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Just talk, Tiger

Posted 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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Why do ppl really give such a big whoop-tee-do everytime a celeb does something? They're just people, just like you, just like me. Ppl just know their names, that's all. Now, what makes me wonder.. they're making a huge fuss over a golf star.. what is the government doing/passing that they DON'T want the media to tell us? I am starting to believe that the only reason they go on and on and on about any thing any celeb does, is just to distract the general public.

Personally, since he seems to be physically ok.. I really don't care much more about Tiger's personal problems.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Dec 5, 2009, at 3:14 PM

Let's just look at reality for a minute, shall we? Any other hard working, regular person would have been given a drug test or breathalyzer, charged with detruction of private property, investigated for and probably charged with domestic violence. Tiger...he simply gets issued a citation for failure to maintain control his vehicle. To say he wasn't treated differently than any normal person is just ludicrous.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 1:15 PM

Under Florida state law you are not obligated to give a statement when involved in a single car accident. So he is not placing himself above the law, to the contrary he is using a law that was set up to protect the citizens of Florida. You do however have to take a drug and alcohol test, and if you refuse then applied consent is invoked and you are assumed to be under the influence. Mr. Woods took that test after being taken to the hospital and they were negative. He paid his reckless driving ticket. Now let's leave the man alone. No one filed a domestic violence charge against either of the Woods'. So Mr. Melson it is absolutely no one business, and it seems that your long rant is much a do about nothing.

-- Posted by docudrama on Wed, Dec 2, 2009, at 12:24 PM

He got a traffic citation. Who cares?

-- Posted by stardust on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 2:28 PM

Dear Mr. Melson:

Surely, you jest!

-- Posted by garhawk on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 11:42 AM

I agree with quietmike. It is my understanding that Tiger has no legal obligation to do any more than he has done, furnish license info, registration and proof of insurance. The only difference is that he has an attorney that informed him of his rights before they were violated by law enforcement.

While I'm at it, the guy hit a fireplug and a tree. If it weren't Tiger Woods I doubt someone involved in an auto accident in Florida would make the Shelbyville Times.

It really irritates me that with so much going on Tiger Woods or any other celebrity hitting a tree is such a hot story. This kind of coverage makes me question the news media's priorities.

It appears that it is all about finding some dirt in the situation and tearing down someone's reputation. It seems the news media, as well as the public, assume that if someone doesn't want to talk then they must be hiding something. Is that what they teach in journalism class?

Yes, being a celebrity carries with it some loss of privacy. We all know that. Still, why are so many standing in line to find some piece of dirt to tarnish an otherwise clean reputation.

Is that what news reporting has come to?

-- Posted by goose2008 on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 7:47 AM

Tiger is under no legal obligation to speak with the police, and neither would a "normal" person under the same circumstances. The 5th amendment gives everyone that right. In my opinion, if more people knew when to keep their mouth shut, the jail intake list in your newspaper would be a lot shorter.

-- Posted by Richard on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 6:48 AM

"I get so tired of individuals demanding, asking or begging that we leave something police beat-connected out of the newspaper."

Unless its during the Horse Show right???

-- Posted by quietmike on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 3:40 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.