Media, blogs not only ones spreading Tiger Woods accident rumors. Blame Google, too
“This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.” — Tiger Woods, via his Web site.
Yes, malicious rumors are definitely irresponsible, but so too is Tiger Woods’ bizarre decision to once again put off a meeting with Florida authorities to discuss what looks less and less like a routine traffic accident.
Clearly, the longer Woods avoids dealing with police and the longer he relies onnondescript, inane written statements like the one he issued Sunday on his Web site, the more a curious public conjures up these malicious rumors.
Audio tapes of a neighbor’s call to 911, released Sunday by the Florida Highway Patrol, reveal next to nothing except what appears to be a distracted or inattentive neighbor with a lousy cell phone connection trying to get help for Woods
So with an indecipherable 911 tape, vagaries from Woods, incomplete information from the authorities and little else to go on, media ranging from the mainstream to the blogosphere are predictably tattooing the golfer with rumors about what precipitated the wreck.
The most common version from armchair investigators is that Woods’ wreck emanated from a domestic dispute with his wife over an alleged mistress, which would cast a different image on his wife’s golf-club attack on his Cadillac Escalade. The official version is she took to the car with a golf club to smash out windows in order to rescue someone with a few facial lacerations. You can begin to see how these strange explanations, coupled with an aversion to talking to cops, are ripe for rumors.
But while we can’t say with any certainty whether any of this is true or not, Woods can’t just blame the news outlets and bloggers for stoking this speculation. Google seems to be in on it, too.
These are the suggested searches I got when simply typing in “Tiger Woods” in the Google search bar:
To clarify, I think the “tiger woods 10 cheats” probably refers to video gamers looking for nefarious ways to screw their competitors in the PlayStation game Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘10. But otherwise, you can see how Google has been an instant portal into the alleged stains on Woods’ otherwise unblemished image.
What a bummer for Woods. Spending all those years perfecting a spectacular golf game for so little in return from Google search results.