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Golfer Tiger Woods signs copies of his new book in New York, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

ESPN is being accused of altering Tiger Woods' mugshot to make him look better


You've probably heard that Tiger Woods was arrested in Florida for DUI early Monday. And if you've heard that, you've probably seen a pretty unflattering mugshot of Woods in which his hair is disheveled and unkempt. 

However, if you were watching ESPN, you wouldn't have been privy to that last detail, given that the sports network seemingly cleaned up Woods' mugshot on its broadcasts to make his hair look a little bit more clean cut. 

And thus, an internet conspiracy theory is born.

Why would ESPN clean up this mug shot? Well, the answer is probably a lot less fun than we all want it to be. 

The sexy theory is that the sports news company would want to maintain a relationship with a popular athlete by making the situation look even a little better than it actually is. 

The real answer likely has something to do with how the photo is edited. The background of the photo is green, a color commonly used to project images on TV sets.  

In order to change the background of a photo, one generally uses Photoshop. When one does so in Photoshop, one generally has to isolate the foreground of the photo (in this case Woods) from the background (the green wall). The easiest way to do that is to use the "lasso" tool, which automatically selects areas of differing colors so it can isolate then. 

However, the "lasso" tool has a hard time isolating areas with lots of colors, like maybe the spots of color through some disheveled hair. 

It's unclear why ESPN would necessarily want to use a blue background for its broadcast, but it's unlikely that the change was necessarily nefarious. 

In all likelihood, someone at ESPN is probably just bad at Photoshop, just like the rest of us. 

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