Tiger Woods–“I’m Sorry”
By Gary A. Johnson
In his first public appearance since admitting he cheated on his wife Tiger Woods, portrayed by the media as the once invincible athlete of golf made a public apology today in a carefully orchestrated media production. This was not a press conference. Woods answered no questions and had one camera feed. Reading from a lengthy prepared statement in a room of handpicked supporters, Woods acknowledged that he cheated and steered away from his values in part due to money, fame and a sense of entitlement. Woods further acknowledged that his behavior was selfish and that he believed that the rules that govern the rest of us did not apply to him.
“I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame,” said Woods. OK, Tiger says he made a mistake. 14 mistresses? Mistake? Whew. It seems that Tiger went out of his way to defend his way regarding rumors that she kicked his ass. He also asked the media to leave him alone. Ain’t gonna happen Hoss. You can forget that.
In some ways, what we saw was a remarkable performance by Tiger Woods. Personally, I could care less about Tiger’s situation. Further, I can’t understand why the major television networks interrupted their regular programming for this staged media event. The only reason this post is on the blog is because I was convinced by my team that there was some “interest” in the story. We’ll see.
In his statement, Woods said all the right things, but as I’ve said for years, talk is cheap–show me that you “get it” through your consistent behavior.
Enough of Tiger. What do you think? Do you care?
Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book“25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”