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Couch: Police, Masters, Media Giving Tiger a Pass Is A Bad Look For Everyone

Tiger Woods was driving way too fast and went straight when the road turned. That’s it? That’s all we’re going to find out about his accident? That’s all the police are planning to tell us? Because we already knew that just by looking at the pictures of the heap that was once the SUV Woods had been driving 84-87 mph, pedal to the metal, in a 45 zone, hitting signs and trees and sending his vehicle into the air in a pirouette. And the networks covering the Masters are just going to pitch a story about how much everyone misses Woods during his recovery, as if some drunken driver had run him down while he was helping an old lady cross the street, carrying her groceries. Look, the coverup for Tiger Woods isn’t doing anyone any good. The police “report’’ came out just as the Masters started. So Woods is still dominating golf. No one wants cold reality to interfere with our annual description of Augusta National’s dogwoods and azaleas. Surely, ESPN and CBS are going to pitch a story about Woods that their advertisers want pitched. But I’m not comfortable with this BS narrative about Woods being a victim. […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.