First some housekeeping: Tiger Woods messed up, and I’m disappointed in him. That’s right, all you doubters and haters of me who thought I’d never admit that Tiger did something wrong, Tiger Woods messed up, and I’m disappointed in him.
But this is also a sad day, as the world’s greatest athlete’s fall from grace has now basically hit rock bottom. It appears that the voicemail from the alleged “other woman” that is posted on the US Weekly website was enough to make Tiger feel the need to put out this statement. And I commend him for that. It is not easy to muster up the words to write something like this, spill the beans, and lay everything (including you and your family’s personal business) out on the line. But now it’s happened, it’s done with, and now Tiger can work on repairing the personal wounds he has opened up.
And if there’s one thing I know about Tiger it is that he fights, and he claws, and he grinds. Every challenge anyone has given him he has successfully flown through with flying colors. And I contend that this will be no different. Will he be ready for golf in 58 days for a press conference at the Century Club of San Diego Invitational? Maybe not. But whenever he does come back I contend that he will use golf — playing and practicing — as a cathartic part of his day and part of his life, he will rise back up and be the same Tiger that we’ve seen for years on the golf course (or maybe even better…that ought to scare his fellow PGA Tour players).
And there’s one more thing I want to say. Tiger points out in the post that: “But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”
For those that questioned why Tiger didn’t say anything for five days, that is why. That paragraph says it right there. And it is sad to think that this only came about because of tabloids and other methods of non-traditional journalism whose sole purpose is, a lot of the time, to uncover the bad in people, and force them to be publicly accountable for a private issue that they wish they didn’t do. But it’s happened, and in the long run it may have been a good thing for Tiger to get it out of his body.
So get better Tiger, I support you, the golf supports you (most likely..it still is kind of early on to know for sure), and we need to see you back on the golf course, fully strong, as soon as you’re ready.
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