How Much Privacy Does Tiger Deserve?
By Kickntrue on 11/30/09
Tiger Woods protects his privacy (and image) more than any other athlete on the planet. What makes this situation so tricky is that the facts seem so odd- and the curiosity of not getting answers makes people want to dig deeper. If Tiger does answer all of the questions, he gives up his privacy and makes public statements about a deeply personal issue.

By not answering the questions, Tiger could find himself in infamous company. It is PR 101 to come clean with a mistake and start rebuilding from it. That certainly seems like the best thing for Tiger to do from a brand/image/public opinion point of view, but that's just not Tiger Woods.
The public deserves to hear exactly what happened in the wee hours of Thanksgiving night outside his mansion in Windermere, Fla., suddenly a world-famous dateline when it didn't have to be. Mind you, this is not the demand of a journalist protecting the right to know. No, this is the requirement of a consumer who has seen Woods polish up a supposedly spotless image for years while selling us cars, apparel, golfing goods, cereal, cameras, energy drinks, razors, credit cards and video games, all feeding into his unstoppable machine as the world's first billion-dollar athlete. If Woods is going to market his image so aggressively and relentlessly, part of the deal is addressing a negative issue when it surfaces. He maintains his credibility that way, his believablity.
I don't know if I agree with this (it is Jay Mariotti talking after all). It seems logical to me that everyone deserves to keep their private life private. Nobody is perfect and no matter what is happening behind closed doors in Windemere, Florida, it really doesn't concern any of us, except somehow it does.

Maybe it's just not fair to be a person like Tiger Woods and the same rules don't apply. Your opinions are very welcome. The question is simple, but the answer is not; Should Tiger Woods have the right to his privacy in this matter?

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TravisMiller says:
I feel that the media is taking it too far like they always do. I don't think that if it was another tour player that it would be that big of a push. I think that Tiger is unfairly pressed on certain issues because people have this infatutation with him. Yes, he is one of the greats of all time in golf, but he is also human and deserves a life outside of the media.
11/30/09
 
Banker85 says:
It is too late now for privacy. Of course he deserves it we all do, but public figures as huge as Tiger must address a situation like this because it is not going to go away ( might not even go away if he addresses it) but atleast it is a start. He needs to man up or come up with a good story and stick with it. I prefer just putting it all on the table and clearing the air. He can do what he wants. I dont watch him or admire him for any other reason then he is THE BEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME.
11/30/09
 
brad6432 says:
Tiger has the right to privacy when it comes to the media and media types. That doesn't give him the right to evade the police in the questioning of him. There was an accident, there were witnesses. Stories aren't matching up. He should be accountable to the law.......this is where celebrity worship needs to end.
11/30/09
 
bducharm says:
@brad6432 - in a 1 car traffic "accident", the ONLY thing required is proof of drivers license, registration, and insurance. He is NOT required to speak to police about anything. However, IF there was a domestic incident, as people are speculating, then yes, he would be required to speak to police. Obviously there are rumors swirling and we, being the rumor junkies we are, continue to spread them. I actually heard a speculation that Tiger intentionally crashed his vehicle to protect his wife in any domestic abuse incident.
11/30/09
 
lcgolfer64 says:
I can't disagree with Mariotti enough! The public 'deserves'?? A 'requirement'?? Please...
This is just another "journalist" (quotes are intentional) doing what he can to get his 'image' up and make a name for himself. I'm not going not-buy gatorade or Nike products because of this. He's a human being, like anyone else when you get right down to it. Because he's an amazing golfer, he suddenly not 'allowed' to have emotions, feelings, issues, problems, etc. None of us (that I know anyways) could even imagine not being able to go anywhere, do anything without a mob around you 24/7. All because he can play the game as well as he does.
11/30/09
 
Swingem says:
TW deserves his privacy, especially if there's a domestic component to this incident. Unfortunately he's not going to get it due to his high profile and the less-then-plausible nature of the story. Additionally, sorry but I've got to throw this in, Tiger's driving has always been a little erratic.
11/30/09
 
Ward says:
if he wants privacy, he shouldn't be speaking with the press (while not speaking to the police)
11/30/09
 
mschad says:
@Swingem: I like the humor.
I agree, the man does deserve a little privacy just like the rest of us would get. Sure he is a celeb and journalists are trying to get a story, but I wish they would stick to the facts and quit the 'possibly' or maybe scenarios to hype it.
11/30/09
 
cwebbie says:
A couple weeks ago, while competing in Australia, Tiger threw a driver with such anger that it wound up in the gallery. Now, he's refusing to speak to the police about a potential crime. These are facts. There is likewise no question Tiger has positioned himself as a role model for our children.

The question becomes: what do I tell my son about how to act after hitting a poor drive--I'd hope with much more class than the world's number one player. More importantly, what should I tell him about talking to the police if he sees something that may be important to a criminal investigation? Should my son just decline to get involved?

These questions are fair game for anyone--let alone the most famous athlete in the world.
11/30/09
 
sigmapete1 says:
Driving accuracy always was his weakness.
11/30/09
 
waltercohn says:
He certainly does deserve some privacy. However, given the fact he is a public figure, I cannot imagine the media will leave this alone. He will certainly be asked about it by virtually everyone with a microphone at the next tournament he attends. He will need to come up with some answer that will 'satisfy' in my view before this blows over for him.
11/30/09
 
brad6432 says:
@bducharm I think there IS enough evidence for the police to further question. Why else would they being doing this. Tiger turned away the police three different times. Is the police in on the media conspiracy? They want his autograph? No they have a job to do. That's my point. He deserves privacy, that's why they went to interview him at his private home.
11/30/09
 
ToddRobb says:
The extremely high cost of being the best golfer on the planet is that you have no privacy unless it stays INSIDE your home. As soon as Tiger left his mansion, it's all fair game. We all talk a good game about him deserving his privacy yada yada,, in the end the media frenzy comes from the sale of more magazines, more clicks on websites, more ratings on gossip shows and on and on. The metaphor I use is the media is the knife that cuts and spills the blood in the water, we the buying public are the sharks that swoop in for the kill.

As far as the way Tiger is handling this, it's actually comical that with all his resources of people on team Tiger, not one of them told him to just come out and say what happened. All he needs to do is come up with some bullshit story so he can get out of the shark tank, and get on with his life.
11/30/09
 
Banker85 says:
as far as the not speaking to police goes i agree they know everything they need to know, not like tiger is going to press charges against his wife. They just want to be the first to break the news to TMZ... lowly scumbags if you ask me.
11/30/09
 
cjgiant says:
In his mind he probably believes he deserves some privacy (and and in theory is right as many mentioned), but he'd have to be a fool if he really thinks he'll get it.

However, he need not answer any question by anyone if he doesn't want to. He should realize that his silence cultivates the innuendo that grows in its presence. In some cases, the innuendo is worse and ends up costing more than the truth. This is the cost of keeping his privacy, and I'd guess he's currently feeling out what the price will be.
11/30/09
 
kidputter says:
If we weren't so nosy as a society, we may still have Princess Diana. Same type of situation where she wanted privacy and was pushed too far.
The police have to interrogate him. There was damage to public property. The press doesn't need to do anything but report what they see and hear.
If we stop buying the tabloids, the news may become the news again.
11/30/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Legally he has done what he's required to do, which is to show his drivers license and registration. Beyond on that, he would be crazy to speak with the police about anything else. If he has to pay for the tree and the fire hydrant so be it. He wasn't drinking, he didn't kill anyone, he didn't put his hands on his wife, he didn't have a gun in the truck, he didn't kill or harm any animals, he didn't have his picture taken smoking weed, he's not accused of rape, and didn't actually get caught with another woman. Even when Tiger screws up he's below par.
12/1/09
 
DougE says:
Tiger does not owe anyone anything except maybe a few bucks to the guy whose tree he hit. It is absolutely no one's business, but his and his family's. He had a traffic accident. He wasn't drunk. He wasn't on illegal drugs. If he deserves a traffic ticket, give it to him and move on. The police are getting wrapped up and influenced by the spotlight. They would not be still investigating, were it not someone with the fame of Tiger. This is a nothing story otherwise. I can't believe the media has turned this into a major world news story. It's the media who is trash, not Tiger. He has been such a positive influence since the beginning his career in so many ways and now, one little fender bender and some how they have turned him to scum.
12/1/09
 
Mjw71772 says:
Tiger deserves all the privacy you would expect your child or spouse or other loved one would receive for a similiar accident. Lets face it, if the average person had the same accident, nothing would be made of it on the news. I think media as a whole has helped become the downfall of society as we know it. All these reality shows and now with TMZ having their own show, where will the madness end? Let the guy live his life, we have no reasonable expectation for him to share is private thoughts with us. And he should not want to share them.
12/1/09
 
Oak says:
When you're a global brand like Tiger you sacrifice certainly things the rest of us take for granted. The trade-off being the crazy jack he rakes in. I think we would all take that trade. Tiger was given preferential treatment here. Once he got behind the wheel possibly impaired by pain killers and hit public property, it becomes a public matter. That's life. Not to mention any domestic issues that could lead to endangerment of his children. While I probably don't think his wife is crazy, crazy is as crazy does and bashing out windows of a moving SUV is certainly crazy behavior. At the very least I think they should have to have a conversation with a licensed couples counselor to ensure that they don't endanger anyone else with this sort of ridiculousness.
12/1/09
 
Oak says:
He loses respect from me though for not manning up and playing this week. He played the US Open with a torn ACL so he can certainly play this weekend with a couple of scratches and a possible headache. If it wasn't his tournament I'd say to stay home. By playing he'd bring the circus to town with him and would have to hold a presser beforehand to deflect some of the hysteria. He'd have to lie in that presser and he obviously doesn't want to do that. He could just say they had an argument, but there is no way that he'll ever come clean about Elan smashing in those windows. That would make her look crazy and go against what he's already told the police in Orlando. The tourny sponsors, the kids at his own foundation, and anyone who had purchased tickets to this event, were all counting on his participation. Playing golf and hosting the tournament this week would have been extremely difficult, perhaps even would have been his toughest accomplishment in life to date, but also was the right thing to do.
12/1/09
 
Oak says:
and by my account this week, Tiger has

1) Possibly cheated on his wife in Australia
2) Lied to authorities about events leading up to his crash
3) Bagged on a tourny he was hosting where many were counting on him

Not exactly a pristine week for Jesus in spikes.
12/1/09
 
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