Tiger Woods isn’t the only professional athlete who drives like a bat out of hell.
It is a trend that has played out across America for years. Unfortunately Tiger lost control and may have ended his career. Other athletes navigate our streets and byways at reckless speeds and get away with it. It is a secret that few sports fans know about.
Do you remember the photo of former Detroit Piston center Andre Drummond cruising to practice on I-75 at 96 miles per hour? Things like that happen every day.
Many professional athletes are multimillion dollar corporations and live jam packed days with places to be and people to meet. In Tigers case he was late for a shoot and a golf lesson with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at 7:30 am. At 7 a.m. Tiger peeled out of his hotel parking lot and nearly hit the car of a director for the television show Grown-ish, according to TMZ.
Tiger was late. He had an hour drive to his photo shoot. The smart thing would have been to call ahead and report that he is going to be late. Who is going to argue? He’s Tiger Woods for heaven sakes.
Instead it appears he piloted his vehicle at a high rate of speed through the dangerous hair pin curves of Hawthorn Blvd. Los Angeles County Sheriffs are still investigating the crash and have not released how fast Woods was traveling. But the agency said he was traveling at a high rate of speed because he skidded down an embankment for several hundred feet.
Some of the roads outside of Los Angeles, particularly those near the ocean are beautiful and dangerous. They almost look like you are driving the roads of Northern California or Arizona with deep vistas and canyons.
Woods was lucky when he lost control of his car. His north bound car skipped the middle divider and sped across the south bound lanes. He’s lucky no other car was on the road, because he could have hit an unsuspecting and innocent driver. He was lucky that the air bags deployed, he was wearing a seat belt and that the shell of the car held up when it flipped over several times before hitting a tree.
And he is lucky that this stretch of road did not have a vista that dips for hundreds of feet.
Why not hire a driver? Woods likes to have a bit of normalcy in his life. Driving is one of those things he can do to mimic a normal person. He drove to Oakland Hills during the Ryder Cup for instance.
After Pistons practices I admit to cranking the old buggy to 76 miles per hour on the freeway. But shortly after leaving the practice facility a slew of cars passed as if I were standing still. These were Pistons players driving home for a nap, meeting or shoot. They had to be going at least 90 miles per hour.
There is a total disregard for speeding laws in the pro sports world. I’ve witnessed it first hand with players from the Detroit Lions, Tigers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These guys look ready for the Daytona 500.
It’s amazing that we don’t hear about more accidents involving our top sports stars.
In Tigers case, thankfully, we didn’t have another Kobe Bryant situation where death was involved in the greater Los Angeles area. You may or may not like Tiger Woods, but he is the reason many of us took up the game of golf. He is the reason we bought Nike golf clubs instead of more reliable clubs from Titleist, TaylorMade or Callaway.
He is the reason some of us bought red golf shirts and black golf caps with his famed TW signature. And Tiger is the reason some drive a Buick.
And if he’s in the hunt on Sunday, especially during a major, all other plans must be placed on hold because I’m watching.Find Terry Foster Podcast here: