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Tsk, Tsk Tiger: we thought you were different

December 3, 2009

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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  1. Alia
    December 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I do believe John Daly and any number of other professional golfers tarnished the image of the “gentleman’s game” long before Tiger came along. The game is tarnished when tournaments are still held at sites that continue to discriminate against women and people of color. Just my humble opinion. :~)

    • Ani
      December 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

      This situation with Tiger is not about segregation, race, PGA sanctions or Civil Rights. This is about a young man, who has fascinated us all with his immense talent and professionalism, and who makes millions of dollars as a corporate spokesperson. This is about an athlete who has carefully positioned himself as Golf’s Golden Boy. This is about a father, husband and role-model to folks across the globe. This is about a man who has projected an image that now appears to be in conflict with reality.

      And it is troubling, because it seems too many professional athletes, who earn more money in one year than the average sports fan will make in a lifetime, have no moral compasses.

      We stick to what we said. We thought Tiger was different. We thought he was no less than a sportsman, gentleman and the ultimate example of what Golf is all about. He has tarnished that image by his choices. Those choices are what concern us. They suggest an entitlement attitude.

      We’ll say it again: this is a man who appears to have had it all. Why wasn’t that enough?

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