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No apology is necessaryPosted Thursday, December 3, 2009, at 11:02 AM
I've been thinking about this whole Tiger Woods episode for a few days and have come to a conclusion that best describes how I feel regarding the situation.
Tiger Woods doesn't owe an apology to anyone outside of his immediate family.
Since coming into the public spotlight, Woods has maintained incredible control on his personal life.
That all came to a crashing halt this week.
Now, he's fodder for television shows, magazines and newspapers alike who feel he owes all of us an explanation.
I'm not interested.
I don't care.
I have a lot on my plate any given day of the week. I don't think there's time for me to wait on a professional athlete to give me an apology for his "transgressions."
He owes me nothing.
And he owes you nothing either.
Sure, I know the man is paid millions of dollars to endorse products. I see the commercials on television. But I couldn't tell you what kind of razor or car he's sponsoring.
I'm pretty sure whatever razor he uses will work the same for me. But that doesn't mean I use them. In fact, I'm pretty sure I don't, especially since I can't stand shaving.
And I don't care, for that matter, what kind of razor he's trying to sell.
I don't care about what kind of car Tiger Woods drives, either. It simply doesn't matter to me.
I have a vehicle that runs just fine, thank you. I'm not going to run out to the next car lot down the road and purchase a car just because a celebrity told me (on television, mind you) that it was either affordable or comfortable.
The opinions and actions of celebrities are of no interest to me period.
I can't help but think about a quote from Charles Barkley several years ago.
In a commercial during his heyday, Barkley explained how he should not be a role model for children.
I agree 100 percent, Charles.
Barkley didn't want to be a role model for children and neither should Tiger Woods.
Woods helped bring the game of golf to life, with his personality and his God-given ability.
But that doesn't mean he should be a role model. Sure, millions upon millions can be fans of the man, but look elsewhere for role models.
I was always a huge fan of the Cincinnati Reds. I loved the "Big Red Machine," and the players.
Pete Rose was a member of those teams. But to me, he was just a baseball player, not a role model.
Rather, I looked to my parents and other family members as role models. Adults that I should attempt to model my life after.
Everyone has flaws. Everyone is, after all, human.
Just because someone has been placed on a pedestal by so many doesn't mean everyone has a right to judge that person when they slip or fall.
Who are we to judge?
Are our lives that empty that we have become so engrossed with the pain of others that we enjoy watching them wallow in their own sorrow?
If his "transgressions" did involve an affair, that's really none of my business.
Just like if I were in his shoes, my "transgressions" would be none of his business.
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