On November 27, 2009, Tiger Woods was taken to hospital after an early morning car accident near his home, reportedly in serious condition. Woods was leaving his home around 2:30 a.m. (EST) in his SUV, a 2009 Cadillac Escalade, when he collided with a fire hydrant and a tree down the street. The Florida Highway Patrol said that the crash was not alcohol-related, but continued to investigate. Woods was released from the hospital in good condition; his agent said that Woods was fine, and had been treated for facial lacerations. The airbags in his SUV did not deploy which suggested that he was not travelling above 33mph. On November 29, Woods issued a statement saying the car accident was his fault, but is a private matter. He praised his wife Elin for getting him out of the car. Details about what caused the accident were not revealed. Two days before the accident, The National Enquirer had published a story that alleged that Woods had had an affair with nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, which she denied. Woods said, "the many false, unfounded, and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible".
On December 1, 2009, Woods was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with one charge of careless driving. The fine is $164 and 4 points on his driving license. The Florida Highway Patrol indicated that upon payment of the fine, the case is closed.
Also on December 1, Woods announced that he would not be attending his own charity golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, or any other tournaments in 2009.
On December 2, Woods expressed regret on his personal website for "trangressions" and "let[ting] his family down" and offered a "profound apology." The apology came on the same day that a San Diego cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs, went public saying that she had a 2.5 year affair with Woods and produced voice and text messages that woods left her. According to Grubbs, she first met Woods on April 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, they had their first sexual encounter in San Diego a few days later, and last met in October 2009.
It is difficult to give this data point a rating. It is an issue between a man and his wife and nobody else’s business. Who is Tiger Woods? The man is arguably one of the greatest golf players of all time. News of his infidelity have reached widespread coverage because of his fame. So does this make him any less of a human being? Well, it all depends on how you look at it…. For me, it seems like when we see him play, you can’t help but admire his skills. The … more
Is there anyone out there like me that wishes this story would go away like the Octomom, Miss California and the White House gate crashers tales. This is getting way too much coverage. I guess the news outlets feel the general public is becoming extremely bored about the debates still raging on Healthcare and Afganistan. What is it that makes the general public love it when a "good guy" is exposed as being human like the rest of us. … more
First, I have never played golf in my life! Second, I am a retired army officer, an adjunct professor in history and have studied philosophy in graduate school. So, why am I weighing in on Tiger Woods. Throughout my life I have become disappointed in observing in American society how many young people have idolized professionals in the sports and entertainment fields. Kids have posters of their favorite athletes and entertainers on their bedroom walls, and not of people … more
There's something strange about the culture of Celebrity in America. Tiger Woods put himself out in the public eye and as a result his little affair has garnered him a lot of attention by the press. I've never been too interested in the lives of celebrity or the gossip. When Anna Nicole Smith died, for instance, finding something else to watch was a test. When Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation it was tough to figure out what to watch to get away from the media … more
A scandal isn't a scandal unless some jokes are made. Now, I don't condone beating a man when he's down, but funny is funny. Jokes you can tell He's not a Tiger...he's a Cheetah What's the difference between and SUV and a golfball? Tiger … more
*steps up onto soap box* Why is it my business who Tiger Woods is, has or has ever had sex with? I know the answer is that this is America and Americans love to be up in people's bedrooms. And why are so many people saying it's his fall from grace. A god on the golf course, maybe, but he's just a very rich dude . If you are one of those people who assume that because somebody gets paid an insane amount of money to sing, act, play sports, run governments exceptionally well (in most cases), … more
Tiger Woods, If you are reading this, I just want to send you my love and support. I do not think what is happening to you is fair nor do I think that it is anyone's business. I hope that you can stay strong through this and realize that you can shine through this difficult time. There are so many people out here who agree that the media has exposed your situation way too much. I beleive that none of what has been said about you or written about you makes you … more