Does Tiger have a point?

He’s just posted on his website: ‘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.’ But he goes on… ‘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.’ Do you agree with him?

25 Responses to “Does Tiger have a point?”

  1. 1 Julie P
    December 2, 2009 at 17:11

    Tiger’s stonewalling is fueling a lot of tabloid and internet rumors. Putting statements on his website are nice, but are not good enough. Make one public statement and be done with it. If I were his PR agent I’d book him on Oprah and have him tell his side of the story. He’s too high profile a person not to do this. Oprah brings in the ratings.

  2. 2 Alan in Arizona
    December 2, 2009 at 17:14

    Love Tiger, but I don’t care at all! Which means I must agree! Let’s look at something important!

  3. 3 Tom K in Mpls
    December 2, 2009 at 17:24

    The fact that the only charge ever considered by the police was careless driving says it all. It is a minor issue of no concern to anyone but those directly involved. And WHYS getting involved in the personal lives of entertainers? Why is this a topic? Very disappointing WHYS.

  4. 4 patti in cape coral
    December 2, 2009 at 17:34

    I guess that is the price of fame and fortune, although honestly, who cares? If I were to become rich and famous tomorrow there would be no burying the skeletons (actually whole graveyards) in my closet, and there would definitely be some fall out. But I guess I would console myself with a trip to some small isolated island in my private jet.

  5. 5 Mike in Seattle
    December 2, 2009 at 17:54

    I understand why this is a topic, but Tom is right – Mr. Woods is as deserving of privacy as anyone else and it’s not right that the media spend so much time trying to figure out his love life. While the BBC has been rather tame compared to the stations here in the US, how would the editors feel if the major newspapers and tv stations dug up every embarrassing event in their love lives?

    Every fight, every person you look at, constant speculation about whose bed you share at night, former boy/girlfriends commenting on national television about how you’re a terrible human being, etc. How could anyone live like this? We’re all human and we all screw up, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships! Now have that plastered all over the tv and judged by millions that only have a small piece of the story?

    It’s time to respect people’s privacy.

    • 6 Lidija
      December 3, 2009 at 16:57

      I agree Mike……why is the media in the US bent on reporting such trivial and low-class news to people, not once, but over and over again!? Who cares who Tiger Woods slept with and how many poses they interchanged?!
      What is it with the US media?! I swear, if they do not stop, American people will just become totally stupid generally. This is not only a US problem, it is becoming a wolrdwide issue, but as you stated it, it has developed here exceptionally well (an unhealthy side effect of a raging capitalism ).
      That is why I am here @BBC website, for some good news, and interesting discussions.

  6. 7 Tony from Singapura
    December 2, 2009 at 18:11

    All married couples have some issues along the way – to varying degrees of intensity.

    I hope we will not be watsing the BBC’s air time on this trivial subject this evening.

    Saving the World is more important than discussing Tiger Woods.

  7. 8 Ibrahim in UK
    December 2, 2009 at 18:12

    An entertainer’s display of professional skills on his/her chosen arena is all we are entitled to. If we derive entertainment from invading their privacy, then it probably exposes a deficiency in ourselves and our own society.

  8. 9 Jennifer
    December 2, 2009 at 18:48

    Tiger Woods is a celebrity; his privacy is not guaranteed in this case. Especially if he was breaking the law.

    By not simply giving some statement Tiger Woods has cast a cloud of suspicion over himself and drawn much more attention to this situation than I think he wanted too. Some will be curious about this until they have the full scoop.

    • 10 Tom K in Mpls
      December 2, 2009 at 19:45

      You are assuming uninvolved people have a right and/or need to know. What he does, or what you would do, is not up to the public. The public curiosity should not be fed. I find the attention he is giving the speculations to be disappointing.

      • 11 Jennifer
        December 3, 2009 at 16:49


        If he was so concerned about people invading his “privacy” I think he would have made a statement and left it there before this got way out of hand. Why did he go further about it himself?

        The public has a right to know because he took it to the road. He crashed into a neighbor’s tree causing damage and damaged a fire hydrant. Good thing it wasn’t another automobile with innocent people in it.

        I don’t have “curiosity” about Tiger Woods. I can’t believe this is “news”. However, with him fueling the “speculations” I can see that people are interested. He is drawing this interest himself by not saying something and securing the privacy he says he wants for himself and his family.

        I don’t think WHYS should have made it their topic today.

  9. 12 Venkat in North carolina
    December 2, 2009 at 18:58

    Ros, come on now, don’t tell me this is the most discussed topic on the internet. Even if it is, it doesn’t make it worthy of valuable air time. I digress.

  10. 13 Tom D Ford
    December 2, 2009 at 19:17

    Yeah, leave the man alone. It is none of my business and I am offended that the gossip media pushes it in my face.

  11. December 2, 2009 at 19:19

    Leave him alone and let him get on with his life.It is not the crime of the century,infact,it is not even a crime.

  12. 15 Jamil (uganda)
    December 2, 2009 at 19:49

    I think we need to let him be. He is a celebrity but he deserves his privacy. He will make a mistake because he is a human being. He has a point.

  13. 16 Elina in Finland
    December 2, 2009 at 19:50

    “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.” (TW)

    I understand his point, but then why is he drawing even more attention to the situation by making those public apologies and confessions on his website? Personally, I don’t quite understand why this case has aroused so much attention and interest in the first place, but of course Mr. Woods and his family deserve their privacy, if that’s what they want.

  14. 17 William Virtue
    December 2, 2009 at 20:55

    Could I request that we leave Tiger Woods the hell alone.

    For about a decade he has given us great entertainment with his inspiring and excelllent golf play during that period he has been scandal free and gossip free, an amazing achievement for one so rich and so popular.

    Now it seems he might have hit a bump in the road, the question in my mind is not whether there is more to this incident than a car crash, it is whether the searchlight of public scrutiny will be constructive or destructive as he tries to overcome proving that he is not perfect just human?

    I think this avid scrutiny can only be destructive, and for once the American public should be compassionate, tolerant and understanding instead of exhibiting once again their insatiable, voracious appetite for the prurient and scandalous and believe that he and his wife can without anyone peering over their shoulders use this incident to make their relationship stronger.

    Let us believe that love can conquer all without our collective help.

  15. 18 steve
    December 2, 2009 at 22:31

    He owes all of his wealth due to the fame his talent got him. All of his talent and he lived 200 years ago, he would never have been famous or rich. He needs the people,s o he has problem using his celebrity to make money, but then demands privacy when things go badly for him due to his own actions.

  16. 19 T
    December 3, 2009 at 03:57

    Another angle on this. Is Tiger Woods going to sue every media outlet that’s talked about his “trangressions”? No.

    Instead, he’ll just wait them out. It’s the old thing of who has more time, money and the most expensive attorneys.

  17. December 3, 2009 at 12:44

    Can’t see why anyone should care about his transgressions apart from him, his family and possibly his friends.

  18. December 3, 2009 at 12:58

    Ooh, unless his transgressions involve drug use. That would be relevant to his game, and thus relevant to the the customers of his sponsors. Aside from that, leave the man alone.

  19. 22 Vijay Pillai
    December 3, 2009 at 13:21

    Toger Woods always remind me of a man with an innocent face and i dont doubt for a moment what he says.I remember some one mentioned long time ago when he got into argument with his wife, he got out of the house and got into a car and went for a drive to cool things down .It is likey he was going for a drive and met the accident. Give him some peace and rest untill he is ok to smile again to the world.He must be feeling sorry that it turned out the way it did.

    If he were not a celebrity no one would bother and many similar cases happen elsehere in the world as well and no one knows since they many not be celebrities since newspaper sell for stories about celebrities and not ordinary mortals unless anything bizzare like pulling a bus with one’s hair or teeth.

  20. December 3, 2009 at 13:50

    Since when has privacy been a virtue? It’s something we’d all like, but a virtue? Pull the other one.


  21. 24 Peter Gizzi UK
    December 3, 2009 at 14:30

    Being one of your older contributers I have known many people who have had “transgressions” myself included in the long distant past! None of those or myself made “the news”! Leave Tiger Woods alone and let him get on with his life.

  22. 25 Michael UK
    December 4, 2009 at 09:55

    Of course Tiger has a point. However, if most of your personal wealth has been based on your public image and you tarnish it then the consequences are yours and yours alone and you will have to face them. When you live permanently in the “public eye” you can expect the press to magnify every success and every failure, personal or professional. That is the price you pay and that is what the tabloid newspapers and trashy journals thrive on. It is the old proverb “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” So must Tiger if he is to benefit from a”clean” image. I wish him well and his golf even better. He is exciting and fascinating to watch.

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