Tiger Woods can't make this one go away
Well, it probably won’t be long now until Tiger and Elin show up on 60 Minutes, holding hands and setting the record straight. Just like, you know, Roger Clemens did.
Whatever happened between Woods and his wife, in the wake of (since denied) suggestions from the National Enquirer that he had been having an affair, he’s taking a pounding here. His agents and handlers and press people should know that people will talk and figure things out for themslves, that when no reasonable explanation for a minor car crash at is forthcoming, that others trying to put two and two together is par for the course.
They won’t be the first or last married couple to have difficulties, if that is indeed the case. And who wouldn’t understand that any high-profile public figures in that situation would prefer privacy?
That said, let’s just say that if Elin went after his car with a golf club – a 9-iron would seem to have enough loft here – and, distracted, he took out a fire hydrant and bumped a tree in the process, well, that makes more sense than anything that has been told to us.
One thing about Woods: He is the suing kind. If the Enquirer story was wrong, as maintained by the
He has done it before; remember when he won a judgement against an Irish magazine that published fake nude photos of his wife before the Ryder Cup a couple of years ago. He also has sued the maker of his yacht for using an unauthorized plug from Tiger and won the suit. He also went after an artist at Augusta who paints and sells portraits of past Masters champions. He didn’t win that one.
So he has options if, indeed, he has been libelled and Elin had nothing to be angry about. In which case, he still needs to come up with a reasonable explanation as to what happened at that time of night and the way he is canceling meetings with the police, it doesn’t sound as if he has one for them, let alone the rest of the world. And they’re the ones who will be laying charges, if it gets that far.
None of this will go away simply because Woods and his people want it to go away. He’s too much of a world brand, a world brand with a carefully nurtured image, for people to stop asking reasonable questions. Finding a friendly “interviewer’’ who will let him (and them) spin a bunch of nonsense isn’t going to get it done.