ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hasn't heard or has ignored the opinions of those who fervently believe he needs to come clean about the curious details of his car crash after Thanksgiving Day last week
Maybe he'll listen to his friends.
Charles Barkley, one of the few people who has seemingly spoken to Woods since the Nov. 27 incident, told a Philadelphia radio station Tuesday that he believes his friend is blowing it by not admitting a mea culpa and adding the salient details.
Barkley, who has had more than a few notable run-ins with cops over the years, said Woods needs to stop hiding behind his spokespeople and man up, so to speak.
"I don’t want no PR person talking for me cause they don’t make it work," Barkley told WIP radio. "They aren’t going to make it better. I think he is really making a mistake in not talking to the cops and things like that. I think he is making a serious mistake.”
Barkley, who claims he has no actualy first-hand knowledge of what transpired, said that he believes Elin Woods might have had a role in the crash, too, a subject of much speculation at this point.
“Well, I think there is some truth on that, but the problem we got is that none of us know the truth," he said. "I think the police know the truth, I do. I think the police know the truth. That is the problem right there.”
By hiding and failing to play in his tournament this week in suburban Los Angeles, Barkley feels Woods is taking the worst possible tack publicly.
"I think he is making it worse," he said. "First of all, if, if, if that happened, I think all the secrecy, his statement apologizing -- I am not perfect and stuff like that. I think they are making it worse. I mean, I would love for him to come out and say, 'Hey we had a disagreement. I am sorry for the uproar. Please give me my privacy.'
"I think the public would be cool with that. But the TMZ, National Enquirer, him keeping quiet and avoiding the cops and things, I think people are going to say at this point: Hey we need to know the damn truth now. In the beginning it was like maybe the dude did have a wreck, but now with all the stuff coming out with bits and pieces, you are like, 'He didn’t just hit a tree or a fire hydrant because some other stuff was going on.
"I think because of Tiger and who he is, I think the cops would back off him. But I don’t think he can make them look bad. If they keep coming to your damn house and you keep telling them no, I think that is very dangerous. I am speaking from first-hand experience -- 'You know what, sir, I really apologize. It is 100% my fault. Please forgive me and I got to go.'
"For those of you who try to hang around and do what Roger Clemens or A-Rod and things like that, when you are kind of like, 'I don’t know what I was taking' and things like that. 'It wasn’t my fault.' Man it just makes it worse."