Tiger Woods: More Than Physical Scars Show

Stephen ClayContributor IDecember 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 08:  Tiger Woods of the USA Team walks with his wife Elin during the Day One Foursome Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Getting scarred hurts.


Do you remember being a child and falling off a bike and scarring up your legs?


Or maybe getting clipped in the arm by a rusty nail?


How about getting into a fight and having someone scratch you on the face, putting streaked marks on you?


I know I do. I still have some of the marks to show.


Those scars are easy to live with.


In the case of Tiger Woods, the marks he got on his face from last week’s accident will heal nicely.


But is that all he has to heal from? Apparently not. 


This morning, Tiger Woods released the following statement on his Web site, opening a scar we knew was probably there but waited for him to show:


“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”


Common sense will tell you that behind these words is an admission of adultery and past affairs in Tiger’s life. It’s something he had to do.


If you listened to the voicemail audio released by US Magazine gathered from Jaimee Grubbs (a supposed mistress of Woods), you knew this did not sound good.


I wasn’t at the Woods' home in Florida at 2:30 a.m. but my guess is Nordegren confronted Woods about the National Enquirer story released last week about a Woods affair.


She pieced that along with other silent clues (as revealed on the voice mail) and made it a point to request answers.


After some debate, Woods attempts to leave in his SUV as Nordegren busted out the back window, distracting him enough to crash into a tree and a hydrant.


Seems possible? Could be, but really does it matter now?


Tiger has been a person everyone has looked to and has propped up on a very high pedestal. 


His life appeared to be as perfect as one could have. 


His confidence and demeanor exuded control.


His success on and off the golf course provided both children and adults a role model with qualities many tried to emulate.


Or at least that was what we thought.


Woods has shown and reminded us that no one is close to perfect, no matter how hard we try.


Temptation is temptation, and in some way we all succumb to it.


It’s about realizing your transgressions, asking for forgiveness, and trying to improve as a person.


He has come forward and publicly apologized to his family and to his fans to start this process.


His physical scars will be gone before the end of the month.


The scars he has put on his family and career may never heal.


Time will tell.



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