Ok. I am NOW officially trippin’!
Just a couple of days ago, I commented that I have no appetite to hear about the details of Tiger’s family turmoil. Let him work it out. Since that post, just about every cloud in the sky has fallen and Tiger is now looking like the Don Draper of the golf world.
As is my normal morning routine while getting ready for work, I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC. One my favorites columnists and talking heads, Eugene Robinson (does that brother have a sinus issue or what?), talked about his “can’t look away from the train wreck” feelings about the Tiger Woods saga. Check out his column in today’s Washington Post.
Unlike Eugene, I’m a little less focused on Tiger’s choice of paramours. As a recovering race-o-holic, I would be lying if the thought didn’t cross my mind (repeatedly), but in the end; would it make any difference if Tiger were romping, without condoms no less, with black porn stars and Hooters girls? In my opinion, not really.
No matter which way you look at it, the whole thing is tragic. Tragic for Elin, Tiger, the kids, Elin’s stressed out, recently-hospitalized mother, Tiger’s mom.
Is a rebound from this messy and, apparently, lurid unraveling of Tiger’s secrets remotely possible? Let’s examine just a few iconic sports stars. Everyone, and I mean everyone, knew Michael Jordan was out there. Yet, even after a record-setting divorce settlement, he’s still revered. Kobe Bryant was allegedly acting a damn fool with some teenage girl in Colorado. Yet, he has, for the most part, restored his image and public standing. Ray Lewis was nearly charged with being an accessory to murder, and he’s managed to return to prominence in the NFL.
We’ll see what happens with Tiger in the coming days, weeks and months. Hopefully, the bleeding will stop soon. It will be very interesting to see if he, in time, can make a similar recovery. Hopefully Tiger will start with his family and close friends. You know…the ones that were actually betrayed. He has enough money to fall off the scene for a while and work things through. From there, he can work on the public’s perception. Can he rebound like Jordan or Kobe? I don’t know. Honestly, I have my doubts. Unlike basketball or football, golf represents a very blue blood segment of American, and even world, culture and society. Folks in that circle, irrespective of whether they’ve exhibited the very same behavior, may be less forgiving–particularly of someone whom they didn’t really want in their club in the first place.