Well, in wake of the tidal wave of events that’s happened since the Tiger Woods’ story broke. It would appear that the whole world has begun to chime in with their thoughts on the matter. From psychologists to the print and visual media. Not to be left out of course are the members of sport’s talk radio universe. And it won’t be long before the likes of Oprah , Dr. Phil, the likes of Larry King , Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell , chime in, giving us all, their thoughts on the matter. And no doubt the paparazzi and tabloid press in particular, will be able to have a field day with this. ‘Sex sells, sex sell, I repeat sex sells ! Well, so to does lurid stories of homicide and drug use. But I doubt that Tiger will venture down that. Although, Elin his wife , might. I’d dare say, that she wouldn’t mind making Tiger or perhaps one his paramours, one her victims ?
While there’s empathy there for Woods to a certain extent , one can’t but help ask what this is all doing to the immediate members of his family, from his mother Kutilda , to his wife Elin and their two young children ? And in the wake of Woods’ mother-in-law recently suffering what is alleged to have been a mild cardiac arrest. Let’s just say this all adds to the turmoil of the events that have recently taken place.
As each day comes into being, at least one other female comes to the fore with a story of infidelity concerning Tiger Woods. At this rate , if things go on as we’re seeing it could round out wherein that Woods will have notched up more conquests than he has ‘majors’ as well as official PGA Tour victories ? And by last count that tally stood at 71 official PGA Tour victories (including 14 majors). Forgive me for my acerbic wit ! The more I hear and read about this ongoing saga , the more I feel that it’s ripe to become a major Hollywood movie , if not a ‘tv movie of the month’ ? Are they still making those by the way ? No doubt Hollywood and many of the cable outlets that love this sort of thing are racking up man hours writing a draft capturing these events for a possible tv movie showing at a later date ? I mean, if they can do it with O. J. Simpson and Joey Buttafuoco. Then , why the hell not with Tiger-with all of his dark lurid secrets of sexual indiscretions and who knows what else ?
Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports
Washington D.C. (AP)—A California congressman is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.
Democratic Rep. Joe Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.
Baca said in a statement Wednesday that “in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family,” he won’t pursue legislation this session to give him the award.
Woods’ recent car accident has led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life. The world’s No. 1 golfer hit a hydrant and a tree on Nov. 27, and he was cited for careless driving and fined $164.
The accident—and Woods’ refusal to answer questions about it—fueled speculation about a possible dispute between him and his wife, Elin.
Woods has been out of the public eye since the crash and subsequent allegations of extramarital affairs.
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The strange is , that in the midst of this all, Woods has remained increasingly silent and the only thing forthcoming from him , has been a rather innocuous statement posted on his website speaking of a private matter ….’my transgressions’. I guess if that’s what you’re going to call it, then that’s what you’re going to call it ? With that in mind ,his perceived actions and the advice that he’s either being given or acting of his own accord. I find it somewhat incredulous that IMG , the company which oversees Woods’ management, has not sat seen fit to sit their client down and ask to him at least make an open public statement. If only to stave off the onslaught of the press and other prying eyes. But then again , Tiger Woods marches to beat of his own drum and more likely than not by all accounts of his many so called conquests …’he knows how bang and beat that drum quite handily’.
As much as an admirer that I am and his accomplishments, I’ve got to admit that I am somewhat disappointed with his actions. Albeit , that they are of his own making. While he tried to maintain his pristine image for all of us to see and at the same time he was undoubtedly using his wealth and fame to highlight the plight of young kids. I can’t help but wonder what message Woods, himself was trying to send to these young kids at the time. He preached about the traits of honesty ,staying in school and to above all else an education as well as respecting ones’ peers. Somehow, Tiger has been living a lie and much of it comes down to him being amoral. I doubt that these were in fact the tenets Woods were instilled with by his late father, Earl Woods ! Here was a man who taught his son from a very young age to excel in everything that he does but at the same time to have respect for other and for your peers. He taught him the game from an early age and Tigers’ excellence was parlayed into appearances on a number of talk shows.
That being said , upon Earl’s death, it left a void in Tiger’s life. And while I’ve no doubt that Tiger was emotionally distraught , his actions to speak of now , place in something of a self destruct mode. And while there’s a chance that he may well be able to recover from this all. In all likelihood with his image now taking a battering from the press and public alike . It’s now time for Tiger to step up like a man and be held accountable for his actions. Rather than hiding behind that veil of secrecy ! He’s placed himself out there in the public domain with his exploits in the world of golf and his social and philanthropic efforts off it. And at the same time the whole world as well ‘Corporate America’ followed suit.
Though this story isn’t necessarily thought provoking on the face of it, the actions by Woods and the allegations now of him having unprotected sex with many of the females that he’s alleged to have been in contact with and the level of promiscuity that’s said to have taken place. One can now only ask what the hell was he thinking ? But there’s no real saving grace here, as none other than former NBA great, Magic Johnson , has stepped into the fray , to offer his own words of advice to and for Tiger. This being ‘the same’ Magic Johnson who once boasted of his sexual exploits with a litany of women and who ended up contracting the HIV aids virus from those very same exploits. Whatever Magic advice thinks that he can now offer Tiger Woods at this juncture. I do believe that as of now, it’s all a little too late !
It’s been customarily said …’that time heals all wounds’. As to the depth and the vastness of this wound and what it has done to the Woods’ familial environment and even Tiger’s own psyche. No one can be absolutely sure at this juncture. But if nothing else we now know that ‘….image is everything and then it can all mean nothing’
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