I really don’t have any head shaking, finger wagging, or guilt trips to lay down about Tiger’s recent “issue.” I know things happen. Tiger, like all of us, is human. He and his family deserve space to work this out. I do not feel like his family’s drama unraveling in public is the price he pays for being a celebrity athlete. I simply reject that notion.
In his statement, Tiger wrote:
But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.
Truth. I really have no appetite for digging into the turmoil of families going through something like this. The media (not just so-called tabloids) is completely devoid of compassion. Staring into the eyes of a betrayed spouse, looking for fissures in her/his soul. Come on…we all know it’s there, why pry? (Rewind to the situation with Gov. Mark Sanford. Hurt has no party or religious affiliation.) I’m fully aware it’s a supply-and-demand situation, though. Unfortunately, a large segment of the public eats this stuff up–including ESPN viewers. There were ESPN reports camped out in Florida right along side Hollywood gossip and tabloid reporters.
Though , I take this whole thing seriously and respect it as a private matter, I did find something rather humorous in Tiger’s statement. He said,
“Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means.”
Say what now?!?
What planet has this fool been living on that he didn’t realize the full extent of tabloid scrutiny? Come on Tiger, I know you’re smart. You went to Stanford for goodness sake. Maybe it’s true the celebrities live in a bit of a social bubble because they don’t just “hang out” like most us do. Nevertheless, even if you’re not running the streets (well…apparently Tiger was, but more generally), most people know about the bruising nature of tabloid journalism. Tiger has to have some other celebrity friends that have been under the microscope. Still, how is her insulated from this? Come to think of it, with Tiger’s money I doubt he’s shopping at the neighborhood Publix where the check out aisles are littered with trashy tabloids. That is, if he even shops for groceries. I think the set for those body wash commercials are the closest he’s come to being in a traditional supermarket. Yeah I know, celebrities are people, too, and they shop at regular stores just like everyone else. Uh huh. Ok. Imagine Whole Foods is the lowest Tiger’s stooped for groceries. Have you ever seen the publications in the check out at Whole Foods?
I feel smarter just waiting in line. That is, until I have to pay a king’s ransom for what’s in my little green cart. Then, I feel violated.
As the phrase goes, “At the end of the day…” I hope Tiger and his wife can sort out their issues. Even if they can’t, I really don’t need to know about it. As an aside, I suspect we’ll be hearing about is Tiger losing some endorsements. Candidly, I’d be shocked if it doesn’t happen. I just hope that all those people media who enjoyed the Tiger ride, and elevated their journalistic careers on his shoulder, don’t now take three steps back to watch him free fall into a face plant.