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Fired Nurse: Tiger Woods Is Key in Hospital Cover-Up

1/24/2011 7:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The nurse fired for allegedly leaking Tiger Woods' medical records last year claims Tiger is partly to blame for his newfound unemployment -- spurring a massive hospital cover-up that cost him his job.

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Nurse David Rothenberg -- who claims he's innocent -- filed new docs last Friday in his ongoing legal battle against the hospital that fired him ... insisting pressure from Tiger's side "may in fact be the motivation that led [the hospital] to severely punish" him.

According to the docs, Tiger's fame is "central to Mr. Rothenberg's claims that [the hospital] is engaged in a continuing cover-up" -- because if Tiger weren't a big name ... the hospital wouldn't have made such a stink about the records being leaked in the first place.

David claims the hospital is using him as a scapegoat to cover up the true reason for the leak -- the "lack of basic computer security for [the hospital's] patient health care system and the behavior of numerous doctors ... who inappropriately accessed [Tiger's] health care information."

As we previously reported, David is suing for defamation ... demanding $400,000 in damages.

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Opinion    

You cannot leave a secure site open, and leave. Minimized is not closed and secure. If you left the window open, you are at fault. (again, minimized is still open)

1312 days ago
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Jack    

obviously if he wasn't famous the hospital would not have made a stink about the records being leaked because they wouldn't have been leaked because nobody would have cared. Dumb ass. You were wrong, you got fired now get over it. He's a male nurse *****.

1312 days ago
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lili    

Ever heard of HIPPA nurse?

You're fired.

1312 days ago
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Jo    

So it's Tiger's fault because he's famous?!?! I don't know how much this guy is paying his lawyers, but they're worth every penny because this sorry excuse is PRICELESS! Here's another excuse: it's Tiger's mother's fault because if she had never given birth to Tiger this would never have happened!

1312 days ago
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Jo    

So it's Tiger's fault because he's famous?!?! I don't know how much this guy is paying his lawyers, but they're worth every penny because this sorry excuse is PRICELESS! Here's another excuse: it's Tiger's mother's fault because if she had never given birth to Tiger this would never have happened!

1312 days ago
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d-nutt    

Wait . . that GUY is a nurse?!?


hahahahaHAHAHalmao

What is this world coming to?

1312 days ago
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Maryanne    

HIPPA is a PRIVACY law. Don't think that the hospital can't get in trouble also. You are repeatedly bombarded in a hospital about HIPPA. I saw a nurse fired for telling another person in an elevator she saw someone in a hospital. That person was not rich or famous. What an idiot, you are drilled to never leave your computer without locking it. He deserves it.

1312 days ago
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janet    

Nice try Dave. You loose all the way around. HIPPA. as you are well aware of.

You yourself said you did not secure your computer, that right there is a no win.

Your login, password you are responsible for whatever goes in and what ever comes out. Doesn't matter who did it. It's still under your sine.

1312 days ago
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saleo    

Tiger was always a brat growing up and is still apart of his adult life. One must beware of people that keeps secrets and lies about them.

1312 days ago
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janet    

Tiger Woods, John Doe, Jane Doe, has nothing to do with anything. It is still HIPPA.

How do you claim a cover up, when you left your computer wide open? If not for yourself or anyone to access?

1312 days ago
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Sarafina    

Hahaha, I thought this was Jesse James being photoshopped "old"...poor me.

1312 days ago
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sst0026@yahoo.com    

Not surprise on this: Tiger will do anything to keep all his skeletons besides the hoes in the closet at all cost. I still believe that he was impaired when behind the wheel of his car at the night during Thanksgiving Holiday...FDLE said there were no evidence of his impairment like blood drawn for BAC or other drugs testing...god help for non famous person if he/she done this accident - arrested on the spot. I lost all respect for Tiger period.

1312 days ago
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Chia    

This guy should be in jail for leaking records! I don't care who the patient is.

1312 days ago
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Barbarascy    

Um, unless I'm crazy NOBODY'S medical records, or information is for public viewing. There are laws against those types of breaches. People can, and should be terminated from their employment if they divulge somebody else's private medical information. So I don't know what kind of stupid defense this is but he was supposed to log out of the computer before leaving it. If he didn't that's on him and he deserved to be fired for being careless with such important information.

1312 days ago
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Lori    

2nd story on this...yet NOTHING about what this guy (or anyone else)supposedly found out while perusing Tiger's med records.

SO....what was he fired over? He didn't sell info and it sounds lie no one else did either. I know it's a crime for anyone to access info...but you and I know that nosy nurses do it ALL OF THE TIME...do you think if that little ***** boy ROB PATTINSON was in the E.R. they wouldn't RUN to find out why?.

1312 days ago
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