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Dec
09

On air: Do we have a right to judge Tiger Woods?

The fallout from Tiger Woods’ admission that he had “let (his) family down” with “trangressions” has been spectacular. He’s had 12,000 comments on his website’s “comment on current events.” Newspapers are filled with articles pontificating about whether we expect too much of Tiger, and how it’s going to effect his sponsorship deals. Meanwhile, websites are running profiles of the women alleged to have been involved with the golfer. It all raises a number of questions about how we deal with celebrity, and how this particular celebrity deals with us.
Tiger Woods, as the BBC’s golf commentator Iain Carter notes in his blog, has always isolated himself from the media, his golfing colleagues and his fans. He’s maintained his privacy at all costs, which has led to us knowing very little about him other than the ‘perfect’ image he projected. When it emerges he is, after all, just human, should we be surprised?

Tiger is imploring us to respect his and his family’s privacy, but in managing his image so carefully, is the media storm that now surrounds him of his own creation?

This opinion piece from former England cricketer Ed Smith argues that Tiger Woods isn’t a good example for sports people anyway: “The Woods PR machine has also indulged the myth of sporting exceptionalism. Mistaking mere winners for supermen shortchanges everyone.”

Should sports stars be held up as role models for us mere mortals? Thierry Henry, Barry Bonds, Andre Agassi have all proven themselves less than perfect, yet we continue to be disappointed when they make professional or personal mistakes. This sports law professor argues sports stars should be role models. Do you agree?

Had Tiger been less the corporate PR person’s dream — genius sportsman, happy family man — and more open about his frailties, would so many people be weighing in on his ‘transgressions’ now?

Or is his private life, as he maintains, entirely his business, and his business alone?

And when celebrities or sports people do ‘transgress’, why are we so surprised anyway? Apparently, around 50 percent of married women and 60 percent of married men have affairs. If so many of us do it, who are we to judge Tiger Woods?


139 Responses to “On air: Do we have a right to judge Tiger Woods?”


  1. December 3, 2009 at 14:17

    We are in the age of information and technology, but I still maintain that a person’s private life should remain their own, regardless of celebrity. I understand that when people choose to become famous that they “must” endure certain amounts of public scrutiny, but this is between Tiger, his wife and children and the woman/women he is alleged to have had affairs with. I hate hearing about such garbage, always have and always will. (The garbage is the reporting and rubber necking public, not the unfortunate circumstances.) PLEASE people, drop it!

    • 2 Y.A. Howe
      December 3, 2009 at 16:44

      I fully agree. Just because Tiger Woods is a top golfer we have no right to interfere with his private life. The way the media carries on about this incident is absolutely ridiculous. Woods and his family should be left alone and so should the lives of other individuals on this planet. If the media wants to make a sensation out of a person’s private life it should be thoroughly ashamed of itself.
      The way the media operates these days is completely absurd and we, the listeners, have to listen to their continuous blah blah over nothing!!!!!

  2. 3 Crispo, Uganda
    December 3, 2009 at 14:24

    Before i go further let me ask, when we make comments about an individual’s actions, are we judging them?

    Whatever made Tiger act that way, those weren’t good. I can’t say we expected him to be a paragon of decency, but its nice to know that he understands that his actions weren’t good. The apology was timely too. If all other sports icons acted this way, we would have many worthy models as young people. With the exception of Tiger and a few other icons, the whole lot of other icons and models alike have over zealous/boisterous egos. I respect Tiger’s privacy but I got a message for him: in the business being a public figure, sometimes the line between privacy and open public intrusion is not measurable. Also, not everyone is happy to see you a top icon, that’s why they will go to extremes to get you down. Lastly, considering the number of people he’s inspired, there is bound to be close monitoring of his action. Your life isn’t yours but for them.

  3. 4 gary
    December 3, 2009 at 14:29

    People should remember their judgments of others’ failings are always based upon ideals of perfection rather than upon their own imperfect embodiment of those ideals…and then they should remain silent.
    g

  4. 6 guykaks
    December 3, 2009 at 14:32

    I think it is absolutely wrong to judge mr. wood.in the contrary i pitty the guy for his mysterious habit

  5. 7 Maccus Germanis
    December 3, 2009 at 14:50

    I don’t see any of the various judgements as legally binding. Therefore aren’t you really asking for a sort of self censorship? Do the editorial writers have a right to voice their opinion? And are they callously capitalising upon the mistake of another, without regard to how newsworthy his dalliance? I would say yes on both counts.

  6. 8 John costigane
    December 3, 2009 at 14:53

    You have to laugh at Gillette for hiring 3 top sportsmen, two of whom have fallen from grace, though in different ways. I hope Roger can stay squeaky clean, otherwise, the whole campaign will collapse.

    I do not use their products since they are endless producers of waste (packaging and razors). Hopefully others will choose the sustainable way.

  7. 9 Dennis Junior
    December 3, 2009 at 15:00

    Yes, we have the right to not judge Tiger Woods–but, to make a semi-formal criticized of his ability to make informed decisions on his conduct in his recent actions….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  8. 10 patti in cape coral
    December 3, 2009 at 15:04

    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.

  9. 11 ARTHUR NJUGUNA
    December 3, 2009 at 15:06

    I totally disagree with Tiger. On one hand he is revealing a problem through what looks like borrowed speech and on the other he thinks others are naive not see them. What is so private about his life? He owns millions generated by fans first as a sportsman and second as a paid for celebrity. We own him because we have been taxed so that he gets paid.
    An accident cannot be a private life if this is what he wants to teach his kids. We have a right to know instead of being as simpleton by one of the ‘giants’ of our time. The other day was about the German goalkepper who decided to maintain a heightened privacy whose climax was a fact that even his dear wife was left out.
    He is totally dishonest to think he owes us nothing. The only remedy to his self inflicted damage is to substitute that small incoherent speech with one that measures up to his stature. Blaming the press won’t wash.

  10. 12 James Loudermilk
    December 3, 2009 at 15:19

    Who cares, he is a sports guy not a religious leader or poitician. No body needs to be looking up to any sports person in that way anyway.

    • December 3, 2009 at 15:31

      Ah, but I firmly believe that even sports pros and politicians have the right to their private lives. I will, however, gladly expose hypocrisy, such as the MANY USA congressmen who were extremely vocal against gay rights and voted in kind before getting caught up in gay sex scandals, or those who profess “traditional family values” and are then caught cheating, but that’s a far different thing!

  11. 14 Gary Paudler
    December 3, 2009 at 15:30

    Of course “judgement” in this context has nothing to do with a legal proceeding. Our judgement of Tiger is totally recreational, vicarious and prurient. Sorry Tiger,
    you have energetically pushed yourself before the public eye and have reaped staggering wealth as a result. It is nonsense to, in an embarrassing moment, claim a right to privacy. Role model? I didn’t model myself after the exceptional Tiger, I won’t follow the example of the flawed Tiger.

  12. 15 Kate M.
    December 3, 2009 at 15:31

    If it weren’t for the public buying the products Tiger advertises and paying to watch him play he would not be as big as he is now. I think people have a right to be upset when someone they support lets them down, even if it’s all just a made up image.

  13. 16 Linda from Italy
    December 3, 2009 at 15:45

    For heaven’s sake! Haven’t we already done this one to death over the Agassi “revelations”? This is guy who makes bundles of money from playing a game that makes watching paint dry seem exciting. Apparently he had a “fling”, then had a row with the spouse and crashed his car, without doing any damage to other living beings – so what on earth has that to do with anything of remote interest to anyone.
    Anyone has the right to have opinions about other people and pass their own judgements if they so wish – end of message and who cares?

  14. 17 Iain
    December 3, 2009 at 15:49

    NO.

    We do it because we are misguided. miserable, small minded gossips.

  15. 18 Maina
    December 3, 2009 at 15:53

    The man hits a ball with a stick really well, that does not make him the pope or somebody who’s behavior should be above reproach. This is between him & those directly involved i.e his wife.

  16. 19 John in Salem
    December 3, 2009 at 15:55

    It boils down to this – Tiger Woods has been selling us a lie. We didn’t buy the products he endorsed because he’s the best golfer in the world, we bought them because we trusted the opinions of an honorable man with values that we respected.
    As far as I’m concerned he waived his right not to be judged by the public when he accepted his first check.

  17. 20 jade
    December 3, 2009 at 15:57

    I think the public outcry came more from the feeling of being deceived. Sometimes, Americans are more forgiving on the act itself, than the cover-up. Also, Tiger Woods never wanted to be a “saint.” People just wish to find an ideal person, a rarity. And, when that bubble bursts, people are disappointed, and even more disappointed when he tried to cover up. Perhaps, when TW reflects, people should also reflect upon the definitions of role models. How about scholars and scientists? Can they have as high status as atheletes in America? I wonder…

  18. 21 Ronald
    December 3, 2009 at 16:04

    Leave the man alone.

    He is a first class golfer, a human being, not a saint. He does not go around preaching to other how to behave, so why should we go around tutting about his private life?

    It’s not like the Catholic priests, who went around preaching but were engaging in all kinds of unimaginables in the dark. Those people, we have a right to judge, not Tiger Woods.

    He is a normal human being, and he like like you and me, except he plays golf better than you and me.

    • 22 Maxine
      December 6, 2009 at 08:44

      I would like to give a few words from Tiger Woods: “Control yourself and you control your destiny”, from the book Tiger Virtues by Alex Tresniowski. Tiger was very inspirational to many people , let us hope it does not turn to despair. People who are in the public eye have to set, unfortunately, a very high moral standard.

  19. 23 rob z.
    December 3, 2009 at 16:06

    A man or womans sexual behaviour, is between those involved in the relationship.
    Whether a married person has multipule partners, is between the cuople and not my business.
    And to say YOU would NEVER have an affair is a lie,human nature is unpredictable.
    Rob in Florida.

  20. 24 Tamatoa, Zurich
    December 3, 2009 at 16:13

    Nobody has the right to judge anybody else. For we all know ourselves better than the others. And we mustn’t enlarge the short-comings of others, so that our own short-comings don’t look even bigger. We can only judge ourselves.

    I have no problem using him as role model. He is hard working and strives for excellence. But I also choose to only look at his good attributes. Everything else is not worth mentioning.

    On another note, what will happen to Gillette’s ad-campaign now? First Thierry Henry, now Tiger. Only Roger Federer is left whithout a scandal.

  21. 25 steve
    December 3, 2009 at 16:13

    @ rob z

    hence marriage is an unnatural condition.

  22. 27 ARTHUR NJUGUNA
    December 3, 2009 at 16:21

    @ Kate M

    Can you imagine what example this guy is trying to set? He is driving a state of the art technology of a car because he can afford it – and it is his and it is not new to him. As if that is not enough, on inspection, the clutch, the steering, the headlamps and breaks are quite as perfect as ordered. This is not an accident inside his bedroom and it was clearly quite visible to the public. Any investigator rightly goes through what is known as fault elimination process. What was said by the police and the press, should have served as the best opportunity for him to correct the situation. Has he done that? No and the only thing he wants to posit is that society does not have a right and the capacity to make a follow-up in such circumstances. That is why there is the press even if its not perfect. That is why we have a host of laws in which we are all accountable. What he aught now to realize is that the damage made to his car is now diminishing in comparison to the damage he is dealing to his own credibility.

    • December 3, 2009 at 20:45

      He hasn’t said anything but he was sorry. Right, HIS car, on HIS property. He hit a fire hydrant and something else. Sorry, I have a life and have not followed too much of this. Still won’t.

  23. 29 Ibrahim in UK
    December 3, 2009 at 16:22

    We have the right to judge whoever we want, but we don’t have a right to invade their privacy and extract the details of their private lives. In any case, it’s none of our business. Why is the media trying to force us to make it our business?

    Or perhaps another WHYS question: Who decides which stories the media presents to us, and why do all media outlets cover the exact same stories?

    • December 3, 2009 at 17:39

      Ibrahim, for an answer to your last sentance,try the Press Asociation,Nearly all journalists use their stories,saves a lot of time doing their own.

    • 31 Crispo, Uganda
      December 3, 2009 at 17:57

      Get this Ibrahim: journalism is defined as; the art and science of gathering and disseminating rumours in a professional manner.
      A journalist therefore is a professional rumour monger.
      News is inversely proportional to rumour. May be you see some differences. How captivating a rumour is, lets it make it to the front page.

      I sincerely hope that answers your questions or at least gives you insight.

  24. 32 Denise in Chicago
    December 3, 2009 at 16:23

    Personally I don’t care what sports figures or celebrities do. However, Tiger chose this life of celebrity so he cannot pick and choose when he gets to be in the spotlight.

  25. 33 BRINDA
    December 3, 2009 at 16:23

    Should sports stars be role model?

    Yes , professionally only, but not role model or good example for personal life .

    Should we judge tiger woods for his transgressions ?

    Yes, we can and should judge him but judging has nothing to do with him being tiger woods/ or a big sports star. Any man or woman who does this to their family should be.

    but his cheating on his wife does not make him a bad golf player!

    No one is perfect, yes but people with resources and education should know better.

    Is that not one of the difference between,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,man and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  26. 34 James
    December 3, 2009 at 16:23

    Absolutely not any of the general public business……Period!

  27. 35 Myra
    December 3, 2009 at 16:29

    Ian put is very simply, No. I don’t understand why people feel celebrities owe them anything. No one even knows exactly what happened nor the circumstances. Everything that’s being thrown out there is just speculation and whatever happened is probably a private family matter yet he has to ‘apologise’ to ‘people’, the majority of whom don’t even know him personally and have only see him on T.V. or read about him. What exactly he is apologising for is not even clear. The man has made it where he is today purely on his talent and he is human he deserves his privacy. His action did not cause any grievances to anyone in the public, so why should he apologise to the public. It’s a family matter. Can you imagine if we all had to apologise to the world every time we fell out with family members …….it just wouldn’t make sense.

  28. 36 Julie P
    December 3, 2009 at 16:33

    He’s a celebrity, so he will be, like it or not. Personally I could care less what he does and, but rag sheets will make a big deal out of it and small minds will believe anything they write from Tiger being a fallen role model, to him being the victim of domestic violence when he is neither.

  29. 37 steve
    December 3, 2009 at 16:40

    I honestly dont’ care, and don’t feel for either of these two people. He married her for her looks, she married him for his money and fame. Had he been a regular guy, she would never give him the time of day, if she were not attractive, he never have been interested. They deserve each other, and I don’t feel the slightest bit bad for either of them.

  30. 38 Harrison Picot
    December 3, 2009 at 16:43

    When someone recommends products to us,we have every right to know if they are generally truthful or if they often lie. A guy who lies to his wife does not seem like someone we could trust when he is being paid money to promote a car or anything else. Tiger Woods makes most of his money through endorsements, we have every right to know if he can be relied upon. He offers himself as a role model, “Buy this car and you can dive one like the car I drive.” We did not ask him to tell us what to buy, he and his sponsors suggest that we benefit from being more like him. It is now clear that we would not always want to do that.

  31. 39 ROADEAGL
    December 3, 2009 at 16:43

    As long as the public continues to let Madison Avenue define and create our “heroes” we will continue to suffer shock and awe when they inevitably turn out to be flawed humans, after all. Is a guy who can hit a ball with a stick more worthy of our adulation than the fireman who pulls a child out of a burning building or the scientist who develops a life-saving vaccine or the people who volunteer at the homeless shelter? Our actions, unfortunately, say yes.

  32. 40 Tara Ballance, Montreal Canada
    December 3, 2009 at 16:49

    I have the right to judge Tiger Woods just as much as he has the right to judge me.

    As patti from cape coral so nicely puts it, I have entire graveyards of skeletons lurking in my own closet, and I couldn’t last a minute under the microscope of public scrutiny that has been turned on Mr. Woods.

    Unless he is participating in illegal activities, what Mr. Woods does in his private life is none of my concern, and frankly, I appreciate the fact that he, in turn, has no interest in what I do in mine.

  33. 41 Anthony
    December 3, 2009 at 17:01

    Although I don’t care, in this day and age, famous people need to know that their business is everyone’s business.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  34. 43 Anthony
    December 3, 2009 at 17:02

    @ rob z

    I would NEVER have an affair. While I was married I never did. Did I have chances, yes, but I would NEVER EVER.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  35. 44 T
    December 3, 2009 at 17:08

    In a sense we do. He’s the richest and most powerful celebrity in the world. And what’s happened because of his “trangressions”?

    The global MSM is still hyping this. Three people so far have hired attorneys. How many millions of hits is Wood’s site getting every day? And if this is such a “malicious campaign” against him, how come Woods hasn’t sued anybody? Because truth is the ultimate defense.

    Looks like all of this attention isn’t hurting his profits at all.

  36. 45 Martin
    December 3, 2009 at 17:09

    Tiger should appear on television and apologize to the young children who he has influenced, and taken money for doing so.
    He might want to take a year off, move to Sweden to get to know his in laws better
    and learn how to control himself better ( his behavior of late on the golf course has also been an inexcusably bad influence to the kids who look up to him).
    The PGA tour won’t miss him for a year, if he stays he is just going to be a big unworthy distraction.

  37. 46 stephen/portland
    December 3, 2009 at 17:25

    No we do not have the right to judge him. He is playing the most pointless boring game ever known to man. I think he just needed some excitement in his life.

    Imagine playing Golf every day for the rest of your life, no wonder he gets paid so well.

    Poor chap!

  38. 47 Andrew in Australia
    December 3, 2009 at 17:33

    Of course we do. Of course we have the right to judge Woods. We do it every day in all aspects of our lives. We judge people we meet in social situations, at work, at home, our friends and family. That is part of being human. We assess people based on what we know or our intuition and we pass judgement on them.

    Even if Woods did not make his name and fortune as a result of the public and their patronage of him, was not a public figure who manipulates the media and his outward image, he has set himself up to be beyond reproach and as someone who is worthy of mass adulation. As such, anyone who goes to those efforts when they are clearly hypocritical and hide their true nature cannot avoid public scrutiny or be indignant about people passing judgement on them.

    Do we not judge criminals caught and imprisoned, judge those who look after children, judge the politicians who lead us? To suggest we should not is both impossible and naive and would only lead to individuals feeling they can do as they wil without regard or consequence for their actions.

    • December 3, 2009 at 21:01

      Maybe you do. I do not. I wait to get to know a person and make an informed opinion. No judgement call. My dad and mom always said when you point your finger at someone, the thumb is pointing back at you. So, it is best not to judge. Tiger has never set himself anywhere. You never see him. YOu cannot tell his politcal views. What movies he like, if he likes them. Does he read? I don’t know. I know nothing about this man other than golf and his father’s story. So, when did he place himself anywhere?

  39. 49 Elias
    December 3, 2009 at 17:34

    Everyone has some skeletons in the cupboard and want to keep them secret, but when a famous person like Tiger Woods has them he is always being scrutinised and made to reveal them, unfortunate for him, as it brings about problems in his private family life. Some how its always women who come forward to ruin a man’s reputation, we never hear about men similarilly coming forward to ruin a famous woman’s reputation. Do women so easily give themselves for sex just because a man is famous?. Man is a hunter for sex, woman is a creature who seduces for sex.
    I hope Tiger Woods will get over his problem he finds himself in and move on to a better life playing the sport of Golf he loves so much and put the past behind him.

  40. 50 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    December 3, 2009 at 17:35

    Anyone in the public eye is subjected to intrusions in his private life. That’s wrong. It is not the media who is at fault. It’s the fault of the people who buy the tabloids and who clamour for all the dirty details to be reported. It’s really too bad.
    Leave the Tiger alone.

  41. 51 Andrew in Australia
    December 3, 2009 at 17:38

    Woods may be the richest sportsman in the world, but by his actions… he is not worth very much indeed.

    He set himself up to be better than most, but that image was only a smokescreen to hide his true nature. If we do not judge him for his actions, what message does this send out to the wider community? Do what you want, we don’t care, you can get away with it regardless of who you use or who you hurt.

    As for his ‘regrets’ and apology. He had no regrets pursuing these woman or to hurt his family at the time. His only regret is that he got caught and his whiter than white image has been tarnished.

    • December 3, 2009 at 21:06

      No, he didn’t because it was his business, not yours. if not for the accident, it still would not be your business. He could have a harem and it would not be anyone’s business. I never had an image of him because I never knew him. I see your name. You could be the richest man in the world. I don’t know this. I know nothing of you. Same for Tiger. We know nothing of him. Does no one get this? NOTHING!!! Which could be the real reason for the rabid media frenzy. NOW, they may find out something. Psych!!

  42. 53 archibald
    December 3, 2009 at 17:39

    I have some judgements against him, but, I do not have the right to make it my business, that is the medias sad, chosen task. He has made his own bed and is now reluctant to sleep in it, understandably so. If he was unsatisfied in his marriage, he had options, unless he was foolish enough not to make his wife sign a prenup. I am sure that there are unimaginable pressures involved when one is a celebrity, but, that is the price of fame embraced, and enjoyed, no?

  43. December 3, 2009 at 17:50

    I suppose if it’s not a pink dress,it has to be some other trivia.He is a good golfer,he is not the president of a moral institution,which may call for some comment.

  44. 55 Peter in jamaica
    December 3, 2009 at 17:51

    Tiger Woods is a person, regardless of his stature in life. I don’t see why he has to be answerable to us for anything that has or will affected only his family. He is human just like the rest of us and as such is susceptible to the faults of human beings and needs to explain nothing to us, only his family. This matter is between him and his family and if it should go that far, the courts. We should only be interested in how he carries and portrays himself on the golf course.

  45. 56 Sassena
    December 3, 2009 at 18:01

    Good Heavens people please. Ok, here’s the deal. Tiger woods is a very very very rich man who’s life is in the public eye. And he has a goodboy image too.
    People expect him to be “perfect” off the golF course as well. I mean, WHO IS??
    He’ s just a man who has done the dirt on his wife. I am not saying he should have cheated. But what makes him so different from millions of men out there who cheat? Does the fact that he is famous mean that his dirt is dirtier than that of Dick, Tom or Harry? Millions of men and women cheat on their spouses every day, rich or poor. But the famous rich folks are just a bit more careful when they do dirt. Tiger got caught – that’s the only difference.
    Please, let him and his wife handle their buissness the way they like it. I know the trash-papers are gonna have a field day with this. That’s just how they operate.

  46. 57 patti in cape coral
    December 3, 2009 at 18:02

    Perhaps we should just assume that all famous people (sports celebrities, politicians, singers, actors, etc.) cheat on their spouses, and the MSM can report on those who are faithful. It would definitely make things simpler, although there wouldn’t be as much to report.

  47. 58 Crispo, Uganda
    December 3, 2009 at 18:04

    Thanks a lot Anthony. I couldn’t have said it better.
    Tiger should know that his business is everybody’s business. Does he mint his own money or from his many adoring fans?

    • December 3, 2009 at 21:09

      No, he wins a tournament and the pot. Advertisers pay for his likeness in commercials. If he loses the match, he get’s nothing. He dropped out of this tournament. He will get nothing.

  48. 60 T
    December 3, 2009 at 18:08

    Here’s another view on this. If so many people are so sick of hearing about this, the here’s a suggestion.

    Stop listening to it. Stop watching it. Stop reading about it. Stop giving into that impulse to check out Tiger Wood’s site. And don’t buy any of his products or any of his sponsor’s products.

    Now, how many of these people will actually do the above?

  49. 61 Andrew in Australia
    December 3, 2009 at 18:09

    @Peter in Jamaica

    I totally disagree with you.

    When Woods got into his car for whatever reason and drove on that roadway in the state he was in, or the circumstances of who may or may not have been provoking him at the time, he is answerable to everyone especially anyone who was out on the sidewalk or driving down the street and could have been injured or killed when he irresponsibly started the engine and set off.

    That is my point earlier. He felt he could drive off in the state he was in which ultimately resulted in a serious crash (not accident). That no one was around means nothing. Do not judge him, that is why people die on the roads. No one is to blame, no one is really held accountable for their actions. A $100 dollar fine!! He could have killed someone.

  50. December 3, 2009 at 18:16

    Tiger Woods has deceived himself into thinking that he can be different by compartmentalizing his life into: public life (career), private life (family) and social life (other)…and having full control. The fine line between his well organized life merged when his indiscretions were exposed.

    The initial “none of my business” press release only made the public hunger for more. Then it was the “oops, my bad” press release. That’s when it hit the fan. He is a celebrity, whether he wants to be one right now or not.

    We don’t have a right to judge him, but his forced commentary and news media hype perpetuated the situation. The public was pinned in by the story since it’s inception-there was no escape.

    The media wants us to judge him, but Tiger just wants to be forgiven-and left alone. This story has been milked in every direction. The public simply must break free of this “obsessive-compulsive Tiger disorder”.

    Gee, it’s the holidays–let’s talk about Christmas!

  51. 63 T
    December 3, 2009 at 18:18

    Here are the results of my latest unscientific MSM survey:
    Numbers of emails re: various stories(in the past week):

    Tiger Woods- 170
    Tiger Wood’s “Mistresses”- 60
    Tiger Wood’s spin control- 55
    Obama’s Afghanistan speech- 2
    Gordon Brown’s Afghanistan speech- 2
    Single payer health care- 1
    War in Iraq- 0

    You be the judge.

  52. 64 Kim Johnson
    December 3, 2009 at 18:30

    I never liked Tiger Wood and his arrogance. Yes, we have the right because he is a public figure and what he did is immoral and dishonest, and tells a lot about his personality. All these companies should withdraw their support because he is such a dishonest person. If you want to go with other women then don’t get married and have children. His image is damaged forever.

  53. 66 Tracy in Portland,OR
    December 3, 2009 at 18:32

    Tiger’s situation is no different than small town or neighborhood gossip. Almost everyone’s private business gets discussed by someone. He doesn’t have anymore right to not be talked about than the newly divorced man/woman in your office or neighborhood. His gossip groups are just larger. And unfortunately for him if the gossip is true he has a lot more to lose. Those who are hanging on every new revelation are no better than the nosey old biddies we all have know at least one of. If you are one of those chatting excitedly about his downfall try visualizing yourself as that grey haired old biddy everyone discounted as a busybody. Might give you some new perspective. And save you from the fate of becoming an old boorish nuisance everyone avoids.

    If Tiger is keeping his mouth shut to protect his wife if she “overreacted” to some disturbing news.. Kudos to him. He is man’ing up.

    Tracy
    Portland OR

  54. 67 Ben Asoro (Nigeria).
    December 3, 2009 at 18:32

    I feel so much for Tiger’s wife. I strongly believe that she’s the only one who has the right to judge Tiger. I hope all married people around the world learn from Tiger’s mistake. For every act of dishonour, there’ll be a day of reckoning. Tiger has sown. Tiger now reaps.

  55. 68 Myra
    December 3, 2009 at 18:43

    Most of all this furore is just the green eyed monster! Most of the people who feel that celebrities like Tiger Woods owe them an apology whenever they have a private dilemma are deluded little people who are sooo bored with their mundane lives that live their lives through the tabloids just to have a little piece of the dream they aspire to. They are quick to feel incensed and scream ‘guilty’ when these rich and famous, but human, people have crises as anyone of us would. And they do this to convince themselves that these rich and famous people are just like them, no better than than them and just trying to get through this drudgery of a life just like them. If one needs to knock other people when they are down just to feel better about their lives, that is just sad.

  56. 69 Tom in the U.S.A.
    December 3, 2009 at 18:48

    Of course it’s okay to judge Tiger Woods. It’s okay to judge anyone. But, the problem is that you never have all of the facts. As a result, your judgments must remain open, giving people the benefit of the doubt unless new facts arise to the contrary. It’s called having an open mind.

  57. 70 archibald
    December 3, 2009 at 18:57

    Too right Myra!!! Our culture is a shadow of the celebrities it idolizes, but, watch out when they fall from grace. Shopping cart judges in every aisle.

  58. 71 D from Indiana
    December 3, 2009 at 19:03

    We do have the right to judge him. Those who are let down by his actions only need to look in the mirror and contemplate their own actions.

  59. 72 T
    December 3, 2009 at 19:11

    In a way it doesn’t matter what the public thinks. The MSM will hype this to death as long as possible for maximum profit. And they know that very few people who hate this will stop paying attention to it. The MSM knows it. And Woods and his advisors know it.

  60. December 3, 2009 at 19:11

    To err is human… Let us allow Tiger Woods the time and the space to be a private individual. Intrusion by the press and by gossips are not necessary at all. Tiger Woods is a golf icon who has contributed immensely to the game. Let us respect him for his sporting abilities. We should not stoop so low as to revel in the difficulties he is going through in his private life. the fact that his wife is backing him speaks volumes.

  61. 74 steve
    December 3, 2009 at 19:12

    Remember not too long ago a picture came out of Michael Phelps smoking a bong, which typically is used for smoking marijuana? He apologized, for is “indiscretions” without saying what he did. However, this situation is complicated due to the car accident, and Tiger is walking on eggshells to protect himself and his family from any potential legal problems.

  62. 75 David
    December 3, 2009 at 19:12

    Bottom line: he is a public figure and he should expect that everything he does, good or bad, will be judged in the public forum.

  63. 76 Keth from Jamaica
    December 3, 2009 at 19:13

    Let those without sin cast the first stone!

  64. 77 steve
    December 3, 2009 at 19:13

    So Tiger doesn’t enjoy the public eye, but he enjoys all the money he makes from getting it though…

  65. 79 Bert
    December 3, 2009 at 19:13

    I just find it sad, and even pathetic, that these sports stars and similar celebraties can get so much global attention.

    Who cares, people? Honestly. Here’s someone who makes a living by propelling small spheres into little holes in the ground, for no greater purpose whatsoever. What could possibly matter less in the world, than what this person does in his personal life?

  66. 80 okunade noah
    December 3, 2009 at 19:14

    there are lots of preessing issues to discuss like the world cup draws, the state of health of the nigerian president.
    So why worry yourself with the private life of a golfer.What he did might be wrong but its not for any of us to judge.Remember “he without a sin, let him be the first to cast a stone”

  67. 81 Carol of ft myers fl
    December 3, 2009 at 19:14

    This is an example of media hype about celebrities. Unfortunately the media is putting him and his private affairs under the microscope. Leave the guy alone…he who is without fault cast the first stone.

  68. 82 BRINDA
    December 3, 2009 at 19:15

    i have a question to people who say i paid or spend money to see him play etc etc??

    Were u not satisfied with the show, the game the product u bought,, that should not be the reason to have right to judge him.

    I still say that we can judge him but the above is not the right reason.

    Morals ,integrity, etc is something every human beings should have is int it ?

  69. 83 Kondwani in UK
    December 3, 2009 at 19:16

    It’s a shame that we expect athletes to be role models after all they are just as human as we are. Human males are driven by the need to spread their genes. Sympathy for Tiger.

  70. 84 Tom D Ford
    December 3, 2009 at 19:19

    @ Andrew in Australia
    December 3, 2009 at 18:09

    “When Woods got into his car for whatever reason and drove on that roadway in the state he was in, or the circumstances of who may or may not have been provoking him at the time, he is answerable to everyone especially anyone who was out on the sidewalk or driving down the street and could have been injured or killed when he irresponsibly started the engine and set off. …”

    I have to agree with you about that, he should not have endangered the public by driving in that state of emotions.

  71. 85 Kelly from Portland, OR USA
    December 3, 2009 at 19:20

    As a world culture, and especially in the US, we’ve taken the belief in monogamy to an almost religious level. However, science refutes the premise that human beings are monogamous by nature. (Source: “The Myth of Monogamy”) Given that, is it really so shocking that Tiger is a human being and has natural urges and experiences?

    Given that, why do we feel it is our business and, further, that we have the right to judge anyone for their personal and/or sexual choices (calling it a “transgression” or “adultery”) whether it be Tiger Woods or a Politician in the US?

    • 86 Jane Steele
      December 3, 2009 at 19:33

      If someone portrays himself as above reproach he deserves what he gets when his trangressions are exposed.

      If he can’t contain his “urges” then he should not have made the committment to marriage and having a family.

  72. 87 Jane Steele
    December 3, 2009 at 19:22

    Why is everyone so surprised when atheletes don’t live-up to the hype generated by their handlers and professional marketers which portray them to be “super humans” with sqeaky-clean morals and family values???!!!

    At the end of the day they are flawed human beings – like most of us. The majority are paid far too much for being able to kick a ball or chase it around the grass with a stick. Atheletes are not curing cancer or brokering world peace – They aren’t relevant in the big scheme of things and the hero-worship of these people which goes on in society is so misplaced that I find it pathetic.

    You choose to live in the limelight you had best be prepared to face the music when your dirty laundry is aired by the very media that created you.

  73. 88 Bill Dowey
    December 3, 2009 at 19:22

    Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone!

  74. 89 Scott [M]
    December 3, 2009 at 19:22

    Mr. Woods benefits financially from his image, as a successful ‘black’ golfer (yes it is relevant considering the sport) and the type of man he is alleging to be. His fame is not commensurate with his abilities or the sport. He received the majority of this fame because he was a novelty and because of the image he presented. Considering he has received enormous sums of money based on this image, then the image is relevant and will be questioned and criticized. He has enough money, he does not need our sympathy.

    This game we play (on this show) by pretending to talk about an issue from an allegedly intelligent and oblique angle, is nothing but a roundabout way to talk about an issue everyone is talking about, and repackage it as acceptable discourse for a show like yours.

  75. 90 Myra
    December 3, 2009 at 19:23

    I agree with Carol of ft myers . It serves the media to keep the speculation going because it will attract readers and they will make more money.

  76. 91 Nayan, Canada
    December 3, 2009 at 19:23

    The issue is that he positioned himself as a role model. What happens to that? What happens to all the kids who have seen themselves growing up to be like Tiger Woods — thats why his transgressions are an issue. If he had been a top notch golfer who also portrayed himself as a party animal and a playboy, his “transgressions” wouldn’t be so much of an issue.

    • December 3, 2009 at 19:45

      They immulate his golfing. Not his life. Until now, we knew nothing of his life. Get real. Except for ‘pin points’ in his life up to his father’s death, you knew nothing. He could be a drummer for a band and you not know it. It is the golf. Period. Are you saying kids are going to play golf. Wait to a certain age, like he did, get married. Have two children becaus ‘this is how Tiger did it’. Thank god my kids aren’t that stupid.

  77. 93 Bram
    December 3, 2009 at 19:23

    Ah – let’s reverse the genders. After all, she went after him with a golf club, right? Right – we’d forgotten that little detail hadn’ we? Nice bit of spin here. Now, if he had gone after her with said club because she was cheating..we would all be discussing HIS domestic violence, right? Double standards, anyone?

  78. 94 Mike in Seattle
    December 3, 2009 at 19:24

    Here’s what I’d like to ask any of the guests or the hosts for that matter:

    At the most fundamental level, why is this a newsworthy story?

    To be clear, I’m not asking why this is the topic for today’s episode of WHYS. I’m asking at a fundamental level why updates of this story are important enough to make it into the top of the hour news updates or why so many news organizations feel that this is an important topic to cover.

  79. 95 A.J.
    December 3, 2009 at 19:25

    Were he NOT a public figure, none of this scrutiny would be happening. If I were to get into an accident or be unfaithful, no one would notice, unless I was a repeat offender or a known philanderer. Having a car accident is something people find out about. It is public. Having an affair is no ones business. Only because he is famous is it in the “news” at all. When one is in a highly visible position they ought to expect to be scrutinized for everything. The personal matters are no ones business. But, when you’re a star you can’t expect to control the public interest in your doings.

  80. 96 steve
    December 3, 2009 at 19:26

    What does your American guest in Sweden mean by his wife acting strong, ina strong feminist way? What actions did she even take?

  81. 97 Hiawatha Walker
    December 3, 2009 at 19:26

    Is that commentator serious? Because Tiger had an affair he is now not going to buy anything he endorses or watch his matches? If you REALLY think these sports figures, actors/actresses, politicians, etc are God-like… you are DELIRIOUS!

    He is just one of the ones who got caught! Get real people! This is nothing new. I don’t think it ok… and he should make some type of statement to his fans. But that’s the problem with our Western societies… we put TOO much hope and admiration into celebrity. He just represent what is happening across the board in our communities. Everyday moms and dads should be role models to their kids. We have to stop passing work off to others…

  82. 98 Myra
    December 3, 2009 at 19:27

    I get the argument about Tiger being a role model but so what if he is a role model he is still a human being. Having a role model doesn’t mean that one should suspend all faculties of judgement . If Tiger jumped into the ocean tomorrow would everyone who deemed him a role model follow suit.

  83. 99 Tom D Ford
    December 3, 2009 at 19:32

    Tiger indulged himself in the wealth offered by the Golf Industry, why wouldn’t he indulge in the rest of what was presented to him?

    I don’t know how you could stop women from stalking wealthy and/or powerful people like Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, etc.

    And I don’t know how or why such wealthy and powerful people of either sex would not indulge in the sexual smorgasbord presented to them.

    And wouldn’t you think that any person who was in a relationship with or married to a wealthy and/or powerful person would assume that many other men or women would be attracted to that person for the same reasons?

  84. 100 Keth from Jamaica
    December 3, 2009 at 19:34

    Such angst all over the world toward a little man who can knock balls into tiny holes in the ground. It is evident that he has been given the status of a demigod. This is what happens with idolatry…careful…he’s just a man.

  85. 101 Eric in France
    December 3, 2009 at 19:36

    He is a fantastic golf player.

    I personally do not mind what is his life out of the greens.

    However, if one wants to judge him, what about his wife? In a couple, nothing goes wrong because one only. It is generally a shared problem. The celebrity status in The USA in particular brings so much pressure on the family that transgression can somehow be expected from one or the other (or both) within the couple.

  86. 102 T
    December 3, 2009 at 19:36

    I disagree with your N.Y. guest. He keeps saying people love this stuff. Wrong. He’s just pushing the typical MSM excuse to justify the hype.

    There ARE other stories that are actually more important.

  87. December 3, 2009 at 19:36

    There are some private matters that deserve public attention and condemnation–child molestation and domestic violence for example. But this really isn’t in that category.

  88. December 3, 2009 at 19:40

    It’s none of your business. He did not portray himself as anything. The media did. He was never really in the spotlight by his own valition. WHO CARES???? You need a life. Grow up. His life is not important. He has his right to cuss, fuss, do what he wants. He is an adult. GROW UP!!!! Remeber Michael Jordan when they trie this with him. How much money was lost? He genrates too much money. I never looked at him as anything but a human being. Maybe you should, too.

  89. 105 Jackie
    December 3, 2009 at 19:41

    This is a character issue. If he feels comfortable cheating on his wife, then he feels comfortable cheating in business and in golf.

  90. 106 Paul O'Curry
    December 3, 2009 at 19:45

    I am more concerned with Tigers alleged respect for women ye he plays at Augusta in the Masters and is their main attraction. Also how he treated his college room mate Todd Martin who had a serious disease in his leg and wanted to use a cart. He later used a cart himself after his knee operation.

  91. 107 Robert
    December 3, 2009 at 19:46

    I think that just because that Tiger is a celebrity does not mean that his private life should be public. If I was a celebrity I would want to keep my private life away from the public. If he wants to make a statement what his issue were for the accident that is his buisness, but we should not judge him because his job is on the world stage.

  92. 108 John in Salem
    December 3, 2009 at 19:55

    If Woods had simply been the best at what he does he would deserve as much privacy as anyone else. He could have taken the prizes for the tournaments he has won and lived a very good (and private) life.
    But he didn’t. He made the choice to cash in by selling us an image that wasn’t genuine and he has to answer for it.
    I could personally care less about his life but from what I’ve seen the ONLY innocent person in this is his child – everyone else knew the risks and made their choice.

  93. December 3, 2009 at 19:55

    we have absolutely no right to judge tiger woods. whatever problem mr woods and his family have, i think its best they dealwith it. i hate the way the media – the american media (and blogosphere) is going about mr wood’s problems as if he wasnt human in the first place. its sad he made a mistake, and like everybody else – he’ll hopefully learn from HIS mistakes..

  94. December 3, 2009 at 19:57

    Regarding the comparison drawn between the Woods media blitz and gawking at a serious car crash: At least with the latter there might be some concern about the victims, and enough self-control to stop staring after several seconds. The persistent media cycle, devoting so much of it’s time and energy to something that’s really a bit meaningless in the scheme of things, is something else.

  95. 111 Gergana Alyakova
    December 3, 2009 at 19:59

    Does an affair make Tiger Woods a less excellent golfer? Isn’t it naive to make a godlike idol of every expert? He is great in what he does. And that’s it. If anyone feels disappointed, it is through their undue expectations and need for raw models or heros. This reminds me of the ridiculous outcry following the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.

  96. 112 Revyloution
    December 3, 2009 at 20:12

    Tiger who? Sorry I dont follow water polo.

    I have no idea why sport causes so much passion in people. They are playing games, not doing anything important.

  97. 113 mike
    December 3, 2009 at 20:18

    He is a person that plays golf… not a god now never was. People need to stop worrying about what he has done wrong and take care of themselves. Look around you I am sure that you can find more important things in your life to focus on than this. Basically GET A LIFE!!!!!

  98. 114 Mustafa
    December 3, 2009 at 20:28

    I fully agree with Ibrahim in UK and most of your readers and their comments about the protection of personal matters and privacy,whether he is an ordinary layman or a celebrity.In Islam, it is a sin to disclose someone else’s misgivings.One lady has aptly said that the media is out to make money by washing someone;s dirty linens in public.

  99. 115 Vijay Pillai
    December 3, 2009 at 21:55

    No it is not for the people to make judgement but if an athlete make milions supporting not just golf angle s and caps but almost every other product known to men whether watch or shaving razers,one need not be a golf lover to see that people can switich off from that product and that would be disaster for the business and loss of jobs ans so on. so in the interest of product’s viability , one has a moral responsibility to see that he or she is seen as clean face after a shave as portrayed along with other famous sports stars like tennis and racing stars.

    Lesson of Ben Johnson’s loss of olympic gold and millions as result of sponsors pulling out of the deal as happened in 1988 is worth remebering

  100. 116 reggaeym
    December 3, 2009 at 22:52

    lol, just the fact that we all have opinions on this and would take the time out of our lives to discuss it is very sad. The public (most notably the American) tries to hold these guys up like shining stars of virtue and high moral values just because they can run fast, hit hard or, in this case. Get a little white ball to go into a hole.
    Then the first time a guy gets caught ‘making it rain’, gets drunk, or goes to play in the mud a bit. The public is shocked and filled with righteous indignation.

    How pathetic!

    My best advice is don’t watch them, watch yourselves! If you need a pious role model for your kids, you be it yourself.
    Of course, I was all for Bill getting BJs from the interns, just don’t take the piss and let it get in the way of work.

    Go do something important and stop living your lives though some other guy who get paid just because you watch him.

    That’s my 2 cents.

  101. 117 Mayra Diaz
    December 3, 2009 at 22:55

    I am glad you brought up this subject. I am a journalist and I believe that every person is entitled to a personal life. Back when Clinton had his issues, some people had the audacity to judge his leadership skills. Out of respect, as a journalist you should always ask what subjects you can question and what subjects you cannot. So Tiger crashed his car at 2:00 and the worry was whether he was intoxicated or not, etc. The local police authorities took care of of that. I don’t want to know what celebrities are doing every minute of the day. I have enough to take care of in my own life.

    Yes every person on this earth, even the President of the US has the right to privacy and in this case so does Tiger Woods.

    How would you like to be hounded especially when you’ve made a mistake.

    Mother Teresa said it best – “it was always between you and God.

  102. 118 jade
    December 4, 2009 at 00:18

    For someone so smart in the games of golf and business, he got caught texting at home & leave voice mails for records! Must be desperately lonely in marriage. And, for some ladies of the night out for his money? not so smart after all. People ask why powerful men cannot resist temptation. It’s in the biology. Nature has a way of balancing off. No one can have everything good nor everything bad. Needs hard work to learn to be wiser.

  103. 119 claudine
    December 4, 2009 at 01:15

    yes, we have the right to judge Tiger Woods.
    If he had an affair with another woman then that would be unacceptable.
    If he had caused harm to his wife and family that would also be unacceptable.
    That especially for people who are constantly in the public eye but also for everyone else.
    Naturally the case grows independent blossoms, speculations since Tiger Woods refused to tell what really went on, but then his career and marriage might be in tatters if he comes out with the truth..

  104. 120 T
    December 4, 2009 at 04:22

    If the media corporations can charge fees for online “content”, can I charge them a fee for every Tiger Woods email they send me?

  105. 121 T
    December 4, 2009 at 04:24

    Does anyone know how many hits his web site gets a day?

  106. 122 Oliver Albino
    December 4, 2009 at 08:49

    Treating the Tiger Woods saga as private, and leaving him alone is not only the most sensible thing to do; but, it reflects our honesty to ourselves. Stripped bare, the bone of the whole saga come down to a traffic violation. What time it happened is only important because it was him. Thank Heavens, the police themselves said alcohol was not involved. What if it had been a factor? Tiger Woods has climed to fame through golf. It might have been a clean and innocent life. But, who had linked that to a devout living?

    If it is Tiger Woods, he is an excellent golfer. He also has a family. If members of that family have concerns about his behavior, give them the their privacy to resolve their family matters. So far, what he has been forced to say is even out of proportion with the whole saga. Why should a traffic violation lead to stripping a family bare of its sense of privicy?

  107. 123 David
    December 4, 2009 at 09:50

    Cast the first stone if you are perfect, if you have not cheated, if you have not done any thing wrong. If you are a woman or a man who is perfect, you can continue with the negative message.

  108. 124 şükrü ALPAK
    December 4, 2009 at 10:04

    ı think that whether you are an ordinary man or a celebrity we share one thing that makes us vulnerable to making a mess of our lives. it is the flawed human nature. Tiger woods’ mistakes has similiarity to the people who were convicted of irregularities in enron or other corporate scandal tiger woods became so much popular and tasted so many things that he became discontented with what he has in his hands and became a victim of human nature and made a mistake just like any one of us can do but we need to emphatize with him his celebrity statusdoesnt make him a perfect and flawless man and i think the greedy media shouldn’t exaggerate its coverage of this affair and freedom of expression must not be used in a way that would encroach upon the privacy of celebrities.

  109. December 4, 2009 at 10:56

    people have even judged GOD before…like mark twain….anyone too can be judged so long as he/she is still a human being.tiger being judged at the moment can even be a blessing for him to change..shame,downfall,sickness aint a respector of the golf inventor too…the only problem is that when you are rich,sabotages can be used in your secretive things than is to the poor man with skates..not escalade.

    TV(tambua village/jebrock),HAMISI,VIHIGA,KENYA

  110. 126 Chilufya
    December 4, 2009 at 11:37

    On the one hand celebrities like actors, musicians and sports legends are role models that everyday people want to emulate after and so they should live a life that will reflect not only good proffessional values but personal morals as well.

    On the other hand they are only human and we all make mistakes. As a role model one must show remorse for the mistakes made and show penance of some sort because they are in the public eye. That way those that look up to them will be able to respect them once again.

  111. 127 Weaver
    December 4, 2009 at 12:38

    In other words – the media in all forms can foxtrot oscar and mind its own business.

    Private life is private.

  112. 128 P. Sailsman
    December 4, 2009 at 15:45

    I think the press should just report on the fact that Mr. Woods was involved in an accident and that he is in recovery and then leave it there. The sordid details is nobody’s business. Is this how we treat a legend by making his private life public.

  113. December 4, 2009 at 16:17

    Hi WHYSer!
    Better late than I never, I suspect!
    None of these people are beyond reproach and, therefore, are quite capable of making ‘mistakes’ of this kind. It remains to be seen, however, whether the act of making a mistake is, by itself, enough to absolve important public figures such as Tiger Woods from moral censure. This is in part because personalities like his including other sports/ public figures thrive on the ‘squeaky clean image’ that is often presented of them in the public domain.

    Indeed, the fact that there is never a questioning of these expectations of virtue represented in the (over) celebrification of mere mortals, however talented, is part of what causes these kinds of problems, ultimately. Supporters, fans and commentators alike get into the business of almost deifying otherwise imperfect people, who when they live up to their humanity, the fallouts become very devastating. Sad!

  114. December 4, 2009 at 16:22

    Personally, I think Tiger should be allowed the privacy to recover from his indiscretions, however difficult. Still, our media saturated, supposedly information drive culture has no patience with this virtue. It is often the same hand that builds up public personalities, in the beginning, which end up crucifying them, sometimes on the very same altars of adoration which made them stars. Such is the slippery nature of media images and celebrity worship. Tiger is human. He is deserving of our understanding and compassion, even if we are disagreed with his actions. I am saddened that his private life, however questionable, has to become such a spectacle for public consumption and ridicule.

  115. 131 Margaret Hookey
    December 4, 2009 at 20:42

    Tiger has played magnificent golf. Entertained and thrilled us. And perhaps we should give back to him on the same level. His success has two sides, he plays, we appreciate. Let’s give back, let’s show our REAL appreciation and offer him support.

    We project perfection onto him. He has played his best but he himself has said he is not perfect. We want him to be a god; he wants to play his best. The other side is we not only want to be entertained, we want THE most intimate details. This is also our projection. We built him, we will tear him down. And as for professional media folks: they will do their best to tear him down and get richer for it.

  116. 132 CJ McAuley
    December 4, 2009 at 21:37

    The most salient thing to take away from this blog is this; as of 3:35PM Canadian time, there were 130 comments about “Tiger” and 27 comments on Afghanistan&Obama’s “surge”!

  117. 133 Pete Hodge
    December 6, 2009 at 21:09

    Just one brief comment.
    “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  118. 134 T
    December 7, 2009 at 00:34

    Maybe one answer is this. It’s the old celebrity-gravy-train-syndrome. You work for the most famous golfer in the world and enjoy all of the perks. So why risk losing that?

  119. 135 Bryan Dawes
    December 7, 2009 at 03:24

    This guy did not make himself a “celebrity” – the media did. And entirely for their own profits, not his welfare. Like all celebrities, he is a victim of the sordid tabloids and advertising industries. Its a consequence of their exploitation that has made him rich and famous and I pity him for that, even though he has to some degree cooperated with them. Isn’t it revealing that the same newspapers that once put him on a pedestal, are now so willing to destroy him if it means they might sell a few more of their nasty little rags?
    I have no idea what he has supposed to have done, and I don’t want to. It is none of my business – nor is it the newspapers business. Their role in civilised society is to report facts – not gossip, speculation, innuendo and downright lies. In my view, their transgressions are far more evil than his.
    As one who was more aware of human failings than us said a long time ago………. “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone”

  120. 136 Gabriel Goah
    December 8, 2009 at 08:48

    I have followed with kin interest the whole issue surrounding Tiger Woods and i can’t help but smile. It’s amazing how western media can destroy you in a flash!. Tiger had an accident ok, refuses to talk to police, suspicious, but then the accident was on a private property. But then newspapers starting paying thousands and even millions of dollars to bouncers of night clubs that Tiger frequented to get stories about him and women. paying waitresses who live on small income to “spill the beans” as it were.

    To me Tiger is simply following is African roots. After all if he were in Africa he will be a chief with 18 wives! so what the whole fuss is about?! My father had six wives and he was just a school teacher.

    Hail Tiger!!

  121. 137 Rick eyre
    December 10, 2009 at 09:06

    Tiger is the boy. He can do what he wants of the golf course. Nobody should take it away from him
    that he is something else on the course. He brings the bacon home.

  122. 138 mary
    March 9, 2010 at 17:44

    I think the world should leave greg norman alone. its not our place to judge i hope greg norman and his children will be happy money does not make a person happy it just makes life more comfortable. pure true love makes people happy be kind to Greg and his family .. i wish him and his family peace and love


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