In a turn towards the actual news worthy portion of the Tiger Woods story, TMZ is reporting that The Florida Highway Patrol are seeking to gain access to Woods' medical records, to determine if the injuries Woods received we're caused by the crash or by a domestic dispute.
Unlike some states, Florida law allows for the case to proceed even without Woods' express consent.
"Whenever a law enforcement officer determines upon probable cause that an act of domestic violence has been committed within the jurisdiction the officer may arrest the person or persons suspected of its commission and charge such person or persons with the appropriate crime. The decision to arrest and charge shall not require consent of the victim or consideration of the relationship of the parties."
While TMZ.com is not exactly a trusted news source, the officer reporting, Daniel Saylor, seemed very skeptical in his interview with AP News. In it he said, “my two officers arrived at the scene, and noticed Tiger Woods laying on the ground with his wife over him rendering first aid...His wife came out of the house, when she heard he hit the fire hydrant, and used a golf club, [at least] that's what we were told, to break out the rear window to gain entrance to the vehicle. Removed him from the vehicle and laid him down on the street.”
The key part of the statement is the fact he doesn't trust the account of the events, when he says “that's what we were told.”
While on its own it's not enough to carry things, when you factor in that he was moving slow enough not to detonate his driver-side airbag, and had cuts and bruising on his face inconsistent with a car crash at that speed. You begin to see why a theory like this could take hold in a patrolmen's mind.
While I'm not trying to say it's true per-say, it certainly passes the smell test.
A jolted lover forces her husband to leave the house at two in the morning, they jaw back and forth the whole way. He says something about her mother, she attacks him. He gets in the car, yada-yada-yada, one of his practice putters is nearby. She pulls it out of the bag. SMASH! He pulls away, flustered, looses control at the end of the driveway slamming into the hydrant, and the tree.
She gets worried, makes a scene, neighbors call 9-1-1. I'm no detective, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once. And, I say, it makes sense.
What it means for Elin Nordegren Woods, remains unclear.
The probable cause for the warrant is unknown, but if they get it, and can find evidence linking her to the act, a bunch of messy hurdles follow. Things like children's risk assessments, court ordered parental plans and a minimum five day prison sentence could all be possible.
In any event, what all was once a flirtatious mystery of potential adultery is now nothing but a complex legal matter, and the first recent example of a high profile case of female on male spousal abuse in the sports world.