Tiger Woods: Human After All

Michael ClineSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Tiger Woods of the USA acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2009 Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club on November 15, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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What began as a single car accident early last Friday morning has turned into a media circus full of scandal for the most popular golfer of all time.

Early reports of a scuffle between Tiger Woods and his wife Elin roused questions about the accident and if it really was just a driving error.

There were rumors that Woods was having an affair and that the single car accident was somehow related to this fact.

Now, five days after the incident, Woods has openly admitted that he has in fact had an affair.

Woods stated, "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." 

Now reality sets in.

To most fans, Tiger Woods and other sports heroes are somehow on a different level than the rest of us.

Their ability to excel in certain areas of their lives, mainly their profession, somehow gives us the impression that they have it all together—as if this world actually does have superheroes.

But this perception seems to be disproved time and time again by actions that prove to be merely human.

The fact is even if a person seems to have it all together, we are all human and are capable of doing imperfect and harmful things.

No one is exempt from this fallacy, and no matter how hard we try, there will be a time when we will all have to look in the mirror and see the person we are, not the person people think we are.

Today it's Woods' turn to gaze in that mirror.

Many people will look at this situation with disgust, saying, "I can't believe he would do such a thing," but this statement is unjust.

There is no justification for the actions, but there is no reason to believe that just because he can hit a golf ball better than any of us that he somehow has the power to overcome the temptation that this world offers.

There was only one person in human history with that power, and last I checked, he hasn't made his return.

The situation is disappointing, and I'm positive that Woods is sincere with his open apology. 

I'll be interested to see how Woods handles this situation and where he'll go from here.

We've all made mistakes and have done things we regret. Victory comes in realizing that nothing will fix past behavior, but you can use the lessons from that behavior to better shape the rest of your life going forward.

Today we realize that Tiger Woods isn't perfect. Welcome to the club, Tiger.