What gives with Tiger Woods?
I started out this morning as I normally do, scanning headlines on my laptop to get an early-morning jump on the news of the day. The continuing saga of Tiger Woods and the car crash at his Florida home caught my eye, especially when I read that police still hadn't talked to him about the accident after three days.
"Hey," I said calling out to my husband. "The police haven't spoken to Tiger Woods yet about that accident."
"Well, what is that they want to talk to him about?" my husband responded.
Perhaps you have the same reaction. What's the big deal about police not being able to talk to the award-winning golfer about a one-car accident that happened outside his own home? No one died and aside from some property damage, it doesn't seem like things in the tony Orlando suburb are much worse for wear.
So what is it that the troopers are dying to talk to Woods about? Well, to be expected from any law enforcement agency, Florida Highway Patrol isn't sharing details of the questions they plan to ask Woods. Cops don't play out their investigations in public that way -- no matter how famous the celebrity at the center of the inquiry.
What cops do is investigate. Even when the security alarm goes off accidentally and the homeowner says it's a false alarm, the police officer takes a look inside home anyway. Or when a police officer runs your driver's license through the system when they pull you over to give you a traffic ticket, because they just don't know what else they might find.
According to their own mission statement, one of the goals of the Florida Highway Patrol is to "Thoroughly investigate crashes resulting in deaths, injuries and property damage with an emphasis on aggressive occupant restraint compliance, DUI prevention, and educational enforcement programs."
A Florida Highway spokesman noted that Woods is not required to talk to police. But just because Woods isn't talking doesn't mean that police won't stop working the case. In fact, based on that mission statement, you can count on this case not being closed.
November 30, 2009; 1:10 PM ET
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