Should Tiger Woods have to apologize to everybody?

19 02 2010

You’ve messed up before, haven’t you?   Sure, we all have.  Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has done stupid and immoral things before.  God expects (and requires) us to repent, and our family and friends expect us to repent if we’ve hurt them, but what about everybody else?  Do you apologize to everyone when you mess up?  Of course not!  You don’t go around telling everyone how sorry you are for doing something bad.

Yet many people were expecting Tiger Woods to apologize to everyone for his personal indiscretions.  Why?

Is it just because he is/was a role model?   I can see a point to that, but that leads to the bigger question — why is all this news in the first place?  I know, he’s famous, but that doesn’t mean he deserves to have his mistakes reported millions of times to the world.

Put yourself in his shoes.  Hopefully you haven’t done what he did, but you’ve done immoral things before, like telling a lie or stealing something or cheating on your taxes.   Now imagine that the news outlets reported your mistakes to the world (over and over), and reporters and analysts were expecting you to apologize to everyone for what you did.  Sounds foolish, doesn’t it?

Think about the long-term affect of this for Tiger Woods and all his family.  This will be brought up for the rest of their lives, because everyone knows (even if they don’t want to know).  Some people will treat his family differently, even though they didn’t make the mistakes.   All that because our society feels the need to know all about him because he’s famous.

Of course you can argue that Tiger deserves some of it, and he did bring it on himself. But his family doesn’t deserve it. And if Tiger repents and changes his life, then he doesn’t deserve to have it brought up for the rest of his life (and perhaps longer because of his impact on golf). But it will be.

As you probably know, he did make a public apology today.   It dominated the news.  I saw a little bit during lunch, and some analysts were judging whether he was sincere or not, and whether or not he should have cried.  (BTW, I figure he has cried plenty about it over the past 4 months.)  And one program announced they were going to bring a “body language expert” on to further judge his apology.  I had to turn it off.  Is that really the top news happening today?

So what’s the moral of this story?  I think we should let him deal with his personal life privately.  He’s being punished already by the damage done to his family, and he will have to answer to God for adultery.  He doesn’t deserve our condemnation, and it’s not our place to condemn him.  And it’s really none of our business anyway…

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21 02 2010
Journalistic Integrity

That last paragraph in your post was superbly crafted and I hope others in the media industry will recognize that some things are best left alone.

It’s not like he was President of the U.S. and lied to America (not to mention) to a court of law on national television.

Time has passed on that incident and the world considers Bill Clinton in high standing.

If Clinton can recover his image, then so can Tiger Woods.

27 03 2010
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