Some 80-odd days ago Tiger Woods exited his home in Florida in what could best be described as a spectacular fashion. And all of a sudden this golf icon (a title well and truly deserved) became the poster boy for everything wrong in sports and the lives of its elite practitioners.
What followed was nothing more than a hypocritical knee-jerk reaction by the media and society in general, with the only missing element being a congressional inquiry into sex as a diversion for our sports “heroes”. (And probably the only reason for that is the US Congress couldn’t withstand the spotlight of unfaithfulness being turned on itself, unlike steroid use which, as far as I know, hasn’t yet reached epidemic proportions in the halls of government.)
I’m not an apologist for Tiger Woods. What he did was wrong. Full stop. But what he did was no different, sadly, than uncountable scenes being played out every day, in every community, at every level of society, by both men and women. His “crime”, as it were, was his celebrity which, it should be said, was based on his prowess on the golf course and not between the sheets.
However, under intense media pressure to “do something”, Tiger Woods has now made a full and public apology. But was that enough? Of course not. Not wanting to let this juicy issue go away the media are now crying that it wasn’t heartfelt, it was just spin, and staged, and that Elin wasn’t there, and they shouldn’t be blamed for following his children to school, and blah, blah, blah.
So to the media and the public who are keeping this alive, get a life, and move on. And to Tiger, sort out your personal problems in private and get back on the golf course where you belong.