Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Tough public course for Woods

More than four in 10 Americans now hold an unfavorable view of Tiger Woods, and nearly as many say companies should steer clear of using the golf great as a product pitchman, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Woods, broadly popular in polls over the decade, has taken a big public hit in the aftermath of his admission of "personal sins" in response to spiraling allegations of extramarital affairs. In the new poll, 43 percent say they view Woods unfavorably, with more than one in four seeing him in a "strongly" negative light. About as many, 42 percent, have favorable impressions, but that number has been sliced roughly in half compared to recent years.

Men tilt favorably toward Woods, while women lean negative. (Men are 46 percent favorable, 41 percent unfavorable; women are 39-45.)

Among those who count themselves as golf fans, Woods fares a little better, with 62 percent seeing him favorably, but even here in his base, 37 percent now view him negatively.

More than a third of fans and non-fans alike say they think companies should not continue to use Woods to endorse their products and services. One of Madison Avenue's brightest stars, Accenture yesterday severed its six-year contract with Woods, and reports have other companies reconsidering their arrangements with the world's No. 1 golfer.

Across groups, Woods does poorest among seniors, 50 percent of whom view him unfavorably. About half of seniors, 49 percent, also say firms should avoid using Tiger as a spokesman.

Q: On a final subject, are you a fan of professional golf, or not?

           Yes   Somewhat (vol.)   No   No opinion
12/13/09   22        6             72       *
11/24/02   16        7             78       0 
3/24/02*   24        8             68       0
3/28/01    27        9             64       *
2/11/01    26        5             69       *
4/2/00     26        8             66       *
*3/02 and previous, Gallup

Q: Overall do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the professional golfer Tiger Woods? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           ----- Favorable ----- ---- Unfavorable ----   No
           NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly  opin.
12/13/09   42     22       20    43     17       26      14
12/3/09*   60     NA       NA    25     NA       NA      14   
6/19/05    85     NA       NA     8     NA       NA       7   
6/10/01    84     NA       NA     9     NA       NA       7
6/25/00    88     NA       NA     5     NA       NA       7   
* 12/3/09 CNN; 2005 Gallup; 2001 and 2000 Gallup/CNN. 
No opinion includes "never heard of."

Q: Woods has been accused of having extramarital affairs, and has apologized for what he called "personal sins." Given this situation, do you think companies should or should not continue to use Woods to endorse their products? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           ------- Should ------  ----- Should not ----   No
           NET Strongly Somewhat  NET Somewhat Strongly  opin.
12/13/09   54     33       20     38     13       24      8

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 10-13, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults (landline and cell-only respondents). The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error or plus or minus three percentage points.

By Jon Cohen  |  December 14, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: In their own words
Next: Divided Detroit: City vs. Suburbs


Merry Christmas, Tiger! I believe you have received all that you wanted and now you are getting what you deserve.

Posted by: mortified469 | December 14, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

obviously this poll is flawed.
the NEGATIVE reaction to tiger woods seems more like 7 out of 10 unfavorable.
how were the questions phrased
and on what day of the week was it done?
while everyone watched football?

if these numbers were correct he would be holding on to his sponsorship; obviously they have crunched the numbers and its in the danger zone.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | December 14, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: di-ann | December 14, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Is Tiger his real name?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | December 14, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Tiger better get on Oprahs TV show, and quick, so he can get the females back on side. Writing a book will take too long. Possibly she could have Clinton on at the same time. Look how popular he is.

Posted by: dangreen3 | December 14, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

tiger either has more maturing to do or he is a confirmed bachelor for now. he is disciplined in his golf, but it seems FAMILY was a mere sideshow for public perception, OR he was womanizing merely to impress the guys with his harem.

his biggest job right now is to admit exactly who he really is and live that life. if he's still a playboy he needs to keep it away from his children and that means a separation of family as hard as it is its best to do it now while the children are young enough to easily adjust to life without him. he needs to dig real deep. if ever he needed discipline its now. he has my prayers.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | December 14, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Tiger better get on Oprah asap to get the females back on side. Possibly Bill Clinton could also be there. Look how popular he is

Posted by: dangreen3 | December 14, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a KKK lynch mob and the Post polling survey - NOTHING

A sampling of 1000 people from a population of over 250 million hardly is representative of realistic views. Maybe the Post should query PGA adherents or those more closely tied to golf.

Posted by: inbox_cj | December 14, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

this is where we have gone completely bananas! oprah's couch is not God's healing grace.

tiger needs to clean up his act and that wont happen by a visit to oprah.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | December 14, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

While I've shaken my head and laughed at the b1mbos who've come forward with their claims - this whole thing is so ludicrous - there is no joy whatsoever in watching this shake out. It must be terribly painful for his wife. His children are not affected yet as they're babies (although young children do sense the moods of their parents) but will be when they're older and learn of this behavior. Bad enough for your neighbor's family to deal with because at least they have privacy. But this is public humiliation on the international level.

Very sad. Yes, he is responsible for this behavior. He made his choices. I'm curious as to that decision making. Is he so arrogant and insulated against the real world that he didn't think one of these gal pals would blab? Was this a power thing? A control thing? Why all the texting - when he was with his wife???!!! - there is such a trail of evidence he's left.

As a woman, I was as horrified by what he told these b1mbos about his wife as I was by his infidelity. I would've knocked out all of his teeth just for that.

Wow. What a huge fall from grace.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | December 14, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

The results are not surprising. Tiger Woods has been a living legend because he has inspired legions with his childhood story of dedication, focus and commitment. Whether it is a preschooler or grade 5 or college going kids, parents have put up Tiger Woods as an example to be emulated by their young ones.

Perhaps Tiger Woods himself was ignorant of society's expectations of high moral values, ethics and standards from him or deliberately chose not to live up to those expectations. It is unlikely he will ever be portrayed as a role model for younger generation rather he will now be remembered more as a gifted person with rather loose character and moral compass.

Posted by: AC15 | December 14, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Tough spot for Tiger since he has traded on his clean public persona to amass millions. I think it would be interesting if he eschewed ALL of his endorsements and promotional earnings, threw himself into his game, and played strictly for purses. If his family turns out to be a distraction, then he should settle with his wife and move on. Does he have the discipline to focus on golf and to prove he is the greatest of all time? That is the question. Does he have the discipline to give up the ladies? That might be the hardest challenge of all.

Posted by: PJTramdack | December 14, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I can say only one thing grow up Woods and get a real life...

Posted by: ldmccty | December 14, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

What is this universal call for Tiger Woods, anyone, to rehabilitate themselves by appearing on Oprah?

Am I the only one who finds this both a sad and pathetic example of America today?

Also what is this obsession to get approval from black folk?

...and who exactly appointed Oprah god?

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | December 14, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Tiger was a bone-head in his "transgressions." He compounded the problem by being a bone-head about responding to the escalating media maelstrom. Cloistering himself, and allowing his "mistresses" to paint his narrative is not a very prudent thing. He should be a man and step up and admit he was wrong. Ask for public forgiveness and get it over. Dave Letterman should be a model on how cads should respond. Woods a model on how not to respond.

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 14, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods set himself up for this. He projected a public image of clean, healthy living. We can forgive affairs, we can't forgive dishonesty about it. John Daly admitted his problems, and he recovered somewhat in time. Tiger's hiding, and the extent of his affairs, show a basic dishonest streak which is very unlike golf. He may never recover his image even if he recovers his game. Sponsors are right to pull his support. That support is based on his public image. When that image goes so does his value to the sponsors. Right now that image is about break even according to the polls, so his public image value is essentially $0.

Posted by: hollygarfield | December 14, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

None of this behavior is surprising. Tiger was raised by a Dad who wanted to create an icon. I doubt Tiger ever had much to say about it, and by the time he became an adult he was fully indoctrinated, and no turning back. Yes--I am saying his growth and development are major contributors to what we see today--and it's going to take a lot of time and therapy to work this out--and he must be in dis-belief--because all he has known is his own propaganda. He fell too much in love with it--lost touch with everyday reality--and the most cherishing parts and relationships of life. Go to your wife's island, Tiger--and work it out. And all of us-- leave them alone.

Posted by: prontomac | December 14, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

^^Doing the above through his website is not good enough^^

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 14, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

This poll is meaningless unless you include poll information prior to the incident. A large faction of strong Pro Golf fans already disliked Tiger for the disproportionate amount of TV time he got. Tiger's popularity was always among casual Pro Golf fans that might not tune in if he wasn't playing. This is the marketable audience that sponsers aim for. This is the segement that needs to be polled for before and after reactions. Only then will you get a more accurate inidcation of his popularity.

Posted by: akmzrazor | December 14, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This whole situation is sad for his wife, children, and mother. The man has enjoyed basking in the light of celebrity and yet wants his privacy. His image makers are responsible for turning an expert golfer into a celebrity and they get huge checks in return. If people had a chance to observe him behind the scenes at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst a few years ago they would have but one opinion - he's an arrogant and disrespectful jackass.

Posted by: paulosfm1 | December 14, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

This means he has a 60% approval rating. I think a lot of politicians would love any approval rating above 25%. Ha. Just leave him alone who do you think he is, Bill Clinton? Oh excuse me, he was the Prseident of the United States when he was caught, responsible for nuclear weapons, wars, the most powerful Nation in the world, health reform, my my. Oh and one last item, he was notorious for cheating at golf. But attack Tiger but you need to add to your list several people who have responsibilities even greater than shooting 65 every weekend.

Posted by: staterighter | December 14, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe this article and poll! The tabloid media just won't leave this alone - they keep stoking it with the same questions and statements over and over...

I thought that "journalist" reported the news? When did they sink to 'National Enquirer' level? I thought that tabloids was where reporters went who couldn't make the grade...

Woods owes us nothing but perhaps a good game of golf. He's nobodys spiritual leader, he's not even a catholic priest! I'll bet at least 35% of folks reading the WaPo on-line have had affairs.... well, it IS D.C., so say at least 50%. Doesn't matter what you do professionally (unless you are the aforementioned catholic priest), it's still NOBODY's business except your wife's/husband's...

Woods gave us some incredible golf. Why can't y'all leave him in peace to work this out with his family in return?

Posted by: 4Jaxon | December 14, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Eldrick Woods is an awesome golf player, and anything else you ever thought about him was made up by fans and companies hungry to be 'gilt' by association. He's a freaking entertainer: you (the public, not the paper) made up whatever else you think you 'knew', 'trusted', or 'admired' about him.
Better start investigating the private lives of your allergist, mechanic, and tailor. Getting righteous about the private life of your golfer will wear out pretty quickly.

Posted by: redlineblue | December 14, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

What is most surprising is Tiger's utter lack of socialization. Did his parents keep him so totally engaged with golf that he failed to understand the most basic of social graces? Surely he learned something at Stanford, didn't he?

The total withdrawal from all contact with anyone is another indication of his lack of skill in handling adversity. His behavior on the golf course gave us a clue; throwing clubs and swearing after a bad shot gave us a clue as to how ill-prepared he really is. Sooner or later he is going to have to "man up" and face the consequences of his actions in the light of day.

Posted by: dryfly | December 14, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The people who are no doubt most angry with Tiger (besides his wife) would be the PGA and all the sponsors that are going to lose boo-koo bucks just because he couldn't keep his pants zipped. For Tiger and them, that must be some of the most expensive recreational pleasure ever had!

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | December 14, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"Go to your wife's island, Tiger--and work it out. And all of us-- leave them alone."

I agree except.......Sweden is an island? Maybe only in American education....

Posted by: dbert4 | December 14, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

white senior,no golfer:get over this,leave the guy sort out his personal problem.

Posted by: pofinpa | December 14, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

The Woods affair may be a watershed in US racial thinking. Not even liberals are accusing Americans of being racists because they think less of the golfer these days. When liberals get off their high moral horse you know something has changed. But I predict they'll be back- the racist card is too handy a political trick to give up once and for all.

Posted by: mhr614 | December 14, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I believe there are many who are missing the point here. From a commercial point of view, hard-core golf fans are irrelevant. There simply aren’t that many. And those that are, are most important for their demographic, not their number. The popularity and prosperity of professional golf is contingent on casual fans -- television viewers and those who attend tournaments simply because they are “events,” featuring a number of public figures. Mr Woods is a once-in-a-lifetime talent whose celebrity transcended his sport. Now that he has flown too close to the sun, his fall will reverberate long and wide. Given this economy, I’d believe the PGA Tour has lost fully half its value, or more. And I expect sports marketing in general to be hugely discounted. Regardless of one’s moral position, this is a perceptual tsunami.

Posted by: sandycove | December 14, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

My opinion of Woods has gone downhill over the years as I have watched him pitch fits and curse when the ball doesn't do exactly as he wishes. No other golfer on tour behaves so peevishly. This is an additional symptom of his immaturity. Tiger needs to grow up quickly or he will find that he is going to lose everything in life that truly matters.

BTW, mhr614, your comment makes no sense. Using Tiger to bash Liberals? Quite a stretch.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | December 14, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

For someone who invariably made great judgments on the golf course, his misjudgments in her personal life stand out even more (voice mails, e-mails, the type of women involved, etc.).

Even more incredible, this billionaire with loads of advisors certainly whiffed when it came to damage control and crisis management on this issue.

Retreating to his enclave and posting only via his web site is not the kind of actions you expect from someone who allowed (encouraged?) himself to be built up to be a hero to the public.

Infidelities aside, this man is showing a willful arrogance and disrespect to the fans who have helped make him the wealthiest athlete on the planet. That's a betrayal to his shocked supporters who are owed both an explanation and apology almost as much as his family.

Posted by: bulldog6 | December 14, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Who freaking cares about TIGER, he got caught now he is whining he should have thought about that before he started trying to be a PLAYER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | December 14, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Tiger has always had his way and could back it up with the game. Heck, I remember him doing his first 'debut performance' on a TV stage. He was over confident and bossy then.

It all carried forward to his being above the rest of the grinding golfers.

I can't imagine the humiliation he is experiencing as he free falls in public and watches his endorsements dry up?

I still expect more women to come forward and Playgirl will get the last laugh. It's time for a suicide watch.

Welcome to the real world of economic tough times, Dude. Time to sell the yacht.

Posted by: UncleBuck2 | December 14, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The legs this story has and the importance that the media attaches to it are a major sign of the decline of the United States as a nation. The media moguls put this stuff out there for us to see and read about and we happily validate that choice by paying major attention to it. One or two days I could see but weeks and weeks and weeks of this is way too much and demonstrates how as a people we are distracted from what is really important. Prior to 9/11/2001, it was Gary Condit and Chandra Levy 24 X 7. All of that was gone on 9/21/2001, never to return and we never did find out who killed her. That is how important that was, no offense to Ms Levy's parents.

Posted by: robertmerry | December 14, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Often times chicks as hot as Tiger's wife are not nearly as good in the sack as you would think they should be. Trust me on this... probably why he strayed.

Posted by: ukangitmynutz | December 14, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

How many people who have a negative impression, of Tiger, have had affairs would be a good question. Do those who have had an affair/s have a negative impression of themselves or the person with whom they had an affair?

I could care less about anyone (rich, famous, family, friend, co-worker, etc.) who has an affair.

Posted by: rlj1 | December 14, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Al-Hurra is reporting another golf superstar has signed to replace Mr Woods in what was the Tiger Woods 2010 All-Emirates Golf Spectacular. Renamed the Bill Clinton 2010 All-Emirates Golf Spectacular, the former President has negotiated a US$ 100 million fee with a US$ 25 million bonus should the speech be skipped.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | December 14, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Johnny Cash once famously said of disgruntled Bob Dylan critics, "Shut up and let him play." To echo the Man in Black, "Just shut and let him play."

He's not your friend, he's not your neighbor, he didn't hire on to be a priest--he's (just) the world's best golfer and the rest is his own business.

Posted by: gingles | December 14, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Would you beleive Accenture call me the other day about a position they so desperately needed to fill. My response" if you drop tiger you can put that job where the dope heads like Russ, the bitting sex fool Marv Albert don't shine".

As for Nike, "walk softly", I along with many others that play golf can alway switch to Callaway.

Posted by: 6milldollarman | December 14, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Here's the reality. While everyone is having fun dithering in Tiger's sexual escapades, golf is about to have a wall street type collapse. It's understandable that some of his sponsors are backing out, what's the sense of showing him in their ads during golf tournaments when he's not there?

TV ratings are going to fall and attendance at those tournaments he usually plays will falter and local economies will suffer. Ad revenue for TV, Radio, print media will fall and more lay-offs will follow.

Funny isn't it.

Posted by: iopsc | December 14, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods' troubles are yet another instance of an insignificant event that provides content for the media and momentary diversion to the public. Presumably Tiger's financial condition is already good enough to sustain the rest of his life. So there probably is not much consequence to him of the loss of the income from many of his endorsements. It is hard to know how he feels about disappointing a public in the habit of exploiting his image to satisfy their own emotional needs. But he is probably more concerned about how his own personal relationships are going to survive his current problems. After taking some time to make an effort to salvage them, he will probably return to his winning ways in golf. He may never recover quite the same relationship with the public. But, as long as he manages to leave his visible personal problems behind him, he will have little trouble resuming a distinguished and very lucrative career.

Posted by: dnjake | December 14, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"When you have children and you cheat, then you are cheating on your wife and children." This is something like what Chris Rock said. It's so true. Tiger failed his wife and children too -- how shoddy of him to neglect them as well. Good for Accenture. Already this Christmas I've decided I won't be buying Nike. I don't like companies which I think partly nurtured his whole demeanor and profited by it. Also, I think while Tiger failed repeatedly to clearly project who he is (a married man with children) even though women did probably throw themselves at him. Lots of people work next to others who throw themselves at them and they repeatedly project that they are unavailable. Tiger is like the Gene Simmons of golf -- and it's really disgusting to me now that we're at 13. It is okay for men to know that they want to sleep with tons of women, but they have to have the courage to stand as who they are honestly. They have to choose agents and friends who will support them positively as well.

Posted by: bravobravo | December 14, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

For CharlieTuna666 - He legally changed his name from Eldrick to Tiger some years ago.

Posted by: ACounter | December 14, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

There are some reports as well now that Tiger may be HIV+

Posted by: Phil6 | December 14, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Did this guy assassinate a President or murder a child?

He's a rogue, a scoundrel, a philanderer...Same as Ruth, Mantle, Kennedy, Clinton, and hundreds of other guys.

We love THOSE is he any different?

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 14, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

As an avid golfer and fan, I never actually liked Tiger Woods, and now I find him disgusting. For those who think he shold be left alone - please. He makes 90% of his income by selling his persona; that makes exposure of his lack of character fair game.

Posted by: Becks1 | December 14, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Tiger doesn't owe anyone anything except his wife. Everyone needs to butt out. The media is over the line on this story. This hateful blogging is uncalled for as none of you have a dog in this fight.

Posted by: Cyn-VaBch | December 14, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

A universally accepted axiom is that nobody is perfect. Why does the public then seem surprised to learn that Tiger Woods has committed adultery? Would people feel better if his imperfection was that he was a drug addict or an alcoholic? He has admitted to weakness in an area that brought down the strong Samson, the wise Solomon, and the first man Adam. Tiger Woods' weakness for women should be as surprising as snow in Buffalo.

I question how many young men who are worth hundreds of millions, are internationally acclaimed, and spend an inordinate amount of time away from home can resist the relentless temptation that Tiger Woods must undoubtedly face. In fact, I wonder how many females who are condemning him could do the same.

Jesus Christ was tempted by the flesh, and he was conceived of the spirit. Yet a flesh-and-blood human being falls for the temptation, and millions are ready to question his character. What hypocrites!!!

If the critics have so much self-control, why haven't they achieved internationally acclaim in their chosen profession? Their weaknesses have inhibited their growth, yet they are now quick to condemn a man who has risen to an unprecedented height, in spite of the fact that he had an innate weakness.

The vilification of Tiger Woods is nothing more than weak individuals' attempt to pretend they are strong. They have fallen short just like Tiger, and they fell without the temptations that Tiger was subjected to. People should support a man who dared to scale high heights, despite the fact that, in some respects, he was simply an ordinary man.

Posted by: elvisban | December 14, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

At 42 percent disapproval, Obama's almost caught up with him.

Posted by: quiensabe | December 14, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Given the choice between being faithful to his beautiful Swedish swimsuit model wife or having sex with hookers, porn stars, and cocktail waitress....the question is whether Tiger would bend to temptation...and now we all know..........Tiger Would

Posted by: logcabin1836 | December 14, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

O K -tiger is wrong, but now all these women are going on national tv to tell their story??? WTF-- how and why would they do that? just to get their 15 minutes of fame and a big fat paycheck? they knew who he was and what the outcome could be if caught! what a bunch of hoes!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | December 14, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It's a long way down when you are up so high.

Posted by: MUPPET | December 14, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

America has a love/hate relationship with just about everything. We want "heroes", but they better be perfect. If they aren't perfect, bring out the firing squad. Our culture has devolved to the point where people who don't know, have never met and will never meet a "Tiger" (or whoever) invest an unhealthy amount of emotional energy and involvement into his personal life. Mr. Woods great sin was and is being the best golfer this world has ever seen, not the best person. When Jesper P wanted to "dis" Tiger, I noticed he was at Q school-trying to keep his card/playing privileges. His sponsors were more than happy to pay Tiger for his fame and use his likeness-how many sponsors did Tiger seek out? None. They all contacted him.
While his personal life is a train wreck, caused entirely by his own decisions, he should not be disparaged or discouraged by the number of people who now wish to criticize/destroy him. He will choose what is best-for his family and for himself. I look forward to the day when he can win another U.S. Open on a broken leg, or hit a six iron over trees and water to 4 ft in the dark, or make a put that most professionals can't see must less get right. Its his skill that impresses me. My moral compass is mt faith in Jesus, not my admiration for an incredible, once in a lifetime athlete.

Posted by: revasaki65 | December 14, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

When it is all said and done...Jack Nicklaus just (again) became the greatest golfer in history. And for much more than just his game.

Posted by: Genefox1 | December 14, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The Media wants Tiger Woods to get on his knees and grovel.....However, if Woods never made another dollar, or won another tournament his networth and capacity for same lifestyle would be about the same, and so would those of his critics. I hope he takes the next two years away from golf and away from Florida.

Posted by: october30 | December 14, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

>>Sweden is an island? Maybe only in American education....

Or in Stockholm, which is a set of 15 land masses surrounded by water.

Posted by: redlineblue | December 14, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The sooner his wife leaves him -- reported earlier she's filing after xmas and going back to Sweden -- the sooner this will blow over for Tiger.

Posted by: crumppie | December 14, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Anyone that has made mistakes in their lives should be trying to forgive Tiger. He is human and has suffered enough. I'm quite sure he realizes his mistakes and will do all he can to correct his situation. Most people always criticize others without thinking about how they would feel if it were them. He did nothing to any of the people criticizing him. If his family can forgive him then why can't we. Be a Christian once in your life.

Posted by: cbrown2 | December 14, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Tiger has been an unfaithful spouse, period! His concealment methodology was obviously quite flawed but the reviews that came forth regarding his performances in the "xtra-golf arena were quite good. There may be some who may question the abilities of his reviewers but I assume that they are competent in the subject in which they examined. I will persist in my consumption of Gatorade and my use of Gillette shaving equipment as I seek to "be like a tiger". I will confine my activity as I have promised in a prior agreement and accept the opinion in the same spirit in which it is being sought. Hopefully Tiger will redefine his boundaries and break every golfing record in existence while putting his remaining energies into the familial relationships which he is undoubtedly wishing were better.

Posted by: Draesop | December 14, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Four out of 10 people surveyed may hold a negative view of Tiger Woods, but I will bet you 9 out of 10 people now knows his name! As his father predicted, Tiger is now more famous than Mohandas Gandhi! (Probably half of the readers are saying "who dat?", which further proves Earl Woods prediction!) 50+ million people may play the game of golf, but 4+ Billion people play the game of "Life". Way to go, Tiger!

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 14, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't have an unfavorable view of "the golfer". I have an unfavorable view of the actions in his personal life. As a golfer, there are none better than Woods.

Posted by: clairevb | December 14, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Golf has far more to lose by Woods' non-participation than Woods will lose. If the man isn't playing golf, the sport loses out. I don't care about his personal life, I care about the game of golf and it loses.

Posted by: nb3c | December 14, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Great golfer. Rotten person.

Posted by: rhall4ny | December 14, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It is so disappointing to be an American.

We call a man who is less than a quarter African ancestory an African-American.

We give him extra praise for being a colored golfer -- like, wow, you are special for being both black and great at something.

Turns out your not so special.

Go on Oprah! Cried the masses.

(lost on most you you)

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | December 14, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Tiger better get on Oprahs TV show, and quick, so he can get the females back on side. Writing a book will take too long. Possibly she could have Clinton on at the same time. Look how popular he is. -
Posted by: dangreen3 | December 14, 2009

If Oprah can erase all Tiger's sins by just putting her imprimature on him, you are selling her audience too short.

I would sincerely hope that any such attempt on her part seriously backfires and reflects negatively on herself.

And why should/would Oprah "get females on his side"? Just because both she and Woods are black? What does that say about the "color of the skin" and the "content of the character" aspects?

Or all black athletes/entertainers entitled to a free pass because of years of past discrimination?

Woods is no tiger; he is a mere toad.

Posted by: ashrink | December 14, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Indeed Tiger has problems but he is not a poor man. His 1 billion with a 2.5% interest rate would still give him $68000 per day till forever. Not bad for a 33 year old.

Posted by: ridagana | December 14, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

He is lucky no have syphilis or AIDS.

Posted by: alfonsorfarina | December 14, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

As a woman, I was as horrified by what he told these b1mbos about his wife as I was by his infidelity. I would've knocked out all of his teeth just for that.

Wow. What a huge fall from grace.

Wow. What a double standard. So it applies both ways? Your husband or SO can knock out a few of your teeth if he catches you cheating?

Posted by: ebleas | December 14, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

TATATA! Why is everyone so surprised at the behavior of a so-called 'Super" athlete? Sport sociologists have had a field day with the 'off-court' behavior of these athletes for a long time [Magic Johnson, Jordan, Kobe, Barkley, etc.]. This is nothing new and Tiger was supposedly quite 'busy' before he met Elin. The real issue is the North American pattern of having athletes or celebrities 'idolized' and lifted into a 'god-like' status by the general public and a frenzy Media. Children, youth and the public should understand or be taught that these athletes or celebrities are excelling at their specific talent but are regular people with potential character flaws. Please, do not refer to these athletes as heroes because the latter are people who give their lives or produce a social changes for our society not make millions by shooting a small or bigger ball or a puck.

Posted by: mschlots | December 14, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I've never been the world's biggest fan of any sport, but at least Tiger and Elin are working to repair their marriage, which is more than can be said for many other celebrities caught in a similar situation. How many others have gone so far as to put their careers on hold to accomplish this? Precious few. If Tiger and Elin save their marriage and he is able to turn his life around, this will be, in the long run, far superior to any victory on the golf course, especially since money is not an object here. I am a firm believer in personal redemption rather than permanent condemnation of anyone. Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!"

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Look at all the self-righteous fools piling on to criticize Tiger, now. Enjoy your rot in hell you pathetic Godless people.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | December 14, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

In the world of celebrities, a sense of entitlement seems to come with the turf. Woods seemed to be above that, but now it appears that what we were seeing was the media's idea of Tiger Woods, just what they wanted us to see: a clean-cut, firmly-grounded guy who plays by the roles and is admired by all. File that under too good to be true.

Posted by: curtb | December 14, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

perhaps tiger could pitch condom adds....

Posted by: scifimom | December 14, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

dber14 wrote:
"Go to your wife's island, Tiger--and work it out. And all of us-- leave them alone."

I agree except.......Sweden is an island? Maybe only in American education....
Maybe you don't understand how much money they have. Her Swedish home is on an island, dear.

Posted by: greyK | December 14, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

4 out of 10 people! I don't believe it.

You can make stats say whatever you want, 14% of all people know that.

Posted by: s2car | December 14, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

1. Who cares? This is just another quick 'n' dirty entertainment media scrum of a callow, stupid billionaire jock, instead of actual reporting on issues infinitely more difficult to cover that are of import to 9 out of 10 Americans.
2. At any given time, on any subject - 4 out of 10 Americans like/dislike means nothing.
3. This would indicate that 60%+ view him favorably, higher among actual golfers.
4. Little changes.

Posted by: streetnoise | December 14, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing that we have decided to look at Tiger as more than an outstanding golfer. The public has decided to make him out of more than he has ever been..... a pro. These bimbos has come forward with statements that has yet to be proven as factual, and still, we have decided to believe them. I'm reading that Tiger's sponsors should drop him because he is imperfect. I would like to know how many of you actually went out and purchased a Buick, golf balls, a watch or a golf cap simply because his name is associated with it. None of us are perfect and yet we sit back and rip him apart, yes he "F'd" up, and he is trying to do the right thing by making it right at home with his family. Can anyone of you open your closet door and not have skeleton's jump out, shouting "free at last, thank you, we are free" to ruin your image now?

Posted by: elyles | December 14, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I believe that we should have heard on the news, "tiger woods in hospital after accident" and "tiger woods released." But we all know a whole lot more whether we wanted to or not.

So having said that, I haven't liked woods since he said that the barring of women golfers at augusta was something that didn't concern him. He could have said something like, "i think it's way past time women were included here" and played anyway. I wondered about his views towards women then.

The one line he used during this media blitz that i seized on was that his actions didn't match his values. Huh?

Posted by: cococo | December 14, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Tiger clearly wants to play the field.

No problem, but he should get a divorce first.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 14, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Doesn't he remind you of anyone?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 14, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Tiger is the greatest wingman in World History. At the very least, you will walk away with a Swedish Bikini Model just for standing next to Tiger. You know it’s true and irresistible.

Older women need to sit down with younger women to explain the “Rich and Famous Celebrity Rules Book”.

Don’t let his success go to your head.
Don’t let his success go to your head.
Don’t let his success go to your head.

Young women are under the delusion that they are rich and famous. NO … you are not rich and famous. Your husbands are rich and famous and you hit the lottery by attaching yourselves to them. 10 million beautiful women around America and the World would love to be in your shoes. Relax … Hold on, enjoy the ride, and try not to annoy your celebrity husbands. Say thank you for making me an extremely lucky lottery winner.

Today’s famous athletes are the equivalent of Medieval Knights. Actually, their outrageous entertainment salaries place them on the level of Medieval Robber Baron Lords, who own obscenely enormous tracts of land and all bar wenches on their land. Rich celebrities perform their Robber Baron duties with their bar wenches.

Ramases the Great, Imhotep, King David, King Solomon, Alexander the Great, Hannibal the Great, Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony, Alexander Pushkin, Benjamin Franklin, 50% of All U.S. Presidents, 90% of All U.S. Congressmen, Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Albert Einstein, Clark Gable, Richard Burton, Adam Clayton Powell, John Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Woody Allen, Prince Charles, Bob Barker and Alex Rodriguez sounds like pretty good company. I wish to acquire rich celebrity status and P … E …R …K … S.

In high school, nerds who followed star athletes around in order to gain prestige by recounting the star athletes’ hot chick dates, habits and locker items were called jock sniffers. It appears that the GOP Republican media has sunk to the level of jock sniffing. Peeking and reporting what happens in a star’s bedroom is jock sniffing. GOP Republican press start reporting the news (Wall Street / Congressional FRAUD, 50 million Americans uninsured, office sex with 15 years old Congressional pages, illegal Iraq War) and stop acting like jock sniffers.

Fat and unattractive GOP (stink, stank, stunk) Republicans are jealous, because beautiful models won’t touch them with a 39 and a half foot pooooolllllllle. Right GOP SS Brownshirt Newt Beck Romny Bill Limhog Hannity Krausthammer Huckle Buchnan.

Posted by: FrederickDouglass181 | December 14, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

If you spend all of your time mastering a game what kind of a person will you end up being? If you select friends who party, gamble and use women what kind of a person are you? If everyone around you tells you that you are the greatest and are catered to constantly what kind of a person will you become? Eventually it will come crashing down because you haven't spent time learning how to be a sincere and mature adult.

Posted by: vpucsekberman | December 14, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

curtb: "Heroes," sports and otherwise, are often the creation of the media, who tend to forget that there is a vulnerable and flawed human being inside that "hero" package. While I don't condone Tiger's behavior, what I am seeing is what happens to many who grow up as "prodigies," whether in sports or classical music. They either burn out early or fail to develop as mature and balanced adults.

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 14, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't really follow golf, but a few questions occur to me. Does he now have to give up any trophies or titles? Or return that ugly green jacket? Does it mean he's not the magnificent golfer everyone thought he was 3 months ago? Does he have to take back all the money he gave to charity (that was real, right?)?

Assuming he is still remarkable on the course, is the problem that he sold a false image to a bunch of companies who then tried to make more money by having everyone think they were as good in their (unrelated) endeavors as he is on the course? Is it odd that companies that would collectively pay billions for use of his image would not check him out beforehand (apparently his adulterous trysts were not highly classified)? The questions keep coming but one last one...

when does Pete Rose get into the Hall of Fame?

Posted by: tfspa | December 14, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

He should be able to make some money back if he hawks his Little Black Book on eBay.

Posted by: HillRat | December 14, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

In addition to his adultry, one issue most women will find impossible to forgive is the timing of many of his indiscretions -- months after getting married, etc. He might be the world's greatest golfer, but he sure is a louse in all other respects. I bet not only his wife but also his mother has read him the riot act. I know I would if it were one of my sons.

Posted by: sdl63 | December 14, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me how people continue to judge this guy when in truth he hasn't really done anything outside of the norm of a superstar pro athelete. Show me a megastar pro athelete who hasn't had his share of extra-martial affairs and I'll show you one who is suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 14, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Another overpaid overexposed celebrity goes down. Time to admit you are a player and let other players share in the Billions of ad money.

Posted by: jercha | December 14, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

He is human and entitled to mistakes. He has apologized. He only has to make peace with his wife, family and GOD. You folk out there that are knocking him down, probably have stuff in your closet. No one is perfect, so build a bridge and get over it.

Posted by: stewartt1 | December 14, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I feel that the bimbos who chase after rich and famous men whom they KNOW are married ought to take some of the heat as well instead of being rewarded by the media. Tiger is condemned while these females get a free pass. It takes two.

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 14, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Lets approach it this way...

Who in the world could actually have a favorable opinion about this guy?

We just got through 15 days of stories that this married man and icon was having sex with porn stars, barmaids, waitresses, and groupies....

Posted by: Losercuda | December 14, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Why be surprised that a black athlete is husling white women. We can only hope he has not been spreading AIDS or other diseases.

Posted by: JerryB2 | December 14, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

JerryB2, you are wrong, Tiger is not black. Remember he stated on Oprah in 1997, he's not a black man.

Tiger made is bed, now he must lay in it. When you lay down with fleas, you get up with dogs. Tiger Woods deserve what he's getting now in this life and most in black America don't care about the white man wanna be.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 14, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

What’s golf got to do with fidelity...And I have heard nothing about his long suffering wife. Is she a good person or a bad person? A good mother or a ……. etc……etc………Certainly someone out there should take a poll on the subject? It would probably be as meaningless as the ones on Tiger’s current popularity!

Posted by: tonyholst | December 14, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

It seems like Tiger Woods is sorry that he got caught, rather than independently having a moment of conscience. I also think that repairing his marriage would have to be something he committed to every day over a lifetime instead of a sudden, intense commitment that was completed in a few months.

Of course everyone is human and makes many mistakes in the course of any given day. But few are held up as public examples of goodness. While living a double life, Tiger willingly accepted the praise of being an honest, caring family man. He didn't beg for privacy when there were specials about his foundation, etc. I think the public feels deceived.

I don't have any expectations about what other golfers are like, good or bad, because they are just names who win tournaments and aren't sanctified publicly the way Tiger was. The same news about one of them would just be news and I'd form an opinion that the guy was sleazy (or lucky!) But, there wouldn't be any pedestal for him to fall from.

Posted by: foxtrot1 | December 14, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Eldrick's got himself a little confused here. Going on Oprah won't do nothing good for him. What's she gonna do-- give him confession and absolution? Put him on that atonement trail? He don't want that, no sir. Players can't be going that route. Eldrick needs to purge himself, take a dip in the Chattahoochie River, get his sins washed all away there. Least he's a hetero, no denying that. You don't see Eldrick out there on the golf course with hair dyed blonde, wearing pink belts, yellow pants, like all them funny English and Spanish golfers, no way. Eldrick don't get swishy on the links for nobody, you better believe it.

Posted by: MickNamVet | December 14, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

To Tiger, please review your history since dad is no longer here. Kobe cheated, got commercials and endorsements pulled... until he was on the verge of another title last season (remember the Kobe/JLeBron commercials?). Now its like his affair(s) never happened. Same with MJ and his so-called gambling. Ali and his women on the side became bigger than ever by winning. Bill Clinton got re-elected AFTER his affir(s). Ray Lewis got more endorsements, a new contract, etc... AFTER allegations of murder. The point Tiger is that American culture is about winning. Come back and do what you do better than Phil and anyone in golf history, whic is win. Then see the afore-mentioned and you'll again have to turn companies down for using their golf shirts, etc...

It's like that, and that's the way it is in America 2009

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

White folks made a hero out of Tiger and now White folks seem hell bent on destroying him. I guess acting white and marrying a white girl wasn't enough and only provided temporary satisfaction both for him and his adoring public.

I wonder what the poll would have looked like if it had been done in the black community.

Since Tiger doesn't even consider himself black I assume he won't be looking to us for sympathy. You made him, you've got him for better or worse...good luck with it.

Posted by: 4AbetterAmerica | December 14, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"He is human and entitled to mistakes. He has apologized. He only has to make peace with his wife, family and GOD."

These weren't mistakes or 'transgressions' --
The man LIVED a lie - for YEARS.
If there IS a God, and no evidence suggests there is, no amount of apologizing should win his wife back if that woman has any sense of self-worth. He should never have gotten married - or if it was not enough for him after giving it the old college try, he should have divorced and then lived that lifestyle.
He's a garden-variety creep and I'm glad for his wife's sake that he got busted.

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see all the details of the High Morals lifestyle of all the Good Citizens who 100% obey the laws of (their) God and Man... who voted 'Unfavorable' view of Tiger Woods based on his actions.

Posted by: Aerojam | December 14, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

WaPo, financially strapped, spent thousands of dollars on a big time poll inquiring whether the American people liked a guy who made a billion dollars for hitting a little white ball with a stick and cheated on his wife. What a silly people we have become.

Posted by: BBear1 | December 14, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

If we start coming down on people who have affairs, I guess we have a poor opinion of over half the world.

Posted by: djmolter | December 14, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The real victim here is his wife, she not only has to endure his infidelities with the women who say that they had an affair with him, but now she has to endure it everyday from TV to newspapers to the tabloids. These women who have come forward with text messages from a year ago are just as responsible as Tiger is albeit on another level. These women knew that he was married but yet, decided to have liasions with him. They are the worst kind. Then to come out and say that they were having affairs is beyond me. Some are just looking for fame, others possibly money, but whatever their motives were, they need to share in this whole fiasco that is surrounding him now.

But Tiger, if you are going to do something like this, at least be smart about it and have a wing man do the setting up and planning for you. Tiger is not as smart and savvy as some may think. But then again, he is a only a man.

Posted by: bigdawg4ever | December 14, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It's been reported that he has AIDS? Way to stoop to a NEW LOW!
As for Nike or ANY OTHER brand of shoes, these days they're ALL glued together anyway, so what's the difference between one brand or another?
And as far as Letterman and his RIDICULOUS never-ending "apology"...all HE did was direct an onslaught of insults at himself BEFORE ANYONE ELSE COULD... big deal!!!

Posted by: slamming | December 14, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Every person here with a negative comment needs to take a look in the mirror, check out your parents, brothers, sisters and the girl next door. If you don't find one that has cheated and lied, you are either a liar yourself or your sleeping with one.

Typical American Hypocrisy. Get a life and mind your own business. Its time this country gave true heroes what people like Tiger have been given. Go thank your teachers, nurses, police officers. There the ones your should hold high, not atheletes who really don't care what you think.

Posted by: xxx1 | December 14, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bravobravo
"When you have children and you cheat, then you are cheating on your wife and children." This is something like what Chris Rock said.

Chris also said that "A man is only as faithful as his options." Any woman who marries a billionaire golfer and thinks he's going to be a mongamist animal either needs to get off Fantasy Island or whatever it is she's smoking.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 14, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The guy is a pig and while the old principles of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" and "glass houses etc." are true for good reason, there's still no excusing his abhorrent behavior as a husband and father. Does he even remember his two kids' names? I don't care if he quits golf forever; my son, nine, used to admire him but the cat's out of the bag, the Emperor of Golf had no clothes on many inappropriate occasions. Porn stars? Man, he reminds me of Wade Boggs and his sex addiction. People will forgive but the forgettin' can take a long, long time. Boggs was a washed-up ballplayer but here Tiger was astride the world (and any bimbo with a pulse).

Posted by: Plutonium57 | December 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Football is followed by 3 billion people worldwide. Golf is a pip squeak sport by comparison. Tiger is the world's No 1 golfer and his golf talent is real. But Tiger's commercial image was all fraud. Tiger betrayed his wife, his children, and the fans who supported him, while he collected $90 million per year from sponsors, under his fake squeaky-clean image. In America profit comes first, people come second and Tiger's sponsors milked the profit trough for all its worth. My advice to Elin stay the two years, collect that $50 million plus, then dump him. Get yourself checked for STD. How can Elin trust Tiger, after years of deliberate deception and betrayal? I believe Tiger is a control freak, power and money rules his personality. His statements of remorse are a sham. The shiny righteous facade of Tiger Woods has rotted away to reveal a can of worms. Tiger is only sorry he got caught and it goes to show, never judge a book by its cover. Bye Bye Tiger...

Posted by: GalacticCannibal | December 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Males are pretty much hardwired to screw anything that moves. He is my hero. And I hear he is pretty good at golf too.

Posted by: mercercomp | December 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Please people get a life, he didn't kill anybody.We all make mistakes. The man admitted his mistake.For gods sake enough is enough,lets just move on to something thats much more important. The man has game when it comes to his Job he is good.

Posted by: saywhen | December 14, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Go to your wife's island, Tiger--and work it out. And all of us-- leave them alone."

I agree except.......Sweden is an island? Maybe only in American education....

Posted by: dbert4 | December 14, 2009 9:17 AM

Yes - his wife bought a house on an island. Geez where have you been??? You're way behind in your Tiger trivia.

Posted by: johnk1000 | December 14, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Since Tiger first hit the stage his story has been one of hard work, dedication, and focus - and that is why he is the world's number one golfer. Anyone who thinks the same traits, used in Tiger's context, make for a good husband/father is out of their mind. Tiger was dedicated to his father, and his father was dedicated to Tiger's golf game. The public was duped into thinking these same values carried over into his personal life outside of golf by some sham of a marriage to a trophy wife, and a family photo that looked good on the cover of the magazine in the supermarket isle. He may have wrecked his home, but I'm pretty sure his focus was never there in the first place. He couldn't care less about losing Elin...but losing Nike, Accenture, Gillete, and losing face in the golf world is very problematic.

Anyone who is a) surprised by this, b) appalled by this, or c) thinks less of Tiger for this, has never accepted that Tiger does not live on the same planet as you. The biggest shame of all this is the fact that Tiger allowed his life to be manipulated by PR reps to the point that the public thought he was something he never was.

Posted by: Rainier1 | December 14, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ward4DC

"Tiger is not black. Remember he stated on Oprah in 1997, he's not a black man."

Ward4DC, Tiger may not consider himself black, but as evidenced by that racist's remarks, much of American society sees him as such, including the Fuzzy Zoeller after Woods won his first Masters as well as the kids who tied him up to a tree and called him "jungle bunny" when Tiger was a little kid.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 14, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Too many people here are confusing this situation with a typical extra-marital affair. Sure, loads of men and women in this world have affairs, and are often 'forgiven' by their spouses.

Tiger, on the other hand, was having serial affairs as a day-to-day lifestyle, so much so that it's silly to even call these affairs. There's a difference between a spouse who, at time or another, has turned to the arms of another -- and a spouse who is an out-and-out player, bagging everything in a skirt.

There are 8 or 9 women *so far* who have fessed up to it. Do you think it ends there?

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

An apology for deliberate bad behavior is a FRAUD. Don't embarrass yourself by "apologizing" for deliberate choices you made. If you accidentally hurt somebody, then an apology is appropriate, but if you PURPOSELY hurt somebody, don't think the apology is going to undo any damage.

Posted by: IIntgrty | December 14, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

How do YOU know he had multiple affairs?

Is it because of what you heard?
Or what you read?

Just because folk come out (of the woodworks when it seems they can get paid by the gossip cuicuit) and make allegations, they are allegations.

America: One is innocent until proven guilty.

Maybe Tiger had 1 affair, maybe 100. But how do YOU know which it is as of today? You do not.

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Tiger screwed up and is getting what he deserves. For those who feel it is his private life and no-bodys business they are partly right, but he gets to pay the cost of that with public $ endorements that he did and will loose a very expensive right for his privacy.But as the old saying goes if you wanna play you gotta pay and pay he is

Posted by: lildg54 | December 14, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

They just need to rewrite the Tiger Woods ads:
- TAG Heuer: “What are YOU made of?” (Lying and Skank)
- Gatorade: “Being a winner takes hard work and sweat” (and bad, nasty women)
- Accenture: “It’s not a setback. It’s a test.” (for STDs)
- Nike: “Just Do It! (And you’ll eventually get caught!)

Posted by: cthehill | December 14, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I believe the operative term here is, hubris, or as those of the Jewish persusion would say, chutzpah, as in he's got a lot of. When you pretend to be something you're not, it will catch up to you and that is never an admirable thing. He will be lucky if Eleni doesn't divorce him. I'll she will be spending the holidays with Momma on that new island estate. Hey, Tiger, don't expect to spend Christmas day with the kids!

Posted by: old_sarge | December 14, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse


Yes, this is America. One is innocent until proven guilty. It COULD be someone else's voicemail and text messages that have emerged. Could be the work of one very, very, very clever hacker and voice-synthesizer expert. Just like the DNA that contained OJ's blood mixed with his two victims on his car seat could have been a set-up.

Perhaps that was a bad example...

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

More than four in 10 Americans are just plain stupid..

Posted by: hanimal03 | December 14, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Men are peacocks, yet such hypocrites. This attack isn't just about virtue, money is the subject. If he was a poor man, he would be totally ignored. But, Tiger has to accept responsibilty for his actions, he should have been wise enough to know, if he slippped up he would be taken down, he's been making too much money for too long, plus there are those who want him out of the game. Now, thats the bottom line.

Posted by: alwaysAlabama | December 14, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

For those who want to make an issue out of Tiger's "blackness" or lack thereof, I say it's time to ditch our society's slavery abd Jim Crow-based definitions of race. What is so horrible about just telling the plain and simple biological truth. Tiger is a mixed-race individual, born to a Thai mother and mixed Afro-European-Native American father. I absolutely loathe socio-political definitions of reality. It is so fraudulent and neurotic. Race is not the Holy Grail or a god. Nature, in fact, does not even recognize it.

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 14, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

How do YOU know it was Tiger on the messages?
Unless you are an Orlando law enforcement/detective, YOU don't.

1. Either HEARD about something YOU can't prove
2. Or READ about it

See OJ Simpson trial and the court of public opinion from 1995. Everyone had a theory and opinion, but everyone wasn't a juror. Thus opinions - like your opinion and theory without relevant facts - just hearsay.

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought Tiger Woods played golf and sold razor blades. He was married, too?

Posted by: skipj | December 14, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, I mean what *is* DNA after all...

Appears the 'jurors' in the OJ case didn't buy that science stuff either.

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sad. Truly sad. My daughter, a high school golfer, had posters of Tiger all over her room. She tore them down after Thanksgiving. A great golfer. A lousy human being.

Posted by: jhpbriton | December 14, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I expect an announcement of a retirement within weeks. Of course, he'll unretire. Multiple times.

Posted by: ggreenbaum | December 14, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What the OJ jury didn't buy in 1995, and rightfully so, were the court of public opinions and theories. One reason he was found innocent in 1995 was ... drumroll ...

Thus they ignored OPINIONS, UNPROVEN THEORIES, what folk like you HEARD ABOUT or READ ABOUT.

There's what you READ, HEARD and WITNESSED.
With OJ, we HEARD alot, READ alot, but NOT ONE SOLE SAW anything. With Tiger, we too have READ and HEARD. Can't make decisions based on that. Then again, many of you do. Must be related to GW Bush and his weapons of mass destruction that HE HEARD about.

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse


You can LOL all you want, but the trial was on TELEVISION. There was DNA evidence. And members of the 'jury' gave the black power sign as they got up at the end.

It's done and dusted.

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"A sampling of 1000 people from a population of over 250 million hardly is representative of realistic views."


Actually, a sampling of 1,000 people from a population of 250 million is the DEFINITION of polling. (

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | December 14, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hate to bring up the (not so) obvious: he ain't yo baby' daddy...he ain't yo teacher, he ain't yo role model --- HE's A GOLFER. How he plays golf is all I care about!

Posted by: snowbucks | December 14, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Tiger can just change product lines....the Nike swoosh can be replaced by a elongated, well you know, and he can pitch condoms and Valtrex. He can make porn videos...."The Back Nine...or Twelve", "The 19th Hole", "Master Your Swing"....

Posted by: nowhine | December 14, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's problems run much deeper than an affair. He had MULTIPLE encounters with MULITIPLE women. Worse, the fact that he was taking a pain killer and sleeping pills. Why? The knee surgery was more than a year ago. Is he still in pain? Is he addicted? Tiger needs help.

Posted by: VaBroker | December 14, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse


Welcome to what has been going on for 150 years, it just only happened one sided for soo long. Regarding Tiger, he will come back, play golf, win turnements and people will move on to the next big story or scandal and pick on that person, no one will care about this next year at this time. Do you still care about michael vic playing football after going to jail for dog fighting?

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, well I hold an unfavorable view of an America that builds people up, just to knock them down.

Can we get a new sport please.

Posted by: btrnbtr | December 14, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

You know, people get all upset for Tiger's transgressions. What he did was wrong. But why don't we hold members of Congress to the same standard? Whether its telling lies about infidelity or legislation or global warming, shouldn't "we the people" chastise all, public or private, to consequences?

Posted by: warrabit | December 14, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Why do we say the same thing about every black athlete that screws up? Oh, this is the end of him, we dont like him anymore, its going to take a long time before he is excepted and forgiven by the public, blah, blah, freakin blah! We all have ADD and the media knows it so they sell you the latest scandal until you get tired of it and stop buying it or a better selling one comes a long that interest us more. But while your scandal is new you get all the attention. This dates all the way back to O.J Simpson. He got away with something and every athlete since wears his target on their backs. Remember how we all said Kobe Bryant's image was soo ruined beyond repair? Remember that? Do any of us even care at this point that Jason Williams, the former NBA player who shot the limo driver while playing with a gun and tried to make it look like he shot himself never did any time for what he did? No, you dont care anymore. Nor do you care about Kobe's infidelity. Nor will you care about Tigers, just like we no longer care about Bill Clinton's. Sure they can still be the butt of a good joke every once in a while but other than that we dont care anymore.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I could care less about Tiger or his philandering.

The big problem here, to me, is that Americans insist on creating gods out of celebrities. After all, the man is only rich and famous because he does an excellent job of hitting a little ball with a stick.

Americans worship athletes, singers, actors, and even politicians, only so they can vilify them later. What a waste of time and energy.

Posted by: Arjuna9 | December 14, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods' hubris led him into liaisons that increased the likelihood he would deliver one or more STDs unto the mother of his and her children. A puerile brain in an athlete's body.

Posted by: TeresaBinstock | December 14, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Actually when all the hype is over tiger will get sponsors again. Just like McDonalds, Adidas and Sprite dropped Kobe Bryant, he was picked up by Nike, and others. Thats why Nike has not dropped him, they know how this all goes, we wine and talk about how we are soo angry at an athlete for their transgressions, then they do something great and we forget. Right now we have two high profile athletes facing law suits, scandals and charges of rape, Ben Rothensberger and Rick Pitino. But you dont here much about it do you. Now of course Tiger cant fly under the radar but his scandal will only stay news for so long then people move on. If he just keeps to himself and plays golf he will be ok. He is a golfer, not the pope. And yes, he benefited from sponsors, but he will get more. When you are a great athlete your play has a way of making people remember why they really liked you.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

robfried said "the OJ trial was on TV".

Were you there? Were you a jouror with a vote in the matter? Doubt it, but I'm sure you had your opinion and unproven theory that the jury failed to use. Thus irrelevant. And what was the verdict of the 1995 OJ trial and why?

Last I checked, Tiger was paid to kick tail in golf and sell products as a pitchman. He's done both.

I didn't know he was playing fathers to folk or the Catholic Poe Woods I.

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Welcome to what has been going on for 150 years, it just only happened one sided for soo long."

I'm sure this would not be a comfort to the friends and families of OJ's two victims - who had zero to do with slavery or the unfair treatment of blacks in America present and past...

As to Michael Vick, it's not as if I care about any of them. I was only pointing out that Tiger was not guilty of the usual 'adultery' that people are comparing it to on this board. Being a serial *player* and chasing woman after woman is NOT what constitutes a typical marital affair as some can't seem to figure out.

Posted by: robfried | December 14, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What an irrelevant, stupid, and meaningless poll. Find something else to do.

Posted by: dkoflynn01 | December 14, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The singer John Doe pretty much nailed it:

"We all get what we deserve...Eventually"

Posted by: xSamplex | December 14, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I could care less about Tiger or his philandering.

The big problem here, to me, is that Americans insist on creating gods out of celebrities. After all, the man is only rich and famous because he does an excellent job of hitting a little ball with a stick.

Americans worship athletes, singers, actors, and even politicians, only so they can vilify them later. What a waste of time and energy.

Posted by: Arjuna9 |

You are soo right, Look at how America treated Britney Spears, we loved her, then we hated her, then we liked her again, now we have moved on to someone else. You are right, Tiger hits a little ball in a whole yet we hold him to a higher standard than we hold ourselves based on his pay scale? What? the more money you make the more perfect you must be? And if you are buying golf balls, clubs, cars, watches, shaving equipment and making financial investment decisions based on a golfer then the problem in your life isnt Tiger its you.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods have no code, no morals, I dont know why nobody else has said it because all of you people are afraid of being labeled racists its sad but Tiger Woods is the biggest racist of all times. He only slept with White Women because he has a terrible complex, what a shame, what a sell out he is. He is insecure, a fraud, I dont know why the most terrible people are put in position of power.

Posted by: bluebee8 | December 14, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Nor would it be comforting to the family of Emmit Teal but you are the one trying to relate one issue to another.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Tigers a great golfer and not an OJ....leave the guy alone.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I say the same thing I said when you ran a popularity poll on Chelsea Clinton: this person is not running for office so who cares whether they are popular?

Posted by: sarahabc | December 14, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse


I think his intention was to capitalize on his images as a great golfer more than a squeaky clean person. I think the public gave him that image more than he did. Thats usually what happens with athletes, they become famous to us not because of their clean image but what they do as athletes. The public usually cultivates the image, the athlete just goes along for the ride. We dont know the person privately for the most part so we assume they are squeaky clean, they dont tell you one thing or another. Has Tiger ever publicly talked about his image or how he wants the public to view him? No. He just lets his agent or publicist get him endorsement deals and he does what they ask him to do. You think he is the only PGA golfer to cheat on his wife? I doubt it, he is just the most famous one.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The Tiger is one lucky dude. His wife could have had a brother named, Sonny.

People beating every where except in the bush, wherein lies the truth:

Women or men who stray with as many outside parties as Tiger is alleged to have done and for as long as he allegedly has been/is involved with the cheap hoes that have appeared on t.v., thus far, simply aren't satisfied with the spouse that they've left at home.

Either Tiger was not getting as much as he needed, or he simply wasn't getting the type of sex (most of the hoes say that's all he was getting from them) that he longed to get from his wife.

If Mrs. Wood can't last as long as he needs it or is incapable of giving him what he needs, for whatever the reason, then she should free him to go some where else. Or, she can take the multi-millions Allred or some other lawyer will get her and the two of them go their separate ways, with joint custody of the children.

Whu complicate the matter? Tiger's indorsement opportunity is gone forever. That's his new reality. The sooner he accepts it, the better off he'll be.

Once he gets his peace of mind, he'll earn more from winning tournamens than he'll lose from indorsements. Imagine how great Tiger really is, as a golfer!!! He won all of those tournament in his resume and made all of those tremendous shots we've witnessed, while embroiled in all of the mess we've reading about today. can you imagine him concentraing on a shot while reflecting on thinly-veiled blackmail threat(s) from one of more of the bimbos he has been associated with!!!

Now that it's in the open and those bimbos can't blackmail him, I bet his game will be out of this world, whenever he does return to the course. PGA pros who think they had a Tiger by the tail are going to discover that what they had before was a mere pussycat, compared to what he'll do, upon returning. To hell with indorsement. Go out and enjoy himself and the game, is what he should do. He'll win tournaments, earn money and find peace of mind, all at the same time.

Gov. Sanford's wife "couldn't forget" his single trangression. Does anyone in their right mind think for a moment that Tiger's will be able to forget, by his own admission, multiple transgressions? Even if she stayed with him, she'll make his life a living hell!!! I'm not his dad, but if his dad was here, I think he would probably advise his son to move on with his life. Chalk this one up to experience.
For a real Man, good sex will win out over "good" looks any day!!! If all else is equal.

Posted by: turnerwred1234 | December 14, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse


Here is the real question, how does Tiger Woods or O.J effect your life or mine? My point, get a life, get over both. Are they paying your bills?

Posted by: ged0386 | December 14, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a rodents rectum? This is trivial, cow manure. GET A LIFE

Posted by: Darwin26 | December 14, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Tiger Woods suddenly decide to run for public office? Therefore, is there any need for "polling" on the subject?

Polls, polls, polls. Political correctness (whatever that means) and utter stupidity that the MSM feeds us in this country.

When will you guys ever get over YOURSELVES?

Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 14, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I have to believe everyone that is judging Tiger lives in a glass house and doesn't have any skeltons in their closets or has done anything they weren't proud of. - hmm I bet there isn't one person that is lilly white. I don't condone Tiger's escapades however this makes great copy to cover up what should be covered - and that is the deathcare plan, the cap and trade and other items we as Americans we should be made aware.

Tiger's business is just that, it is his. He made his bed (no pun intended) and now he has to lie in it. People have short memories (hopefully they will remember at least to the 2010 elections), and soon Tiger will be back in the game. He will survive and so will his wife. Those that will be hurt are his children, and that is very sad.

Posted by: MKB1 | December 14, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Let The Woods be. Their situation is difficult enough, without being forced to contend with blood-thirsty, shallow persons like the many minions who post here and elsewhere.

Posted by: turnerwred1234 | December 14, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

To bluebee, you're an utter BUFFOON!!!

Tiger Woods happens to be a mix of 1/2 Asian (his mother is THAI), 1/8 Native American, 1/8 WHITE (yes, WHITE) and only 1/4 Black.

Learn your facts before you comment on any blog.


Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 14, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

>>when does Pete Rose get into the Hall of Fame?

As soon as he's dead. Rose made a deal to stop the investigation of his (baseball) cheating in exchange for lifetime banishment from baseball.
Sympathetic whining about that Cheater, Liar, Jerk is even sillier than the 'Tiger Woods cheated on my misbegotten adulation' story.

Posted by: redlineblue | December 14, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Black Americans prove day after day what it means to be racist.

A black jury acquits a man of nearly decapitating his ex wife. He's black. She's white. Blacks unversally cheer.

A man whose mother is Asian and father is mixed race says simply he's mixed race, and black men get upset. He's an uncle Tom. Uppity. Traitor. Deserves what he gets from the white man.

White liberals are even more pathetic...since they justify bigotry.

Visit Obama's old church at

click on 'about us' and 'black value system'

pledge allegience to all black leaders
Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness."

Obama's actions in office:
yellow mellow white right
defend new black panther party voter intimidation

black Americans are proud to emulate the klan and white supremacy

how have they reacted to electing Obama -- not enough they say.

it's never going to be enough

you are not going to stop them from being angry bigots by appeasing them. it is a methodology that works for them.

WHY is the CBC closed to non whites and WHAT exactly do you think they do with their time?

Wake up! They have rejected MLK's stated dream and goals.

The race pimps like Jesse, NAACP, Al, and Obama won.

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | December 14, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Of the 4 of the "4-in-10", none play golf.

Posted by: jakashane | December 14, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

2 years ago, Michael Vick was made out to be Lee Harvey Oswald. Then 8 days ago, he was wildly cheered in Atlanta while playing PT QB for Philly. He created 2 TD's. Was interviewed after the game by the media, the same financially struggling media that villified him and made him out to be John Wilkes Booth. On yesterday, he helped Philly to another win in NY. When he plays again in Philly in 6 days, he'll be cheered.

Is the media that 2-timish?
Or American's that forgiving?
Is winning a cure to the past?

Yes, yes and yes
See Tiger too in 2 years.

If Bin Laden created jobs in the USA, we'd forgive him too.

Posted by: kedavis | December 14, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

My impression of Tiger has always been based on his remarkable performance on the golf course and not on anything he did in his personal life. I never even considered buying a Buick, for example, because he endorsed it, but I certainly take a good look at any golf-related items that he uses. So I still view him basically the same way, although it is more clear now that he has human faults like all the rest of us. Big surprise. I AM a little curious about why he got married when he still likes to play the field so much. I suspect that he got married due to societal pressures and because his "image" demanded it. If he wasn't married, there's no scandal. Yet if the wife you are cheating on is just a show wife, is it still a big scandal? Probably depends on whether the wife knows she's just a show wife or not. The real scandal might be the fake marriage to begin with. In any case, Tiger has learned a valuable personal lesson. Can we get on with the golf now?

Posted by: skrut003 | December 14, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This Tiger stuff has gone too far. What is and would be a private matter otherwise is being exploited by people who will make money from it (the women AND the special celebrity media such as TNZ and daily beast) and people who want exposure (experts on talk shows). Now he's "accused" of stocking up his yacht to make an escape (they are prisoners in their home). But there's no escape, helicopters will hover wherever they sail.

Good point on Michael Vick, also that Baltimore Raven who was involved in murder, and others who are left in peace.

Tiger HAD to take time off in view of the jackals who will nip at his heels the first time he plays. He may NEVER return.

Posted by: Baystater1 | December 14, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Tiger; become a French citizen. Then none of this will matter.

Posted by: filmlab | December 14, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

seriously washington post? seriously?!? get off this tiger woods crap and report more relevant information. you guys are turning into Us Weekly or People!

Posted by: sussman1 | December 14, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

way to go tigger.check with odumbo to see if u qualify for unemployment. ur boopsie must be crying all the way to the bank. what fools

Posted by: pofinpa | December 14, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

First of all, it is mean-spirited to compare Eldrick's wife to those other gold-diggers.

Second, how could anybody possibly think that having intimate relations with dozens of beautiful women is any indication of latent homosexuality ? Sick.

Finally, you all should keep up. The news changes very fast. Eldrick has just announced that he has renounced professional golf, and will devote the rest of his life, and what's left of his material wealth (now less than $1.2 Billion) to World Peace.

Posted by: BrianX9 | December 14, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

There are some reports as well now that Tiger may be HIV+

Posted by: Phil6 | December 14, 2009 9:52 AM


What knuckleheaded speculation!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 14, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

S Poon makes the world go round. He's up to 13 now... who will be the 18th hole?

Posted by: JulioAugustine | December 14, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The kid has a BILLION dollars in the bank. I really have a hard time shedding a tear for this self induced crucifixion. It wouldn't matter if he didn't play one more hole of golf for the rest of his life, the next 5 generations of "Woods" will live the good life not having to work a day of it.

Posted by: Nosh1 | December 14, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

One of the telling aspects of this particular celebrity scandal is WHO he is dallying with. I'm no psychiatrist, but it seems that he's a thin skip away from soliciting prostitutes. Perhaps it's more cost-effective to pay for drinks and travel fare than solicitation?

All the single ladies ... put your hands up!

Posted by: valmain1 | December 14, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by lwilliamson1

"Tiger is not black. Remember he stated on Oprah in 1997, he's not a black man."

Ward4DC, Tiger may not consider himself black, but as evidenced by that racist's remarks, much of American society sees him as such, including the Fuzzy Zoeller after Woods won his first Masters as well as the kids who tied him up to a tree and called him "jungle bunny" when Tiger was a little kid.

lwilliamson1, I agree with you 100%. Tiger denied his part being black ethnicity. He wanted to be white so bad and be accepted by whites in America. Most blacks in the U.S. with a history back to slavery have a white ancestry too, but Jim Crowism with the one drop rule reminded us, we are Negroes no matter how fair skin some blacks are.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 14, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

All that can be said/written about this very tawdry episode has been explored. Move along folks the accident scene has been cleared and the Tiger has work to do - he needs to man-up and develop some skills other than golf.

There is nothing to be gained or lost at this point by continuing to trash the guy, he has done quite a thorough job of that all by himself.

Posted by: 2belinda | December 14, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

You sick people, what's going on here is none of your business. You don't have a life so you eat up celebrities, literally kissing their butts. And when something/anything happens, you set on the loney un-educated behinds judjing. As if.

Posted by: lbrown2445 | December 14, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ward4DC wrote: Black U.S. citizens could careless about Tiger Woods. He disowned or didn't want to have anything to do with blacks. He want to be anything other than black. When you lay down with gods, you will get up with fleas. Tiger Woods deserve what he's getting in the media. Tiger Woods is an arrogant SOB like D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.
Tiger denied his part being black ethnicity. He wanted to be white so bad and be accepted by whites in America. Most blacks in the U.S. with a history back to slavery have a white ancestry too, but Jim Crowism with the one drop rule reminded us, we are Negroes no matter how fair skin some blacks are.

WARD4DC, Tiger Woods distance himself from blacks in America and he didn't want do have anything to do with them. He only assoicated with whites and he married a white blond Sweedish woman. I don't care who Tiger married, but I have problem with his thinking, blacks are inferior to whites. If it had not been for Dr. Martin King Jr. and other blacks fighting for "Civil Rights" during the 50's and 60's as U.S. citizens, Tiger Woods would not be where he is as mixed black/Asian man. Now that white America have turned on him, I guess Tiger expects sympathy from blacks. He will get no sympathy from most blacks in America, because he let us know long time ago, he didn't give a hoot about us as a people.

Posted by: KappaNupe | December 14, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Too many black men who think they have made it in society prefer to have a white blonde woman as their mate. Tiger Woods ditched every black woman professional in America. Tiger thought, black women are not good enough for him and having a white blond wife, whites would accept him, but many called him a arroagant N word behind his back. I will not loose any sleep over Tiger Woods. Good riddance Tiger!!!!

Brenda Martin, B.S.N./M.S.N.
Washington, D.C.

Posted by: BrendaMartin | December 14, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Still better polling then most politicians.

Posted by: AMQ1 | December 14, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

white people, wood's handlers made up his so-called "persona" they made it up like most of the stupidity of "entertainers and sports hero's etc. nothing more than mass media B.S.(yes whites control that also). sure he has made alot of money by way of that facade but the people and business's he endorses make far more. it is all FAKE.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 14, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Finally he can sell something that's more consistent with who he is. The guy had Walter Cronkite numbers. Who, except Walter Cronkite, would want to live like Walkter Cronkite?

Posted by: blasmaic | December 14, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

BrendaMartin wrote:
Too many black men who think they have made it in society prefer to have a white blonde woman as their mate. Tiger Woods ditched every black woman professional in America. Tiger thought, black women are not good enough for him and having a white blond wife, whites would accept him, but many called him a arroagant N word behind his back. I will not loose any sleep over Tiger Woods. Good riddance Tiger!!!!

Brenda Martin, B.S.N./M.S.N.
Washington, D.C.

Miss Brenda Martin, Tiger Woods have fallon from grace in the eyes of white America who praised him. I agree with you and others, blacks in America have paid the Tiger Woods story no attention, because Tiger told blacks long time ago to get lost. This guys is a loser and he deserves to fall from grace. Tiger is down to 42% in the polls as I watch the ABC national news

Posted by: blackomega | December 14, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

lwilliamson1 said:

Any woman who marries a billionaire golfer and thinks he's going to be a mongamist animal either needs to get off Fantasy Island or whatever it is she's smoking.

You can think whatever you want about the wife. You have no idea really what went on with her and Tiger. But we do know this. They agreed to marry, they agreed to sign a prenup., and he clearly cheated. As I wrote, a man may choose to sleep with tons of women, but he needs to have the courage to stand as who he is. Elin was who she was... Tiger was not. Tiger is the one who faulted and you have no idea what Elin did.

Posted by: bravobravo | December 14, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The main problems with this poll:

1. 70% of the people polled are not golf fans. They're not gonna watch the "Golf Channel" anyway.

2. No indication given that the people polled are african americans or asian americans. They are his cultural fan base.

What many people today may not realize is this kind of stuff has been going on since I was a kid (a long time ago, okay?). There's more media today than just ABC, NBC and CBS, hence much more coverage. As for Tiger Woods; to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld: "He'll be alright".

Posted by: doc2skate | December 14, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

It's like that, and that's the way it is in America 2009

Posted by: kedavis



Posted by: hessone | December 14, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I read many of the posts here. I didn't know Tiger stated he wasn't black on "Oprah". I followed the views of The Dave Chappelle Show: "Racial Draft", where he was deemed 100% black.

I guess I'll have to retract my statement concerning Tiger's fan base.

Posted by: doc2skate | December 14, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

You heard it asked here first. Tiger Woods is as good at golfing as Michael Jackson was at making beautiful music. I am actually frightened at the parallels I see here. Could it be that Tiger is another Michael in the making? Is Tiger Woods a second coming of Michael Jackson? Tiger’s running into the tree, I see, as symbolic of the row of hedges being cut down. The fire hydrant represents an opening of the valve of truth. Privacy will now be a thing of the past for Tiger, and his every move will be the subject of the closest scrutiny. Does he have the mental toughness to stand up to what’s sure to come? If he doesn’t have what it takes, then what he did in the darkness of that fateful night will be seen in the light of day, as there will be repeat performances. Half of the on-lookers, who will be at his games in the future will looking at him with disgust, anger and hatred. The result will be less steady hands and more and more of those sure shot putts will now miss. Subsequently, tournament wins and records will be much more difficult to come by.

There may well be a tiger inside of Tiger, which he can’t control. We never knew of this, but the occasional outburst on the golf courses just may have been the tip of the hidden tiger’s claws. We didn’t want to see any further, even though we heard what seemed to be a growl forming just below the surface.

Tiger’s inability to handle a simple accident suggests that he, if he needs counseling, wouldn’t seek it. He would live in denial until he reaches the bottom of the barrel as we have seen other icons do. Whatever he is abusing, drugs, alcohol or both, will continue to be his comfort of choice. I suspect that he was under the influence of something(s). That’s why he was not cooperative with authorities. The last thing Tiger would want, would be to hear himself referred to as just another jock thug. His reputation and house of millions are collapsing around his ears and for this reason, Tiger might well be considering doing intentional-unintentional harm to himself. If there is anyone in his entourage, who has wisdom enough to be of aid to him, there is no evidence of it to this point. And that’s sad.

To add to the speculation, I don’t believe that it was his wife, who went after him with a golf club. My clouded observation suggests to me that that was the work of a very, very angry Mother-in-Law.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | December 15, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company