If every major sports figure who’d committed multiple infidelities were to take a penitent ‘leave of absence,’ the stadiums and golf courses of the USA would soon be deserted. Why was Tiger Woods driven to such a step?
“I’m Tiger Woods,” worshipful-looking children of all races declare on a TV ad from Tiger’s prime. As a superstar athlete with a carefully cultivated Mr. Clean image, placed on a pedestal and celebrated for breaking color barriers in professional golfing, Tiger Woods had all the further to fall.
He may have been hitting bottom with an alleged insta-porn movie about him coming soon, called TIGER’S WOOD. Perhaps his ‘leave of absense’ will prove a career-saving move from the canny pro. Or perhaps, as PEOPLE speculated, Tiger’s wife Elin may be receiving millions in exchange for not divorcing Tiger just yet.
Author Judith Podell used the ‘sch’-word on this blog in regards to Woods’ fall: Schadenfreude. When celebrities have been built up so high, of course, there is a certain ferocity and even glee that possesses the public when they take a tumble.
Will Tiger ever shake the indelible image, accurate or not, of his wife chasing him with a golf club? Though he’s hardly the first big-time athlete to succumb to fast-lane temptations, he’s used his lovely family more than most to bolster his reputation. Is it ‘fair game,’ when stars rake in millions in endorsements, to hold them to the fire when they fail to live up to the airbrushed family-man images many of them work overtime to project?
Or are we charging certain stars like Woods an unfair ‘Penalty,’ due to our own naive need to imagine that good athletes must also be good people? Of course, Tiger has now been linked to numerous ‘other women‘ and his wife may still walk out. Is the media’s reaction to this not-uncommon celebrity situation overkill? Will the leave of absence ‘work’? Will the stress of scandal mess with his putting-green concentration? Will a tarnished Tiger rise again? WDYT?
PS: THANKS TO CAITLIN FOR THIS TIGER UPDATE…