Saturday, February 20, 2010

Want to Air Your Dirty Laundry?

Millions of people watched yesterday as Tiger Woods spoke out for the first time in months. He apologized publicly for making really bad choices.

I find the whole topic interesting.

I've heard commentators say it was "too little too late" and that he should have spoken out sooner. I heard others talk about his body language and true remorse and that his speech sounded canned. I heard some say they thought he was genuine.

I guess I have a few questions. First, why does Tiger have to apologize to the public? He is a golfer. He isn't legislating anything (yes, I think politicians have responsibility to the American people when they screw up). He was held in high regard by a lot of people, but he never said he was anything but human.

Second, who are these people to judge his statement and choices? Scripture is quite clear that he who is without sin should cast the first stone. I, for one, would be the pot calling the kettle black for criticizing him.

I think athletes are in a very powerful position and influence many people, particularly children, teens, and young adults. But, I don't know that I think they owe it to anyone except their families and those directly influenced by their personal lives to apologize publicly.

Someone commented yesterday about Nike and other partnerships. They were business ventures. Those companies knew they were taking a risk and should have assumed such.

I'm curious what others think. Care to comment?

1 comment:

  1. I see your point. I liked the apology though. I think it's a good lesson about how one person's choices affect so many other people, sometimes badly.

    I really hope his life does change. I also appreciate that he's demanding privacy for his family.