December 2, 2009
Should Tiger’s sins be publicly atoned?
Tiger Woods today posted on his Website an apology—opening line: “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my hear”—without admitting what he was apologizing for. Not much mystery there though: Us Weekly published this story about an alleged 31-month affair he had with an LA cocktail waitress.
Tiger went on to say:
Really? Why not? You are the sporting world’s first billionaire, with a squeaky clean image and a livelihood, while obviously built on your talent, that has been buoyed by the fact that golfers and sports fans in general love you. And every move you have made over the past week has been nothing but shady.
Sadly, I don’t think most Americans expect celebrity athletes to be faithful. Remember the coverage of Steve McNair’s murder that referred to his mistress as his girlfriend? But they do expect sports stars to be honest with them. Not sure which the bigger sin—Woods’ or the American sportsfans’—but both should be publicly atoned for.