Tiger Woods Double Standard ?

Most of us have heard the story of Tiger Woods and his car accident and there do seem to be some open quesions.

The official version is that he drove his Escalade into a tree and that his wife used a golf club to smash out the back window and then dragged him to safety.

The problem with that story is that she weighs about 125 lbs and he weighs about 185. He’s also several inches taller than her. And most importantly the drivers door of the vehicle did not appear to be seriously damaged.

So it raises the question of why she wouldn’t have simply pulled him out there.

In addition there are reports that Tiger has been cheating on her and that they were having a major fight at the time of the accident. She reportedly attacked him in the house and when he fled, attacked the car with the golf club, causing the damage.

Obviously we will never know for sure and whatever decision Tiger has made regarding the incident is his decision to make.

But just switch out the roles. Assume it was Elin (Mrs. Woods) who had tried to drive away, assume she had scratches on  her face like Tiger did, assume she was found unconcious on the ground by the police. Assume further that both parties told the accident story.

Do you really think the police would drop it or do you think they would push harder to investigate a man beating a woman ?

UPDATE:
TMZ reports that the Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a search warrant to seize hospital medical records pertaining to Woods’ insjury.

  

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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  1. Another thread was created about the incident (I made some pertinent remarks there), and I waited for someone else to say it, but nobody did yet, so:

    She used the golf club to free him. Did she go get the club from somewhere, or was she already in possession of it, an angry wife wielding a club against him, and did he get in a collision while panicked and trying to escape her, her anger, and the club she may have been wielding?

    Just wondering, now aloud.

  2. The problem with that story is that she weighs about 125 lbs and he weighs about 185. He’s also several inches taller than her.

    Then how could she have attacked him earlier, in the house?

    In addition there are reports that Tiger has been cheating on her and that they were having a major fight at the time of the accident. She reportedly attacked him in the house and when he fled, attacked the car with the golf club, causing the damage.

    I don't understand your apparent implication that the two events (the fight in the house and Elin rescuing Tiger from the car afterward) are in conflict. Why do you think they are in conflict? If you read the statement Tiger Woods released to the press, and read it closely, you will see he is not saying anything that would undermine the possibility that they were fighting in the house. Indeed, I detected a suggestion in Woods' choice of words, that they might indeed have been fighting inside the house, but then, when Elin saw (or heard) from inside the house that her husband was in serious trouble, she came running out to help him. This seems entirely plausible to me. I don't know, maybe you have to be a woman to understand that kind of nuance.

  3. Hmm…well, when I watch Cops..they toss the chicks in jail too…but that could be because they are on tv.

  4. Patrick, excellent point on the double standards. Men are seen as more physically powerful than women and you are right the police would probably be investigating this more if the roles were switched. However (and you may know more about this than I do) who finally decides if there are charges to be pressed? If the person being attacked did not file charges in this situation (if the only injuries she caused were scratches to the face) then would the police pursue the matter if it were a man who did the same? I think the police (as a general rule) are very thorough and we don't know what questions they asked of the couple. But yes, there might be a double standard here, and perhaps his celebrity status in golf contributes to that in a different way.

    Tiger has one thing to be thankful for: his wife isn't Lorena Bobbit.

  5. People have to pay for their fame in part by having their private lives exposed to the world. I vote to marvel at Mr. Wood's remarkable talents on the golf course and to let he and his family have a private life.

    Once again I feel the chill of rejection as my post is buried under a fury of pointless gossip.

  6. No one knows what happened between them, except the two parties involved. And they ain't talking. So the rest of us should just move on.

  7. Just to answer a few questions posed.

    First regarding who presses charges, although generally it would be the victim the DA does have the power to convene a grand jury. This is not uncommon in domestic violence cases. The victim (usually the wife) is attacked, police are called and husband goes to jail. The next day the wife has second thoughts, her kids are crying for daddy, he's the breadwinner and she is worried about feeding the kids, so she recants. Sadly this sometimes happens two or three times until the jerk of a husband ends up killing her.

    So the DA does have the power to push charges based on the evidence.

    As to the ability of the wife to beat the bigger husband, if he doesn't fight back it can (and does) happen. Wife on husband spousal abuse is one of the dark secrets that nobody touches. Indeed I suspect that some people would be taking a different tack if the roles had been reversed (IE if she had been the one with wounds).

    And as noted in the update, the Florida Highway Patrol is looking in to this.

  8. As to the ability of the wife to beat the bigger husband, if he doesn't fight back it can (and does) happen. Wife on husband spousal abuse is one of the dark secrets that nobody touches. Indeed I suspect that some people would be taking a different tack if the roles had been reversed (IE if she had been the one with wounds).

    I'm aware of this, actually. But you wrote in your post:

    The problem with that story is that she weighs about 125 lbs and he weighs about 185. He’s also several inches taller than her.

    “That story” referring to the credibility of the reports that Tiger Woods' wife had the strength to smash the back window of the car with a baseball bat and drag her husband to safety.

    What I am questioning you on is how this woman's weight and height relative to her husband's weight and height would mean she didn't have the strength to smash a car window with a baseball bat and drag her husband out of the car, but would not mean she didn't have the strength to beat him up.

  9. “Then how could she have attacked him earlier, in the house?”

    With a weapon, Kathy. Example: a golf club. Woods is a golfer, and conceivably might have clubs on the premises.

  10. DLS, learn to read first. This has nothing to do with why I asked that question. Absolutely nothing.

  11. Sorry for not responding sooner but work has been busy.

    To answer you Kathy, I have a couple thoughts.

    Regarding her ability to attack him, if he doesn't resist a small person can attack a bigger one. To make an analogy, if I want to attack a professional football player I am not going to have much chance if he resists. But if he lets me attack him I can probably get a few shots in and bruise up his face.

    However if I try to drag his 200 plus pound body across two seats (front and rear) I'm going to have some trouble pulling it off.

    But more importantly, WHY would I do that.

    If someone I care for is in an accident my first reaction is going to be to run to the drivers door and try to open it.

    If I can't, then my next reaction is going to be to break out the window in the rear drivers side door and get in that way.

    My last instinct is going to be to break out the hatchback window and climb in there.

    I think it is pretty clear that she did attack him and that he has chosen not to report it. That is his choice.

    But I also think if the gender roles were reversed, he would be in more trouble even if she did not press charges.

    But it's all over now according to the police, so we may as well move on

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