Leave Tiger Woods alone!

I’m not a golfer, although I have played a few times and I thoroughly enjoy an occasional golf outing with one or both of my sons at a public course in the Atlanta area.  At the same time, I find watching golf on TV to rank only slightly ahead of being mesmerized by watching members of Congress mill around while C-SPAN broadcasts their votes during a roll call. 

Yet, for all my lack of familiarity with the intricacies of the game, I do understand that Tiger Woods is an outstanding golfer; as good and perhaps even better than were Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer two generations ago.  I also now know, from watching Tiger Woods’ televised mea culpa last Friday, that there’s a good reason he doesn’t do much of it.  He stinks as a public speaker.  But then again, maybe it was the subject matter about which he was speaking that made it so excruciating to watch.  He was, after all, addressing the nation on a topic about which he shouldn’t have been pressured into doing in the first place — his personal sex life.  Perhaps if he had been caught cheating on his score cards, or using a golf ball with a super-secret core that had not yet been approved by the PGA, it might have made sense for him to subject himself to this self-flagellation.  Maybe if the actions in which he lamented having been involved consituted a criminal offense, there might have been some legitimacy to his apologia.

But none of these arguably “public” factors presented themselves when Tiger stood uncomfortably in front of a bland blue curtain, behind a too-small podium and before an audience whose discomfort at being present was palpable.  He was there, and they were they, and the television cameras were there not because Tiger had committed a public offense or a professional infraction.  They were there because America’s  appetite for peering into the personal lives of public figures — especially their sex lives — truly is insatiable.

A decade ago, when I was pressing the House of Representatives to impeach then-President Clinton for obstruction of justice and perjury, and when I and the other House managers argued for his conviction in the Senate, we constantly were forced to fend off charges that the impeachment was “all about personal behavior; all about sex.”  Of course, it wasn’t about the former president’s personal behavior (I could care less then and I could care less now how he gets his kicks); it was about his public mis-behavior — perjury and obstruction of justice committed by a high government official.  But, the effort to paint the procedure as trivial and personal figured prominently in Clinton’s eventual “acquittal” by the Senate.

With Tiger Woods, the “case” against him is all about sex.  It is purely personal.  And he should be left alone.

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Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
6:18 am

I would have to say the average Americans concern about Tigers transgression is the same as his apology. Absolutely zero. As long as no laws are violated, who cares. His wife should have corrected the problem with that golf club.

aclu

February 24th, 2010
6:27 am

tigerswoody

February 24th, 2010
6:32 am

How moronic can you be? This is about hypocrisy and lying, cheating and arrogance. Sex is only a small piece of the puzzle. Tiger duped everyone into thinking he was a family man while he funded a harem and used his “squeaky clean” image to make a gazillion dollars. It’s not about sex…he is a con man and duped everybody…especially his wife. Your only qualification to discuss this topic is Monica Lewinsky. Go back to sleep…or better yet…go work on your golf game.

What a joke!

February 24th, 2010
6:36 am

Since when does Bob Barr care about a person that is NOT WHITE? Get real!!!

Brian Parks

February 24th, 2010
6:39 am

I watch Tiger Woods play golf for the history of the sport. His personal life should be his business. I’m amazed at how all the hypocrites are bashing Tiger. Not many average men could resist temptations of sexy women daily, however, those are the first to judge. Women are attracted to money and power!

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
6:44 am

tigerswoody
And no laws were broken. He’s like the rest of the celebrity driven stupidity, no better, no worse.
And Bill Clinton was a “poor boy from Hope Arkansas”.
Americans have history of believing celebrities and throwing money at them. When we stop with the false hero worship and learn what’s really important, things will get better. As it is, the public is just waiting for the next Tiger Woods.

tigerswoody

February 24th, 2010
7:01 am

Yeah your right. No laws were broken. But his charachter stinks. He is one of the most maligned celbrities in Las Vegas cause he’s to cheap to tip. I’ll be glad when he’s back on the golf course. We’ll see how tough a black man he is if he can stand up to jokes and jabs about how long his putter is.

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
7:10 am

tigerswoody
Can’t argue with that. Apparently he has no character and is a user. Of course, I’ve noticed when people act like he does, it’s self-correcting. As we can see, he will survive this but will never attain the heights he could have.

HERB

February 24th, 2010
7:11 am

You completely missed the issue — it’s not golf, it’s sponsorships. If Tiger wants to sell me to buy a Buick because he’s endorsing it, then he has to be the kind of guy whose advice I’d want to follow.

RE leave Tiger alone, I refer you to that great scene In the American President, when Michael Douglas said: “The president’s personal life is not the business of the people.” And Martin Sheen responded: “Sir, the people have a funny way of deciding what is, or is not, their business.”

Pamela

February 24th, 2010
7:14 am

Someone asked the question ‘how could someone resist a sexy woman?’ Well from what I saw none of them were cute or sexy..they are just nasty!!! His wife isn’t really cute either, but she is his wife. I forgave him a long time ago. People need to tend to what’s in their backyard and NOT worry about what’s going on in someone elses back yard! Mind your business!

Hillary

February 24th, 2010
7:19 am

I heard that he is going to get a huge endorsement deal from Tojan to be their new spokesman. He gotta know man!!!

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
7:24 am

HERB
I wouldn’t base any purchases on anything a celebrity says. They are getting paid for it after all.
BTW, that’s a great quote, and true, as many politicians have discovered. Never saw the movie. I’ll have to see it. Thanks.

shaggy

February 24th, 2010
7:25 am

Herb,
News for you buddy, those that sponsorship to spoon feed you products is between Tiger and his sponsors. Since you don’t know your own role in this, I will tell you. DON’T BUY THE STUFF, AND TURN THE CHANNEL. There now, you can go out and play with the other kids.

patricia evans

February 24th, 2010
7:25 am

yes it’s about lying, cheating and whatever else he did wrong but he did not do this on the golf course. I found his apology to be acceptable and from the heart and I’m a mother, wife and grandmother. Yeah he said he thought he didn’t have any rules but maybe we should try living like Tiger for awhile…I imagine that at least half the men and women out there would not lead the “perfect” life. And no one has said really anything about the women he had the affairs with..they knew he was married but they pretty much prostituted themselves out because of who he was and I bet this is not the first time for most of them.

neo-Carlinist

February 24th, 2010
7:29 am

two thoughts; if you truly believe American needs to “leave Tiger alone” then why did you even watch the televised apology? I didn’t watch it. I don’t care about Tiger Woods. but as a former caddy, I occassionally enjoy watching golf on TV. of course the game is boring to those who do not understand it. that’s not a dig, just a simple fact. and as far as Clinton goes, your claims (”impeach” on the grounds of perjury and “obstruction of justice”) implies that the whole purpose of that dog and pony show – a/k/a business as usual in DC – was somehow related to the administration of justice. while we can debate the respective public perfromances of Woods and Clinton, the private indescretions are not the concern of the public. I don’t think much of Clinton as a President, and I never voted for him, but maybe you and your justice-hungry cohorts should have been “investigating” his malfeaseance as it relates to the origins of the 2008 financial meltdown (ignoring the whacked out derivitives markets), and left his personal life alone.

Nero

February 24th, 2010
7:31 am

Patricia

How true. I think most of his critics just can’t stand to see a successful black man and jump on any opportunity to praise his demise. These are the same people that crticize President Obama for his great strides to put our country back on track.

Youdaman

February 24th, 2010
7:36 am

neo-Carlinist

Giving you two high fives man. Well said!!! Ole Bill and his buddy Barney and his boyfriend are why the derivative markets flourished and we are in this economic mess.

American

February 24th, 2010
7:41 am

Hey tigerwoody who CARES? Really, that is their business and if you can’t keep him home well she’ll do what the rest of them do, take his a** to the cleaners, after all why else would she have married and had not one but two meal tickets PDQ! He’ll do what they all do and that’s find another s***er to put up with him. And no, I never seen, heard nor read anything about Tiger saying he was the ultimate family man that was your perception of this man, so you got catch! Just like he did. No immature male will turn down any hooker for free and there are many, ask any famous person there are some really stupid low esteem women that will do ANYTHING for their 15 minutes of fame. Here’s a thought how many women did Chamberlain sleep with? 15 minutes of fame and then they go back into their h**l looking for another stupid victim. Why would you want to know how long his p***s is are you really that Naive.

Maury Weil

February 24th, 2010
7:44 am

Tiger Woods infidelity is between him and his wife. I just find it hypocritical that Bob Barr, the sponsor of the homophobic “Defense of Marriage Act”, now seems to care so little about the institution of marriage.

Youdaman

February 24th, 2010
7:45 am

American

You real sensitive man…you must have a wee little wee wee to go with a wee little bank account man.

Tigerswoody

February 24th, 2010
7:46 am

Youdaman

Yeah your da man…what he said

Mitzymy

February 24th, 2010
7:51 am

I don’t remember Tiger saying that he was a good family man, everyone just assumed that. He never said anything about his family life, so how could he be accused of lying? Most men cheat, or wish they could. I don’t think they could resist women throwing themselves at them everyday. Since Tiger has been on top of the golf world, more and more women are seen at the matches. Just look at the reruns and you will see mostly women. He has done nothing to apoligize to the public for, this is between he and his wife only, and it was noted yesterday that she was seen with him and the kids. She is not going to run away from a billionaire who is good looking and smart, and a great money maker. Her life has improved from her being a nanny when he met her. He had little time to learn social skills or enjoy his young life, because his father had him on the golf course from the time he was 4 years old. He never had a girlfriend or dated, so he feels like this is his time. He should never have married this early, because he had a lot of catching up to do. I agree, “leave him alone!!”

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
7:55 am

neo-Carlinist
Didn’t watch it. Figured it was a waste of time.
Nero
“can’t stand to see a successful black man” Love to see it. It shows that stupid has knows no race or gender boundaries.

Thomas has some comments on the apology schtick.
http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2010/02/24/too_many_apologies?page=full&comments=true

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
7:55 am

BARR…………THE SAME LIBERAL SPORTs writer who fabricated the MYTH….of the perfect sports figure…….have been berayed by this SCUMBAG….TIGER IS TRYING TO SALVAGE HIS MULTI-BILLION $$$ FRANCHIZE..

Mick

February 24th, 2010
7:56 am

Leave the poor guy alone! He obviously has enough on his plate (hell hath no fury as a woman – especially a wife – scorned). I would love to see the skeletons in your closets!

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
7:57 am

BOB……….TIGER IS LEARNING …..the same MEDIA that created the MYTH……..enjoys tearing down the MYTH.

Tigerswoody

February 24th, 2010
7:58 am

Uh … I think he is on the record as saying “family first” many times. I guess that does not imply he is a family man. I am completely wrong and off base.

E.T.

February 24th, 2010
8:06 am

tiger good for you, you did it ur way…question? why isnt there more outrage over charlie sheen
beating
his wife?..how many corporations are coming forward and refusing to sponsor his tv show any more?

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
8:06 am

BOB…….IT IS noooooooooooooooot all about SEX——IT IS ABOUT THE TIGER FRANCHISE–& $$$$$$$$$$$$$…..$$$$$$$$$$$$…..$$$$$$$$$$$$……$$$$$$$$$$$$ billions

tradebait

February 24th, 2010
8:07 am

Interesting thought about Tiger not doing anything illegal. Reports indicate that he paid monies for time with a number of women. With the exception of a few counties in Nevada (which Las Vegas is not in one of them) then did he not do something illegal acting as a John?

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
8:08 am

Mick
And his trials are just starting. Divorce, taken to the cleaners, she gets custody of the kids(I assume he has kids), sucking money out of him forever (as she should) and when the kids get older after learning all the details.
I don’t envy him.

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
8:08 am

E.T…………..WHO IS CHARLIE SHEEN-???

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
8:09 am

LET’s FACE…..TIGER’s BRAINS are located in his CROTCH…..

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector

February 24th, 2010
8:11 am

TIGER LIED TO EVERYBODY——THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY WHEN YOU LIE TO YOUR FANs……PAY UPTIGER…$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
8:11 am

tradebait
With his celebrity status-hookers? And with many gold-diggers out there looking for a payday. Just having that widely known is punishment enough.

Joel Edge

February 24th, 2010
8:13 am

DAVID: AJC -Truth Detector
“WHO IS CHARLIE SHEEN-???”
Nobody important.

Greg

February 24th, 2010
8:15 am

I think all this anger against Tiger needs to be directed to the sponsors that duped you haters into beleiving he is the second coming. Were getting ready to do the exact same thing to Lindsy Vonn and compamy when the Olympics are over with, (making them all that and a bag of chips with a coke on the side). Athletes are human, focus on what your being sold by these companies, why are they paying him bigbucks, I know its not the media wanting him to get paid. Wake up!

The Cynical White Boy

February 24th, 2010
8:17 am

Hell, I didn’t even watch Tiger. Never have. Got too much real life going on to watch golf on TV.

I do think it’s funny how there are a lot of (otherwise) grown men who wet themselves every single time Tiger picks up a golf club. And they apparently don’t know what to do with themselves until he comes back onto the scene.

And, you idol-worshipping Tiger fans are probably the same country club boys who sit around and judge the ignorant masses who wet themselves every time Oblah-blah clears his throat.

Mick

February 24th, 2010
8:18 am

Hey David, If you feel the need to be so opinionated, at least be educated. If you are unaware who Charlie Sheen is and feel the need to flood this blog with comments such as “TIGER’s BRAINS are located in his CROTCH…” then do us a favour and go elsewhere.

Whatchamacallit

February 24th, 2010
8:18 am

Time to pay up David:AJC-Lie Detector!!!!!!!$$$$$$$!!!!!@@@@@*****etc. etc.

Tony Montana

February 24th, 2010
8:21 am

It’s like I tell you…

First, you-ah get the money

Then, you-ah get the power

Then, you-ah get the women

Tiger = Money + Power + Women

Chris Broe

February 24th, 2010
8:21 am

Bob Barr would make a great big brother for Tiger, (sticking-up for him like that).

The PGA has disqualified Tiger’s apology. (He forgot to sign it).

Golf is a very weird, but sexy game. Tiger’s apology made me feel like I was in a Fellini movie. The only thing missing was the 3-D glasses.

3-D glasses! Maybe that’s what my short game needs.

If only I had a big brother to teach me how to swing…..

RuthHouston

February 24th, 2010
8:53 am

As an infidelity expert who is frequently called on by the media to comment on high profile infidelity and infidelity issues in the news, I feel that it is highly unlikely that Tiger Woods will ever cheat again.

To find out why, see the article entitled Why Tiger Woods Will Probably Never Cheat Again at http://bit.ly/b4wbA5

This article is also posted on my National Infidelity Examiner Page at Examiner.com
http://www.RuthsExaminerPage.com

PoliticalMan

February 24th, 2010
9:00 am

Like it or not, Woods is a public figure. One can be cynical or perhaps realistic and maintain that his media event was totally self-serving. It could be that he knows he has a public impact and felt obligated to make some relevant comment without dragging everyone through tawdry details. Furthermore, the event was staged. It’s fairly evident for anyone with even the slightest capability or reading people, that Woods is suffering – that part is not staged. He probably deserves to suffer. For those who could care less about Woods, there is the OFF button. And there is no need to write a column about him, especially one that did not change even one person’s ideas about Woods.

Harry

February 24th, 2010
9:02 am

How you can say that defeats me?
Reports that Woods tried to get Elin and the kids to pose for a family portrait the night before his so called appology shows he shallowness – another Tiger Woods “Marketing Exercise”
Elin should dump the bum.
I hope he does not return to golf. His spitting, swearing, club throwing and extra marital “olympics” would make it a travesty if he were to beat “Gentleman Jacks” Major Record

Susan Whitbourne

February 24th, 2010
9:03 am

If you’d like to see what a psychologist has to offer on the topic, I’ve written a posting about him on my Psych Today blog (”Tiger Woods: On the Downward Slope”). Please feel free to share your comments!: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201002/tiger-woods-the-downward-slope

Mike in Alabama

February 24th, 2010
9:24 am

It’s a sad commentary on the average level of intelligence and sensitivity in our population, that folks will criticize or question the motives or even more personal aspects of a respected columnist like Barr, for merely writing a straight-forward opinion piece under his First Amendment rights. In any event, each of us, if we had transgressed privately but then it became publicized, would undoubtedly want any publicly-made apology to be accepted as our sincere statement of regret. Shouldn’t we apply the same standard to Tiger Woods? If we don’t, then aren’t we hypocrites? I agree. Leave this man alone, in his quite evident suffering, to try and make it up to his wife and family.

M.B.HASHIM

February 24th, 2010
9:35 am

What Tiger does in his private life is his and his wife’s business and I hope others especially the press should just shut up. Leave him alone so that he can come back to play golf soon.

Hammy

February 24th, 2010
9:43 am

Smart. Very well said. I also believe the avg. American is intelligent enough to see this. Those who think that famous people’s public personas reflect their private lives are brain dead. The former Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau once said “the media should have no business in the bedrooms of the nation”. Tiger has not committed a crime and should have been left alone. The only thing Tiger should apologize for is caving in to the American media circus. There is a very boorish undercurrent of fake moral righteousness being dispensed by popular culture. The media circus got its pound of flesh from their role model – a man who hits a small white ball with a stick!

luangtom

February 24th, 2010
9:44 am

Get a grip folks. The world has been duped by celebrity before and will continue to be. Just look at our political past to see fine examples of duping to the highest degree. Afterall, oral is not sex…..just ask Bill. I would dare say that the majority of celebrities, be they politicians, sports icons or movie stars, have transgressed in some manner. Tiger got caught. Pure and simple. It will happen again. The press covers it so fully because they have a demand for it. If people did not soap-box over it, they would not cover it so fully. Let the man get back to golf and let his wife decide if she will stand by him or not. Why should he care what we think?