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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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Anonymous December 9, 2009, 3:31 PM

Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.

Fran December 9, 2009, 3:50 PM

I really think this issue is his private business as well….He is entitled to some privacy…..The media is like sharks surrounding fresh prey….When will we stop ? When we have driven him crazy because he has no privacy and no where to hide caged up in his home ?… For God’s sake leave him alone… He has made some terrible mistakes So what? He is entitled to mistakes as a human being… I am sure he has learned a terrible and valuable lesson….. He owes us nothing….His wife and mother has been humiliated m she deserves the attention and apology. I just cannot believe how far nosey people will go…

steve December 9, 2009, 4:13 PM

I think the media makes things out to be bigger than they really are. So they take something they find about someone and exploit them so they can make money! I think the media needs to back off and let Tiger and his wife work this out for themselves. It is really nobody else’s buisness. He is still a great golfer and a good man for doing the things he does. Everyone makes mistakes. just because he is a celebrity doesn’t mean he is perfect. and remember the media not only screws Tiger,

deborah December 9, 2009, 4:52 PM

TIGER WOODS IS DISGUSTING. HIS ARROGANCE IS SO PREDICTABLE. I LIVE IN
WINDERMERE AND HAVE SEEN HIS FATHER AND TIGER MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS; I CAN TELL YOU THAT INSTEAD OF TEACHING HIS SON GOLF THAT HIS FATHER WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER TO TEACH HIM HUMILITY, HUMANITY AND SELF RESPECT. TIGER HAS A SELF INDULGENT OVEROVERLY INFLATED EGO, A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT THAT IS FALSE.
THE GIRLS HE IS INVOLVED WITH ALL KNEW HE WAS MARRIED AND YET FELT THAT IT WAS OK TO AID HIM IN DECEIVING HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. THE WOMEN INVOLVED IN HIS “TRANSGRESSIONS” NEED A REALITY CHECK. MARRIED IS MARRIED, PERIOD! HAVING RELATIONS WITH TIGER WOODS AUTOMATICALLY MAKES ALL OF THEM AND TIGER, SLUTS, TRAMPS AND SLEAZY LOW LIFES.

Biff December 9, 2009, 5:00 PM

It’s all here about Tiger Woods!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SFYv8lZFvg

JAY December 9, 2009, 5:01 PM

GET A CLUE, DR??
YOUR WORD ONLY CARRIES THE BAD MESSAGE FURTHER. TIGER OWES YOU NOTHING, AS YOU PROFIT RIGHT NOW WITH YOUR ATTEMPT AT WRITING. JUST ANOTHER PO WOMAN WHO HAS THE CHANCE TO STOPM HER FOOT AND MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF. EVEN YOU ARE TRYING FOR 15 MINUTES. WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN ISSUES…

Shelleys Gold December 9, 2009, 5:42 PM

Tiger Woods is a sham. If I were his wife, I’d be concerned about disease, not to mention leaving him alone with the kids.

There’s a lot wrong there.

Anonymous December 9, 2009, 6:25 PM

i stopped reading after you said he wasnt rich and famous for being great…..clearly you have never watched a tournament

sharon December 9, 2009, 7:05 PM

Did I just read this right?Tiger Woods is not famous because he plays golf good?But for his endorsements?Um, ok,how does one go about getting endorsements?Or sponsers?It could be me, but I always thought it was because you , the athlete, did something,not everyone could do as well.That you were outstanding in your field.Extrodinary.Isn’t that how it works for endorsements?The reason pay to see him play, is cause he wins his tournaments.And quite frankly,does it better than the field can that plays against him.He was NOT CREATED BY THE PUBLIC.he created himself.By hard work.He did all those long hours,of practice.The public did not make him talented.He is talented.The public rode off his coattails.The sponsers rode off his coattails, because his talent and greatness could make them money.They would not have endorsed him,,,,if he didn’t deliver.He delivered big time, in his sport.His personal life, is another story.And that is his and his wifes problems.I have a professional life, and a personal one.As most of us do.And i owe an explantion for my professional life.Not my personal life.If everyone, in business, or sports or politics, or doctors, or lawyers, had to display their personal lives,,,,I don’t think any of us would be throwing mud.I, as many know, I don’t want to air my dirty laundry.And if you don’t have dirty laundry,,,,you are a liar

deej December 9, 2009, 7:14 PM

Tiger is finished. His image is destroyed.

Anonymous December 9, 2009, 7:31 PM

Tiger is married to only one woman and that is the only person he needs to talk to. It is none of the “public’s” business. People get very consumed with the private lives of others.

mom December 9, 2009, 8:03 PM

i think tiger knows he made a big mistake. didn’t he ever consider what he could infect his wife with? hopefully he will get professional help for his addiction and try and save his marriage.

Mike December 9, 2009, 9:42 PM

Great article. Not everybody is givin this blessing to get paid WELL for something you love doing. Yes Tiger is a great golfer and yes he deserves his privacy but he needs to stop hiding and come out and just tell the public he messed up so he can go on winning tournoments but until then the more time he waste the more his story will be in our pathetic media. Just aks GOD for forgiveness no one else matters Tiger!!!!!!

Anonymous December 9, 2009, 9:51 PM

What Tiger has done with God only knows how many women is disgusting, HOWEVER… He wouldn’t have been able to touch a one of them had they not been there, available, ready, willing and able to accomodate him. He’s one man, and how many women has he been unfaithful with? Who knows if this is all of them? Women need to learn how to keep their legs together, then men won’t have any choice but to remain faithful to their wives.

mindaluz December 9, 2009, 9:55 PM

I am very surprised about your position as a therapist on Tiger. What happened to a person’s right for confidentiality. Does this only apply to so called ordinary person, the consuming public. Tiger owes nothing to us. We decided to love him as a talent, so I do not need any return from him but just continue to play well. Go
Tiger. Love Elin. Learn yhour personal lessons.

Homes December 9, 2009, 10:28 PM

This article nails everything on the money. I am sooo disappointed with Tiger because of what he stood for: discipline; integrity; honesty; family man; philanthropist; phenomenal athlete. Now everything except for the last one has gone by the wayside. If he was the true warrior (samurai) that he pretends to be he would have to commit seppuku or suicide to preserve his honor. For those of you who think this is a private matter, think again because that is not what he initially signed up for. With celebrity comes GREAT responsibility!!!!

sue wancket December 10, 2009, 1:04 AM

i think tiger was wrong! but, it is a private thing! how many men have done this? his career is a great gift! he’s awesome! it has nothing to do with it. everybody says “nike” is going to lose by having him, they have sold stuff for years! it isn’t going to hurt them! men will not give up on nike! for 100 years, men have cheated on women! he’s not the first, i believe nike will be ok! just like swimmer man! and they all cancelled him, too! and now, he’s back on track! tiger needs to take care of his family as his dad would tell him to do!

Dex December 10, 2009, 1:37 AM

O.K. People, we all know that Tiger is a great Golfer. He is human and not a robot. YES, He does deserve his privacy, but not only does he deserve the privacy his family deserves it as well. You don’t see her coming out and want to speak about their problems. Giver her and her family the privacy and respect. And for you people that are talking about the role model he is playing, it is you people that are ruining it for those kids. As for you people that say he doesn’t smile, I had the honor of escorting Tiger on a golf course in Vegas, and not a Golf tournament he was involved in, (very down to earth person). When he is competing in tourneys, this is his work, concentration.
Lets all give him and his family the privacy they both deserve. Would like to open some of you hypocritical people’s closets and see what we can find there.

Anonymous December 10, 2009, 10:37 AM

Where or when is the responsibility of the women held in contempt? If there were more decent, self respecting women out here, men wouldn’t be able to cheat. Many people say men have cheated since the beginning of time, but why is that? Loose women is why! Tiger and/or any other man who has cheated on his wife need to be held accountable, but so do the women.. Why do they get a free pass? So sterotypical and unfair!

Mae

Dave December 10, 2009, 2:29 PM

Tiger Woods: Why Do You Deserve Privacy?

Sure he does, it is the name of his Yacht.

The real questions, can he still play great golf and can he still make a great living off of it.

The relationship problems will be solved with lots and lots of his money.

Golf he has to work at.


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