Have you seen Tiger Woods’ apology? Do you care?
I saw most of his apology when I was in the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport waiting for a connecting flight. If I hadn’t been stuck in the airport, I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to watch it.
What struck me most were the reactions of people watching it. Several followed it with rapt attention. Others glanced at it, then turned back to their newspapers, books, or iPhones. Many laughed, pointing to the screen and making fun of Woods.
It got me thinking about the role of mega-celebrity athletes in our society. Should we care about their personal lives? Are they, like it or not, role models? Should they be held to a higher moral standard than the rest of us?
In case you didn’t see or read his apology, here are some excerpts from wire-service transcripts of his statement:
“Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you’ve worked with me or you’ve supported me.
“Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.
“I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife, Elin, and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.
“Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”
Woods has backed off a bit from his strident December demand for privacy from the news media. But, later in this lengthy new statement, he again asserted a right to privacy for matters between himself, his wife and his family. He says now, “I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children.” He wants to preserve that “private space,” although he doesn’t explain this idea very clearly—especially now that reports of his misbehavior are all over the news media.
So what do you think of Woods’ apology? Does it matter to you?
Do you agree with Woods’ assertion of a right of privacy? Or, does his mega-celebrity status deprive him of it?