Tiger Woods Apology Is Bad But Not Among Five Worst
Apology is defined by Dictionary.com as a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another.
We as a society have expected celebrities to be forthright towards us, acknowledging that they screwed up, and telling us how sorry they are.
Sometimes we receive just what we wanted to hear, a contrite, heartfelt statement that really makes us believe it will never happen again. Sometimes we don't.
We go from one athlete, politician, actress or rock star gone astray to another. Whether it be a congressman playing footsies with another man in a public toilet, or a basketball player apologizing for the death he nearly caused because of a moment of madness.
Our latest hero-turned-villain is Tiger Woods. It all began with his automobile accident in his driveway on Thanksgiving of 2009.
His wife apparently took a seven iron to the rear window of his Cadillac and demolished it. We haven't heard a word out of Tiger's mouth since.
We have heard painful accounts, one after another, of his cheating, philandering and lying. Had it all been disclosed at once it perhaps wouldn't have appeared so treacherous.
As it were, it resembled death by a thousand cuts. Seemingly each day another female would come forth with sordid details of her sexual relationship with arguably the greatest golfer in history.
It probably would not have been so painful had he not been presented to us as the all-American family man. He epitomized family values, he was the flagship of the American dream.
It has now been nearly three months since we have heard his voice. Sure, he released a public "apology" several days later after damage control had been assessed and thoughts put in order.
That was merely a plea for privacy on his behalf. Bleeding from probably 300 of the thousand cuts by then, he needed us to know he was still alive, loved his family and was sorry for letting us all down. Give me bull**** for $2000 please Alex.
He had a press conference today without taking questions. Does that really make it a press conference or just another PR statement, this time in the flesh?
Although it looked to me as though he was serious, I can't help but think the little guy in his head was begging for it to all be over. I can picture the little fellow in his head lying in the fetal position rocking his head.
His apology was decent but not great. Not one of the best, nor one of the worst. He talked too much about the good things he has done. He read the statement instead of speaking from the heart.
He spoke too much about the privacy of he and his family. Surely, they are to be afforded that same privacy we all are entitled to. Nobody tuned in to hear him bitching about the press.
We wanted to hear contrition, which I don't feel was totally sincere. Anger was near the level where it becomes visible. He also denied the fact that his wife hit him then, or ever. He denied the use of steroids. It was a shotgun apology that needed work.
That being said, here are five of the worst sports apologies in my opinion only. The offenses aren't rated, only the apologies.
No. 5 - Roberto Alomar
Roberto Alomar drew the ire of the sports community when he spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996 over a disputed call.
He was given a five day suspension by the commissioner's office. Umpires were livid about the fact that the suspension wouldn't be during the playoffs but would begin the 1997 season.
When Alomar apologized a week or so later he blamed the incident at least partly on Hirschbeck, saying that he was distressed over the recent death of his eight-year old child. Apologies shouldn't contain remarks that open older wounds.
No. 4 - LaGarrette Blount
LaGarrette Blount of the Oregon Ducks knocked down Byron Hout of the Boise State Broncos, with a straight right hand following the game which opened the 2009 football season for both squads.
Video showed Hout making a comment to Blount right before receiving the punch. Only after receiving sanctions from the NCAA did Blount issue his version of an apology.
In an apparent public relations move (a similitude of Michael Vick and Tony Dungy), he formed an alliance with Jon Gruden. Then, and only then did the apology come.
The NCAA banned him for one game, while Coach Kelly decided to extend it for the complete season, only to rescind his decision a few games later.
No. 3 - Tim Hardaway
In 2007 NBA star Tim Hardaway made some "hate" comments on a Miami radio show toward the gay community.
Hardaway's comments came on the heels of the release of a book by former NBA player John Amaechi. Amaechi's autobiography entitled, "Man in the Middle" disclosed the fact that he was a gay man.
During his apology he made it left handed by saying he was empathetic with those injured by his comments because he is an African-American. Contrition was nowhere to be found.
No. 2 - Mark McGwire
It is difficult to take a man's apology seriously when it is nearly five years in coming. Not the offense itself, which was over a decade late, but not confessing to congress the depth of his culpability.
His apology was as transparent as a window pane. It was only when he was offered a job as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, that he decided to inform the public what we already had surmised.
Had this apology come to us shortly after the season that he broke Roger Maris' single season home run record, it would have at least appeared genuine. Considering the height of the mountain he climbed while on steroids, his apology fell on nearly deaf ears.
No. 1 - Kermit Washington
Kermit Washington, a great collegiate and good NBA player is most likely best remembered for one thing. That thing is punching Rudy Tomjanovich, with a near-lethal right hand in 1977 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.
Rudy T went through many facial surgeries, and missed the remainder of the '77 season. It was years later that Washington apologized, only to say that Rudy's teammate Kevin Kunnert should shoulder partial blame.
Kunnert was in an altercation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar just prior to the devastating punch. Each time he has apologized he has failed to stop talking after the word "sorry." It is virtually, "I am sorry, but..."