Is It Time To Forgive Tiger Woods?

Juan Carlos ReyesContributor IFebruary 17, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Spectators hold up a poster of Tiger Woods during the first round doubles match between Marinko Matosevic and Bernard Tomic of Australia and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic and Filip Polasek of Slovakia during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
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He went from being the best golfer in the world to being the poster child for E! News...and not in a good way.

When Woods crashed his vehicle, there was concern.

When it turned out he was OK, there was relief.

When it turned out that the accident might have been an escape from his wife, Elin, because he found out that was being unfaithful, there was disgust.

One by one, endorsements were dumping Woods and his reputation became tarnished.

Women from all around the world began claiming that Woods had slept with them and it was getting worse for Woods.

Woods entered Sex Rehab to cope with his addiction and after nearly three months since the incident, he is ready to talk.

Woods will hold a press conference on Friday to explain himself and his actions. There's even a chance we'll find out when he will return to competition.

While all may finally be revealed, the question is it is time to forgive Woods?

Several high profile athletes have done stupid things that can easily defame them. But if they excel in their sport after the accident not only are they forgiven, the incident is forgotten.

Look at Alex Rodriguez.

Last year, he revealed that he took steroids and the media went nuts.

Throw in a solid 30 home run season, an outstanding postseason and a World Series ring and poof. His scandal doesn't even exist anymore.

Other athletes involved with steroid usage were Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte and Manny Rodriguez. All of whom have been forgiven.

Kobe Bryant not only cheated on his wife, he went to court for it too. When a woman in Denver said she was raped by him all Hell broke loose.

His wife forgave him and he got her the diamond bracelet to prove it.

Slowly, but surely, Bryant's dark side began to lighten up.

He changed his number from 8 to 24. He became more of a team player and showed everyone that he has what it takes to possibly become the best NBA player ever.

What rape charges? What infidelity? Did that even happen?

Bottom line is that Woods is going to be fine.

Only time will tell how long until Woods is back to being known as the best golfer in the game.

Yes, what he did was incredibly wrong, but so do other athletes