Our society-worshipping, celebrity gossip airwaves and newspapers are filled with the latest breaking news about Tiger Woods. Frankly, I am disgusted and could care less what Tiger does off the golf course. Salacious conduct is not something that peaks my interest.
What I truly find most disturbing is that my fellow citizens of the world are craving to know every detail of this sordid Tiger tale. I have long held great respect for Tiger’s father, Colonel Earl Woods, for his legendary military service to our country. While serving his country he and his wife raised Tiger to be one of the best golfers in the history of the game. Although Earl and Koltilda made their son one of the wealthiest men in the world through golf, they failed totally in making him a man, husband, father we could and should respect due to his off the course behavior.
During these difficult economic times the game of golf has enough problems, and Tiger’s scandal won’t do it any favors. Any sponsor who continues to fund Woods after this date has lost my respect, and proven that they are into his sponsorship only for what his endorsement might bring to them without concern for his moral character. Before anyone suggests that I am casting the first stone please remember that I am not a celebrity, and it is Tiger who has frequently complained about his lost of privacy while collecting huge sums of money for his elite star status. No one ever said that glory came cheaply.
It is time for Tiger to stop talking out of both sides of his mouth. If he wants to earn the golf fan’s and the world’s respect, it is time for him to be a solid honest husband, father, and keep his fly zipped closed when he is away from his house.
Most will say that his indiscretions are totally a private manner, but once he stepped into the public’s eye reaping billions of dollars, he gave up any hope for privacy. Why were the likes of Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicholas able to live in the lime light, and still be faithful to both their fans and families? The answer is simple…they are men deserving our respect and admiration…they are men of principal with a heavy dose of humility.