Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones
The whole world came to a standstill last week when, for the first time in three months, Tiger Woods stepped to the microphone to give us his “apology.”
All of the major television networks carried the 13-minute address, as did cable networks such as ESPN, Golf Channel, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. Offices gathered around computer screens, commuters listened in on the radio, students watched on their iPhones, and shoppers stopped to watch strategically placed monitors. You would have thought that Elvis had come back from the dead (if indeed he ever really died).
Personally, I didn’t need an apology from Tiger. As the most well known athlete in the world and with his responsibility as a role model, I don’t like the situation he has put himself in, and I do hope he was being sincere. It sounded as if he was trying. But really, there was nothing that I needed to hear from him.
I like to play golf and I like Tiger Woods, but honestly, there was nothing that he needed to say to me as a fan.
Like many others, I did have a problem with the fact that he only allowed three reporters in the room that included just a few handpicked supporters with faces resembling people sitting at a funeral service.
Most of what Tiger shared, he had already said back in December when he released the following statement:
“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. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”
He went a little further last week when he said:
“Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.”
Tiger sprinkled in some information about the work that he has done through his foundation to help kids with education opportunities. He also shared his intent to get back to his Buddhist upbringing.
He let us know that he was continuing to get professional help with his problem, but I have to ask, is there a female reading this who actually believes anything he said?
Tiger Woods has been a royal pain in the booty to a lot of people ever since he joined the PGA.
Countless times he has refused interview requests from reporters. He has lost his temper and cursed admiring fans who happened to shoot a photo in the middle of his backswing.
He has been untouchable to pretty much everyone….until now.
The worlds most popular athlete, while supporting a beautiful wife and kids, has enjoyed the attention of numerous females literally all over the globe, including a porn star who claims that Woods told her that he “loved” her.
He wouldn’t allow reporters to come in and ask him questions, and he apparently is still in counseling, so what was the purpose of this “address” in the first place? If, indeed this is a situation that needs to be handled between he and his wife as he stated, then don’t get on television all over the world and tell us you are sorry.
We are suppose to believe that there was never any domestic violence in their relationship, we are suppose to believe that he never used performance enhancing drugs, we are suppose to believe everything Tiger Woods told us.
Personally, it would have been easier to believe that Elvis WAS alive.
You are right Tiger, you were selfish and you were foolish, and if you want us to ever believe anything you ever say again, we will need to see a kinder, gentler, more ‘in control’ Tiger Woods when you emerge to resume playing on the tour.
Don’t get mad when the hecklers heckle! It’s coming, trust me. Don’t lose your cool when reporters ask you the same questions over and over again! Don’t be surprised if Elin checks your phone messages, your email, and your itinerary on a daily basis.
You may be God’s – oops – I mean Buddha’s gift to golf, but you did this to yourself.
As for an apology – we just didn’t need it. But thanks.
-Hit ‘em straight
—Dale Jones covers sports and news in Baldwin County.