Tiger Woods' injuries from accident: neighbor's lawyer
By Barbara Liston
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods' injuries were consistent with a minor car accident, rather than from a beating, a lawyer for the neighbors who called emergency services the night of his accident said on Tuesday.
The lawyer, Bill Sharpe, held a news conference in Orlando to speak on behalf of Linda and Jerome Adams, the next-door neighbors who called for an ambulance after Woods drove his car into a fire hydrant and a tree after 2 a.m. last Friday.
The world's top golfer was treated at a hospital for injuries to his face. Police say Woods has since declined to speak with them about the accident, leaving questions about the circumstances. Amid a swirl of speculation over the details of the incident, media reports have suggested Woods had argued with his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, that night.
"None of his injuries appeared like he had been beat up by his wife," Sharpe said. The injuries were "consistent with a minor accident and inconsistent with him being beat up. That's the question everybody wants to know."
Citing those injuries, Woods, the greatest golfer of his generation and a powerful force in sports marketing whose fortune is estimated at $1 billion, pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, this week, an event he has hosted for nine years.
The Florida Highway Patrol scheduled a news conference on the accident for 3 p.m. EST in Orlando.
Woods said in a written statement on Sunday that the accident was his fault but called irresponsible the "false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me."
Celebrity-watching media outlets have suggested Woods and his wife had argued before the crash, and the National Enquirer tabloid has reported Woods had an extra-marital relationship. The woman named in that report has denied a relationship with Woods.
Sharpe said members of the Adams family heard a noise last Friday and found Woods on the ground. Jerome Adams, a retired doctor, made sure Woods stayed down until professional help arrived, he said.
Sharpe said none of the family members saw any sign of alcohol or pills, and no one saw Woods' wife break out windows in the car. Nordegren said she used golf club to smash a window, according to police.
The only inconsistency the family had seen between the accident scene and the media reports was "all the speculation about the Woods having a big fight," Sharpe said.
He denied that the Adams family had taken pictures of the accident scene and said the family decided to make a media statement to counter speculation that they were withholding information. "That is not true," Sharpe said.
(Writing by Jim Loney, Editing by Frances Kerry)