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November 30, 2009
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Elin and Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods cancelled a third scheduled interview with Florida police in the wake of crashing his SUV early Friday, an incident that has generated questions about whether or not an earlier domestic dispute played a role.
According to TMZ.com, Woods’ lawyer canceled the meeting the Florida Highway Patrol had wanted for 3 p.m. ET Sunday. But he has since broken his silence and released a statement on his Web site addressing the controversy.
“This situation is my fault and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Woods wrote in the statement, posted about an hour before troops were to meet with him at his home. A meeting was not rescheduled.
“This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way,” he added. “Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.”
Authorities are reportedly interested in viewing the wounds on Tiger’s face to see if they were caused by the accident or during a domestic dispute with his wife, TMZ reported.
Addressing this part of the rumors, Tiger wrote on his Web site: “The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
“This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.”
Photo shows damage to Tiger’s Cadillac SUV when he hit tree
Two days before Tiger crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree near his mansion in Windermere, Fla, the National Enquirer reported that the golf star had cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with another model, New York club hostess Rachel Uchitel, while he was in Australia for a tournament.
According to TMZ, Tiger told a friend on the phone Friday that his wife had scratched his face during an argument over the Enquirer story. According to the friend, Tiger said, “I have to run to Zales to get a ‘Kobe Special.’” The person on the other end of the phone asked Tiger what a “Kobe Special” was. The reply — “A house on a finger.”
During the conversation, Tiger said his wife had “gone ghetto” on him.
In the released 911 call made after Tiger’s accident, the caller, a male, can be heard telling dispatchers, “I need an ambulance immediately, I have someone down outside my house … It’s a car accident … My neighbor, he hit the tree. I see him and he’s laying down.”
When the dispatcher asked if the person was unconscious, the neighbor responded, “Yes.”
TMZ is reporting that the Florida Highway Patrol is now focusing on obtaining a search warrant — allowing them to seize medical records from the hospital that treated Woods — in an attempt to determine if the wounds he sustained are consistent with a car accident or domestic violence.
Their report goes on to say:
We’re told authorities believe they can show probable cause a crime was committed, a necessary step in obtaining a warrant.
One big piece of evidence showing probable cause … sources tell us Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren told FHP troopers she went looking for Tiger in a golf cart, came upon the accident and then used a golf club to break the window to gain entry. That’s a very different story from what she first told Windemere cops shortly after the accident — she never mentioned a golf cart. Nordegren told Windemere police she had walked out of her house, saw the crash, went back inside to get a golf club and returned to the vehicle.
TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene — no sign of any golf cart.
As we first reported, according to sources, Tiger told a friend Elin had attacked him after she confronted him with reported allegations he had cheated on her. We’re told Tiger told the friend Elin then followed him out of the house and struck the moving vehicle with the golf club, causing him to get distracted and hit the hydrant.
If the FHP determines Elin attacked Tiger, we’re told she could be arrested for domestic violence.
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