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Tiger Woods: Why Do You Deserve Privacy?

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Tiger, you were made famous by the public. Why do you think it's your right to hide from them?

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Dr. Wendy Walsh: A growing number of women have been coming out of the woodwork with stories of mega-athlete Tiger Woods' marital indiscretions, and the media has been having a field day speculating about his infidelities -- and the true cause of his injuries sustained on Thanksgiving night. But is this fair? Do couples having problems always deserve privacy? Well, most do, but not when the couple contains a man like Tiger Woods. Here's why:

Tiger Woods is not rich and famous because he is a good golfer. Tiger is famous because the public paid money to attend his tourneys and tuned in to watch him on television (along with many targeted commercials). He is rich because consumers doled out hard-earned income to purchase products that he endorses -- products with marketing campaigns that highlight his brand -- integrity and character. He also owns a school for disadvantaged children that teaches character strength, and has spent most of his charitable time acting as the ultimate role model to young men.

Well, Tiger, I want my money back!

Not only did you damage my publicly funded fire hydrant, you damaged our youth. Just as President Clinton changed the cultural definition of sexual behavior -- a definition that's changed forever the way middle-schoolers sexually develop -- you have changed any lingering perceptions among young boys that women and children are to be honored and respected. You have brazenly ignored your marital vows, and have created a nest that clearly will be a confusion to your own little girl.

So, do you deserve privacy from media scrutiny? No way. You are a celebrity who has been created by the public, and you have a responsibility to that public. Responsibility. Remember that word, Tiger? It's that old-fashioned word that so few act out these days. You owe wives and mothers everywhere not some sorry explanation that you are "human." What is that, anyway? A way to rebrand yourself toward a "human" market who fails continually and looks for new rationalizations?

Yes, you are human, Tiger. But you are also a MAN. So man up! Get your ass to therapy and spend the time with your wife and kids that you normally spend in Vegas hotel rooms with hook-ups. 


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gloria December 9, 2009, 8:54 AM

What he did many times, many romps with all these women…show he had no respect for his wife and kids. These women dont give a damn as long as they get room service with this guy. I hope all of them get herpes…. and Elin leaves his behind as well as his indorsements! Always acted like he was holer than thou . So fess up you player dirt bag!

Terry December 9, 2009, 8:59 AM

Tiger is great because he can golf, he earned that, he worked hard for that. This is what he shares with the public. I do not condone his behavior, I also believe this is his private hell he must deal with and take care of his family. No ones business. The DR is out to lunch on this one.

Leila December 9, 2009, 9:56 AM

I don’t care how rich, famous, and great a golfer Tiger Woods is. All I know is he has shown a total disregard for his family and others. One of the down sides of being a public figure, is that you lose a lot of your privacy and he must’ve figured that out a long time ago. I think he’s probably just sorry he got caught. This isn’t about being human and making mistakes - this has being going on too long for that. It’s about taking responsibility for the choices you, and you alone, make. So, man up Tiger.

Steph December 9, 2009, 10:20 AM

I couldn’t agree with Lauren and Monica more. That Tiger Woods is a public figure, and even that he is paid by (private) companies to endorse their products, does not give us (the public) the right to know what goes on in his bedroom. Yes, I think his behavior is shameful, but the only person he needs to answer to is the wife that it appears he betrayed. Why cause her even more pain by airing his dirty laundry? Don’t purchase the products he endorses if you have a problem with his behavior - maybe his sponsors will respond. It is beyond me why anyone thinks we have the right to know who he did or didn’t sleep with. As for the women he may have slept with, shame on them for sleeping with a married man, and for not even having enough modesty to keep it to themselves. I have always believed that “a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell” - nor does a lady.

tracy December 9, 2009, 10:26 AM

Tiger owes no one but his family an apology. Here’s an idea, from this point on we should have public confessions in the middle of town sqaure and have the media cover it. Every adult human being alive would have to stand before the cameras and other folks and confess and be judged. yep, that’ll work.

d December 9, 2009, 11:12 AM

tiger why why why??? jerk

MARTY December 9, 2009, 11:44 AM

Tiger, Tiger..your image is shot. You had one of the most polished images from a boy, teenager, young man and matured man. What the hell were you thinking? There is only one person to blame for this mess —- YOU…

Orojo 99 December 9, 2009, 11:44 AM

All things being said and done. It’s my interest that Tiger should be left alone to deal with this situation as a private issue. Are those ladies not ashamed of revealing their private sex orges to the public? It’s my belief that men should be the one to talk of having sex or reaveling sex matters to the public,if at all it’s necessay and not ladies. That shows that those ladies are nothing but bratts & wolves,and need to keep their mouth shut.This is a great lesson of your life Tiger!

Shellz December 9, 2009, 11:53 AM

Why should he have to address the public when what he did has nothing to do with the public? He needs to address his wife & children. YES HIS FAMILY!! He owes the public nothing.

F. Thoimas December 9, 2009, 11:57 AM

Tiger is a golfer. He does not owe his life to the public and all those psudo psychologist, and expensive lawyers are seeking their own interest by suggesting Tiger have a public confession. Tiger needs to talk to a free public defender who will tell him keep his mouth shut, and get back to playing golf. Work out the family problems in private.

VM December 9, 2009, 1:01 PM

Run Elin Run!

jrm December 9, 2009, 1:05 PM

Just like what Walter Payton said about being a professional athlete…you lose your privacy the second you walk out your front door, it comes with the territory.

RIP Wise Walter

Chrissy December 9, 2009, 1:07 PM

Tiger did wrong. No one seems to disagree with that. It’s your point on privacy that is drawing the division.
Just wondering, Wendy would you like to have your private life, family life, sex life etc. diclosed and discussed by the public?
After all you made yourself public by posting your article on the internet for all to see.
And no doubt you will use your articles for Momlogic on your resume to get additional jobs, earning additional income.
Yes, I would LOVE to know all about your personal, private life. Give us the dirt so we can all judge it. And post about it.
Then maybe you will get a clue.

Dee December 9, 2009, 1:07 PM

He does not owe anyone an apology except his wife. If you paid to see him, or brought products because he endorese them, and the reason isyou assumed he had a squeaky clean reputation, I need to ask you where did you get your doctors degree, because not only is it naive to think that way, it is ignorant. This is a real man with flaws just like everyone else, and he is not God. By the way, god gave woman to man, and allowed him to have as many as he could afford, it was man who selfishly or should I say Womnan that demanded one man one woman, but if there are more women to men, how is that possible. Secondly, 99% of people who are quick to judge has cheated themselves, just hasn’t gotten caught, or wasn’t in the lime light. If it is so wrong, why do they display so much infidelity on these day time soaps, that a lot of young kids watch. Why aren’t they devestated by those potrayals, and why is it that Hugh hefner, flaunt his playboy bunnies around. Let me just call it what it is, Racism. Because what is good for the goose isn’t made good for the gander. The first known man to have more than one woman, was Abraham. But being that you are a woman, let me just say, there has been far more women cheating, and than they have the nerve to expect forgivness after any and everything has been inside her. Remember a man can’t be violated, but a woman who has cheated when she is married has violated not only herself but her husband. That is why the old saying goes mama’s baby daddy’s may be. So the moral is that no matter how many women he cheats with, if he takes care of them he did no harm, but a woman when she does, forces him to take care of another mans child, and leave the child not knowing he daddy is. Also creating possible incest because they don’t know. By the way looking at your picture I am willing to bet you have slept with far more men that tiger has been alleged of, whether married or not, that is fowl within it self, and probably within minutes apart.

CorpusChristi December 9, 2009, 1:10 PM

OKay first of all where did u come about that tiger didnt get his money from golf. OKay so then i assume you are stating that sponsers threw their money at him just becuase he only played golf but wasnt (THE GREATEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME) I mean comon this guy has broken tons of records and he is not even half way into his golf carrer. For you to say such a stupid thing as that is insulting to the game of golf for not giving this guy the respect he deserves on the course. Yea he messed up but that dosent take all he tournements he has won away from him or winning however many masters championships which only a few have won more then once and he is on what now 4 or 5? No the sponsers just gave this guy money becuase he is the best at what he does. You my dear and not very smart! HAve a nice day.

Gigi December 9, 2009, 1:15 PM

I AM DISGUSTED WITH HOW TIGER HAS ACTED. I LIVE NOT FAR FROM HIS HOME AND NEEDLESS TO SAY I’VE BEEN TO HEALTH CENTRAL MANY TIMES,NOT THE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE ORLANDO AREA FOR SURE!
WHO IS TIGER? I THINK HE IS SOMEONE THAT THOUGHT HE WANTED WHAT HE WANTED PERIOD,WHEN HE WANTED IT. IT DIDN’T MATTER TO HIM THAT HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND 2 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. DOES HE TRULY THINK ANY OF THESE WOMEN WOULD WANT HIM FOR ANYTHING MORE THEN HIS MONEY? THEY ALL LOVE THE NEWS MEDIA AND HAVE MADE FOOLS OF THEMSELVES, WHILE HIS WIFE ELIN HAS ACTED AS SHE ALWAYS HAD,A MOTHER AND A LADY.
TO TELL THESE BIMBO’S HIS MARRIAGE WAS A SHAM,I DO BELIEVE HE SHOULD HAVE TOLD HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE THIS FIRST.
YOUR A GONER TIGER, YOUR WIFE HAS BOUGHT A HOME ON AN ISLAND IN SWEDEN,TO LIVE THE PRIVATE LIFE SHE ALWAYS WANTED WITH YOU. NOW SHE WILL HAVE IT WITH YOUR 2 PRECIOUS CHILDREN AND HER SISTER.
NOW YOU CAN PARTY YOUR BUTT OFF WITH ALL THESE WOMEN,I WON’T CALL THEM LADIES,THAT IS WHAT YOUR WIFE WAS AND I GUESS THAT DIDN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY.
YOU HAVE NO SELF RESPECT AND WORST OF ALL YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN.
I KNOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT…MY HUSBAND!!
SHAME ON YOU TIGER, HAD YOU COME OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE AFTER ALL THIS HAPPEN YOU’D HAVE SAVED YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE ALOT OF MISERY. I HAVE NO IDEA WHO YOUR PR PERSON IS, BUT YOU SURE GOT THE WRONG ADVICE. NOW WE’RE GOING INTO WEEK 2 AND IT’S A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT,YOUR NOW LEFT WITH NOTHING.
YOUR PATHETIC AS A MAN,AS IS MY HUSBAND OR ANYONE ELSE THAT DOES THIS TO A LOVING WOMAN. YOU DESERVE WHAT YOUR GOING TO GET,NO MORE GOLF,NO MORE ENDORSMENTS,NO MORE” FAMILY” THAT SHOULD BE THE WORST FOR YOU BUT I DOUBT YOU SEE IT THAT WAY,AS THERE IS ALWAYS YOUT TEXT MESSAGE BIMBO’S RIGHT?
I AM A PRIVATE PERSON,SO WHATEVER MY HUSBAND DID-DID NOT EFFECT THE MEDIA, BUT IT AFFECTED MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF. I HAD TO RAISE MY BOYS TO LEARN TO RESPECT AND LOVE WOMEN,TO BE KIND,LOVING AND MOST OF ALL”HONEST”! SO FAR SO GOOD AND THEY AREN’T KIDS.
STAY ON YOUR BOAT PRIVACY AND DROWN YOUR SORROWS IN A FEW DRINKS AND SOME IMBIEM,IT WON’T EVER GET BETTER!
YOU ARE A PUBLIC PERSON AND YOU DO NOT DESERVE PRIVACY. YOU SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP LIKE A MAN,NOW YOUR JUST PATHETIC!

Kristen December 9, 2009, 1:17 PM

Can we just let this go? Whatever is going on with Tiger and his wife is a private matter that should be kept as just that. Seriously consider this, if you were having marital issues in your own life, would you want it plastered everywhere for the whole world to see? I don’t think so, so let Tiger deal with his PRIVATE issues privately because whether there was or wasn’t other women it’s none of our business unless he wants to make it our business, which at this point he hasn’t so shut up about it.

mel December 9, 2009, 2:23 PM

WERE TIGER NOT THE GREAT MAN THAT HE IS, THE DIRT WOULD HAVE SURFACED LONG AGO. REMEMBER, ALL (OF US) ARE CAPABILE OF…DO, INDEED,SIN. HE IS COMING TO REPENTENCE. WHEN WILL YOU? MOREOVER, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE HE WILL STILL LIVE A BLESSED LIFE OF STYLE. WILL YOU?
LET’S ALL MAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER BEFORE WE GET CAUGHT!!!

Ebony2060 December 9, 2009, 2:31 PM

What Tiger does behind close doors is no concern to me that is between him and his wife. I’m only interested when he puts the ball in the hole on the green.

nornorton December 9, 2009, 3:21 PM

Jack Nicklaus and the others did not get caught because no one was looking at the white man make a mistake but could not wait for something negative on the black man. I hope Tiger learns to stay away from the white women, all they want is your money. Remember OJ and the others who cannot wait to get the blonde hair blue eyes, but once you make a mistake and hurt the little white girl who by the way, no one knew before she married Tiger. What did she lose accept her pride. Many black women have had to deal with a lot worse. rick powerful men, black or white cheating is nothing new. Tiger should have known better. He has no one to blame but himself. I guess to the white people is now all black.


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