Stephanie Wei asks CBS spokesperson Leslie Ann Wade why the network's announcers have been told not to speak about Tiger Woods.
Both Gary McCord and Ian Baker-Finch were talking to people they know a little tongue in cheek. CBS suggested to its commentators to wait until the network came on with its golf coverage in San Diego. [The Tiger story] had very little to do with golf and they’re not reporters; they’re not speaking for a magazine or a show — they’re specifically golf analysts, analyzing the tournaments as they’re being played.
Wei reminds us of David Feherty's little diatribe from last month, which one might surmise probably led to the ban. But there's good news!
[The commentators] would certainly be free to speak about the developments with Tiger and how his lack of presence will affect the season.
I'm sure they'll just be all over that next week in San Diego!
EA Sports President Peter Moore was interviewed on USA Today's Game Hunters blog and offers his full support for Tiger Woods the golfer as the company prepares to unveil "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11."
If you want to hear the latest recordings between trooper and dispatcher released from the Florida Highway Patrol, local station WESH has them. Or for a print interpretation by Rene Stutzman in the Orlando Sentinel paints an unusual picture.
"Was he, ah, doing something he shouldn't have been doing to cause it?" she asks.
"No," said Evans. "He's good."
That was at 6:11 a.m. Woods was at HealthCentral, an Ocoee hospital, where he'd been taken for treatment of injuries from the crash, including cuts to his face.
No one from FHP had seen or talked to Woods yet, according to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes. In fact, because Woods hired an attorney and would not talk to state troopers, no one from that agency saw him until Dec. 1, four days after the crash.
In the interim, Evans or someone at FHP decided to check further into whether Woods might have been drunk or impaired by drugs. On Nov. 30, Evans asked the Orange-Osceola state attorney's office to subpoena Woods' medical records for blood results.
A witness — believed to be Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren — told troopers Woods had been drinking earlier in the day and had prescriptions for Ambien, a sleep aid, and Vicodin, a painkiller.
There was no subpoena. Assistant State Attorney Steve Foster killed the request, saying there was insufficient information, his office reported.
John Mayer has some interesting advice for Tiger.
An unbylined story reports on modifications to the Hattiesburg clinic where Tiger has begun treatment. Routine maintenance I'm sure.
Most obvious was a 100-foot stretch of fence at the rear of the compound, which had been raised by 5 feet to some 13 feet. Hattiesburg police and officers from Forrest General Hospital, which owns the clinic, were cruising in marked and unmarked cars, and they approached reporters who showed up.
I think Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post is reading a wee bit too much into the Tiger photos that surfaced this week. But he does offer this from an Enquirer editor about how they were captured:
They exist, says Larry Haley, assistant executive editor at the Enquirer, because of hard work and persistence. "At one point while we were on public land, the gate opened and there he was," Haley says.
If authentic, the photographs complete the downward arc of yet another celebrity scandal, the darkest night of which is always marked by a total loss of control over one's own image. Woods might look like any other celebrity caught by the stalking paparazzi, but these photographs weren't taken on a sun-drenched beach or at an exclusive restaurant in Malibu. The background, a drab brick structure apparently photographed on a gray, wintry day, places Woods in a milieu that would have been unimaginable only three months ago.
Dr. Drew Pinsky talks to Hollie McKay about what Tiger faces in rehab and suggests that he feels a chemical addiction should be treated first, assuming there was one.
Pop Tarts spoke with famed addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, whose VH1 reality series “Celebrity Rehab” follows him as he helps reform stars seeking treatment for sexual and substance abuse. According to Pinsky, who does not treat Woods, the pro golfer has a long road ahead of him before he can achieve recovery.
“The whole treatment takes about 3-5 years, it is a 12-step among other things and usually involves very delicate therapy and trauma therapy as well as a lot of education,” Pinsky told Pop Tarts. “But first you have to establish whether the addiction is chemical or sexual. If it is chemical then you always treat that first. More often than not, the sexual addiction comes under control and is managed in the process of the overall recovery.”
And finally, sports fans are already heckling Tiger and it's not even at a golf tournament. Instead, it's the Australian Open: