Why am I doing this?
Why would I make light of a man, a mortal man who in spite of his accomplishments ($$$$) out on the links, is probably at one of the lowest times of his life?
I guess because he really should know better and it’s my duty to harass and harangue the stupid and let’s be honest, Tiger Woods is not a smart man. At least, not where it counts
I have heard countless people, on and off the airwaves say he’s just a man, errant and tempted, just like anyone else.
Well for starters, Tiger Woods ISN’T like anyone else. The man is rich. Very, rich. Warren Buffet and Saudi Royal family rich. He’s no stranger to TV and has been in the limelight ever since he was old enough to clutch a child sized 9-Iron. He has one of the most recognizable faces on the planet.
And if truth be told, despite his celebrity status, Tiger Woods really owes no one other than his family an explanation as to his actions. He doesn’t owe you one and wouldn’t, even if you utilize any of the products he so heartily endorses (or perhaps, “endorsed” is a more appropriate word these days).
Woods is a sports figure. Not even an athlete, really. Just a guy with a hell of a golf swing that’s accurate as hell. He didn’t raise his hand and take an oath on a Holy Book and swear his unyielding honor to defend this country and her inhabitants. He doesn’t make copious amounts of money pimping a book on family values and he certainly never donned a long, black cassock and took a vow of chastity and poverty as the Vatican looked on.
But he did take a vow before God, flowers, white lace and his invited guests to love, honor and be faithful to his wife.
I don’t know what goes on inside the stately Floridian manor the Woods call home. I’ve not a clue as to the dynamic that exists or existed between Tiger and Elin Woods. It isn’t our place to judge, then why do we judge Tiger?
Is it because we’re intrinsically shallow as human beings go and love gawking at the train wreck that his marriage has become? Is it because he’s so rich and we’re not that we to see those who have get knocked down a peg or two?
We all heard about Teddy Kennedy and his crotch conquests. We listened with delight to tales of that walking hair-do, John Edwards and his inability to keep his pants zipped. There were the extramarital exploits of South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford and of course, we all know about President Bill Clinton and his penchant for cigars, blue dresses and being deftly “handled” by a chubby Jewess.
We were sorely disappointed by these men. Sure, they’re human too but unlike Tiger, they make public policy and help keep national security intact. Clinton perjured himself when probed about his affair(s). The question then became this: if a man who held the highest post in the land was willing to break the law he swore to uphold, what would keep him from lying about something else vastly more serious?
Clinton’s situation became less and less about politics and more about the man’s integrity or lack thereof.
Tiger doesn’t have this kind of responsibility. His only job is to make money winning major golf tournaments that advertisers jump on in order to hawk their products. It’s about all the periphery things around Tiger; the clubs he uses; the balls they hit. The sportswear he dons when he makes that birdie. The cars he drives. It’s about the sports drink he slugs down after playing 16 holes at Palm Springs in August.
And here’s the way the world works…even that which Madison Avenue created. We have the right to refuse to buy those clubs; to use those balls. To refuse to wear that shirt or buy that car. And we certainly DON’T have to slam back anything Tiger is paid to drink.
And these days Tiger, who owes no explanation to anyone, now needs no one to explain to him why his bank account, while still vast, is shrinking.
For every action there is a consequence. For some its a forced removal from office. For others, its jail time. And still for others, it’s a free fall from grace from the very people who in effect, paid his or her salary. No one is above reproach, regardless of what that reproach entails.
Wealth doesn’t inhibit the fall, either.