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.

113 comments Add your comment

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?

gadem

February 24th, 2010
9:46 am

Mr. Barr I agree wholeheartedly…leave Tiger alone!
And to the pornstar that thinks that she deserves an apology…she has sex on camera for a living…what kind of apology does she deserve?

Dee

February 24th, 2010
9:55 am

Fantastic. Nice to see someone from the media is realistic and clued in. Nice to see there are some writers who get it. For anyone looking for someone to blame, look in the mirror!

LibraryJim

February 24th, 2010
9:57 am

I agree. it was none of our business from the start. If anything, his only statement at the beginning should have been — “yes, I crashed my car. Yes, I’m ok. Thank you for caring.” End of story. More than that is societal voyeurism.

Fix-It

February 24th, 2010
10:00 am

Who cares what Tiger does, can he play golf?

SouthernGal

February 24th, 2010
10:23 am

Tigerswoody….IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHO HE STEPS OUT WITH. IT DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR LIFE!

lovelyliz

February 24th, 2010
10:34 am

Tiger Woods did not invent infidekuity not even in the PGA. That’s been going on since day one only nobody cared what those guys were doing. The only person Tiger Woods needs to explain anything to is his wife.

lovelyliz

February 24th, 2010
10:35 am

Tiger Woods did not invent infidelity not even in the PGA. That’s been going on since day one only nobody cared what those guys were doing. The only person Tiger Woods needs to explain anything to is his wife.

Bob's A Cherry Picker

February 24th, 2010
10:39 am

Bob! Some more fantastic Cherry Picking today.

I’m not even going to read your column…mainly based on the headline. The current media saturation relative to El Tigre is a direct result of market forces.

People want dirt, and they shall receive it.

That’s one of the problems with some of your market theories. There’s no distinguishing between popularity, quality or need. Nobody would argue the quality differential between TMZ and the PBS NewsHour, but a lot more people watch TMZ.

So if youre tiired of Tiger, get out of the gutter and try checking out some quality news sources.

DARNELL

February 24th, 2010
10:41 am

TIGER WOOD! LET ALL THESE HATER BE YOUR MOTORVATERS!

Kevin Lewis

February 24th, 2010
11:00 am

The one thing that stuck out to me in watching Tiger’s apology was that he stated he did these acts out of arrogance. He added that he felt he deserved to enjoy the things that accompanied his fame and fortune. I believe this speaks to the arrogance of many professional athletes and other celebrity figures. Didn’t Michael Jordan do something similar? Wasn’t Babe Ruth known as a drinker?

No one is perfect, we all have our flaws. The only perfect person is said to be Jesus and I have heard stories of where some people believe he committed a few sins. The public loves to hear about tales of despair. Hearing how someone else has failed lets many to swallow their own failures.

Remember the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Would the roughly 22 percent of men and 14 percent of women who are estimated to have strayed outside their own marriages, want to have their stories told in front of the world. Let alone feel the need to apology to the world for it?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 24th, 2010
11:15 am

The beat writers on the PGA Tour knew what was going on and never covered it. Tiger = money and always will. When he wins his next major it will all be forgotten. If people are using a sports figure as a role model for their children, they are the problem, not the sports figure.

Transparency?

February 24th, 2010
11:29 am

Yes leave him alone, what he did was very bad and unforgivable but those women are just as bad, it is disgusting seeing at least one of them on T.V. crying about wanting an apology. Call Elin, apologize to her adult video girl.

Richard

February 24th, 2010
11:39 am

Am I the only one that feels bad for the real victim: Steve Williams?

Think about it, the guy is currently missing his only income source because of the lunacy that Tiger needs to take time off of golf for some unexplained reason.

Elin meanwhile gets half Tiger’s money. I’m sure losing the husband pain will vanish quickly when shes worth a billion dollars.

The kids? Forgive me if I’m not worried about anyone born into that kind of wealth. Somehow, I think they’ll be well taken care of. Any kid making fun of them in highschool will get to watch them drive away in one of their 5 ferraris.

The sponsors? I doubt Accenture was selling technology consulting because of Tiger Woods winning golf tournaments. Nike was the only sponsor with a direct benefit, and they’re sticking with Tiger (they would have been crazy not to).

And no, I dont feel bad for people that thought a celebrity was 100% pure.

I kinda feel bad for kids that idolized Tiger because their own parents aren’t worth looking up to.

joe matarotz

February 24th, 2010
11:49 am

Boo hoo for poor Tiger.

Johnnie

February 24th, 2010
11:52 am

The Bible says: Ye who are without sin, let him cast the first stone. If everybody spent as much time taking care of their own and being faithful to their mates, they wouldn’t have the time to try and run Tiger’s or anybody else’s sex life. This is totally between him and his wife. The public and the press have totally blown it all out of proportion because he is a celebrity. Clean out your own closets and stay out of other peoples, you’ll get along a heck of a lot better. I like Tiger, Charlie Sheen, Natalie Mains, etc.. Just because they are celebrities doesn’t make them any different than us regular folks. If you think it does, then you need to go back and read some history books about the past Presidents, Senators, etc.. Mind your own business and you’ll get along a lot better.

Noel

February 24th, 2010
12:03 pm

Some folks, Americans in particular do seem to have a more salacious appetite for people’s personal travails than the average person in the world.

I guess it allows some to sort of watch porn without actually turning to the channel and it makes it more palatable to them. But it is wrong. We should feel uncomfortable regarding this type of interest.

For me though it reveals the very dangerous part of that young nation, when you hear the certainty them have about Tiger’s insincerity. Remember…

I know uncertainty is uncomfortable BUT certainty is ABSURD. It’s why we should forgive… even the crimes and this is not one of those.

Jamaica

JASon

February 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

Everyone knows why Tiger Woods held the press conference: to appease his sponsors. The media is the only group in this country that paid any attention to the stupid speech, and YOU are to blame, NOT US!

Jefferson

February 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

You can do better than this topic. D.

DW

February 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

I COULDNT AGREE MORE WITH THIS ARTICLE

[...] • Former Georgia congressman Bob Barr says “the ‘case’ against Tiger is all about se… [...]

Carmen

February 24th, 2010
1:22 pm

Tiger Woods has apologized to everyone and accepted that what he did was very wrong. Tiger confirmed he needs help and that he is receiving rehab to address his issues. Tiger said he wants to regain balance in his life to save the two things that are most important to him, his wife and his children. Tiger is trying to put his life back together and he has a right to do so. I wish them all the best. It is time that Tiger and his family move on with their life and for the media to get off their back!!!

Tigerswoody

February 24th, 2010
1:37 pm

Southern Girl

I hate to disagree with you but it is my business who Tiger steps out with. My life has not been the same since this story broke and it has really affected me. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, nothing else seems important in life since I learned that Tiger was a cheater. In fact, I am thinking of starting my own network called TNN “Tiger News Network” … all Tiger all the time. I may need spme Tiger 12 step help.

Judge Ito

February 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

Mr. Barr … In addition to the above, why don’t you also write an article and explain why OJ was not guilty too.

Mark

February 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

Let me get this straight. Someone who cheated on his wife just wrote an article stating to leave ANOTHER guy who cheated on his wife alone. How odd.

Andrea

February 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

Did you really cheat on your wife, Mr. Barr?

If so, then it is NO WONDER you are no longer welcome in the Republican Party.

Louis

February 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

You could not be more wrong. Tiger Woods sex life is a private matter, but his hypocrisy is very much a public issue. He and his sponsors created and perpetuated a completely deceptive image of Tiger for over a decade as a man of great character. They purposefully did this to get the public to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on products he endorsed. Tiger made 90% of his billion dollar fortune from endorsements, not golf winnings. So, all the time his was having sex with pornstars, he was very comfortable getting paid millions for a completely fake image sold to the public He owes the public a sincere apology for treating his fans with such disdain for many years just so he could buy mansions and a yacht.

LibraryJim

February 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

Double standard:

Hugh Hefner = admired
Tiger Woods = reviled.

Bob Hayes

February 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

Sure! Tiger’s the first guy or girl who ever cheated..ask all the older Bartenders of the past 50 Years-who were the worst cheaters.Men or women. Women win-going away!! However! It will be said: They were victims! That’s why they go to Bars every night to pick up a guy. Would you believe that guys are willing?? I spent 38 Years behind the Bars..what are you drinking lady? Cars in the parking lot! Motel right up the Street! “You know the place.”

JayTee

February 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

The last time I checked I hadn’t bothered “Tiger” at all. I don’t watch golf, I don’t play golf, and I could care less about golf. It seems to me that Mr. Woods placed himself in this position. What did Harry Truman say? “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Southern Bella

February 24th, 2010
5:56 pm

Dear Mr. Barr (and the other 3 or 4 of you who have so replied thus far), let’s get the grammar correct.

The phrase is NOT: I could care less.

The phrase IS: I could **NOT** care less.

Write it down, kids, and commit it to memory. We’re so worried about the healthcare bill when, instead, there may not be enough of us left with the level of education needed to even read it.

Wouldn't You

February 24th, 2010
6:13 pm

Leave him alone. He converted from Booty-ism to Buddhism, let’s see how far that gets him.

tim

February 24th, 2010
6:20 pm

Bob Barr is an ass! Tiger Woods is an ass! They both go together.

Ralph

February 24th, 2010
6:37 pm

In many interviews through the years, Tiger has been quoted (I’ve seen one while he was promoting his new course outside Greenville, S.C.) where he specifically said his “family came first”. I know from first hand experience that male celebrities and atheletes are ushered into and out of hospitality suites where there are beautiful women who are brought in to entertain, to keep them company. There is always flirting going on. Do I blame the women? Heck no, they are paid a ton of money to entertain these guys. They sure don’t do it for free. But it’s those that take it from the hospitality suites back to their private rooms that cross the line. There is, as my wife says, nothing wrong with looking, window shopping, just don’t touch. Just enjoy the view. As Tiger said, he didn’t think the rules applied to him. Well apparently they do. Kobe sure found that out too. And I am sure there are others, some we have heard about, others we haven’t heard about who just haven’t gotten caught……………YET !!!!!!!

CHARLES

February 24th, 2010
6:40 pm

TIGERSWOODY YOU ARE REAL SILLY. TOO BAD YOU PUT TIGER ON A PEDESTAL. AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, TIGER NEVER TOLD US HE WAS FREE OF SIN. YOU NEED TO GET A GRIP AND A LIFE. MIND YOUR BUSINESS.

JDW

February 24th, 2010
6:41 pm

While you are right this time Bob, you are a hypocrite of the first order. Your issue with Clinton years ago was simply that he was the opposition party and you saw a way to “score points’. What you did was put in motion tactics that resulted in many of the issues that today threaten to bring American politics to a standstill and imperil our very way of life. Then you were Newt’s attack dog. Today you are sucking milk from the fragmentation you helped cause.

Alvin

February 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

The Cynical White Boy you are a real a**hole!!!! Why are comparing Obama to Tiger? You need to increase your Meds.

Tiger who?

February 24th, 2010
7:10 pm

I did not watch the apology. None of it is my business…….and no one that he endorses will get my business.

AJ

February 24th, 2010
7:15 pm

Who is Bob Barr? I have never heard of the guy in my life, let alone a column he writes for the ajc. Hey Bob, your opinion on this counts as much as mine does. Zero. If you don’t watch golf then why do you even care?

Ted Striker

February 24th, 2010
7:39 pm

Very interesting take, Mr. Barr.

Wasn’t a big fan of your viewpoints (when you were in office) but darned if you aren’t growing on me. Maybe I’ve changed a little, maybe you’ve changed a little, maybe some of both, but whatever it is — I appreciate your point of view on a variety of topics, including this one.

Bottom line. While I may or may not agree with you on any given subject now, I certain do appreciate your point of view.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

February 24th, 2010
7:54 pm

The issue, unfortunately, is that in accepting money for sponsorships, he agreed to become a public figure. Got to take the bad with the millions.

steve

February 24th, 2010
7:56 pm

Southern Bella… Thank you!!! It is amazing how many people COULD care less about something, instead of COULD NOT care less..

Alive in GA

February 24th, 2010
7:58 pm

I concur with the essence of Bob’s article; Tiger should be left alone. If his wife who was a nanny prior to marriage decides to leave him, so be it. Mr. Woods was a great golfer before he married her and he will be a great golfer when he returns. Mr. Woods always kept his private life away from the public eye.

He does not owe the public any more statements about his private life. People who watch him on the golf course came out to see him perform in his chosen professional.

People get a life.

Person with a Memory

February 24th, 2010
7:59 pm

These remarks need to come from somebody with a cleaner record than Bob Barr’s.

From Wikipedia:

In 1999, during Clinton’s impeachment trial, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt offered money to anyone who could provide evidence that a prominent Republican had engaged in an extramarital affair. According to the American Journalism Review,[70] investigators for Flynt said that Barr was “guilty of king-size hypocrisy”. According to a sworn affidavit by Barr’s ex-wife Gail: Barr (a longtime outspoken opponent of abortion) had acquiesced to and paid for the termination of his then-wife’s pregnancy in 1983.[citation needed] In accordance with his public offer: Flynt subsequently paid a sum of money to Gail Barr after she had made her sworn affidavit.[14] Barr never publicly disputed the contents of his ex-wife’s affidavit. Investigators also reported that Barr invoked a legal privilege during his 1985 divorce proceeding, so he could refuse to answer questions on whether he’d cheated on his second wife with the woman who is now his third.”[71]
In the early 1990s, Barr was photographed at a fundraising event licking whipped cream off of a woman.[72] According to the Washington Post “Two people who observed the act say it wasn’t exactly a bosom lick but more like a neckline lick, at the sort of event where business and civic leaders perform dares to raise money. ‘Not exactly Mr. Effusive’, says Matt Towery, the former chairman of Newt Gingrich’s political organization, who observed the brief and awkward licking. ‘You can hardly get the guy to smile’”.

awantwin

February 24th, 2010
8:01 pm

Is anyone here feel for the golfer, Tiger Woods? Or do you agree that his image should be damaged, because of a few afairs with some women? How do you feel?

Bronco

February 24th, 2010
8:20 pm

Tiger may have blown his golf playing fortune but he could always write columns with the burnouts at AJC

are you kidding me?

February 24th, 2010
9:16 pm

How very entertaining is your article Mr Barr although wrong headed. As usual you missed the mark.
Tiger makes millions of dollars annually not because of his scores(golf) but because of his carefully nurtured personna. His character has been sold and resold to the american public and his all american image has been discovered to be a lie. As a result many of his sponsors no longer give him all that money. And until he rebrands himself he will no longer earn as much as he has in the past in those endorsements. So do you really want to play that sophmoric “Tiger doesn’t owe us any apology” excuse: or do you want to reclaim all those lost revenue lines? Of course he should go in front of the camera and the public; AND he should have taken questions; IF he wants to reclaim his brand and his image(and those big bucks) even though weakened. He will have to answer all questions in the future no matter how much he wants it to go away. It is not going to go away; regardless of what his brain-dead agent thinks..

deathportal

February 24th, 2010
9:27 pm

I agree Bob. Leave him alone. It’s amazing to me that not only do so many people care about this, that they are SO ANGRY about it! Honestly. I hope no one cuts these people off on the freeway or gets their order wrong at McDonald’s or I may get summoned for jury duty.

For cryin’ out loud, live and let live, and lighten up. If you’re that upset because “He was a role model and my kids looked up to him,” or “I bought the titleist hat because he wore it” or whatever, then wake up and realize that you should not make humans into gods.

P

February 24th, 2010
9:29 pm

Bob…it’s “I couldn’t care less”…God that drives me crazy. If you could care less then you care somewhat.

Also if it’s none of our business why did you write about it? You are just fanning the flames!

JTex

February 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

wow Bob – you are such a chicken-sh*t that you don’t even allow comments calling you out for the garbage that you are to be posted. Can’t wait until you no longer “grace” us with your presence, you bigoted filth.

Long Dong Daly

February 24th, 2010
10:24 pm

what Tiger did is NOT against the law, there is no telling how many famous people we all know and love are doing the same thing, we just dont hear about it. IT IS an issue between him and his wife so get off his azz and worry about your own lives people! What Tiger does off the course is none of our business unless its affecting our lives, so move on and let it die.

Connie

February 24th, 2010
10:39 pm

It is so sad that we spend so much time and energy in everyones business and we are such judgemental people. Tiger cheated and this is sad and bad for him, his wife, his family and his God. Tiger simply wanted to perfect golf and he did. Let’s talk about wrong..WHY DO WOMEN AND MEN THAT KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE MARRIED THINK THAT IT IS OKAY TO SLEEP WITH ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND OR ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE AND THEN WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT CRY ON NATIONAL TV ABOUT HOW THEY NEVER MEANT TO HURT THE PERSON’S FAMILY…EXCUSE ME THE MINUTE YOU COMMITED THE ACT OF HAVING AN AFFAIR YOU WERE JUST AS WRONG OR EVEN MORE SO THAN TIGER. YOU KNEW WHO HE WAS AND THE FALLOUT THAT WOULD COME FROM ALL THIS BUT THAT WAS NOT IMPORTANT TO YOU. HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU THINK OF HIS FAMILY WHILE YOU WERE TRYING TO SLEEP YOUR WAY INTO FORTUNE AND FAME, SO FORGIVE ME IF I HAVE A PROBLEM BELEIVING YOU ARE SORRY. YOU ENJOYED ALL THAT TIGER HAD TO OFFER INCLUDING DESTROYING HIS FAMILY, FALLING IN LUST FOR SOMEONE THAT WAS NOT YOUR’S TO LUST WITH ANYWAY, BECAUSE IT DEFINITELY IS NOT LOVE. WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU DO EVEYTHING THAT YOU CAN NOT TO CAUSE THEM ANY HURT, HARM OR SHAME. YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR LIFE TO KEEP THEM SAFE.

I don’t remember seeing Tiger ask us to treat him like he was perfect and never makes mistakes. He made a horrible choice and got caught and now you say that he is less of a man because he did wrong. Let’s take the camera’s and the Media into the lives and homes of almost everyone in the world and let us see who you sleep with and what wrong you are doing. None of us are perfect and thank God that he does not judge us like we judge others. You put Tiger in a glass house and when it started to crack you took the Golf Club and shattered it all to peices…. When do we focus on issues that concern us? When do we stop looking down on people for making bad choices and start to help lift them up, be more supportive. I can see the Media now approaching Tigers children wanting to know “How did it make you feel when you found out that your daddy cheated on your mommy?” When does it all end. When do we stop harrasing his wife and family, they are in enough pain already but all we want is a story. Can we please let Tiger and his family heal. Tiger does not need you for his marriage to heal, he needs his wife and his God. He is not perfect and the only one that he needs to apologize to for his decisions is his wife, his God and his family. If they can forgive him and go on who are you to judge. Tiger you do not owe the public, the media or the world an apology so stop apologizing to people who are simply just nosey. The more information you give the more they want. They only want a story, don’t give them the satisfaction any longer. You play golf and keep your vows to those that Love you for you and not for what you can give them or because you name is Tiger Woods but because you are the man that they love, trust and depend on. Trust God and not man as you can see man will let you down when you need him most.

CJ

February 24th, 2010
10:44 pm

I will say this again, Tiger should have had affairs with women that had just as much to lose as him. If you must Cheat….Cheat Up and not Down, which is tiger downfall in my book. Other than that, what a grown man or woman do is their sin and not mines. I do not have to go before God and confess for anyone but myself, He owe me no apology, that goes to his wife! Everyone that have not sin cast the first stone without hiding your hands behind your back. As for a “roll model”..If you had half way decent parents, THEY should have been it not Tiger. TIGER DO NOT OWE ANY ONE A THING..PERIOD!

fair and Balanced

February 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

If the criteria for being the greatest of all time is the winner of the most majors (and I think that it is) then for me, I hope that Jack Nicklaus remains as the greatest of all time until the next super star comes along. The integrity of the game of golf deserves Jack much more than Tiger.

The game of golf is about humility and honesty. Tiger does not meet these requirements.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

February 24th, 2010
11:43 pm

Connie? Why are you putting the blame on the women and not on Tiger?

1) Those women didn’t make any promises to Tiger’s wife. Tiger, on the other hand, did.
2) Each one of Tiger’s affairs had one thing in common: Tiger.

I get really annoyed when I hear people blaming the “other” man or woman in an affair. That other person didn’t wrong you. That other person didn’t owe you jack. The person who ought to be the target of your ire is the one who wronged you–the one who lied to you, broke promises to you, etc.

So y’all, I’d like to hear why you think Tiger deserves privacy when he accepted money to promote products. That makes him a public figure (just like acting/singing/running for office). It’s the rule of our culture: if you’re a public figure, if you accept endorsement deals… there’s an associated price with all that money and fame. It’s called fame.

Houston's Folly

February 25th, 2010
8:37 am

Tiger’s apology! Sex and Golf! I wonder if his caddy accompanies him on his trysts, and then suggests, “I’d use the ribbed Trojans for this one.” or “This one has a little distance, I’d go with the lambskin.” or “You’re going to need a five bead, here”. or “Some melted wax will smooth out some of her hazards and rough spots.” or “the greens are wet so use a moon ball.”

Tigerswoody

February 25th, 2010
9:30 am

I am so mad at that Tiger that I am just going to go out this weekend and ride my bike for 100 miles!!!

Karen L. Wilson-Maye

February 25th, 2010
10:20 am

I agree with you … I wished they would leave him alone. Tiger is a good guy but made mistakes as all humankind do. Now, he is having to share his personal life with everyone when it truly is none of our business. It should be between his wife and himself as well as other family members if they desire to share it with them. I still love Tiger, and I love his wife. LEAVE TIGER ALONE PEOPLE!!

Borat

February 25th, 2010
10:48 am

Meeeestur Bahb …. Where have you bean. My wife has some more cheese for you. You kin share it with yur buddy Tiger cuz you no it is sooo good.

She said/She said

February 25th, 2010
9:05 pm

I SLEPT WITH TIGER WHEN HE WASNT A TIGER, NO BIGGIE

Honi

February 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Aw I don’t want to leave him alone. He looked like such a, well such a DICK before the “public apology” last week….now he looks like a bigger one.

Chuck(les)

March 3rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Tiger’s willingness to risk his wife, family, image and fortune for a few moments of pleasure says volumes about the man’s character. A big part of Tiger’s popularity was his aura: a black athlete succeeding in a predominantly white man’s sport, who plays by the rules, works hard, is a good family man, etc., etc. His image earned him millions of dollars in endorsements and the adoration of fans who really need some solid heroes. Then we learn he’s a jerk, a cheater, a liar and a scam.

tiger

March 7th, 2010
6:37 pm

there is a lot of jealous people in america, it i did not cheat you guys would find something else to hate about me …… as if you already did not hate my skin color….. i don’t know if winning cure everything , but i know i am coming back and WIN BABY…

phil

March 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

I support Tiger. He’s human, he made some mistakes. In his position most ANYONE would give in to the temptations pressed on him. For him and his family’s sake he should change his ways, but society should lay off him and let him recover.