Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright. Oh-oh! Audio Tape and Twitter Blast

UPdated: Tiger Woods Apologizes
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.

Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don't share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.

I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology. (TigerWoods.com, and it has 6520 comments as of this moment)
He didn't know what tabloid scrutiny does because he's always been the good boy, the one that was the great role model and who didn't get into trouble. Now he knows that fame has a dark side where you fall fast and heavy. People love a dirty story, and it hurts when you're the focal point of it even when its your own actions pushing you off the pedestal. This is an eloquent response from a relatively young man. He's in his early 30s.

Old post resumes here.

And I still say the Tiger Woods story is not news. Juicy gossip that titillates our ears and caters to American voyeurism, yes, but not news like President Obama is sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Some men cheat on their wives. O.K. A lot of men cheat on their wives, but only a few of them get taped telling the mistress to back off.



As I said on Blogher.com today:
Poor, Tiger. He may be the world's greatest golfer, but when it comes to women, he's as dumb as any other married man who cheats. (Me in BlogHer comments)
Aside from moral judgments, any man who's as high profile as Tiger Woods, black with a white wife, and raking in millions should know that you don't talk to your girlfriend on the phone these days. You tell her to stop calling you to her face so there's no evidence.

Cell phones, cell phones, and women on cellphones. Isn't that what got Chris Brown and Rihanna into that horrific argument? I'm not going to tell you my ex with a cell phone story, but I will say that Tiger's pretty darn cheeky telling the girlfriend to take her name off her own number. He wanted her to fly low as an unidentified caller, and do you hear how polite he is. Golfers aren't like ballers are they?

But what was going on that made the wife check the cell phone in the first place? Real deal, ya'll. It's not our business!

As I wrote when this story first broke--the whole run over your neighborhood, fire hydrant thing and then your wife, who may or may not be pissed at you, uses one of your golf clubs to crack the back windshield in a desperate attempt to save you thing:
I'm not a golf fan, and Tiger Woods doesn't know I exist nor do I really know much about him, other than some people think he's the greatest golfer to ever live; so, if he's been driving deep on somebody's lawn other than his wife's, I don't really care, do I? But they do have cute kids. (What's New? Tiger's story vs White House Dinner Crashers)
And they do have adorable children. I'm glad they're too young to understand what people are saying about their parents, and I hope Tiger comes to his senses and stops going for male par on chaos.

This story is causing this kind of chatter on Twitter:
From @StefRenee to The World: After Kobe & Steve McNair, there is NO EXCUSE for any high-profile brother to be that gat-damm STUPID! I don't care what color she is...

From @StefRenee to @dalebanks Sarkozy's wife is an accomplished model and singer in her own right. If you're gonna cheat, why not go for THAT?
22 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to dalebanks
@dalebanks No, it's not. And it's shouldn't be THAT simple. Not when you're a billionaire with a family. That's EXACTLY what I mean!
23 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to dalebanks
@dalebanks It's about cheating with someone who isn't even 1/10th of your caliber. Not a "match" on ANY level. Just sex & no other benefit.
26 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to dalebanks

@dalebanks Knowing this will piss off half of my timeline, it's not about cheating, per se.
27 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to dalebanks
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@dalebanks It's just not that simple. I don't understand how y'all get it up & not contemplate quality & consequences. A nut v. your LIFE.
33 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to dalebanks(@StefRenee)

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From @DaleBanks to @StefRenee you're thinking too much. tiger wanted some ass while on the road. it's that simple.
13 minutes ago from Echofon in reply to StefRenee
@StefRenee and it wouldn't be better or make more sense if shorty was a millionaire. cheating is cheating.
14 minutes ago from Echofon in reply to StefRenee
@StefRenee he's not the first famous and absurdly rich person to bang out a waitress. happens more than you know.
15 minutes ago from Echofon in reply to StefRenee
@StefRenee when a man's intent on cheating, he's gonna cheat. doesn't matter what her "status" is. That's all I'm saying. It's nt right
16 minutes ago in reply to StefRenee (@DaleBanks)
Oh, don't you feel guilty for reading this gossip about Tiger? You probably feel as guilty as those people at CityTV, who played the tape on air, and then talked about how awful it was for a person's life to be exposed this way. Right?

Uh-huh. So, off with you, now! Go flagellate yourselves.

Related: He's Cheating or It Sure Feels Like It @ Blogher.com

1 comment:

Bill Cammack said...

As one of my readers, Teresa said, it seems like he forgot he was retired from the game.

It's amazing how dudes make these amateur mistakes at advanced stages of relationships, such as when they already have a wife and kids.