November 29, 2009
Tiger Woods has released a statement on the events of the past few days, in an attempt to put to rest some of the spreading rumors about the mysterious late-night car accident. The statement reads, in full:
"As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.
This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be."
Fair enough. It's a good move on Tiger's part, perhaps the first one since this entire mess kicked off. Me, I'm frankly fine if Tiger does nothing else. It's his choice, his privacy. I still think it'd be better for his family's sake if he filled in some of the peculiar aspects about this whole deal -- more holes in the "official" story than a golf course, as they say -- because if he chooses this route, it may not play out exactly like he wants.
Tiger's fans will be happy with this: "See? He did nothing wrong!" But will it satisfy the millions who read the TMZs and Drudge Reports of the world? Highly, highly doubtful.