Tiger Woods and the Media Circus

Justin CatesCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Golfer Tiger Woods hugs his mother Kultida Woods after making a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'  (Photo by Joe Skipper-Pool/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods was fully aware that when he broke his nearly three-month long silence, there would be a media firestorm surrounding his comments.

Though I'm not sure ever he could have predicted this.

At 11 AM Friday morning, the world came to a virtual standstill for 15 minutes while Tiger spoke to an exclusive group of media, family and friends.

Perhaps the world didn’t stop, but America certainly paid close attention. In the land of the free, the only thing we love more than seeing an underdog rise to the top is seeing the mighty brought back down to human levels.

We have a seemingly insatiable desire for scandal in this country. Look no further than your supermarket checkout line for proof of the garbage gossip rags that some people actually read, and worse, believe.

As is the case with the Woods story, once in a while these charlatans of journalists stumble upon a story that is actually true.  

However, with a story this big, legitimate media outlets are also losing their minds.

I haven't been able to see any game highlights on ESPN’s SportsCenter. It’s been non-stop Tiger Woods coverage.

They even went so far as to bring in a body language expert to see if his apology was sincere.

The top four latest news headlines on CNN.com were about Tiger Woods. The fifth was, “Minaret Collapse Reportedly Kills 11."

Part of a mosque collapses in Morocco, and the top story is the reading of a prepared statement by an athlete.

And we have the gall to wonder why the world has a largely dim view of Americans?

People all over the Internet began the debate regarding his sincerity before Woods had even left the conference room.

The opinions seem to be split with a slight lean towards people who felt he was insincere.

It’s amazing how many self-righteous individuals appear whenever someone makes a public apology.

No one made him do that. It’s not a required part of the rehabilitation process Woods has been going through. He and his people likely decided long ago that he would make a statement when he was ready, and that time happened to be between rehab sessions.

As for folks questioning Tiger’s sincerity based on how uncomfortable he appeared, well, my response is, “Duh.”

How would you feel reading a prepared statement on national television, in a room filled with friends and professional colleagues?

Some said he should have spoken from the heart.

Again, I ask if anyone would feel comfortable admitting their own personal faults under that kind of microscope without prepared remarks?

All criticisms aside, I don’t care what Tiger did. It doesn’t matter to me. He hurt no one but himself, and his family.

Growing up and playing golf in the age of Tiger, I looked up to him not for the guy he was off the course, but for the impossible things he did on it.

I longed to blast outrageous drives down the middle of the fairway, and hit absurd recovery shots from deep in the shade of towering pines.

I attempted to hone my focus and short game to model Tiger's steely resolve around the greens.

Regrettably, I even adopted Tiger’s penchant for anger, cursing on the course. I’ve since been able to conquer this as it’s the one part of Tiger’s game I loathe.

And so, I’m far more critical of the media circus than I am of the man in the middle of the ring.

That is, until the circus packs up and moves on to the next town.


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