On Tiger

Tiger Woods today said he won’t take part in his own charity golf tournament this week. He’s recovering from injuries he allegedly suffered when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and tree.

Online sites think it has more to do with his wife attacking him after reading about his alleged affair in a gossip rag.

Is his marriage our business? Not exactly, unless there’s a judicial system double standard at work in matters of domestic abuse. Jimi Izrael on The Root explains:

I think Tiger Woods is stiff-arming the cops because he doesn’t want them to take pictures of his injuries. If it looks like he was punched or scratched, then the cops will have to act. And if the final explanation for this event turns out to be domestic violence, police will not need a statement from Tiger, and his wife will have to go to jail for assault. Tiger should co-operate with police to put any incident of domestic violence on the record. This will protect him from any allegations in the future should he have to defend himself from an attack at a later date. Granted, this is all conjecture. But if they did indeed have a tiff that resulted in violence, how should they proceed?

Well, they can do one of two things: Get some counseling and be role models to other couples in turmoil, or continue to stonewall and soldier on without comment, and taint Tiger’s image while living in a dysfunctional relationship. Tiger wants to keep it a private matter, but he’s living his life in the public light. It’s one thing to guard your privacy. But when you hold yourself up as a role model, you have an obligation to be accountable to people who look up to you.

Jason Whitlock at FoxSports disagrees:

We don’t know any more or less about Tiger Woods today than we did before he left his house Thanksgiving night. Anyone arguing otherwise is a naive idiot. And anyone arguing that we need to learn more is a ratings-starved TV producer or a self-righteous, undersexed hypocrite.

The Florida Highway Patrol’s interest/obsession in cross-examining Woods and his wife is a publicity stunt and an effort to embarrass a powerful celebrity. Only a fool believes the police “investigate” every minor crime. And, yes, I’m aware that in the post-OJ era, the police take domestic violence far more seriously. But this, in my opinion, is a TMZ-fueled ******* match. There are dollars to be earned digging up dirt on Woods and his wife.

What say you?