Why do some celebrities get charged with a crime, and others donʼt? Is it because of their specific occupation, their gender, how much money they make, or how “beloved” or important they are to their fans and judiciaries?
Last month actress Heather Locklear was allegedly behind the wheel, near her home, when she hit a street sign and left the scene without notifying anyone. A neighbor reported the accident the next day, whereupon police located her vehicle and matched some debris that was left at the scene. Locklear was arrested, issued a misdemeanor citation, and her case is still in revue for a felony DUI.
A recently published book by Steve Helling called Tiger: The Real Story gives details as to what happened back in November 2009, the night when Tigerʼs SUV met up with a tree on his street. He also details why Woods wasnʼt charged with a DUI despite evidence to the contrary.
After Woodʼs smashup, his wife Elin told police that he had been drinking. To those attending him at the scene, it was apparent that Woods was impaired and unfit to operate a vehicle. “I would bet everything I own that he was not fit to drive,” says one of the officers who investigated the case. “But Iʼll never be able to prove it, because our hands were tied. The powers that be didnʼt want to tangle with Tiger; they just wanted the situation to go away.”
When a paramedic asked Elin if he was on any medication, she ran back into the house and returned with a bottle of Ambien, and one bottle of Vicodin. The paramedic put the bottles in a bag as to accompany Woods to the hospital. When the Florida Highway Patrol came on the scene, an officer also asked Elin if Tiger had been drinking. She said “He drank some earlier that night.” The officer notated it.
Police felt that they had sufficient evidence to subpoena Woodsʼ blood from the hospital. By doing so, this would allow them to build a stronger case and charge him with DUI. The Request for Investigative Subpoena stated: “The driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed and was transported to the hospital. A witness stated that the driver had consumed alcohol earlier in the day and the same witness removed the driver from the vehicle after the collision. Also, the same witness stated that the driver was prescribed medication (Ambien and Vicodin). Impairment of the driver is also suspected due to the careless driving that resulted in the traffic crash.”
Officers were stunned to learn that their request had been denied by the Assistant Attorney Steve Foster, head of the State Attorneyʼs Office Intake Division. His reply to the request was “insufficient information provided to lawfully issue subpoena.”
One Florida Highway Patrol officer involved in the case said, “I have gotten subpoenas issued with a lot less evidence than that. I don’t know why the subpoena wasn’t issued. I really don’t. All I know is that everything was done by the book, and I believe that subpoena should have been issued.”
Makes you wonder how someone of Woodsʼ stature can dodge a DUI bullet as big as this, and just get by with a $164 careless driving ticket, yet Heather Locklear is facing a possible DUI charge any day. All things equal, shouldnʼt Tiger be facing the same penalty as Locklear, or is his case another example of a “bigger” celebrity being above the law?
As we all know, Tiger Woods is making a comeback. Next month he is set to resume his career at the Masters. But someone in his camp was smart enough to realize that he couldn’t just show up at Augusta National without fielding a few questions first.
Thus, two interviews, five minutes each, no restrictions on the questions that would be asked. The end result was both pleasing and surprising. It was the best thing he could do to “humanize” himself, and in turn, start the healing process for both his fans and sponsors.
For Tiger Woods, the week started on such a high note. Considering how things had been going the past few months, it was a welcome relief to be receiving so much positive press. After all, the greatest golfer of our generation had made it official… he was making his tour return at the Masters, the site of his first major victory nearly 13 years ago.
Sure, some sports radio pundits were bashing Tiger for the bold faced lies he told at his news conference last month. He told the world his career would have to take a backseat to repairing his marriage. But that seemed to last all of about two weeks before he was out on the range, training for his eventual return. Most of us, however, have been clamoring for him to get back out on the tour, if only to begin the process of putting this ugly chapter to rest.
But then the week took a turn for the worse. First, one of Tiger’s alleged former mistresses (porn actress Joslyn James) decided the time was right to release hundreds of old text messages she received from Tiger while they were carrying on their affair. Of course she had to wait until she got her own website up and running(sextingjoslynjames.com), but one has to wonder why this wasn’t done months ago. Now it just seems to be the act of a desperate and bitter woman.
If that weren’t bad enough, a line of sex toys bearing Tiger’s name and likeness recently hit the shelves of your local adult video stores. Tiger Sex Dolls, Giant Condoms and other kinky items are being sold by Pipedream Products. Naturally Woods’ attorneys sent Pipedream a letter demanding the products be recalled and destroyed. But that’s a little like trying to put the genie back in the bottle. At this point, the damage is done.
And perhaps not so coincidentally, Elin Nordegren has been M.I.A. from the Woods estate the last few days. I guess she’s not down with being humiliated all over again.
Like the saying goes, “fool me once, shame on… shame on… you………. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again.”
Those are sage words, Mr. President.
For the first time in months, Tiger Woods stepped in front of a camera and addressed the nation. But sadly, his performance left much to be desired. Sure, he apologized and admitted he had more work to do in repairing his marriage. But very little of what he said came across as sincere and genuine.
Many praised him for what he did Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel even choked up afterward on the air. Some said he looked robotic, but to me, he just looked like a guy who could barely read.
Most of all, though, his unwillingness to take even one question at any point speaks volumes about the delusional world in which he still lives. He doesnt owe anyone anything but at the same time, his unwillingness to truly open up just adds fuel to the tabloids which are stalking him and his family.