Tiger apologized recently. It was broadcast live on TV. This was a really big story.
Whole televised sports hours were dedicated to discussing all aspects of this.
Countless hours of radio programming, even on non-sports stations, have parsed his words and vocal intonations. Newspapers and magazines are swimming in articles about this.
Was he sincere?
Maybe you know this already, but it seems he cheated on his wife.
Granted, my opinion of him, overall, has changed. I now see him as an athlete who cheats on his wife. Not the most exclusive club.
I presume many of his original sponsors liked his story, his too-good-to-be-true persona. A handsome super-perfectionist golfer, a mixed-raced kid who obviously loved his mother and retired-military father.
When the news of his infidelity broke, sponsors fled from him like rats from a sinking ship. That doesn’t break my heart. He is already more wealthy than about half the nations on the planet.
I suspect though, that some sponsors, cash strapped due to the recent recession, just used his foibles as an excuse to bail on some multi-million dollar payouts.
Did you watch his televised apology? I didn’t, because I don’t care. I follow golf and I still don’t care.
But the media cared. Much, much, much of the coverage and commentary seems to revolve around the following concept:
Too little, too late.
As if Tiger owes the media pundits an apology.
Tiger is a guy, not a god. He clearly owes his wife an apology. It is up to her as to whether to accept or not.
He probably owes his sponsors something of an apology. They normally don’t want to shower money on someone who exhibits embarrassing behavior.
Who does Tiger NOT owe an apology to?
- To sportscasters. To columnists for newspapers and magazines.
- To pompous political pundits. (Alliteration!)
- Not even to other golfers in the PGA. Amazingly, some of them are shooting off their mouths about how this is damaging the pro tour. (Shut up, all of you. Your paychecks are all WAY BIGGER because of Tiger. Now would be the best possible time to show a little gratitude.)
And finally, Tiger does NOT owe an apology to you, the average fan. If you are fool enough to hold up an athlete, any athlete, as a role model, then you are an idiot.