Tiger Woods Withdraws From Tournament
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
Tom, Tiger is staying home in Florida, where the accident took place, and we won't see him on a golf course for a little while, I understand.
TOM GOLDMAN: He also said on his Web site that he's shutting things down for the rest of the year. Woods will not participate in any other tournaments in 2009 and will return to action next year, the statement says. Now, rest of this year is only one month, but it does buy him time to heal the injuries he said he suffered in the one-car crash and also gives this growing scandal time to blow over - he hopes.
NORRIS: That one car crash took place in the very early hours of the morning on Friday. Ever since, there's been a steady stream of rumors and reports about what happened, what his wife did or did not do about his marriage. There's much that we don't know at this point. Tiger Woods has not said anything beyond that statement that you just referred to.
GOLDMAN: The statement Sunday - he spoke in generalities, nothing specific about the accident and its cause. He did take responsibility for the crash. He said it was his fault. And he hinted at something being amiss, some possible fallibility when he said, quote, I'm human and I'm not perfect. Now, whether that means he cheated on his wife, as the story in The National Enquirer said last week, we don't know without specifics from him or from the Florida Highway Patrol investigation that's currently underway.
NORRIS: Tom, Tiger Woods is more than just an athlete, he's also a brand and a pretty big one. Just how big is his brand? And what might this accident mean for his image?
GOLDMAN: So, both Nike and Gatorade have released statements saying they're standing by their man. One other company I had contact with, AT&T, however, had no comment.
NORRIS: Just quickly, what's the next step in terms of the legal maneuvering?
GOLDMAN: We'll wait for the completion of a Florida Highway Patrol investigation and see what that says. Also, it should be noted that the woman alleged to have had the affair with Woods has hired Gloria Allred to represent her. She's a well-known celebrity lawyer. Describes herself as the most famous woman attorney in the nation, and things rarely stay quiet when she's involved.
NORRIS: Thank you, Tom.
GOLDMAN: You're welcome.
NORRIS: That's NPR's Tom Goldman.
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