and his family alone. Whatever the reason, they did not hurt anyone else and will surely make amends for any propery damage. Everyone is so nosey and eager to throw the first stone. He has never given us reason to doubt his character and has given millions a role model. Why is everyone so anxious to knock a person down. How about some support, or at the very least, stand back and let them deal with their own issues without the world nosing in.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  7. James

    I've never been a big Tiger fan; not because of anything he's done wrong, but because I'd love to see others able to consistently challenge him on the course. He's done amazing things for golf of course, and is a great role model on and off the golf course.
    However, I think we have to cut the guy a bit of a break. Sure, he's not doing himself any favors putting off interviews with police, but the fact that he can get away with that is understandable, given his status. If we want to criticize his being able to do so, while most of us could not, then we should criticize our two (or three, or four?) tier social structure. He's merely taking advantage of a structure that already exists. If I were able to do so, under similar circumstances, I can't say I wouldn't do the same. Can you?

    November 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  8. Laura Jocque

    Every one believes in privacy and just because your a celebrity doesn't mean you deserve less. The truth is people are buzy-bodies and love knowing everyone elses business thus the success of the Tabloids. Tiger has the right to his privacy just like any one else, it's others who want to sensationalize his business!

    November 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  9. Kristina Jensen

    First and foremost I am happy that there were no serious injuries to any from the accident. Referencing what Jim (above poster) had stated, Mr. Woods is following the rule of law as he is under no obligation to give an interview with the police.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  10. Tony

    According to the article the statement is entirely voluntary. So he is following the rules of law and the average person is more than allowed to do that.

    Just because someone wants to have privacy doesn't mean they have something to hide. I bet most people have blinds in their homes.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  11. David

    Hello everyone – how about the Fifth Amendment? Nobody's got the obligation to speak to a police officer after a traffic incident. Have you ever been asked by a police officer at a traffic stop "do you know why I stopped you?" This is a clear invitation to be asked for an admission. Why would someone admit anything to a police officer at a traffic stop?

    Here, Woods didn't injury anyone other than himself and rather clearly has insurance or the means to repair any damages - I assume he will. He was not drinking. My guess is that he was angry about something. Who hasn't been?

    November 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  12. Sarah

    How many people have made a driving error and ended up hitting something? Why does everyone have to know every detail because a golf player hit a fire hydrant? The Police department have made the statement that any information Tiger provides is voluntary, not mandatory. The report has been filed, but the cops want to know because the media is calling them demanding "details".
    It's sad that American's have nothing better to do with their time. The man is a golfer. Lots of people play golf. I'm sure there are many people who play golf that have gotten into a little car accident before.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  13. Sharif Chowdhury

    give him a break ! why this is in the news !?
    it's just had an accident he didn't commit a genocide or something !!!

    November 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  14. Nichole

    Tiger Woods is human like the rest of us. Why is this news? Seriously, is it a slow news day?

    November 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  15. Eagles

    Give Tiger a break this is his private life, just leave him alone.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  16. Thom

    He is hiding something. I never liked him and really don't like him now.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  17. MikeC

    He hit the water hazard and ended up in the trees... I've done that...

    And my wife always walks around with a Driver too.. at 2:30am..

    November 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  18. george

    With all the other things going on in the world I’m surprised that CNN or any other news organization would give Tiger Woods this much press. CNN go out and get some real news.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  19. troutmaskreplica

    Although I admire Tiger Woods for his accomplishments, I agree with Jim – the police (sheriff, whatever) wouldn't even schedule a meeting with me. I'd be grilled from 2:30 AM until dawn (or later), with the law enforcement folks doing all kinds of tests on me and searching my car for all kinds of things. Who says celebrity doesn't have different laws? I wish celebritys, politicians, and people with money were treated like everyone else.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  20. Liz

    Actually, neither Tiger Woods or anyone else is required to talk to the state police for such a minor accident. BTW I believe the state police are only involved because it is an unincorporated area.

    At a time when it seems every idiot is seeking the spotlight, I find it refreshing that Tiger Woods has chosen to protect the privacy of his family. Good for him. I also don't take this to mean he is "hiding something." I can think of lots of reasons to leave the house at 2 am with a 9 month old and a 2 year old in the house. He doesn't owe us an explanation.

    Glad he's OK. Let's move on.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  21. Michel Nieswaag

    I really don't care.. He crashed his car, for reasons we don't know and he does – so what. Everytime I am suprised on how the US news-machine can really blow things up in no time...

    November 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  22. BANS

    I still do not understand what this is all about. Someone crashed a car, so what?
    Agree with george on the pettiness of all this attention. I mean if he lost a game or won it, let us know. Or if he died or broke his neck and can't play anymore...
    Next we are going to be told about how he got angry and punched the wall??
    Meanwhile kids are dying in Darfour, terrorists are plotting in Pakistan...
    CNN, get serious !

    November 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  23. Gerry

    It could be argued that only because of his fame are the police actually even bothering to secure a post-accident interview rather than the opposing view (expressed herein) that he is being given preferential treatment because of his public profile. I would argue that police would not normally return again and again for an investigation that did not cause any public damage. Tiger has provided licence, insurance and registration as the law requires. Case closed! Tiger's choice to protect his personal and family privacy is his long-standing wish and this event has not, and will not, alter his life's journey strategy.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  24. marc

    Tiger is a wonderful example of a young man. The mere fact that he had an accident whatever the circumstances may have been shouldn't be a shock to anyone.
    He is following state law by providing a valid driver license, car registration and proof of insurance. It is also "private property" and the rules are different in that case. He didn't hurt anyone and will be able to pay for the damage... so give him a break ppl!!
    No wonder he's keeping to himself . What's the big deal? No one expected him to be perfect ... no one is!

    November 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  25. Xman

    Its so funny all the media attention he's getting simply because 'he crashed his car'. I mean it can happen to anybody and for a variety of reasons.

    So why can't they leave 'Tiger' alone and allow him sort things out. The truth is that the media can make a person....and also break a person. Sometimes i don't think its fair.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  26. Stephen Dalton

    Why do we have to know? Why can't you just leave him alone? Couldn't have been just an accident? Why do have to look for "The Story"? This whole thing is crazy we have become a society that is obsessed with others lives and the bad things that happens to them. Leave this man alone and leave his family alone. He is only human and there is not a single person out there that has not made mistakes in their lives. Stop digging for a story and leave the man alone. I hope no one cares when I leave my house at 3 in the morning to go to the airport and almost hit a deer but hit a tree instead. I hate it when the air bags are suppose to deploy and then don't – wow a GM SUV that doesn't work right – there is the story.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  27. Michele Glenn

    Why are the police interested in knowing the reason for Woods leaving his home at 2:25 AM? It's none of their business. The accident was right outside his home, for Pete's sake. It's an accident...issue a ticket to the man and be done with it, just like he was a non-famous person. He owes no further explanation of the accident than you or I, morally or by law.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  28. Mike

    No citizen is ever compelled to give a statement to a police officer.

    While police officers are protecting the public by and large, their motive in speaking to Tiger or anyone else involved in an accident where there are "charges pending" is to develop evidence to support those charges. Anything you say WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.

    Finally the best interest of Tiger or his family are not a priority for the police. Once they reach the scene of the accident, they may summon an ambulance, after that the police priority shifts to gathering information used to close the investigation.

    If you want to protect your interest, and the interests of your family, you shut up and lawyer up.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  29. Doreen

    Sorry Tiger. I thank God you are ok. We love you.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  30. Rodge

    If Mr. Woods had something to hide, the Police or the PGA would have found it. There are no kind of information regarding the use of any kind of substabce. Police have ruled out any relation between the car crash and the use of alcohol. If we were to think of other substances, the PGA tests its players on a regular basis (we must remeber that one player was suspended about a month ago). So, why bother? Mr. Woods did not break any laws, did not do anything that any other human or public figure would do. Whether it is strange or not, his business are his problems, we don't need to know if he went for some ice cream of for a drive. The guy is safe and sound, didn't hurt anyone and, for sure, is quite scared about what happened. Troubles with the police, no way. He's just exercising his rights.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  31. Jim

    Leave Tiger Woods alone!!!!!! He made a statement on his website, Leave him alone!!!!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  32. paul

    amazing how he isn't would have NEVER seen this out of a Nicklaus, Palmer, Watson, etc etc.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  33. Patti

    Everyone needs to leave Tiger and his wife alone! This is their business and others need to butt out! Up to this moment people kissed the ground Tiger Woods walked on. It amazes the number of people that are ready to throw stones at him and crucify his family. The bible is clear "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." There are some real nasty, jealous people out there that can't stand to see a successful person of color. LEAVE TIGER ALONE!!! I still love Tiger and my heart goes out to his beautiful family during this difficult time.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  34. Lee

    This entire news has gone out of proportion. I'm no big fan of Tiger and I respect his privacy, but if he'd just cooperated with the police in the first place then the media wouldn't hamper him the way they do with other famous icons. Just as simple as that. People are human, but when you're not co-operating with the law enforcement, then people do get suspicious.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  35. manley

    Even if Tiger has something to hide, it is between him and his family. I don't think he committed any crime. Give him a break.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  36. joshtatum

    He should be held accountable and explain to the police what happened. Just because he knows how to play golf doesnt put him above the law!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  37. Richard

    Hey Woods, hope you are ok and come back soon to your game, don't pay any attention to vicious, envious and jealous creatures...

    November 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  38. Trish

    "...the act seemingly so inconceivable for a man who has historically demonstrated such power of control as a driver. But surely it is unfair to expect perfection both on and off the golf course?"

    Why does anyone hold a celebrity to higher standard than a non-celebrity? Tiger Woods is a man who made a mistake, can the media and the "world" just leave him alone? Obviously he wants privacy, as would any sane person. I'm sure he will pay for the damages, no one was hurt, why keep beating the dead horse? It was a car accident in a private community, not the murder of an ex-wife and he alleged lover.

    Being famous=can't make mistakes because you might disappoint the world.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  39. Joe Harley

    This is Tiger's "Monica Lewinsky" moment...he can either fess up and be respected by many for at least being honest or continue with these vague elusive statements and become a running joke...he's a celebrity so he has a duty to either disclose the truth or be judged in the court of public opinion for his lack of free pass when you make millions off public endorsements...his image is at stake and right now his stock is declining rapidly...

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    November 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  41. erik

    Quite right Tascha....leave him alone! Nobody has been seriously hurt, except maybe the fire hydrant, the tree and the car. A big job lies ahead if we are going to defend the rights of all those.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  42. Trevor

    We need to drop this story. Tiger is human just like all of his. He just got into one car crash.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  43. Ally

    This is all very ridiculous. The whole world is so nosey. Let the man have his privacy. He may or may not be hiding something. It is none of our business if he is. I leave my house all the time at 2 – 3 o' clock in the morning... I'm a night owl...who cares? Maybe Tiger had something important going on. But by the sounds of it, he and his wife may have had a fight and he just needed to leave... happens all the time, to ordinary people, all around the world. He chose fame, he didn't choose to have every aspect of his life broadcasted all over the news. He and his family is entitled to some privacy... believe it ir not!

    November 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  44. Steve Duah

    This is an accident and it can happen to anyone. Right now Tiger is kind of confuse becuase all eyes is on him trying to know details about the incident. I know he will speak out later after he relax and put his words together. Good luck Tiger, we love u

    November 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  45. Jeff

    It is a media thing. The media wanted to chew this thing over and over. That is all. Even if he had an argument with his wife, that is also a private matter. How many of you would go out to tell the world that you had a bad day with your spouse.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  46. Tami

    It's just nosy people wanting to get in Tiger's business. Let him be. Why is everyone so quick to say he must be hiding something? He has been a great role model and a model citizen. Can't we give him the benefit of the doubt that he just had an accident and doesn't care to talk about it? He isn't required by law to talk to the police and isn't doing anything wrong. You can't fault him for wanting to keep his personal life private.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  47. Leave it alone

    Tiger Woods has every legal right to keep this whole matter a private issue within his family. This country's media, print, television, and Internet just love to feed on the juicy tidbits of other peoples' misfortunes and missteps. Good for Tiger for staying mum. And, he has done noting wrong by not talking to police. In fact it makes sense. There may be aspects and background on the accident that Woods wishes to keep to himself to protect his family - and I have no issues with that

    November 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  48. L

    I do not feel a "investigation" is needed.. he had an accident. If I drove out of my driveway and hit something no investigation would be needed. Police would simply issue me a ticket, and my insurance company would handle my veh dmg's and any other property dmg I am liable for. If a investigation is needed, my insurance company would handle. I feel this is getting blown out of proportion and find it rediculous.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  49. Andrew

    CNN this must be a joke, after the news originally broke you came out with a story titled "Tiger Woods, a true living legend" and now this story. What is the real point here?

    November 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  50. PG817

    Why is this a story? It's no one's business, but Tiger's.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  51. F. Norris Buford

    How far are the newsmen/women going to drag the Tiger W. car accident? If you want to beat this man, why don't you do it on the links and not hiding behind a desk. I think he has given his all to the public,and most of us appreciate it, what more do you want? He owes you nothing. Personally I thank Allah he was not hurt. He is a person and deserves the right to be left alone. Maybe Tiger will come to realize how much the world is out to get him.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  52. Jan

    I am glad to see a well thought out blog, not so much for some of the comments. I love watching Tiger play golf, I was happy for him when he married and had children, especially because his entire life had been one of pressure and publicity. Being good at golf doesn't mean that we have to know everything about him – and quite frankly, I'm not sure that if it wasn't Tiger, the pollice would have bothered to further investigate. It was a minor accident, he is licensed and insured, the police on the scene determined that no alcohol was involved, and no third party was involved. Let's all get over this, and move on. Whatever was the "cause" is irrelevant to any of the rest of us, and this frenzy over needing to know only supports Tiger's stand on privacy for himself and his family.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  53. Steve L.

    How did we come to believe that we are entitled to know everything about anyone we care to examine? Why do we think we have to know everything? Is this about Tiger Woods or about some of us hoping to knock him off his mountain-top? I have news for those of you who are hoping to see him crash and burn-it wont make your lives any better. If you think a car accident is enough to crumble his empire, built on two decades of actual accomplishments you are misguided. If you think I am wrong consider Michael Jordan who had some public personal issues and was traded from the Bulls in his waning years. However it can't be argued that both Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have done more for their respective sports than the sports have done for them. Michael Jordan finished his degree in mathematics at UNC and went on to be a business magnate. He makes more money now than he ever did on the court, has raised a great family and is a bigger Icon today in buinsess than he was when he played. Tiger Woods future could potentially make Jordans post-athletic life look a door-to-door salesman's career.

    There is a difference between being a public persona and a public official. Tiger Woods is not an elected or appointed official. He is a private citizen who manages several private enterprises including his foundation and his Nike relationships. He is the face of the PGA: a private, for profit entity. He endorses products and spends his time, on and off the course, managing his affairs. The public has no right to know anything other than what is filed in the police report: he had an acccident on private property and may be cited for wreckless driving (he damaged a public resource), he was not under the influence of any substance as far as the police were concerned. He damaged a fire hydrant and hit a tree, went to the hospital for minor injuries and was released. He will probably have to pay damages. We the public are not entitled to know anything more than that. Period.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  54. Mash

    Good that Tiger is very powerful,very successful and fully blessed by God. He can hire the best lawyers and i am sure they advised him not to talk to police or whoever and they will handle the matter.

    I wish him a quick recover and i am a big fan.

    Those with negative comments are entitled to their opinions since Mr Tiger is a huge celebrity, everyone will talk about accident, including CNN,BBC, Aljazeera, NBC,etc etc!

    He is destined for bigger things, it's his Karma to be where he is and he worked hard for that.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  55. bpin

    I do not think this has anything to do with whether Tiger makes mistakes or not, and we all know he is human. Tiger has worked hard on his image, give him much credit. It is his image to maintain because after all, he drives the bus as far as sponserships are concerned.

    I believe that the more surprise that folks are drawn to about this is his hush, hush approach. It is almost as he has something to hide. Again, this is his call and he has every right to exercise this approach. But, from an image standpoint, he will have to deal with whatever this does to it. Later, if something else comes out that is damning, it could further impact his image.

    Again, Tiger's call. There is no question that he is the greatest golfer ever, at just 33. Let's just hope that this minor incident does not impact his great golf game.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  56. Kay

    If he would have just spoken to the police in the first place, like any one else would be expected to, this wouldn't be such a big deal. He has created this mess himself. I'm sure being in the public eye all the time stinks, but it's a choice he made when he went into professional spsorts.

    November 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  57. Emem


    Puulease!! This has nothing, nooothing to do with perfection.

    Tiger's been good at what he does, and that hasn't changed. Period.

    November 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  58. U. R.

    It is very stressfull listening to what the media thinks might have happened and the judgements being cast based on those speculations. In the absent of truth we create our own. We need to stop making speculations of things you we nothing about or things that do not concern us.

    November 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  59. Doris

    Tiger Woods is a very 'public' figure, and must understand that any mishaps or whatever happens in his life would be questioned and he has to understand that, regardless, of who thinks he should be left alone with his personal life. It definitely shows that he has something to hide, and people are not stupid. A minor accident with serious damages to him, and his vehicle, which occurred from the outside, does not seem realistic, come clean Sir, you have fans out there, and a reminder that you are a public figure, you are not one of my favorite persons, but I wish you well, and just to advise, do what is required of you, as mentioned you are human, and of course accidents happen.

    November 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  60. JIm

    Tiger is bringing this on himself. Someone that famous and wealthy needs better PR advice.

    He should have talked briefly with the police. He should have called a news conference the next day and said, "I appreciate all the concern but it was just a stupid accident and I feel foolish. I thank all my fans; I am ok. I won't have anything else to say about this incident. Thank you."

    That would have calmed down the press and everyone else.

    You don't become a billionaire by playing golf and indorse products that you urge people to buy and expect "privacy" like a normal person.

    It's the price you pay for being famous.

    November 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  61. Iceberg

    Once this was determined to be an non-alchoholic incident, Tiger is a normal citizen...with a lot money to avoid the public scrutinity the rest of us would have incurred. The question is why is the FHP continuing to investigate a traffic accident that should be handled with the local authorities? Tiger didn't run over a human while under the influence, kill vicious animals for sport, or gamble and not be able to cover his bets like a couple of professional athletes we all know. He did crash is car, ran over a fire hydrants, and damaged a wall and a tree...all within his means to replace. Let it go folks! If running over a man while under the influence only gets a person 30 days with no media coverage; why are we harpering over Tiger... This one wreck would qualify for accident forgiveness program I've seen advertised!

    November 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  62. Mac

    If every 'reporter' was held to the same standard and scrutiny, these ridiculous statements would never be made. Whoever thought he was perfect to begin with doesn't have a clue....

    November 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  63. hoori

    Mr. Tiger is a human like rest of us. He is not immune to accidents. Media should look for news elsewhere. There are a lot of things happening in the world that need news coverage.

    November 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  64. Andrew

    Wait... Tiger isn't an alien sent the Planet "Golftopia" where everything is perfect and no one gets into accident's, whether in a car or a golf cart? Leave the man ALONE.

    November 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  65. TNT

    When did the police start going to people's homes to investigate motor accidents? Can we just treat everyone as regular citizens and stop scratching people's backs because they unfortunately are famous?
    Tiger had an accident just as anyone else could have had. Driver's license, registration, insurance, that settles it. Like the police officers say, "Police report will be ready in a couple of days. Stop by to pick it up." End of story.
    We don't have to make being famous a painful misfortune.

    November 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    I think it's no ones business. Leave Tiger alone , he got in a minor MVA . If he and his wife are having problems it's there business. Write him a traffic citation and be done with it.

    November 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  67. Jerry Kastenbaum

    What about the link between Tiger and the country of DUBAI ? How many millions does Tiger stand to lose on this deal . That is enough to get anyone up at 2 in the morning .

    November 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  68. Brian

    Oh! I guess you want them to forget about Tiger, I wonder why, there are more questions than answers, and he would have spoken even briefly, if there wasn't a hidden agenda, Why beat up on everyone else, and he should be excluded, this public figure, have questions he should answer, he owes, his fans etc. some explanation, he doesn' t have to be explicit, but it is so obvious, hence his silence, Mr. & Mrs. Woods, don't tell us everything, but we need to know, we would not love or hate you anymore.

    November 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  69. Aruba

    Media is all about commotion! One thing is certain, they will never take away his achievements! Oh, and there's more to come.

    November 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  70. lisa p

    for the love of God, PLEASE leave my man, Tiger alone!!! did he hurt you? NO! so, by all that's holy, i'm begging you, don't hurt em' Tiger!!

    November 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  71. Rob

    What is all the fuss about, the guy crashed his SUV BIG DEAL

    Stop the stupidity, FHP knows that based on state law all he has to do is hand over his Driving credentials and that's it (finito). Why do they want to interview him and his wife? the guy hit a tree for God's sake. The TAX revenue this guy generates for Florida dwarfs some countries. Idiots I tell ya, Tiger should Move out of that state, so should Disney, then the FHP can go interview the alligators

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    November 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  73. JOHN

    There has been some comments that perhaps Tiger and his wife had "words" prior to the accident. If I had a dollar for everytime I drove away from my house after "words" with my wife, I would be as rich as he is. Give the guy a break and leave him alone. It's none of anyone's business, unless he has broken any laws. I doubt it....

    November 30, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  74. Lenny

    The first statement from a police officer is "anything you say will be used against you" What they do not say is anything that you say will be used for you.
    This is an obvious one way lopsided situation.
    Why would anyone make a statement under those circumstances.
    I believe that if someone is trying to hide something that they will drum up some kind of story to the contrary and tell that to the police. The more they talk the more they are trying to hide.
    Tiger is a great guy, he has not broken any laws, leave him alone.

    November 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  75. robert i cochran

    it is private property!!! leave him alone!! the media sucks!!! tiger is the greatest human being that ever happened for sports!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  76. cruz_ctrl

    i don't agree with this article at all. when did jack nicklaus have a car accident under suspicious circumstances and refuse to speak to the police? when did wayne gretzky go gallavanting in the wee hours of the morning and end up bloodied and bruised? this is aberrant behavior which i'm sure tiger deeply regrets. it doesn't prove he's human, it proves he has some very big issues that he needs to resolve.

    November 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  77. Rashid Mahdi

    Once again because the media is not getting their way they are making something out of nothing. They are investigating a man who hit a tree outside of his gated community give me a break.

    November 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  78. jean

    The media need to stop nit picking and get a life

    November 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  79. Wattyathink

    I find it strang so many writers are commenting that Tiger does not have to talk to the police about the accident ... last time I looked almost every jurisdiction has requirements relating to auto accidents where there is personal injury or damage to public property that a police report is required. Nevertheless, by not talking to the police and by not refusing to talk to the police ie: not available , Tiger has skirted the issue of making a false statement to the police (ie: I swerved to miss a cat on the road) which would be a more serious issue than making no statement at all. I think I'll wait to see the movie before I make my mind up on this one ....

    November 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  80. cheryl irvin

    it appears thta most peop[le who rsponded got it right. for me I am not so bored that i need to know what 's going in tiger's life. everyone get sa life!

    November 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  81. Andrew

    Well he wont be playing in the Chevron, or any other time this year, even if its personal, he messed a lot up, and does owe people an explanation.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  82. ken from jefferson city

    Leave the man alone he had a accident big deal the media has been camped out in front of the man's house this so over the top the media is really showing how dumb they really are we all have a right to privacy if any other person had a wreck the police would got his I.D
    and said have a nice day,so get off it get a life and thank god he's alright because he's truly a good family man.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  83. switch

    who cares that he got into an accident other than that he's okay.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  84. D

    If any of us hit a fire hydrant, which by the way is public property. I'm sure the cops would be asking for an explanation. Somehow I doubt we'd get the same luxury of first scheduling an in home meeting and then standing the cops up 3 times. I don't need to know his business but it seems like another case of special law enforcement for celebrities.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  85. Michael

    Why is this newsworthy? It's NOT!
    I like watching Tiger PLAY golf..period. He doesn't owe anyone any explanation....least of all, a bunch of people that don't even know him, or will EVER know him.
    Jim, know the laws before commenting. A citizen does not have to give a statement police....only his DL, registration, and insurance. 5th amendment baby!
    Here's a great idea everyone.....start worrying about yourself.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  86. jellybean

    After reading a few of these posts, it's clear that a lot of people still haven't been able to understand that Tiger Woods is not obligated to do/say anything more than to turn over his license, registration, and insurance. Whether or not he wants to talk that is up to him and has nothing to do with high priced lawyers getting him special treatment...nor is it because he's a celebrity and they get treated differently. Regardless, if you were Tom Smith or Tiger Woods, you do NOT have to talk to the police as per Florida law. THAT being said... Sure it's a "private" matter; but once you become famous, that privacy is something you will never have. For as many people there are saying to leave him alone and let him deal with this private family stuff, there are 100 more people salivating, waiting to hear the details. Tiger can hide as long as he wants..those salivating "i gotta know" people will be waiting as long as it takes for the real story to come out.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  87. J S

    If he didn't break the law and the neighbor(s) have no complaints or are happy with settling privately, it's nobody's business what happened.

    But I am eager to see which TV show uses this story as the basis for an episode... Law & Order? CSI?

    November 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  88. Jared

    Actually Jim he is not required to talk to the police. He only has to provide them with the basics (DL, Reg, Ins) and that is all, the same as any other person in FL has to do. The same thing thousands of people do in minor traffic accidents. This is NOT news and it is ridiculous at the amount of coverage this non-story is getting. He wasn't drunk, didn't injure anyone and didn't damage anyone's property. He will at most get a small fine and pay damages to any public property, but that shoudl be the end of it. Leave the guy alone.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  89. Paul

    He has made a fortune on and off the golf course because he has been ultra private about about protecting his privacy. It's his business. Let it continue to be his business.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  90. Port Royal

    I understand privacy and I respect his, however he is on public turf (street) and he is a spokeman for many products we buy and yes we love other people's misfortunes, but if he would come out and state the facts, talk to police, which I agree, the normal Joe/Jane on the street would probably have to and it would blow over. Humans are fallable beings, he is human. It doesn't bother me that he wants to keep it under wraps as much as possible, but it bothers me he doesn't feel the need to at least talk to police. Of course, you then have the statements or comments for an "unanimous" source and then he goes through this all over again. He got bang up, his car got bang up and no other people were injured so, we as forgiving people need to move on a get a life. How about that Health care or our children going to war. He isn't that important! Is he?

    November 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  91. Jared

    It amazes me that everyone thinks they have the RIGHT to know all the details about every celebrity on earth. This non-story makes a bigger statement about our culture than anything else. Rumor mongers like the National Inquirer, TMZ, Insider, and other "media" outlets have turned our entire country into voyuers and it is disgusting. Tiger broke no laws, caused minor damage to his car and even less major damage to his body. The average person couldn't survive a single day under the microscope that people like Tiger live under every day. Give him a break.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  92. Kate

    He is not required by law to meet with the police/FL Highway Patrol since alcohol was not involved. He was only required to hand over documents (driver's license, etc). While I agree that not by not meeting he casts further suspicion over himself and the incident, in the end it's his decision. He is not being treated with special treatment by law enforcement and it could probably be argued that he is being treated with more scrutiny because of who he is.

    It's different with a politician – they've been elected to serve the public and the public trust. When they abuse the power of the office the people have a right to know. This is his private life and while we may find it interesting so long as he wasn't intoxicated or harm anyone else he's well within his right to refuse to talk with law enforcement.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  93. Linda

    Tiger is human just like the rest of us. We all like our privacy at times like these so why can't the media just but out and leave Tiger and his family alone? If they want to do an article on Tiger why not focus on all the good that he does? He had an accident leave it at that! Best wishes Tiger to you and your family! Hope to see you back soon! Your the best!

    November 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  94. robyn robb

    Yes, he is only human...give him some privacy!!!! He is just guy that plays really good golf...just give him some space!

    He hit a tree and an fire ONE else. let him get on with his personal life! It's OK if he is 'just a guy' too!

    November 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  95. Philip Wilhelm

    Holy Crap....find something new to report. So what if the guy drove into a hydrant. If it were your neighbor and not Tiger Woods no one would care. Move on people....there are so many important things to discuss. Woods provided what he legally had to. If he does not want to talk about it that is his right; a right you would all defend if it were you who had a car accident

    November 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  96. Just Me

    Let's let it go – aren't there more important things to worry about in the world? I really don't care to know what he was doing out at that time of the morning, just as I hope my neighbors don't care what I've been out doing when I come home late, or my husband leaves the house early in the morning!

    God bless, Tiger – you are a wonderful role model.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  97. Steve L.


    I am sure Tiger Woods sits up late at night worrying that you don't like him. He considers this sentiment from you it right after he finishes designing a new golf course, counting his money, agreeing to play in a tournament, writing a check for one of his charities, testing a new driver design or playing with his children. You weren't there and don't have a clue what really happened, and therefore have no basis for deciding you now don't like him even more. You don't like him.O.K. Noted. You probably don't like Deval Patrick, Terrell Owens or Michelle Obama either. Just because.

    The opposite of love is not hate, it is irrelevance. How you feel about Tiger Woods is irrelevant.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  98. Cynthia

    Tiger Woods should have the right to privacy. Its totally ridiculous to think that we have to know every detail of his private life! Thats between him, his wife, and God !!

    November 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  99. CC

    It's obvious there is more to the story. What people fail to understand is that it is none of anyone's business. He is entitled to a private life just like everyone else. I don't know of any marriage that is easy and is all "smiles and rainbows". Nobody should have the right to put anyone's personal affairs out for public judgement. He is having a tough time, let the man be for god sakes. Let him and his family have some respect and time to heal. Focus on your own life for a change-I'm sure it could use a little tending to as well . . .

    November 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  100. Kelechi

    I'm scratching my head trying to understand what is so newsworthy about this. CNN has now gotten into the habit of writing stories about stories. What sense does it make to feed your audience a story that doesn't really amount to much, and then continue to feed us stories about the fact that you're feeding us stories?

    Tiger got into an accident. Big whoop. I mean, thank goodness he's alright, but other than that, I fail to see why this has been in the news all weekend. He's not a god. He's a man. Men and women get into car accidents. Period.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  101. TLC

    If I had an endorsement worth over $110 MILLION, I would take the ADVICE from those professionals around me. It best NOT to comment GOOD or BAD, unless you NEED2 PERIOD.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  102. let it go

    Why can't we just mind our own business. He is followed what the "LAW" requires one to do. I am disturbed of all the tax money wasted in this event. A normal accident would not be getting this much attention. Save our money...and just let it go!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  103. Dale Bartholomew

    RE: Jim

    Tiger Woods is only required by Florida law to display his driver's license, proof of insurance, and registration. This was noted in many stories from many media outlets. There is no favoritism being shown in this regard. Check your facts. Someone wanting to keep their private affairs private does not mean they are "hiding something." Perhaps you would like to discuss ini public the drunken flirtation you had the bar a few years ago? If you seek a conspiracy, look elsewhere. Perhaps Area 51 would appeal to you.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  104. Dr Regil Noboa

    I have no idea why is such a noise with all this thing about Tiger .
    United States has more important problem than Tiger's affair.
    Come on be serious!!!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  105. Kathy

    I think what we are seeing in the North American media is irresponsible journalism at its "best". To think that regular newscasts are drugging up the tabloid nonsense. I agree with the posters who said the media should leave Tiger alone. He hasn't done anything that deserves all this attention or people's judgement. I think, based on what the police have been saying to the media already, that Tiger is very wise to not make a statement. I wouldn't either, if I knew my personal family business would be blabbed around the world. I agree that because he is famous, the police have been going to extra lengths to get a statement, whereas with other people they wouldn't even bother. Who keeps telling the media that he is "refusing" to make a statement? Anyway, I think he continues to be a very positive role model and he hasn't made any bigger of a mistake than Average Joe. People should cut him some slack.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  106. Sandy

    We are all human and nobody is perfect and who are we to judge Tiger Wood. Everyone just needs to leave him and his family alone.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  107. Derek

    I've been in many accidents in my life, and I've never had more than a 30 minute interview with cops. I'm curious as to why the police are so interested in this particular accident? Seems to be pretty clear cut...Tiger stated it's his fault...what more do they want to know...where he was going? Why was he going out at night? Really...for those in a accident...did the cops ask you THAT? Are you freaking serious? People talk about how celebrities aren't treated like normal't that the truth. MILLIONS of americans are involved in accidents, and there is hardly any scrutiny...especially given that he's stated it was his fault.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  108. julian vigo, new york city

    This is not news. Please stop reporting such nonsense.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  109. Jon

    Interesting cross section of Americana here...most people sharing my view that this is Tiger's private matter, a couple of whiners complaining that if THEY were in a car accident, THEY wouldn't get the same treatment and bla bla bla, some whacks that think they're owed an explanation just because he's a celebrity, and a news content organization trying to legitimize and play out an already -overdone non-story...

    Now let's all go back to work,'s only Monday and you've got alot of work to get done...

    November 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  110. Gary

    I'm totally sick on hearing about this. Yes he messed up, who hasn't. There are more important things going on. 4 Cops get killed in Washington state and it seems like the media cares more about a very minor car accident Tiger had. The media should worry about more meaningful stories!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  111. Spirit

    Tiger is a public human being, he owe us since we purchase his image through the products he is marketing. The sponsors look to Tiger as a role model, then we look to the sponsors products as a way of "being a bit of Tiger"...

    So, on the above said... HE OWE US AN EXPLANATION...

    November 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  112. Ellie

    Why isvodt Tiger Woods marital problems is anybody's business. He often has said that he is fine now nothing serious has happened and nobody was hurt badly. He is fine now. Why make this out to be much more than that. Let it go and go on with your life. His marital problems if any are between him and his wife. They should remain private unless they want their problems aired in public. Please respect their privacy. We don't need to know their problems if any

    November 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  113. Charles

    Please leave the man alone. He is a good person, and the most proficient golfer know. He just needs some privacy. The media sucks on this one.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  114. Bob H.

    "What's he trying to hide?" Well, cut some slack here; The Man Was Knocked Out By The Crash! As in: He was HURT!!!!! H U R T !!!!!

    Why do small minds make big jumps to conclusions so quickly? Indeed, maybe there is something wild and wacky to come out of this, but to damn a man for some act that does not affect YOU IN THE LEAST, suggests the person ion REAL trouble here is not Tger, but those making not-so-veiled-hints a something negative here. At this ppoint in time it says a lot more about the writers' comments than it does Tiger's problems. So, grow up; hush up; and wait. You may be right...but not yet!


    November 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  115. biketwit

    Basically he ran into a fire hydrant next door, and this is huge news? Who knows, but let's give the kid some benefit of the doubt.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  116. Sean O'Reilly

    CNN is now a gossip column?
    Your kidding, you have no information on the Woods incident so you speculate and drivel on and on.
    What happend to intelligent reporting on news that matters?

    Why dont we all mind our own buisness and wish for other than negative things for some one who has clearly no wish to discuss what ever happened.

    December 1, 2009 at 12:12 am | Reply
  117. P Yancey

    Why is the media so determined to find the worst in every body. I would love to open the paper one day and see nothing but positive stories. It's no wonder there are so many troubled people out there. If a person only sees the negative, they are going to be negative.

    December 1, 2009 at 12:25 am | Reply
  118. Tom

    Why is Tiger Embarrassed about this incident?? I would be embarrassed if i had something to hide, not for having a minor car wreck. i would be happy I survived without more serious injuries. So you want to keep things private? Fine, you can still be private if your "story" is legit. Nobody would care less. I didn't even know he had 2 kids!

    December 1, 2009 at 12:36 am | Reply
  119. Uday Lama

    Listen up, folks, when it comes to dealing with police matters in your life, whatever may be the reason, keep this in mind: take minimalist instance. I once called my local police to report that someone had dumped his garbage in a nearby creek. Two burly policemen came to my house. I showed them the dump. They observed. Then they began to ask me my name, what do I do, how long have I been the residence (in my own house). I discerned that they wanted to know more about me than the crime I had reported. I was enraged. "So the next thing you want me to show you is where I sleep in my house," I retorted with a bit of rage in my voice. They looked at each other and left.

    Tiger is right in taking the minimalist approach. And leave him alone.

    December 1, 2009 at 12:37 am | Reply
  120. GoldenBearFan

    Tiger – you owe me nothing.
    But, if you give me nothing, I'll form my own opinion.
    I can live with that if you can; just don't expect my admiration for your unwillingness to accept accountability to your fans.
    A role model would stand up and ask for an understanding of his humanity. I can accept that your "handlers" don't agree with me because it might cost you endorsements. Following their advice could cost you your legacy. I'm OK with that if you are.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:13 am | Reply
  121. Gwen Andrews

    C'mon, CNN...time to get back to your usual standard of quality reporting....the reporting on Tiger and the accident is smelling like tabloid coverage...let's get back to setting the high standard for i-reporters and the like...

    December 1, 2009 at 1:34 am | Reply
  122. kel

    Interest in this story has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he crashed his car, thereby cracking some sort of "contrived image," and everything to do with the fact that he crashed his car on the day that the gossip rags accused him of cheating on his wife, who proceeded to whack out two windows of his car in a manner not unsimilar to that which would be expected of a spurned spouse. Interest in this story begins and ends with the alleged affair, however pathetic that may be.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:43 am | Reply
  123. Morris

    Reading all the comments, most of them asked to "leave tiger Woods alone". Yes, people out there, it should be that way. But, hey, he is an icon
    and that makes news. Would you and any one of us as ordinary folk have the same intensity news if we have the same situation as Woods. The 'leave us alone' will be loud and clear and unheard of.

    December 1, 2009 at 2:22 am | Reply
  124. bambi cardenas

    Leave him alone. What happens in his personal life is none of our business. He is not an elected public figure. He has committed no crime. He is not required by law to say anymore than he has already said. He has earned his fortune and fame through the excellence of his skill in a sport. Tearing him down is not the media's prerogative.

    December 1, 2009 at 2:23 am | Reply
  125. The Zafra

    I don't understand where this idea was started, as the article states, that he was seen as perfect.....? We're all fallible human beings and we all make mistakes, give the guy a break.

    December 1, 2009 at 3:47 am | Reply
  126. Faz

    Its just an accident people, even the rich, the fampus and the person who works as a patrol police can get accidents .. why not tiger?

    December 1, 2009 at 4:30 am | Reply
  127. Josie

    I can not BELIEVE this is on the NEWS!!!!!!!! If I was him I would not talk to the Police either if I was not required to. He is private, and if he talked to the police THAT would be the next thing that is on the news. Who would want that??????? I know I wouldn't!!!!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 4:45 am | Reply
  128. Mike

    I LOVE the "I don't really like Tiger"....b/c he is this or that......That nonsense is irrelevant folks. He is a great golfer and probably the most relevant athlete you will see in your lifetime. Enjoy that and understand we are all capable of situations we do not like.

    If you have been waiting patiently for Tiger to be human, than here you are! Enjoy and get you kicks! Isn't it fun?

    Now, settle back into your chair and enjoy the next drama about someone else- maybe steroids, maybe cheating, maybe something CNN wants you to get excited about...the options are endless.

    Thank GOD you are not Tiger, huh?

    December 1, 2009 at 7:48 am | Reply
  129. Hank

    Tiger is turning this into more of a story then it really needs to be. By trying to protect his privacy in such an overt way he is having the opposite effect of what he desires. If he did have a brief affair then that should be between he and his wife to resolve. It didn't ruin Kobe Bryant's life or Michael Jordans. It may have ruined their marriages but in the public eye they are still seen for their accomplishments and so will he.

    Maybe he needs to start showing the same control off the course as he does on it.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  130. Tim

    Does anyone stop to consider that Tiger left home in an angry state? Or have they considered that if it came out that he was in an angry state and why, it may prove detrimental to Tiger's image. I have made mistakes when angry and considering the time of morning,that Tiger was very probably tired. I know I have walked the floor long hours with sick kids.Then end up making mistakes and I feel foolish afterwards as they are small and stupid.Leave the guy alone. If the public needs to know,we will be told.

    December 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  131. Lauren

    Tiger has done nothing illegal, all he is required to do by Floridalaw is show his license registration and proof of insurance. The only reason that this is news is because he's Tiger and everyone thinks he has something to hide. So what if he does, he's human after all.

    The media and everyone else just needs to let him and his family be and drop this story already....

    December 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  132. Amanda

    I think he has a right to keep this private. It was an accident, involving no one else and no alcohol. Doesn't anyone thats married with kids fight with their spouse? What if it was just an argument and he got mad and left? Does he not have the right? His life on the course is public, he should get to keep some things to himself.

    December 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  133. Janie

    Other than it being Tiger Woods, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. He was the only one injured in the accident. What's driving the media and everyone else crazy is that he's NOT talking and telling them anything. Well, he doesn't have to and I think he and his family should be left alone.

    December 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  134. albert

    Only human?! Yes of course, what else.

    There are thousands of reasons one could loose temporary control of a car. Most of the time, it's things like playing with the radio or a cell phone. Why assume because it's Tiger Woods it has to be something mysterious. And no, he doesn't have to justify himself just because he's a successful professional golf player.

    December 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  135. Atimpoku

    It is said; for all have sinned and come short of... glory. This is what the media are doing. They make every think that when one is 'certified' as a celebrity then the one must be 'infallible'. While some of the media men raise the celebrities to high heaven, there are those who are doing they can to find fault, bring the celebrity down practically and most probably have tv and radio interviews, and if you like have a time with Larry King live concerning how they unearthed the 'truth' about the celebrity. By this act they become celebrities themselves.

    I think that by all standards and barring serious personal security concerns, live is supposed to be lived 24/7.
    So If the TIGER was leaving tthe house at dawn, can't it be possible he was going to a supermarket, and did he have to take permission from anyone or disclose his destination to anyone given that there was no criminality connected to the said accident. Who is the Senior Housemaster of the 'Tiger's boarding school dormitory'. Did he need an EXEAT from anyone before he took his SUV out that early?

    December 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  136. pramok

    ..pubic doesn't want or require Tiger to be perfect on and off the field, I think they just want him to be plain humane on this incident.... maybe media has hyped up the story .... but they are quite right there is something beneath it.........and anyone knows this event took place out of ordinary incident.........

    December 3, 2009 at 4:11 am | Reply
  137. Jerry

    No one made him do what he did, EVERY single man, EVERY one of us is faced constantly and without fail with such temptations.

    It is bad enough when it this sort of thing is done by an average person. But when you are such a role model, when you take money, very earnest money, from others to promote their goods, any action you take reflects not just on you but on those you represent. When you are in the limelight, you are putting your family and your greatest possession-your children-at the greatest risk imaginable.

    I don't care about his prior history, his successes, his fame. He puts on this 'holier than thou' attitude all the time-maybe the worst thing. At least if he was a normal, down to earth guy we might understand. But when a 'god' falls from the heights, look out below.

    He deserves everything he gets from now on, which will be far from pleasant for him, and he did it to himself.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  138. Joe

    I've seen many comments about Tiger Woods such as "he's only human," etc. So...being human means disregarding your marriage vows?

    December 3, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  139. Mike

    So the media is trying to be sympathetic to a persons imperfections, Thats a first. I wonder why???

    December 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  140. Asael Ruiz

    "Tiger Woods is only human" ???? Is that what it takes to be human?? To cheat on your wife when she's P.G is human???? And then to continue cheating untill you are caught, is that what it takes to be human??? And then we ask, "Gee, what is happeing to our value system". Hello!!!! Is anybody home???

    Totally dissapointed from Mexico

    December 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  141. Amaka

    Woods is only human. I think we all expect so much from him. considering the world we are in, it could happen to anybody. My question is "Is there any of us that is without sin". So we should calm down about what is happening to woods and give him chance to put his house in order.

    December 6, 2009 at 9:11 am | Reply
  142. kumbosoni

    Tiger wood is abig domestic cat, he always looks slowly but sure. To tell you the real real bottom fact, I wont give such name to my son, Tiger means forceful or cruel person with lion and cats behavior and wood means being strong and self supportive. He 'll be fine despite the poor girl is going to get rich, she would've live for decay without pocketing 5million cash, she is the lucky girl. I'm just waiting for poor Tiger to come and share homeless accommondation with me. Here we have thank you KFC, thank you MACDONA, thank you PIZZA thank you SUBWAY lol food is every where here just leave poor Blonde with her 5million to go.

    December 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  143. Bigey

    Humans may not be all the same but they all have the same dignity. Every person living on this earth is a human. It is important that everyone should have a moral sense of what is right and what is wrong. No body should be allowed to do something just because it feels good to do it. There are always consequences to our actions. Let us hope that Tiger will find the forgiveness he needed for wrongs that he had done and really repent in his heart.

    December 7, 2009 at 12:58 am | Reply
  144. pramok

    yes of course Tiger is just human like rest of us with normal hunger and temptation........but normal being won't be snoring during the accident !

    December 7, 2009 at 2:30 am | Reply
  145. Jojo

    Dumb. Just plain dumb. I always tell my close friends that as men, we will always be tempted to stray during the course of the relationship. It doesn't mean that we don't love the wife/family. By nature, we just have to conquer other women. If so, PAY FOR IT. Don't get into another relationship. That's what the prostitutes are for.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:33 am | Reply
  146. Alice Natividad

    I agree to the statement that any person can commit mistake. Tiger is not an exception. by the way, is this Tiger's first vehicular accident?

    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am | Reply
  147. Mac

    As you all kidding me.

    Tiger is just human !!!! are you telling me that because a man has 10 women + (that we know of) in their short 4 year marriage its because he is just doing what men do !!!

    It is disgusting – there is no moral bone in the mans body. And all of you who say it is only human should be disgusted with yourselfs – maybe your wifes should check your cell phone records too !!

    His wife should take him to the cleaners good and solid – empty the mans bank account

    No one is denying that he is a incredible sportsman / golfer – but is that an excuse the be a gigantic cheat and liar. So cause you can hit or kick a ball you are given full permission to be a pathetic cheat !! Wake up world – that is what is wrong with society of today – all too ready to let this type of thing happen.

    Lastly i do agree that it has nothing to do with any of us – it is their issue !!!

    But nail him big Elin !!!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  148. Bill Burns

    I see the comments stopped on December 8th. (Just one that day after the heat went up.) Actually that's good in a way.. The one sided watered down pro Tiger posts were so different than what is really going on in this horrific story. CNN is guilty of a mini-coverup of sorts.

    Do you have any idea how one sided this biased "news" forum is?

    December 12, 2009 at 2:19 am | Reply
  149. femy

    WHO IS A SAINT? Everyone should leave alone pleeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaas.

    December 13, 2009 at 1:59 am | Reply
  150. Michael Hennessy

    What does the statement "Woods is only human" suppose to mean? Last time I checked we are all human beings. Hitler was human, Sadam was human, soooo?
    It's the type of human being that counts.

    December 13, 2009 at 4:55 am | Reply
  151. yvette

    Leave tiger and the Mrs. alone PLEASE! It is none of our buisness what is going on in their home. Only GOD can judge you. Sure we watch him on tv, we know he is the best in his game, we even buy the products he endorses just because he advertises them. He is not GOD nor did he ever claim to be. I'm not saying that I agree with his infidelity, I'm just saying that he has aplogizes and says he is sorry, if God can forgive him , and if his wife choses to, who are you to keep judging him? The media and the fans are so fake sometimes. They love you and put you on this pedestal until you do something wrong, then they throw you under the bus like they never knew you. someone asked the question about what about him being a role model to so many kids. You as parents should be role models for your kids and stop looking to athletes and celebrities to do it for you. Stay up tiger and you are the best golfer ever in my eyes.

    December 13, 2009 at 4:57 am | Reply
  152. olga i. martinez

    hi; rich people have lots of prombles like everybody else. so he has made a mistake. but his wife should know his pass life living la vida loca. they both have to put the cards on the table and talk it out starting from the beging.with out no fear.allso make it work for their children. that what they have to focus.on thier luck to the woods family amen.thanks.....

    December 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  153. Haksoon

    Here in Asia, we find this story very comical ,especially in America where celebrities exchange spouses like trousers and now your number one golfer is having a private mess and everybody jumps in to criticize his moral standing. To you all holier than thou beings,your previous president is a leader by example. Go ahead and we find it amusing and a lot hypocrites.Tiger , come to China and you can have many corcubines without any qualms.

    December 16, 2009 at 2:59 am | Reply
  154. jameslee

    Hey Tiger,
    Truth hurts but it works! Stick by it and do what you gotta do.
    For those judgemental beings out there-when you judge, you deprive GOD and Tiger's family of their priviledge! There are so many worse cases than Tiger's and I don't think he should be crucified. Let the spirit of forgiveness accompany Tiger's spirit of true repentance. Everyone deserves a chance and that's all he's asking for. All the best CHAMP and GOD bless.

    December 16, 2009 at 3:39 am | Reply
  155. Bill Burns

    The one sided watered down pro Tiger posts in this CNN forum are so different than what is really going on in this horrific story. CNN is guilty of a mini-coverup of sorts.

    Do you have any idea how one sided this biased "news" forum is?

    December 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  156. tkemp

    I think Donald Trump said it best on Larry King Live. The trust has been broken and its bad for the marriage/Elin Nordegren. Why not end the marriage, play golf and be the bad boy he really is. No need to pretend to be this perfect married man. He's a bad boy period. Let Elin go and find a man that can be faithful as there are men like that out there. As Trump also pointed out there are many celebrities out there that their lives are not what they seem to be so let it go. I think the world is just in shock. Tiger needs to be who he is and let God judge him and we stay out of it. It isn't up to us to judge.

    December 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  157. Bill Burns

    tkemp claims this quote says it best, "The trust has been broken and its bad for the marriage/Elin Nordegren. Why not end the marriage, play golf and be the bad boy he really is."
    Conversely he then explains, "It isn't up to us to judge."
    Excuse me, the sponsors who paid him $100M a year and us golf fans who made him a billionaire have a right to be shocked and disappointed.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:16 am | Reply
  158. tk

    I didn't say anything about not being allowed to be shocked and disappointed. That's why this story is so huge! WE are all in shock including myself but my point as is Mr. Trump's says instead of trying to continue to put up a sham for us golf fans as the perfect married clean cut man he should just be who he is and let it go - the consequences that come with that are on him.

    December 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  159. Bill Burns

    tkemp you seem to have forgotten our dialog:

    You said, "This quote says it best, 'The trust has been broken and its bad for the marriage/Elin Nordegren. Why not end the marriage, play golf and be the bad boy he really is.' "
    You then quite conversely said, "It isn't up to us to judge."
    Next you said, "I think the world is just in shock."
    Then I said, "Excuse me, the sponsors who paid him $100M a year and us golf fans who made him a billionaire have a right to be shocked and disappointed."
    tkemp you seem to have a selective memory

    December 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Reply
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  161. Bill Burns

    It's true okay.
    Gatorade, AT&T, Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer, Gillette, Consulting firm Accenture, are all dropping or downscaling ads featuring Tiger because of his sexual scandals.

    January 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
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