Thursday, December 3, 2009

Et tu,Tiger?

Tiger Woods released a statement on his website today that pretty much fesses up to his extracurricular activities.

Tiger Woods: 
I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.
Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.
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.
Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.
I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.
As mea culpas go, this one sounds rather sincere. Hopefully the media will back off and let this all play out privately. Cheating is an awful thing to do to your spouse, but when you are a celebrity it is ten times worse, because the spouse must endure a very public humiliation. That being said, I have to agree with The Other McCain about Tiger's choice in mistresses

From the black perspective, I am very disappointed in Tiger. Black children today need all the positive role models they can get and Tiger was one of them. Now he must join the growing list of black athletes who have engaged in all kinds of shadiness. Tsk, tsk, tsk, et tu, Tiger?


Just a conservative girl said...

He really has never been a great role model. If you look closely at some of the companies he does endorsement deals with. Cheveron being one. Cheveron does some pretty bad things in Nigeria.

He like many other athletes don't ever ask any other question from these companies apart from when are they sending the check.

I am all for making money. He should go out and make as much as he can while he can. But, you still, at the end of the day, are a human being that has to look in the mirror. Making money should not trump conscience.

I am a huge basketball fan. One of the biggest rubs on Jordan to me is the fact that he has done exactly the same thing.

Jess said...

I was surprised by this. I never figured Tiger was a road lizard. Then again, I don't pay much attention to sports.(When they pay to come watch me work, I might consider reciprocating)

If he doesn't have a sense of humor, he's going to be spending a lot of time really, really angry. SNL skits alone are going to be brutal.

Hannityinaskirt said...

I can't be angry with him, its obvious he's mentally lacking. Who in the hell, cheats on a drop dead gorgeous Swedish model for skanks not half as pretty as his wife? He needs a cat scan, ASAP.

On the moral issues, I have to agree with you on the black perspective, I think alot of kids looked up to Tiger, he let alot of kids down, including his own.

Are there ANY good sports role models for children? (black or white, they all seem to be up to no good.)

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