Friday, February 19, 2010

My Two-Cents on Tiger Woods

Let me start things off by saying that I've never been a fan of Tiger Woods (I don't dislike him; I'm just indifferent), so I was neither shocked nor disappointed when all of his dirty laundry came out.  He's a world famous athlete with a ton of money, so of course he was going to face temptation, and he gave in like many weak people do.  Surprise, surprise.  Don't get me wrong, I don't condone what he did and he didn't deserve a pass, but he's not the first celebrity to cheat and he won't be the last, so what's the big deal.

For those out of the loop, apparently the whole world paused while Tiger Woods made a public apology to his wife, children, family, business associates, and fans, and I'm still wondering why we're wasting so much time and effort on this stuff.  I for one don't believe that Tiger owes anyone but his family an apology because all of this is a private matter, but way too many people get off by seeing people at their worst, so of course every news outlet (CNN included) had to cover his mea culpa while real news was being ignored.

With that being said, I did want to share my thoughts on his public shame.  If you didn't catch, and even care about it, here's Tiger's presser:

  • I had no problem that he had a prepared statement, and didn't take questions from the press.  This has to be the hardest, biggest speech he'll ever have to give, so of course he should put some time and thought into what he's going to say.  As for the no questions argument, none of this is any of our business, so we shouldn't dig any deeper.
  • To be honest, I think he was being honest and contrite.  From a professional standpoint, this apology needed, but from a personal one he didn't have to explain his actions, so he's already going above and beyond by letting the world watch his humiliation. I'm not going to kick him while he's down, and I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he meant what he said.
  • People who do complain about the prepared statement, no questions, and question whether or not he's being sincere irritate me beyond belief. Who are you to judge?
  • I was glad to hear that he admitted that his actions were due to his belief that he's above the rules, but believes that he should be held to the same standards as everyone else.
  • While his request was fruitless, I was happy to see Tiger step up to try and protect his family from the public scrutiny, but the TMZ crowd are heartless bastards and will just hound him even more.
  • Now, let's just move on once and for all...
I hope Tiger gets the help he needs, he gets the privacy he deserves, and is able to get his life back on track.  I'm still not going to be watching him play golf any time soon, but I am pulling for him off of the course.

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