Tag:tiger woods accident
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:22 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2009 12:52 pm

Parnevik regrets introducing Tiger and Elin

In by far the strongest sentiment expressed so far by a PGA Tour player, Swedish veteran Jesper Parnevik blistered Tiger Woods on Wednesday for the way he has treated his wife, Elin, who is Parnevik’s former nanny.

Parnevik introduced the two in 2001 and they began dating soon thereafter, eventually marrying in 2005. If and when Woods finally relocates from Orlando to his new mansion under construction in Jupiter, Fla., he and Parnevik will be neighbors, their homes separated by the Intracoastal Waterway.

Those waters might be a bit chilly.

Playing this week at PGA Tour Qualifying School finals in West Palm Beach, Parnevik told the Golf Channel that he was upset at himself for ever introducing the pair.

“I would be especially sad about it since I'm kind of -- I really feel sorry for Elin -- since me and my wife were at fault for hooking her up with him," Parnevik said. "We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron."

Woods denied that there was a domestic incident between the pair, though that hasn't stopped rampant speculation about what went down when Woods crashed his Cadillac SUV into a tree six days ago after caroming off three different curbs, plus hitting two rows of hedges and a fire hydrant.

Parnevik, 44, said he hasn't spoken with Woods since the accident on Friday. And we're guessing they won’t be talking anytime soon after Woods sees this, either.

“It's a private thing of course," he told Golf Channel. "But when you are the guy he is, the world's best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff.

“And maybe not just do it, like Nike says."

Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:52 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2009 5:25 pm

Church of Tiger Woods burns to ground

ORLANDO, Fla. – As if we need any exit polls or additional evidence that Tiger Woods’ reputation has taken a brutal beatdown over the past five days.

But still, this news is a real bellwether that, as far as some fans are concerned, it will never be the same for the reigning world No. 1. The creator, author and pastor of the so-called First Church of Tiger Woods is shutting down his website in complete disgust.

John Ziegler, a talk-show commentator based in Los Angeles, began the irreverent website TigerWoodsIsGod.com nine years ago and has had plenty of fun toying around with the notion that Woods is, indeed, the Chosen One as it relates to golf.

He has since changed the name on the site's home page to The Damnation of Tiger Woods and penned the following screed, which is as harsh and scathing as anything written about Woods on any mainstream outlet over the past few days. Actually, it probably tops the list.

And mind you, Ziegler once considered himself one of Woods’ biggest supporters. This probably speaks to the level of betrayal felt by some Woods followers. He wrote:

“After several days of evaluation, I have decided to disband the First Church of Tiger Woods (as indicated by the graphics at the top of this website) and I will not renew the TigerWoodsIsGod domain name when it expires in a couple of months. Any future commentary on this site (which may not happen at all) will be regarding Tiger’s failings in relation to his affair/accident debacle which continues to unfold almost by the hour.

“Because the First Church of Tiger Woods has been in existence since late 1996 and this website has been around since early 2000, you might think that such a decision might be difficult. In this case, it was not. Unfortunately, Tiger Woods has made it all too easy to realize that he is no longer worthy of any special admiration.   

“The events of the past few days have revealed Tiger to be a serial adulterer, a blatant liar and a selfish coward. While I am sure I will always respect his ability as a golfer, that was only a very small part of why this much-misunderstood website was created and why it became such a big part of my life. 

“As I have documented in my columns below, Tiger is clearly no longer deserving of being seen as a role model or a hero and he has needlessly squandered his unique potential to be a positive force in our country and the world. While I am relatively sure that Tiger will make a comeback from this sad episode and that there will be great moments for him in the future, I personally am done with Tiger Woods and I doubt that I will even care very much about whatever else he might achieve on the golf course (for someone who once vowed to make sure he lived until he saw Tiger get to 19 major championships, I have a hard time believing I can write those words with such ease).”

He then listed a series of Woods’ perceived “sins,” as he called them. Ziegler doubts that he is the lone man deserting the foundering ship, either.

“In the end, this situation, like much of life, is all about expectations,” Ziegler wrote. “To whom much is given, much is expected. No one has ever been given more than Tiger and therefore our expectations for him were also unprecedented.

“He has failed to live up to those expectations and he has shattered a sacred trust that cannot be repaired. Therefore, Tiger Woods now has at least one less supporter. I am quite sure that I am not alone.”

Posted on: December 1, 2009 1:44 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 1:48 pm

Barkley: Pal Tiger needs to clear the air

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hasn't heard or has ignored the opinions of those who fervently believe he needs to come clean about the curious details of his car crash after Thanksgiving Day last week

Maybe he'll listen to his friends.

Charles Barkley, one of the few people who has seemingly spoken to Woods since the Nov. 27 incident, told a Philadelphia radio station Tuesday that he believes his friend is blowing it by not admitting a mea culpa and adding the salient details.

Barkley, who has had more than a few notable run-ins with cops over the years, said Woods needs to stop hiding behind his spokespeople and man up, so to speak.

"I don’t want no PR person talking for me cause they don’t make it work," Barkley told WIP radio. "They aren’t going to make it better. I think he is really making a mistake in not talking to the cops and things like that. I think he is making a serious mistake.”

Barkley, who claims he has no actualy first-hand knowledge of what transpired, said that he believes Elin Woods might have had a role in the crash, too, a subject of much speculation at this point.

“Well, I think there is some truth on that, but the problem we got is that none of us know the truth," he said. "I think the police know the truth, I do. I think the police know the truth. That is the problem right there.”

By hiding and failing to play in his tournament this week in suburban Los Angeles, Barkley feels Woods is taking the worst possible tack publicly.

"I think he is making it worse," he said. "First of all, if, if, if that happened, I think all the secrecy, his statement apologizing -- I am not perfect and stuff like that. I think they are making it worse. I mean, I would love for him to come out and say, 'Hey we had a disagreement. I am sorry for the uproar. Please give me my privacy.'

"I think the public would be cool with that. But the TMZ, National Enquirer, him keeping quiet and avoiding the cops and things, I think people are going to say at this point: Hey we need to know the damn truth now. In the beginning it was like maybe the dude did have a wreck, but now with all the stuff coming out with bits and pieces, you are like, 'He didn’t just hit a tree or a fire hydrant because some other stuff was going on.

"I think because of Tiger and who he is, I think the cops would back off him. But I don’t think he can make them look bad. If they keep coming to your damn house and you keep telling them no, I think that is very dangerous. I am speaking from first-hand experience -- 'You know what, sir, I really apologize. It is 100% my fault. Please forgive me and I got to go.'

"For those of you who try to hang around and do what Roger Clemens or A-Rod and things like that, when you are kind of like, 'I don’t know what I was taking' and things like that. 'It wasn’t my fault.' Man it just makes it worse."

Posted on: November 30, 2009 5:38 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 9:24 am

Tiger was whisked away in a blink

ORLANDO -- As the vultures continue to circle, looking for angles and inside information on the Tiger tree-hugging affair, some illumination has come from his infamous episode in the dark.

There has been a smattering of internet activity attempting to describe the scene after Woods slammed into the hydrant and tree, and eventually was left semi-conscious on the street in front of his mansion, but this point should be hammered home, too.

Whatever happened, it happened in a blink of an eye. Small wonder the Windermere Police and supposed eyewitnesses haven't had much to offer by way of play-by-play.

An Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman told CBSSports.com on Monday that its emergency personnel are not allowed to comment on accident treatment particulars because of federal privacy laws governing medical issues. But there are a few basic details that even HIPA can't preclude being released.

2:28 a.m. -- The 911 call is received and paramedics are dispatched.

2:38 a.m. -- Fire truck arrives at the scene with three people on board and treatment begins.

2:52 a.m. -- Woods was transported by private ambulance to Health Central hospital in nearby Ocoee.

In other words, the paramedics were there for 14 minutes before Woods was hauled off. The Windermere police reportedly arrived around the same time as the fire-and-rescue crew. Authorities estimated that Woods was unconscious for six of those 14 minutes, and he was said to be mumbling incoherently at certain points when he was awake.

So with such a tight chronology, nobody had time to ask many questions, form many theories or even take a deep breath before Woods was transported down the road. The Florida Highway Patrol, as we reported earlier, did not arrive to begin the formal crash investigation until Woods was long gone from the scene.

Being the devil's advocate here: Yet, with all this frantic activity taking place in a 14-minute span in total darkness at 2:30 a.m., it was determined by Windermere police that there was no reason to suspect that Woods was possibly under the influence of anything that might have impaired his ability to drive?

Posted on: November 29, 2009 4:34 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2009 4:58 pm

Adios, Tiger: See you in two months?

ORLANDO -- For the second year in a row, Tiger Woods might be hosting a gazillion-dollar golf tournament mostly in absentia.

With his name in the tabloid and mainstream media headlines for all the wrong reasons, Woods is set to host the Chevron World Challenge in suburban Los Angeles later this week, although given the embarrassing news events of the past four days, whether he’ll play is anybody’s guess.

And we do mean anybody.

Tournament director Greg McLaughlin said Sunday afternoon that Woods has not indicated whether he will play or not. Woods missed last year’s tournament while recovering from knee surgery, although he did attend.

“I don't know what his plans are right now,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin was reached a few minutes after Woods had released a statement regarding his solo crash into a hydrant and tree outside his home last Friday morning. In the statement attributed to him, Woods complained of bruises and soreness. He sustained facial laceration in the collision, which left him semi-conscious and mumbling incoherently, according to law-enforcement authorities.

Woods is tentatively scheduled to address the media at Sherwood Country Club, the tournament site, on Tuesday, although the mention of soreness and physical damage certainly gives him an out.

If Woods doesn’t show, he traditionally hasn’t played again until the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, set for the last week of January – eight weeks down the road.

Moreover, the woman with whom Woods is alleged to have been conducting an extra-marital affair is said to be in Los Angeles already, meeting with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, a notorious publicity hound. If any news briefings are held by Allred and her client, Los Angeles is about the last place Woods will want to be -- especially because he'd be within easy reach of the media covering his tournament. Woods on Sunday all but begged for personal privacy as he sorts through his decidedly uncharacteristic situations.

The Los Angeles Times printed a multi-page special section about the tournament in its Sunday paper, with Woods on the front. Now it looks as though his spot in the 18-man field might be filled by another player. McLaughlin said he has several players willing to fill the spot if it comes to that.

Unlike a traditional tournament, there is no commitment deadline, per se.

“We have until Thursday to decide,” McLaughlin said.

The event, with a staggering $5.75 million purse despite the limited field, is set for broadcast on the Golf Channel and NBC.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com