If Burns' info correct, that means cops are covering up
Pat Burns might have done his friends in the police community a real disservice by suggesting he learned the “real’’ Tiger Woods story off the record from them.
We’ve all seen the report that came out of the former hockey coach’s radio interview with Montreal’s CKAC, the one that suggests Elin Nordegren gave Woods a whack in the face with a golf club, knocking out a couple of teeth, inflicting a deep cut on his cheek, and sending him flying away that very night to a dental/plastic surgeon. Burns says it was Phoenix; when the story first started making the rounds a couple of weeks ago, it was Las Vegas. Whatever. Somewhere out west.
Some or all of it may very well be true. The golf world has been buzzing with Woods stories for weeks and some of them are a lot more salacious than this. Some of us discount nothing, while wondering if the verification for any of them will ever arrive.
But hasn’t Burns, in effect, indicated that there is a cover-up going on and that the cops are part of it? The Florida Highway Patrol, members of which Burns identified as the source of his info — and there is no reason to doubt him — officially “investigated’’ and stated that Woods had a “fat lip’’ but no other visible facial injuries when he met cops four days after his wee-hours car accident.
So either someone on the FHP lied to Burns, himself a former cop, or they’re lying for the record as to what happened that night. Or else someone is spreading the same gossip that has been flying around the Internet for a while now and Burns accepted it as gospel.
Either way, given the severity of domestic abuse, it’s fair to wonder if there’s a district attorney somewhere in Florida who will consider this information as evidence of a coverup and begin handing out subpeonas.