Tiger Woods Does Not Owe Us an Apology

Joe MorganSenior Analyst IMarch 4, 2010

WINDERMERE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Tiger Woods practices golf outside his home on February 18, 2010 in Windermere, Florida. Woods will make a statement at the PGA Tour headquarters this Friday morning (February 19, 2010), according to a notice on the PGA Tour's web site.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Following the highly-publicized apology for his infidelities, people across the nation—even non-sports fans—scrutinized Tiger Woods' sincerity in admitting his misdeeds.

Doesn’t it seem ridiculous for us to deliver moral judgment on this guy?

Tiger married Elin Nordegren, not middle America.

The only thing he owes you and me is to be the best golf player he can be while competing on the PGA Tour.

So, when he is unfaithful to his wife, I should neither expect nor demand an apology from him; it is not warranted.

Do I condone Woods’ cheating? Of course not. Frankly, I find his actions despicable.

But in spite of my feelings, Woods did not wrong you or me in any way.

If anyone other than his family deserves some remorse from the world’s top golfer, it would be Tiger’s many corporate sponsors, including Nike and Gatorade.

When the man you’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in to market your product has a lapse in moral judgment, there’s bound to be a backlash among potential buyers.

Also, some will argue that Woods has the responsibility to be an upstanding role model for kids who look up to him.

However, I come from the school of former NBA star Charles Barkley when I say that athletes are not role models and they should never be considered as such.

Why should Tiger be forced to apologize to the entire nation for something that many other men in the world do every single day?

Athletes and other celebrities are constantly in the public spotlight, but they shouldn’t have to worry about how their actions affect little Billy Owens of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Admittedly, when signing on the dotted lines of his many endorsement deals, Woods took on the responsibility of putting out a clean, family-friendly image to the world.

But relying on Tiger, or any other star, to be a beacon of morality is foolish, especially when you consider that you’ve never actually met the guy.

If Woods’ actions influence a kid to such an extent that he ends up cheating on his own wife one day, that’s not Tiger’s fault.

Parents and guardians have the responsibility of teaching their children proper moral behavior and in turn, these children—and adults—should be held accountable for their actions.

Of course, it’s a lot easier to blame our mistakes on the moral apathy of modern pop culture, but people need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

Tiger Woods cannot raise your child nor should he. He’s obviously having enough difficulty already raising his own kids.

The only reasonable expectation we can have of athletes and other celebrities is excellence in their craft.

As fans and consumers, that’s all we are entitled to when it comes to our stars.

So, whatever Tiger does after leaving the golf course is none of my concern, as long as he putts in a birdie on the 18th.

But if he were to miss the first cut at the Masters next month (if he even competes), then he would have some explaining to do.