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Just talk, TigerPosted Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 9:39 AM
Apparently Tiger Woods thinks his celebrity means he doesn't have to live by the same laws the rest of us do.
The superstar golfer, three days after his early-morning accident Friday, still has refused to talk to Florida state troopers.
Normal people -- in other words, non-celebrities -- have to talk to investigators about their accidents.
"I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be," Woods says on his web site.
But things change when unusual events, such as accidents, happen outside individuals' private property in public places. That takes away the aspect of "privacy." And news is not "intrusive."
We see the same thing locally.
I get so tired of individuals demanding, asking or begging that we leave something police beat-connected out of the newspaper. Usually they're found guilty of what they've been charged with and usually it involves alcohol, drugs, anger out of control or a combination of any or all of the above.
Some people occasionally ask that their names be kept out of the daily jail intake list (which we won't do) -- in other words, asking for a violation of the state public records law. Most involve people charged with DUI or domestic violence.
Do they think they deserve special treatment because of "who they are?" Well, they don't.
Public records are just that -- "public" records.
And, in the case of Tiger, whining about "privacy" is wrong. Just explain what happened, Tiger, and stop acting as if you're above the law. You'll come out much better.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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