CNBC’s Darren Rovell received an email from Tiger Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg today indicating that Woods does not plan to initiate talks with the police at all.
“We have been informed by the Florida Highway Patrol that further discussion with them is both voluntary and optional,” Mark Steinberg, senior vice president and global managing director of golf for IMG, told CNBC.
“Although Tiger realizes that there is a great deal of public curiosity, it has been conveyed to FHP that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family.”
Woods’ biggest sponsor, Nike, also has issued a statement on Woods - via Rovell.
“Tiger and his family have Nike’s full support,” the statement said. “We respect Tiger’s request for privacy and our thoughts are with Tiger and his family at this time.”
Theories abound on why Woods is refusing to meet with police. Among them, he is protecting his wife from possible assault charges if his injuries do not look consistent with a car accident. TMZ.com reports that Woods’ wife Elin Nordegren scratched his face before the accident, with her behavior in response to a NATIONAL ENQUIRER report that Woods was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel.
While Woods says, through his agent, that he has “nothing more to add” to police about the incident, obviously the Florida Highway Patrol has plenty of questions for him.
TMZ.com reported Florida law enforcement officials familiar with the case do suspect there was a “domestic issue” between Woods and Nordegren before the car accident, but the FHP has previously stated it would only investigate the matter as a vehicle mishap. If that indeed is the case, and there was no alcohol involved, Woods may not have to talk to the police again.