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What I Learned from Tiger's Press Conference

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Yep. He's still a d-bag.

Tiger Woods

Elizabeth Thorp: Today, Tiger Woods made his first public appearance since his car accident -- and the catastrophic revelations about his infidelity were underwhelming at best. A tightly controlled press conference closed to Q & A and the general media -- and a script that was clearly written by someone else? Below par. On Tiger's part, it was an act of cowardice. 

Tiger, you slept with cocktail waitresses -- many, many cocktail waitresses. (OK, maybe some of them were also actresses/models.) Women like that have nothing to lose from talking to the press and making money off your story. You might be gifted, but you're not that bright, are you?

Gems from the presser included, "I thought only about myself" and "I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to do." Duh. We knew these things already.

Tiger, you've engaged in risky behavior before. Yes, we know, you're in treatment now. But if you were really committed to saving your marriage and relationships with family and friends, you would have taken the risk of having a real press conference. You would have written your own remarks and let the media ask the tough questions. We've already learned that you're human, fallible, narcissistic and, apparently, a real Tiger in bed. It can't get much worse than that. So man up and do the right thing: Answer the hard questions and show the public, your wife and your fans that you're not a total ass.

I keep thinking of the great advice my mother once gave me when I was dating a Lothario: "Once a cheater, always a cheater." I've seen that proven true time and time again. Today, Elin chose not the Dina McGreevey nor the Silda Spitzer approach, but the Jenny Sanford one: She didn't literally stand by Tiger's side. Elin, I hope you're at a book publisher's right now negotiating a huge multimillion-dollar deal. God knows you deserve it. 

7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Robin February 19, 2010, 10:32 AM

I totally disagree. I don’t think that Tiger Woods owes anyone in the public an apology. He didn’t cheat on me or you or your neighbor down the street. His infidelity is *his* infidelity. It is a problem between he and Elin and their family. He didn’t take an oath to the public to be loyal and true. Granted, he portrayed himself that way and now he is suffering the consequences of that in lost sponsorships and a much disillusioned fan base. But I don’t need to know the sordid details of his personal life and in no way do I feel I am entitled to them just because he is a public figure.
He is admitting his mistakes and what he and his wife decide to do from here is no one’s business but their own.

Sallie February 19, 2010, 11:40 AM

Amen, sista! Ellen is waaaay too good for him. Love that you called him a douche…haha

Betsy February 19, 2010, 11:49 AM

Thank GOD she didn’t stand by her man!! I can see working on the marriage if there’s one indescretion but like 16? All at the same time? You can’t fix that…she deserves better.

NickJonas February 19, 2010, 1:32 PM

That was a press conference?? It looked like a monologue! And to Robin, Tiger Woods is a public figure and role model. Lots of children I know look up to him. He does have to explain himself and sadly he is probably doing to save his endorsements.

Pamala February 19, 2010, 2:50 PM

Oh please people. Stop looking up to celebs and sports stars as role models. Find some real people, who do real important things, not just play sports good. Gees.

The man doesn’t have to explain anything, and God forbid anyone here make any mistakes in life, I’d sure not want to see the judgement that would be dished out if you should.

Things are never black and white, and this issue, is one he should have to deal with, privately. It’s none of our business.

PotKettle February 20, 2010, 5:37 AM

Let’s see if I understand. This no one, who is raising her daughters to be “divas” rather than well-rounded, stable young women, is hitching her barely literate wagon to Woods in an effort to generate pageviews?

Woods is indeed a d-bag, but Miss Thorp is what fills one.

Nathaniel Vandewege February 8, 2011, 3:28 PM

While I was studying this article I invented what I’ve been thinking about before. thanks a lot.

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