An Orlando nurse whose hospital fired him for allegedly looking at Tiger Woods' medical records is firing back—with a $400,000 law suit. The nurse, David M. Rothenberg, denies ever looking at the records and claims he was dismissed based only on “circumstantial evidence.” He is suing for defamation, according to Walter Pacheco of the Orlando Sentinel:
Hospital officials fired Rothenberg in December 2009 after accusing him of using a computer terminal to peek at the famous golfer's health records three times over a 10-minute period, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Orange County Court.
Woods spent several hours at the Ocoee hospital after his November 2009 car crash outside his mansion in the exclusive Isleworth community.
Rothenberg's lawsuit claims he left the terminal unattended after using it and someone else logged on and looked at Woods' records.
Now for the buried lede…
Woods used the aliases Ronald Williams and Ernest Smith during his stay at Health Central, according to the lawsuit.
Ronald and Ernest? Really? Tweet your hearts out, U.S. Ryder Cuppers! Fear not, Twittizens. Newly appointed 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will not ban his team from tweeting at Medinah. In an interview with ESPN's Jason Sobel, Love revealed—albeit in far more than 140 characters—that he understands the upside of Twitter:
I watch my friends like Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson and [auto racer] Kyle Petty and see how much fun it is to read about what they're doing, so I'll be glad to get back on it and keep people updated on what's going on…
You know, there was some controversy about Twitter at the last Ryder Cup, so I wanted to get that over with today, too. Hey, it's part of our life now. I'm not going to take a player's iPhone away from him so he can go play the Ryder Cup. I don't want to take him out of his routine. Ian Poulter had a great time at the Ryder Cup. We don't want to tell Poulter, "Hey, you can do it at the Masters, you can do it at the PGA Championship, but now all of a sudden you can't do it at the Ryder Cup." That's part of his life.
I think Corey had a great strategy, but we have to say: "Look, guys. You can do whatever you want with social media, but you're representing the United States team. That ought to factor into whatever you say, whatever you do publicly and whatever you put on your iPhone.
With 30,000-plus followers of his own, Love himself maintains a lively Twitter feed. That's him last night — as posted on @Love3d — performing one of his first all-important duties as Ryder Cup captain: delivering the game ball at the Bulls game. Plagiarizer steals $100K from golf courseDid Kenneth Powers not learn his lesson?
In 2005, the Massachusetts newspaper reporter was fired by his employer for stealing passages from a Sports Illustrated writer. Now Powers is in hot water for allegedly stealing something else—$100,000 from a Massachusetts golf course. Donna Boynton of Powers' former paper, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, has the details:
At the time of the alleged theft, Mr. Powers was golf pro shop manager at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton.
According to a police report filed with the court by Sutton police, the charges stem from a lengthy investigation that began last summer when owners of the golf club reported to police in June that nearly $100,000 had disappeared from the pro shop during the 2009 golf season. They said discrepancies in cash reports had been found by their accountants.
… [He] is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 28 in Uxbridge District Court on one count of larceny over $250.
Powers' lawyer says that he is “confident that he will be exonerated once all the facts are heard.”
Powers, who covered the New England Patriots for the T&G, was laid off for plagiarizing the work of SI football writer Peter King. At the time, Powers called his dismissal unfair. "I am disappointed that a 20-year spotless record doesn't mean anything," he told a local TV station. "The termination is a terrible injustice to me."