What If This Is Tiger's REAL Story?

Chad FaganContributor IDecember 5, 2009

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 01:  A sign promoting Tiger Woods at the Chevron World Challenge is displayed off the freeway on December 1, 2009 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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There's new light of evidence that makes me rethink the whole Tiger Woods accident slash wife beating slash 2:30am car ride scene.  Let's start with a few things I'm hearing now from interviews:

(Note:  See the details of some of the new developments here: http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/story?id=4712889)

What if, at 2:30 in the morning, Tiger has an issue with sleep walking?  What if he had an Ambien?  What if he really didn't realize what was going on?

I know sleep disorders can cause some funny things.  I'm not a doctor, but since WebMD is out there and I can stay at a Holiday Inn Express, then it doesn't really matter.

So the night of Thanksgiving, family in town, a crazy week..."Tiger, get some sleep, you look exhausted, and you have a tourney coming up in California."  "Sure, good idea.  Goodnight all."

2:30am, there's a stumble through the house, the car starts, garage door opens, backs out, begins driving...how much of that is routine?  All of it?

BOOM...there's a crash.   Everyone comes out to see why.  Tiger has his head on a steering wheel.  Truck is running.  Door is locked.  Tiger isn't responding.

Do you break the window right next to him?  No...you'd break the back window to unlock the door.  (thanks TMZ for those pictures)

Drag him out of the car...hard time waking him up...dizzy and confused.  Part of that sounds like me every morning.

Reports say he was barefoot and snoring...

So what if that scenario is the way everything actually went down?  We've created jokes.  We've created a soap opera scene.  We've created a media sensation that exposed your side life and exposed things that you thought you had completely under control.  All of that...because he sleepwalks?

I'm not sure if the world would have believed that he were sleep walking.  But barefoot and snoring at the scene would have been something that would have given Tiger the benefit of the doubt.  Up until this week, he had earned it.