Social Media blew up after Tiger Woods’s car crash but not for the reasons most would think. Woods’s crash was the product of the master golfer driving 40 mph over the speed limit.
“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” Sheriff’s Capt. James Powers said in a news conference.
When the car crashed, it reportedly flipped due to Woods’s speed/ The police, however, did not even give Woods a ticket, despite the danger the crash could have posed to pedestrians and other drivers alike. This turned what might have been well-wishes and cries of admiration for the golfer into crowds of people social discussing the double standards between how regular experience the law compared to celebrities. The trend was especially noticeable on Twitter, where people were particularly vocal about the issue. Much of the discussion focused on how dangerous the accident actually was and that if a normal person would be arrested and ticketed for these actions then so should Woods.
I'm not saying Tiger Woods shouldn't be held accountable like any other adult would be for their actions, but it's very strange to me that NYT would send a "breaking news" alert about him speeding excessively. It feels very weird and inappropriate.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) April 7, 2021
So Tiger Woods was going 80mph when he crashed, no charges will be filed. Not even a Speeding ticket? 🥴 Reckless Driving? Call me jaded, but if it was a regular person, charges would have be filed.
— Yeti 😈🏴☠️⚓️🐺🃏☕️🎵🌊 (@YetiEye) April 8, 2021
Tiger woods was going over 80 mph in a 40, rolled his car .
Yet no tickets, no charges
Guess he is completely white now
— Diablo Beige (@DiabloBeige) April 8, 2021
All you people defending Tiger Woods and saying his injuries and possibly career ending injuries are punishment enough. Would you still feel that way if he had killed a family when he crossed lanes of traffic?
— Jessica M. MSN, FNP-C (@Jessicam6946) April 8, 2021
The incident overshadowed the 20th anniversary of the golfer winning the masters and completing the “Tiger Slam.” As media giants like ESPN brought up Woods’s abilities, people across social media continue to discuss Wood’s problems after the 2001 championship.
20 years ago today, @TigerWoods won the Masters and completed what is known as the 'Tiger Slam.'
Woods is the only golfer to ever hold all four major titles at the same time. pic.twitter.com/uoCMHjJnzV
— ESPN (@espn) April 8, 2021
Nicklaus was better.
— Local Hero ™ (@HofSpillane) April 8, 2021
Since that time, Woods has found himself embroiled in other controversies including a messy divorce and other car crashes. Many replying to posts about the anniversary not only brought up the newest addition to the golfer’s roster of controversies but also revisited some past ones.
20 years later, Tiger Slam has a whole new meaning.
— Faiz C (@cinegooner) April 8, 2021
I can’t celebrate anything Tiger based on his off the course behavior.
— O8 Cougar (@08_cougar) April 8, 2021
So cool… lest we forget he just drove an suv at 87 mph across 3 lanes of traffic without breaking and wont acknowledge it… hows about a Ticket and a forced PSA like everyone else?
— Bart Start (@BartStart1) April 8, 2021
In addition, many of the vocalists moved to Woods’s Twitter post regarding the incident, where they continued discussion, attempting to bait Woods to make some type of response to their complaints.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021
Once again, a wealthy, high-profile athlete, gets away with what most citizens would be fined for at minimum and possibly imprisoned for. No doubt in my mind he was also at least neglibly impaired by some illicit drug cocktail, even if taken a day or two prior. Total bullshit.
— Johnnie Hill (@HillJohnnie) April 7, 2021
The investigation concluded you were driving 40 to 45 mph over the posted speed limit. Any other citizen would be cited for reckless driving and speeding.
— Sandy Beech (@Sandy85762869) April 7, 2021
Woods has remained silent on the complaints so far.