Tsk, Tsk Tiger: we thought you were different
He’s the most lucratively compensated athlete in the world. Golf’s Golden Boy. Married five years to a gorgeous Swedish model, father to two beautiful children. We have all admired Tiger Woods as the man who had it all–and who appreciated his good fortune.
We admired him because he earned his money the old-fashioned way: performance. And his lifestyle suggested that he was a man worthy of our admiration.
A family man.
Unlike too many of his peers, Tiger Woods appeared devoid of that entitlement mindset which has meant highly compensated athletes live the Big Life by glorifying social misbehavior and discarding relationship commitment. We never expected that Woods, who certainly has appeared to have it all, would find the need to have more: a tawdry relationship on the side.
We thought we knew you, Tiger.
For all the apologists out there who keep insisting this is no one’s business . . . we beg to differ. Golf is a lifestyle for many of us, and Tiger has been the epitome of success. He has reached near-hero status with countless kids who have sought to follow in his footsteps. He has been a role model.
We didn’t put you on a pedestal, Tiger. You claimed that spot for yourself.
Golf is a gentleman’s game. Protocol and tradition are woven into the rules of the sport. We are more than disappointed. We are disgusted that Woods would trash the traditions of golf itself by dragging the image of the sport down to the NFL level, where such declasse antics are not only expected, they seem to be accepted as the norm.
Tiger, you have left us perplexed: You had it all–Fame, Fortune, Family. Why wasn’t that enough?
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