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Tiger Woods's disgusting apology

I've never been more disgusted with Tiger Woods.

I found his apology unbelievable, insincere, self-serving, self-indulgent and narcissistic. (Long-winded and repetitive, too.)

The more he spoke about redemption, about becoming a better man, a better husband, a better father, a better Buddhist, a better role model for your children and mine, the more I wanted him to just shut up.

He's not a public official or a spiritual or civic leader in whom we placed our trust and faith. He didn't campaign for votes on a family-values platform. Nor was he standing behind a pulpit preaching the virtues of fidelity while carousing about town. He did not disgrace the country. He did not disgrace golf by falsifying scores or taking performance-enhancing drugs. This man, who is likely the most gifted golfer ever to play the game, cheated on his wife. And he got caught.

He did not owe us -- you and me -- an apology. That he delivered one just shows how meaningless it really was. You don't need an internationally televised apology to become a better man, a better husband, a better father -- the things he claims are most important to him. But you do need such a spectacle if you're going to remain a multibillion-dollar marketing machine. And that's what this pathetic display was all about.

By Eva Rodriguez  | February 19, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
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First to dispense with the Tiger Woods "news" with more words than the "item" merits: I don't know why Woods was apologizing to me (or anyone but his wife), or why the media was covering it, nor do I care in the least bit whether it was sincere.

Okay, now that that irrelevancy is out of the way, on to the important stuff. Why is our news media COMPLETELY BLACKING OUT COVERAGE OF THE TONY BLAIR IRAQ INQUIRY IN THE UK? Another country - and our major "ally" in the premeditated, unprovoked invasion of a country that had no means to ever attack us - is ACTUALLY HOLDING ITS LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACT. And they were just the "tagalongs" of the idea. Meanwhile, our media sticks its useless, complicit head in the sand here. Why is that?

The answer is twofold. The first is that they were so complicit in this crime, from declining to comment on the preposterous campaign of association our president engaged in until he convinced 70% of America that Saddam Hussein had attacked us on 9/11, to relgating every doubting word about the "WMD scare" to page 16, to editorialists outright mocking the experts like Scott Ritter who were trying to tell us it was all lies. So the media is ashamed to remind us what a horrible, falling-face-down job they did on this topic.

The other reason is that if they covered the story of another nation actually holding its leaders accountable for crimes like this, WE MIGHT GET THE IDEA TO DO IT TOO. That would discourage future pointless wars for corporate profits like the one that is now making Hunt Oil, Halliburton/KBR, and other friends of the last administration rich. But more importantly, WAR IS GREAT FOR VIEWERSHIP. There is nothing better for business - whether you are a defense contractor or a news outlet - than armed, bloody conflict. No way is the media going to kill that golden goose with a little bit of honest coverage.

I spit on our news media today. I don't care about Tiger Woods. I want a decent, moral, honest news media. YOU AREN'T IT.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Lady are you serious. Who cares what you thought about Tiger's apology - he doesn't owe you one. Ms Rodriguez check on your own husband and let Elin deal with hers.

You are in no position to judge this man none of us are. Did you apologize to Tiger the last time you did something wrong??? So how dare you stand in judgement of him like you have the right to do so.

If Tiger woods was a role model for anyone's children, then that's your fault, because he is a man, golf player - an athelete -- that's it. You and your family are your children's role models not Tiger.

Personally I wished he'd never open his mouth, becuase it's no one's business but his and his family.

PEOPLE, TIGER DOES NOT OWE US AN APLOGY and if you don't like that -- really who cares?

Posted by: love2much SE | February 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Eva Rodriguez is right on. Woods' reading of a statement prepared by his PR counselors was disgusting and vapid. Woods is nothing more than another dysfunctional athlete who is sorry only because he got caught.

Posted by: bofo9090 | February 19, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Well don't blame him, blame the sport reporters and tabloids who make their living on it, blame the advertisers who demand images not people for their fake images! Blame our societies repressed moral policing and our sublimated fascination with it!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 19, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's apology is not meant for racist who are upset over his marriage to a white woman. Its not meant for woman who hate men. Its not meant for people who are jealous and envious. Its not meant for people who hate the color of his skin. Tiger's apology is meant for people who knows what its like to make to make mistakes and be forgiven. Its meant for people who he let down and people who don't condone his behavior but has always been their to support him and his family. Tiger apology is meant for friends. Forget the rest.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Yep.

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | February 19, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eva, what are ya, some kinda Commie?!? This is America, baby! The man's got a right to earn. And if spewing this sappy crap will make you media vultures back off so he can get back to piling up the loot, so be it!

Rock on, Le Tigre!

Posted by: repubsux | February 19, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!! He didn't need to do anything according to you but you watched this "disgusting pathetic display" and proceeded to write a column.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 19, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

He apologized because that's what the MEDIA/WORLD wants... Following his wife and 2 yr old kid... COME ON...

But to put it all in a nutshell, READ the story - WHY GOLF IS IN TROUBLE???

Posted by: Shawty811 | February 19, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's apology is not meant for racist who are upset over his marriage to a white woman. Its not meant for woman who hate men. Its not meant for people who are jealous and envious. Its not meant for people who hate the color of his skin. Tiger's apology is meant for people who knows what its like to make to make mistakes and be forgiven. Its meant for people whom he let down and people who don't condone his behavior but has always been there to support him and his family. Tiger's apology is meant for family and friends. Forget the rest, they were haters from the very beginning, and will be haters in the end. It doesn't matter what they say or how they say it. They'll just haters who aren't owed anything who definitely can't afford to throw stones.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriguez -- WGAS about your opinions. The only thing that makes Tiger Woods a public figure is his talent as a professional golfer. His personal life should not be in the spotlight. He doesn't owe anyone an apology except his wife and family. The media hulabaloo about his press conference had this built up almost to the level of a declaration of war. Give it a rest, people. He made a lot of mistakes. Let him stew in his own juice and then get on with his life. He is certainly NOT the first man to cheat on his wife and he won't be the last. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | February 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

To B2O2: Just curious--if the MSM is "...COMPLETELY BLACKING OUT COVERAGE OF THE TONY BLAIR IRAQ INQUIRY...", how do you know about it? Hmm? I agree that the Iraq War was the worst foreign policy mistake in US history, and that it is perhaps even more horrifying that the mood of the American public seems to be turning back to even more support for waterboarding, Guantanamo, etc. But don't blame the messenger.

Posted by: Dan4 | February 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

lol@the sour writers working for the Post who's still mad at the money this guy stands to make after his infidelity...and I don't support that at all....but still...a lot of mad people out there.

I hear meds in a Dooney&Burke somewhere rattling for this Eva lady...

Posted by: cbmuzik | February 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't need an apology from Tiger Woods. He has to deal with iot with his family.
I care about my relationship with my wife and my family, which is a very loving relationship.
Tiger is a very talented golfer, who has earned multi millions of dollars. Good for him.
The fuss that is made over celebrities is sooo interesting.
To me, it is sooo unimportant wheteher Tiger apologizes or doesn't apologize.
People in this country and all over the. world are dying and suffering. In the overall scheme of things, Tiger is so unimportant; totally, amazingly UNIMPORTANT!

Posted by: bluebird6 | February 19, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Tiger - I accept your apology.
Eva - you need to apologize for accepting payment for writing this up as a story. The apology, as some others have stated, is not meant for you. It was already done in private as was proper to those that did deserve it. But, it was the media that was clamouring for more ratings based on their "tiger baiting", that demanded a public apology. It's between him and is wife - the apology should not be rated like some American Idol reality crap. Y'all need to find stories elsewhere.

Posted by: MDL7 | February 19, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Rodriguez -

What the hell do you know about anything? You're just a dopey newspaper writer. The reason this whole media show is disgusting is because Tiger should just have gotten up, told us how he's been staying in golf shape, when he expects to be back on the tour and that's all. As to questions about his personal life, he should just respond with "That's nobody's business but mine and my wife's. If there are no more golf related questions, then I bid you all a good day.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | February 19, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

B2O2 - Well put. You da (wo)man!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | February 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah, c'mon Eva. What do you expect in a sports obsessed culture but a golfer giving an 18-hole apology? The reality is that to many people, Tiger Woods really is more important than most civic, business or spiritual leaders. Folks really do want their kids to grow up to be professional athletes. And golf is a pretty big ticket aspiration. It's not all Tiger and the media. We all put him in front of the camera.

Posted by: gregharbaugh1 | February 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny, you criticize Tiger for what you see as a money making move in an opinion piece of a newspaper which is certainly trying to make money. Aren't you doing exaclty what you are accusing him of doing, only you are playing on his success and name to get your column read while he uses only his own skill and popularity.

Shame, shame, shame

Posted by: crusmisel | February 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he is lying. But I have to ask would you say that you are a lying cheater? You make it sound as if you have no faults. If his wife stays with him then that's great. Being self righteous is not right for we do not know his heart. I just hope you learn how to forgive. It is hard. But we all fall sometimes. I hope he continues trying to better himself.

Posted by: kanyingi | February 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

All his apology does is give another 5-10 minutes of fame to the skanks he banged.
Whatever his wife decides she can or cannot live with is their business and not ours.
If he feels the need to apologize to business partners, he should do so behind close doors and not when the cameras are rolling.
He received bad advice from his handlers in my opinion; he should have continued his public silence on a very private matter.

Posted by: Sharon_59 | February 19, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

So if you don't think he needed to issue a public apology, why did you watch and then comment on his public apology, which everybody knew going in was going to be a public apology? Why would you even bother critiquing the public apology that you think he didn't need to give?

Posted by: baltova1 | February 19, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Tiger, your apology is accepted. Good luck on your family.

Posted by: nirtangy | February 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods should be commended for stooping to apologize to anyone other than his wife. His redemption be forced by the course of life's Karma. Additionally, if I were he who doesn't need to play another tournament for earnings I would never say anything about the matter period. Ms. Rodriguez's and others will not be satisfied until Woods is questioned for matters in detail pertaining to those liaisons. For those who need to know the details of those tryst ought to instead visit an Adult Video store.

Posted by: october30 | February 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

SHUT UP ABOUT TIGER WOODS ALREADY!

NOBODY CARES!!!

THERE'S A LOT BIGGER NEWS OUT THERE!

Posted by: jamshark70 | February 19, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Dear Eva,

"He's not a public official or a spiritual or civic leader in whom we placed our trust and faith"

Are you referring to yourself here?

Do you place your trust and faith on public officials, spiritual leaders, or civic leaders?

Expectation might be a better term.

Posted by: scv3456 | February 19, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Eva Rodriguez is right on. Woods' reading of a statement prepared by his PR counselors was disgusting and vapid. Woods is nothing more than another dysfunctional athlete who is sorry only because he got caught.

Posted by: bofo9090
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And you know this because you are a world class athlete? Or because you work in PR? Or because, like Ms. Eva, you're a sham writer?
Evan and you, bofo9090, need to get a life instead of finding one by picking at people.
You're part of the problems with the world and not any of the solution UNTIL you begin to offer love and understanding to any one.

Posted by: easysoul | February 19, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I bet I'm not the only sports fan who would rather watch these sports types play their sports, but always cringe when they're interviewed. They say the most inane things. Tiger, like most sports heroes, are not so skilled with analysis or speaking of any type. Why do we bother to interview them, beyond the obvious question: "Are you happy to win? Were you disappointed to lose?"

I never understood why Tiger was admired for anything except golf. He didn't strike me as any kind of role model, except for working hard on his golf. Other golfers struck me as honest family people, but frankly, that's just icing on the cake. We watch them for their performance on the field, court, rink, or slope. Why on earth do we think these sports types are any better at LIFE than the rest of us?

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Well Stated MDL7!!

Posted by: easysoul | February 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's speech wasn't an apology as much as it was just public relations.

The problem for Woods is that you can't make $50M+ a year in endorsements if people don't trust you or like you. Woods is a damaged product. Today's publicity was a poor attempt to earn trust and likability back with a scripted speech that seemed insincere at many points.

Posted by: thinkingoutloud2 | February 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Why are commenters picking apart Eva's opinion (emphasis added) based on the semantics of her writing? Moreover, why are people attacking her views based on topic relevancy? She is entitled to opine as she pleases and the last time I checked, she is not obligated to report on matters which would seem of greater importance to the general public than this one is.

Regarding Tiger, I agree with Eva that this just seems like a PR attempt at fixing his image so that he can pick up some well paid sponsorships.

Posted by: ijmendizabal | February 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Eva.

I like how Tiger looked straight into the eye of the camera every time he apologized (which was what, 10-15 times?), as if that way we would believe that he meant it. The entire thing was so planned out, it was kind of disgusting. Good call on Tiger's part for bringing up the papparazi following his family. I guess we should feel sorry for him. And why the hell would he bring up performance-enhancing drugs?

Wait a second... if he REALLY wants this to be between him and his wife, WHY WOULD HE HOLD A NATIONALLY-COVERED LIVE NEWS CONFERENCE? Oh, because if he kept this private, Americans would remember him as the idiot who got caught cheating on his supermodel wife. I'm sure ~50% of the people who watched the conference have changed their minds about Tiger, and that's exactly what he wanted. He needs his fans back because without fans, he can't make money on endorsements.

He's going for the complete role-reversal. He wants to become the victim in this situation.

B2O2, I have absolutely no control over the outcome of Tony Blair's trial, nor do I have any control over the insane amount of money Tiger will be making in his inevitable return to professional golf. It's nice to know that we can inform ourselves of the real world outside of mainstream media, but in the end, we're still useless against it all.

Posted by: steampunk | February 19, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Right on, B202!

Posted by: KatieC1 | February 19, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

He can apologize all he wants but that doesn't change anything, why did he even bother. Some sleazy golfer gets behind a podium and the media acts like its the most important thing in the whole world. The media needs to stop giving these type of people such importance.

Posted by: rj2008 | February 19, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? Tiger is one of the planet's greatest role models, and he just taught billions of men that it is okay to cheat on our wives in order to have sexual intercourse with other attractive women. In his function as role model, public figure, societal leader, and philanthropic titan, this apology was important and necessary.

Posted by: Dellis2 | February 19, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

why is he apologizing to me? This conference was a Joke. I like seeing tiger the golfer on Sundays other than that I don't care what he does nor do I really want to know who he's sleeping with. "Treatment" part an telling the media how to behave made him look foolish.
A better approach would have been.

1. I play professional golf
2. I want to endorse products for the work I do on the course not for what I do when I'm on my own time.
3. I'll continue to give to my charity to help children disadvantaged.
4. My personal life is non of your business and if you choose to follow the tabloids enjoy. And I obviously have some difficult choices to make regarding my relationship with my family and friends over the next couple of years.

See you in Augusta,

Instead he punked out to the MAN so he could keep getting paid to promote crap he could care less about.
Thanks!

Posted by: jdb70 | February 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This story doesn't deserve so much importance. Tiger is just another man, and it's up to him and his family to sort this out. If his wife wants to stay with him or not is a personal matter. Just because the guy can play golf, banging a ball around with a stick, so we have turned him into something he is not. He is not a religious or moral leader. Golf is mostly eye and hand coordination, so he is even all that athletic. This entire thing is nuts.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | February 19, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Comments to sell products by Tiger and Eva Rodriguez. How about a column to discuss how much money the folks in the Congress and Senate are taking to be partisan and lie in order to support the causes of those who pay them the most?

Posted by: pathenry | February 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You are not in tune with the real world lady. With your ridiculous comments about Tiger's apology I'm sure you will see a marked decrease in readership of anything you have to say in the future.

Posted by: raallinson | February 19, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, lady I hope those few paragraphs made you feel really good about yourself. A man offered an apology to people that he hurt, not just his family, but as he said several times in the interview, fans, children in his foundation that look up to him and others alike. If you didn't think it was sincere, that is fine, but to take it one step further and call it disgusting is outrageous. If you felt it was meaningless then why did you watch? What did you think he was going to do, not apologize and say he was happy with himself? A man admits to past mistakes, is seeking atonement for them, and is actively pursuing help for a problem he believes he has, and your first reaction is disgust. All I can really say again is WOW! You're a real class act lady. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: driddy | February 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what I think about the apology Tiger Woods made. Its none of my business and none of the business of the media. I wish they got so interested in ferreting out every detail about our economic situation and are war involvements but that would involve real work and talent.

Posted by: proteusdecision | February 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You need to apologize for your column, cupcake.

The man apologized and, in spite of his apology having absolutely nothing to do with you, you spat in his face.

Miss Manners you are not.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | February 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

That would be the name of the game.

Posted by: nichellieagee | February 19, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I read with laughter the comment of this FEMALE "Journalist"

Where are the apologies from all the FEMALE HO's to ELin? The woman knew he was married, and yet spread their legs for money and fame.

Where is their apology? Why not call them out as well?

Neither Tiger nor anyone else owes you a personal apology as you have nothing to do with this situation.

Want to play outrage at the situation, show some outrage for the unwomanly behavior of those HO

Posted by: kare1 | February 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

UH, MINOR FACT


In 12-step programs -- you have to apologize to those hurt.

And he did.

God, lady, get a frickin' grip. You're as nutty as that BBC yapper who didn't understand Ash Wednesday and Joe Biden.

Ninny.

Posted by: russpoter | February 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

In the lingo of golf, Tiger's handlers committed a shank...

Reading Miller123's comment and looking closely at The Press Statement, this morning, Miller seems to be suggesting, since none of us were present at the affair, that African Americans and Hispanics condone his behavior, do not wish him and his family well, do not support him, as a fellow human-being, are haters and we're not among his family and friends.

His handlers staged the performance and he approved it. Who were there with him? The film speaks for itself, Miller. He invited or selected those he deemed his friends. Obviously, no African American fit the bill. If so, none wa considered close enough to be with him at such a critical junction in his and his family life. Since you're obviously one of his close friends, or a member of his family, Miller can you explain the absence of non-whites at, what was, in actuality, a news conference featuring Tiger Woods, a golfer of color?

Posted by: turnerwred1234 | February 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

He should listen to Brit Hume.

Posted by: dingus5 | February 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

For Pete's sake Eva, all he is is a golfer. His personal life is not any of our business. The media made him out to be a God and he took advantage of it to sell people soap, shoes and who knows what else. Now he is depicted as being the lowest of the low because he failed to meet this godly standards. By the way, are you married? Eva do you cheat on your husband? Are you or any of your children secretly gay? Of course I need to know, you are a reporter and a public figure. Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: gvelanis | February 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I am like most people I don't really care about Tiger's speech/apology. This is something that him and his family need to deal with and everyone else needs to get a life. The man has been quiet for what like 2 months and during that time media and even some players wanted him to make a public apology.

The man did not lose all of his endorsements and is still going to make more money (with the sponsors who kept him) this year then the next top 4 athelets combined.

The media loves ratings so they got what they wanted and now they want more ratings by treating his apology like it was the Presidential debate. What the hell is wrong with people?

Posted by: jonesh4 | February 19, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The only thing "disgusting" here is this dopey woman's opinion. Just another man-hater who's using someone else's obvious pain to somehow advance her own agenda.

I say, if Woods wanted to apologize, then good for him. His therapist probably recommended it. And if he doesn't, it's nobody's business -- certainly not some holier-than-thou two-bit hack whose opinion isn't worth the digital space it's occupying.

Posted by: CommonSense09 | February 19, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

YAWN...

Posted by: Seahawk2 | February 19, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Eva

I can't believe your beating the man down for apologizing. So what if he didn't owe you one?...turn off the T.V....oh that's right, you are part of the media machine that creates controversy for you own benefit.

Tiger Woods is bigger than the game of Golf and so there is a few more people he needed to reach out to so he can cover his basis...like his PUBLIC foundations.

John M.

Posted by: johnmckee219 | February 19, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Spot-on. This was about saving the Tiger brand. And seriously, who wants their product linked to this guy? OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder, but I don't remember sponsors rushing back to negotiate endorsement deals with Mr. Innocent.

Posted by: pepperjade | February 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Brow beating Tiger..
because he appologized..?
Which did take a lot of guts!
Which he did not have to!

Tiger Woods I am looking forward to you getting back to playing golf.

Get back to your game.
Ou art..!!
Let others play their petty righteous games.

Ignore them..

I personally could care less about your personal life.

Ou did nothing to hurt mine.

BUT
I do enjoy watching your skill and savvy playying golf.

Come back big and forget the public.

You do not owe us a damn thing.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | February 19, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I think we all need to let Tiger heal and leave him alone. Carlie Simon Said it best...The song isn't about you. http://www.psychikos.com

Posted by: psychikos | February 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

miller123 wrote:

'Tiger's apology is meant for family and friends..'

Really? So he needed to hold a national news event to do that? Get real. And please stop with the 'racism' rant. Tiger is a spoiled brat who indeed does not feel that the rules apply to him and who does not feel obligated to the sponsors and fans which are largely responsible for his fame and wealth. No other golfer on the tour behaves as petulantly as does he...perhaps with the exception of John Daly and I can't stand him either...oh, and he's white.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | February 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

What I was left with the most was a feeling that he was angry that he was caught and that if it weren't for the financial gains he'll get from an obligatory apology he would have liked to have flipped everybody off for putting him thru all this.
THANKS FOR YOUR COURAGE MS. RODRIGUEZ!!

Posted by: pd2710 | February 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why we know more about Tiger Woods than we do about those seeking or holding public office.

The news media got together and decided we didn't need to know about a presidential candidate until much later (John Edwards). The media also decided we didn't need to know that Ted Kennedy had assaulted a woman in a public place -- with plenty of witnesses. Another senator was his drunken accomplice.

The media needs to grow a set of standards -- Tiger Woods is not really important (nor are those hollywood party girls who keep showing up in the news). I deride the "privacy protectionists" where political and government figures are concerned. They all want to know about Woods and Paris Hilton.

Posted by: redd1 | February 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Who are you and why should we care what you think?

Posted by: allknowingguy | February 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely accurate article. Nike wants to make sure that its sponsorship of Tiger Woods is not adversely affecting its brand. So Tiger Woods better rehabilitate his public image inorder to pull in the big bucks.

Posted by: shewholives | February 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I just hope he surrounds himself with sober-minds who are genuinely conscious of America's history and economics and seek to protect and preserve his considerable financial wealth.

Such person should begin by advising him to avoid signing any re-negotiated pre or post-nuptial agreement requiring him to materially increase the amount of money he'll part with in case the marriage does eventually fail, after a pseudo-attempt at reconciliation.

Since he thinks he love his wife and wishes to continue the relationship, some unscrupolous attorney, in cohoots with the attorney of the opposite side or other third party, might be very inclined to take advantage of his very, raw and vulnerable state of mind. REHABS HAVE THE TENDENCY TO UNDERMINE ONE'S ABILITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND INDEPENDENTLY.

The predicament in which he currently finds himself demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that Tiger Woods is very much a neophyte when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. He is definitely out-classed when it comes to dealing with his wife and her associate, based upon her public image doing his haitus. If the matter was litigated anytime soon, public support for her and practically anything she and her attorney were to seek, would be for her and against Tiger almost 20 to 1.

It is one thing to be all romantic and concerned about family-value and public image. It is quite another to be concerned about saving the wealth that Tiger and Tiger alone, not Elin or her associates, generated after years of coaching from his father and practice that Tiger put-in on the golf course, plus the hours playing around with Charles and Michael.

The concern of many of us who have experienced American justice, bigotry and exploitation is for Tiger, the person, another human-being, and not Tiger, simply as a golfer of color or a celebrity.

Posted by: turnerwred1234 | February 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only person who actually understood the point Eva was trying to make here? Or am I the only person who completely misread this article?

Nope. It's the former. Here's my compiled list of the raging idiots commenting on this article. My recommendation to you is this: Re-read the article, 10x if necessary (for some of you, 20). RE-READ it. Some of you are bashing this writer but saying the EXACT same thing.

The following list of morons is hereby required to re-read the article:

love2much
repubsux
rlj1
Baltimore11
cbmuzik
bluebird6
MDL7
adrienne_najjar
crusmisel
kanyingi
Sharon_59 - repeating what you're saying
baltova1
october30
scv3456
easysoul
raallinson
driddy
WhatHeSaid
russpoter
gvelanis - repeating what Eva is saying
CommonSense09
johnmckee219

If necessary, let me provide you guidance. Eva's point, in a nutshell, is this: He's a golfer. He's not god. He doesn't lead men. He doesn't stand atop preaching morality. He owes us nothing. Therefore, why apologize? And as such, the apology (being unnecessary) is blech and definitely nothing short of a PR stunt (duh, obviously).

Posted by: sebring | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriguez
You are full of bologna. Give me a break. Here is the problem with the MEDIA in the United States...no matter what he, or any other person, would have done you would not have been satisfied. If he would have just gone back to work, you would have been hammering him for disrespecting the viewing public for trying to side-step the whole issue. I am tired of this holding athletes up as role-models. We do not hold actors to this standard, we kind of expect this sort of thing from them...they are ALL ENTERTAINERS not leaders/role models/teachers/parents.

Posted by: bolese22 | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Folks posting here to Ms. Rodriguez, 'who are you and why do we care what you think?'...I'm sure the irony escapes you that we should ask the same thing of you! :-))

Posted by: FactChecker1 | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty believable and sincere when any man stands before the public, and today's rabid "dogs" who pass themselves off as journalists, and apologizes for an indiscretion. He truly belived he was the "entitled," that he could not only redefine golf, but, also race; remember, he was the first "post racial" celebrity. Now, I suspect he has a little different view on that too. He needs to get out of therapy and back on the golf course. Was he "long winded and repetitive," maybe. I guess you would have rather heard a tightly crafted speech prepared by his PR or legal team. Yeah! Now, that would have been succinct and to the point; and for you, more believable, sincere, and less self-serving, self-indulgent, and narcissistic.

Posted by: OneStop1 | February 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

why are people so quick to dissect if Tigers apology was real or not, so what if he wrote it down dang maybe he didnt want to leave anything out, give the man a freakin break he didnt have to do that. the ones thats judging probaly are cheating or have cheated in their life before.remember when you point the finger you have 4 pointing back at you. just pray for the man and let it go life goes on.

Posted by: totalyyours | February 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you! He looked to me like every husband I've known who apologized and cried, then really DID change his ways. He became a more adept cheater. Leopards don't change their spots, and tigers don't change their stripes.

I don't know if his wife really did attack him with a golf club, but I sure hope she did. Thank goodness she didn't show up for this repulsive display.

Posted by: padre1957 | February 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Bravo! Spot on.

Posted by: paul20002 | February 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Two words..public relations. I hope everyone knows that Woods knows that this is nothing more than a PR scheme. He doesn't have to apologize to anyone. In my eyes, adultery is not a crime, and its up to the people involved, and ONLY the people involved as to what the next step is in the relationship. Meantime, this apology is for people that really have nothing better to than to follow such news.

Posted by: coldfusion1787 | February 19, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with all the pejorative comments about Woods; and also suspect his "golf" has been enhanced by artificial substances of some sort.
But, as a MALE, I think these rotten "Broads" he has had sex and sex and sex with are as filty rotten and disgusting as he. It take two to tango: why don't the women criticize these female reprobates. They've admitted they all knew Woods was "married" (whatever that words means to this amoral slob). Too many females have a double standard!

Posted by: awareadams | February 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Post find this D-bag. I have only read a handful of her material and find her to be consistently bitter and harping.

Pick a topic, any topic, and her position is immediatley predictable. Eva - from now on, I exercise my own censor button - don't need any of your material. WaPo - It's OK to try to augment the staff with some former neo-con retreads but try to pick one who isn't so whiny and immediatley unlikable. Yuck.

In regard to Eva's take on Tiger statement today, appears anything he does or did warrants her righeously indignant "he's disgusting" screed. She probably wrote her piece before the 11:00 AM event.

Posted by: SadHoo | February 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ms. Rodriguez,

I doubt Tiger reads your column or cares what you think. And if you believe he doesn't deserve a second chance...oh well. Don't buy Gatorade or Nike if you are that bent out of shape.

I can't wait for him to get back to golf, whether I cheer for him or against him. The game will likely be better for it. I never thought of him as a hero. Just a great golfer. His affair affects me no less than the affair of the guy five doors down my office hall. But I still go to meetings with this guy. Glad you don't have to work for him with your high moral standing. You must be perfect.

Posted by: joe_average | February 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

we are a nation of girly men. wilt had 20,000 women in his day and apologized to no one.

Posted by: jason916 | February 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriguez I'm glad you accepted the apology from Senator Ensign, Vitter, Craig and even Rep. Mark Foley for their sins yet Tiger doesn't seem to get your forgiveness, Why? Is it because he is of color and makes to much money? I guess you still don't forgive Kobe Bryant either. Tiger is a golfer and life any human created by God he's not perfect. So unless your higher then God you opinion is just yours alone. Let the first man/woman without sin case the first stone. I bet you can't toss that stone Ms. Rodriguez.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Far more pathetic are those whose lives are so meaningless they find moral sustenance in criticizing the private lives of others.

Posted by: dane1 | February 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank God I can start watching golf again.

80 year-old white woman from Kentucky. Have a B.A. and all of my original teeth.

Posted by: m_richert | February 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

He owed only his wife & family and that would include more than just an apology. He owes us nothing. When he is ready, he will tee it up and win some more majors. In the meantime, the media should move on to other peoples mishaps. That's what they like to do best.

Posted by: RockStorm_Radio | February 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If any of you negative individuals are without sin let me see you throw the first stone, not one person on the blog can say they have done something that they regret doing either during your childhood or as an adult, to be honest we are going to have to answer for what we have done here on earth. If people would stop making man and woman their role models then we would not be so disappointed in individuals, I am not excusing Tiger Woods for what he did, he is human just like the rest of us some just fall harder than others. It is time to get off his neck so Tiger Woods and his family can heal.

Posted by: dbarnes1 | February 19, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Post find this D-bag. I have only read a handful of her material and find her to be consistently bitter and harping.

Pick a topic, any topic, and her position is immediatley predictable. Eva - from now on, I exercise my own censor button - don't need any of your material. WaPo - It's OK to try to augment the staff with some former neo-con retreads but try to pick one who isn't so whiny and immediatley unlikable. Yuck.

In regard to Eva's take on Tiger statement today, appears anything he does or did warrants her righeously indignant "he's disgusting" screed. She probably wrote her piece before the 11:00 AM event.

Posted by: SadHoo | February 19, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone expect a feminists like Rodriguez to be satisfied with Tiger Wood's apology. Maybe if he was publicly castrated it would make her feel better...probably not.

He doesn't owe anyone but his wife an apology.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 19, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Dan4 asked:

"To B2O2: Just curious--if the MSM is "...COMPLETELY BLACKING OUT COVERAGE OF THE TONY BLAIR IRAQ INQUIRY...", how do you know about it?"

I know about it because I read the BBC website, and listen sometimes to "As it happens" - an NPR-covered Canadian radio show in which CANADIANS actually hear about what's going on in the world (clearly at the cost of being woefully uninformed about Tiger Woods' sex life, oh well).

Meanwhile OUR media (which is what I wrote) is ridiculously silent on this huge story. England and Europe have been talking about it daily. But the country that actually STARTED the war, and whose leaders actually told the real lies that Blair just went meekly along with? Crickets. And insipid coverage of affairs and Sarah Palin. The Huffington Post is about the only news outlet here that has even *mentioned* it.

And we wonder why the world hates us? Would you hate a destructive bully down your block who won't even talk about the damage he causes? You bet you would.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I disagree. Tiger has transformed from one type of role model into another, from the greatest golfer of all time to a fallen man and husband who committed egregious but altogether human sins and wants to publicly atone for them. Elin may forgive him one day and we may also. So let's move on and let him do what he does best.

Posted by: oldmagnolia | February 19, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Eva, I found your column "unbelievable, insincere, self-serving, self-indulgent, and narcissistic. (Long winded and repetitive, too.)"
Give me a break! I'd pay to watch him play golf, not give me marriage advice. What he does off the course doesn't bother me in the least. I have my own family to worry about; I'll let Tiger worry about his family.

Posted by: JBaker76 | February 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well, Ms. Rodriguez. To hear you talk, you must walk on water! I have only one thing to say to you

Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

You have absolutely no right to judge another human being. That's God's responsibility.

I have one recommendation for you - read your bible - you may learn something.

Posted by: blessingsalways | February 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Who is Eva Rodriguez, and why should I give a ***** about what she thinks, on this subject or any other one?

Posted by: oldguy2 | February 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Check out my blog to see Brit Hume's opinion on Tiger's Buddhism:

http://donritchie.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/tiger-woods-come-to-buddha/

Posted by: DonRitchie | February 19, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

B202: You got so much right in so little space. Our media is so pathetic it's disturbing. On the Blair/Iraq story, isn't it amusing how in the U.S. it was the left that was against the war and in the UK it was the right that was against it? Obviously because a rightie was in charge here and a liberal was in charge over there. It's all politics. Stinking, miserable politics.

Posted by: curtb | February 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

As a card carrying "MAN HATER" she is a good writer, but she should stick to writing about soap operas and reality shows of which she is an expert.

Posted by: dustycowboy2004 | February 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Boring article and judgments for the most parts. True enough, not too many actually cares other then being curious what this 'celebrity' did or did not do the way we each would have like.

I'll have to remember to read from my notes next time I apologize to someone... makes it 'look' more dramatic I think. That said who am I to also judge what's in a person's heart?

~ All the best Mrs Woods... and Tiger...own it beyond fear!

Posted by: Essence_ | February 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Well said Ms Rodriguez. Bravo! I long for the days when the average citizen didn't care so much about this kind of meaningless crap. Thanks for calling this one perfectly. Cheers!

Posted by: JKJ88 | February 19, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

WHY DOES TIGER NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO ME? I DO NOT KNOW HIM. This is personal business between himself and his wife and nobody else.

Posted by: Jeanettecita | February 19, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me dear lady, but this man is already BILLIONAIRE with a "b." That said, he has enough money to rest easy for the rest of his life, and his grandchildren will probably never have to work a day in their lives. I doubt it very seriously if money was the ulterior motive here.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | February 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only person who actually understood the point Eva was trying to make here? Or am I the only person who completely misread this article?

Nope. It's the former. Here's my compiled list of the raging idiots commenting on this article. My recommendation to you is this: Re-read the article, 10x if necessary (for some of you, 20). RE-READ it. Some of you are bashing this writer but saying the EXACT same thing.

The following list of morons is hereby required to re-read the article:

love2much
repubsux
rlj1
Baltimore11
cbmuzik
bluebird6
MDL7
adrienne_najjar
crusmisel
kanyingi
Sharon_59 - repeating what you're saying
baltova1
october30
scv3456
easysoul
raallinson
driddy
WhatHeSaid
russpoter
gvelanis - repeating what Eva is saying
CommonSense09
johnmckee219

If necessary, let me provide you guidance. Eva's point, in a nutshell, is this: He's a golfer. He's not god. He doesn't lead men. He doesn't stand atop preaching morality. He owes us nothing. Therefore, why apologize? And as such, the apology (being unnecessary) is blech and definitely nothing short of a PR stunt (duh, obviously).

Posted by: sebring | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

_______________

Oh shut it you raging idiot.

Posted by: cbmuzik | February 19, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It's too funny to read the comments lambasting the writer of the column saying "Tiger doesn't owe you an apology" when that is EXACTLY what she said in her column!
A lot of you bashing her column are too dumb to know you agree with her.

Posted by: boopandscoop1 | February 19, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Diddo 'Jeanettecita'!

Posted by: Essence_ | February 19, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I am not, nor have I ever been, a Tiger fan. I have long admired his skill on the links and don't begrudge him any of the adulation he receives. As for his apology, it seemed sincere to me and I'm going to take him at his word. For now, why don't we allow him to get on with his life?

Posted by: Diogenes | February 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ms Rodriguez
THANK YOU SO MUCH for putting into words exactly what I have been feeling since Mr Woods decided to broadcast his apology. I am old enough not to believe on the word of a man who cheated 13 times on his wife and kids. And, exactly as you say it, he only does this to regain popularity. Elin couldn't care less if Golf Digest was there, Accenture did.
Tiger, shut up and zip up your pants, then we'll talk.

Posted by: ileschinder | February 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Eva, if it you felt a public apology wasn't merited given who and what he is and if it was going to bother you so much, why'd you watch it in the first place?

Posted by: SUMB44 | February 19, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

GOT THAT RIGHT


And as such, the apology (being unnecessary) is blech and definitely nothing short of a PR stunt (duh, obviously).

Posted by: sebring | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

_______________

Oh shut it you raging idiot.

+++

Yup.

Hey Femi-Nazi ninnies -- 12 steps. Not 11.

Idiots.

Posted by: russpoter | February 19, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha thank you sebring and boopascoop; my thoughts exactly!

Posted by: monkey1529 | February 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Rodriguez is right. This was for PR only.

Strangely rude comments here. Did you not read the column? It's point was precisely that Woods didn't have to apologize to the world, and yet she is criticized on the basis that his apology "has nothing to do" with her. Really? It was a televised speech, for Pete's sake.

It was a performance, and he is getting reviews. Mine is that I believe he doesn't get it.

What he said, between the different apologies and looking into the camera in order to touch our hearts, was that he considers bedding other ladies than his wife to be a "temptation", which means he still thinks it's hot but will try to restrain himself. This is a pretty shaky foundation. I wouldn't like to have a husband who has to struggle to be faithful and who wouldn't stop being a jerk until he was caught.

Posted by: asoders22 | February 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

sebring, really excited to make your list. But now that I did what you told me to do and re-read Eva's post, maybe it's time you re-read mine.

Rodriguez said (I'll quote here just to show you I actually read the post), "He did not owe us -- you and me -- an apology. That he delivered one just shows how meaningless it really was. You don't need an internationally televised apology to become a better man, a better husband, a better father -- the things he claims are most important to him."

If the apology was meaningless to her in the first place, it's ridiculous to critique it or criticize it in any way. No apology delivered by Tiger would be acceptable to her so there's no reason for her to attack this one. Her posting was pointless showboating on her part.

BTW, obviously Tiger doesn't need to give a public apology to become " a better man, a better husband, a better father." He's either doing it as part of his rehab (one of the mandatory steps in overcoming an addition) or it's a PR move to salvage his public image and career as a product endorser. Probably both.

If you're going to tune in and comment on it, based on the reasons for doing it, your comment is pointless.

Posted by: baltova1 | February 19, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

From the washingtonpost.com "Eva Rodriguez is an editorial writer for The Post, specializing in legal affairs. "

She's not even a sports writer, so why is she chiming in on a sports story? Perhaps for the same self serving reason she feels Tiger apologized at a press conference.

How many emails with you recieve, based on this. Will it raise your Q rating? If you really agreed with the major point of your OpEd, that this isn't a story, you wouldn't have taken the time to state the obvious to all of us.

Posted by: hatchlaw | February 19, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

My last sentence above should have said, "If you're not going to tune in and comment on it, based on the reasons for doing it, your comment is pointless.

Posted by: baltova1 | February 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Did anyone expect a feminists like Rodriguez to be satisfied with Tiger Wood's apology. Maybe if he was publicly castrated it would make her feel better...probably not.

He doesn't owe anyone but his wife an apology.

Posted by: moebius22 "
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That's exactly what she said - she doesn't care if he was unfaithful, it's not her business. That's why the apology disgusted her.

Anti-feminists can't read.

Posted by: asoders22 | February 19, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm not disgusted. But I do like a lot of what is said here. Married people, even when they are famous, have commitments to each other, not to the American public. Woods does not owe me/us an apology. However, the reality is that his economic "stakeholders" will see it otherwise, and he is trying to preserve his career, which of course benefits his wife and children directly. So let him apologize to those who think he owes them something and then leave the guy alone. His family has some work to do, but it's none of my/our business and I don't want to hear anymore about it.

Posted by: dwatson01 | February 19, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

To be (somewhat) fair to Ms. Rodriguez, she is commenting because the Post wants to generate traffic to the site by having their columnists and ed board people give opinions on topical issues. Tiger qualifies as a topical issue.

My problem is, if you think a public apology is a pointless exercise, then there's no reason to review the public apology. It's like having op-ed columnists (cough-Krauthammer-cough) who are never going to say anything positive about Obama write about Obama. Pointless to read them, so I've stopped.

Example from the other wing: having Olbermann host MSNBC's coverage of the Republican convention. You can't build your show around a continuous criticism of Republican actions and leaders (criticism I usually agree with, BTW) and then try to act like an open-minded observer of their convention. Also pointless.

Posted by: baltova1 | February 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh he will be back porking in no time at all, who is he kidding but just hide it from his $ponsors!

Posted by: howard5 | February 19, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

My goodness we seem to have a lot of insecure people of the male persuasion strategically holding both hands, when I'm sure only one would do, in front of their little petes. Relax guys, she's not attacking you.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | February 19, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh he will be back porking in no time at all, who is he kidding but just hide it from his $ponsors!

Posted by: howard5 | February 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tiger - you read Elin's statement very well. I believe she was just in a state of frenzy, and smashed out the window because she didn't remember about the door handle. I believe that the doc caught with steroids had no intention of giving them to you. (Nice pecs, by the way.) Send money. I'll forget it all.

Posted by: jburnetti | February 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's the problem with this story. Eva is a H-A-T-E-R! Whether it's of men, athletes, golfers, Tiger Woods, it's pouring out of the words she typed up. I'm sick of these Puritanical Americans making this out to be something so completely unbelievable and disgusting that they can't even fathom the disgrace. Tiger is rich (an understatement). He's also a "freak" in his abilities, with absolutely no equal. He's a god among men (in the golf world). Therefore, he has women basking in his glow 24-7. And he was too weak to fight the temptations surrounding him. That's it, that's his discretion. Big, freakin' deal!!! The story is as old as time itself, yet for some reason people in this country don't want to admit it happens ALL THE TIME, to ALMOST EVERYONE. Of course, taking one look at Eva's picture, she's probably never been in that situation since she's butt ugly, whose suitors (if there are any) are probably all blind. So she can't fathom that people would have adulant fans willing to take their clothes off for you. That says more about Eva than Tiger anyday. Look, ugly, geeky journalist, just because you're not interested in the same things as almost everyone else in the world, don't rant about your hatred. Just go into a corner and write more stories about all the crap you WaPo reporters write about, which we read less and less, since it's meaningless to our lives, until your paper goes under and profession dies!! R.I.P.

Posted by: sachancp | February 19, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you on this. What was the use in the show today?

After all, this fellow is:

1. a golfer
2. a philanderer
3. a corporate wienie
4. a moneymaker

Now ask yourself, which of these facts interest you the most (and the least) about this man.

The last two are the most interesting to me. I could care less about the sport of golf. His appearance today was nothing more than to continue his little rich world of corporations and their "charities" - the golf swinging kids who bring in the bucks. If I ever saw this man in Haiti, I might change my opinion of him, but he lives in Orlando, and like the rest of the Disney crowd, he lives off the power of his own illusions and his millions.

But imbecile America just loves him anyway.

I never gave him a thought before all this, and he gets little more than these thoughts from me now.

To me, Mr. Woods is, in a word, useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Rodriguez spot on!

Posted by: elderbetty | February 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I think what you said makes a lot of sense. There was only one reason for an internationally televised apology: get back to making money as a sponser !!!!

Tiger Woods makes me think of something I think I heard once: "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul ?"

Posted by: US-conscience | February 19, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Everything about it was awful. The forum, the awkward wording clearly vetted by attorneys, the fake "emotional" pauses every 4-5 lines like clockwork, even the forced eye contact.

There's one word for it: sociopathic. He and Michael Vick have a lot in common.

Posted by: zippyspeed | February 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a gnatzass? I don't like golf. i don't like Tiger, and I don't dislike him. The fact that he plays golf makes him a non-entity to me. Of course, I believe all marriage problems should be private matters but it is always very informative about our continued march towards the fall of Rome that such an issue is headline fodder in this country.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Good heavens - I actually agree with a WaPo article!

This guy turns my stomach. Play golf - don't play golf. Who cares! He's no role model. I'm not moved by his tears.

Cry me a river, Tiger. The world does NOT want you back.

Posted by: thinker16 | February 19, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriquez...it's mind over matter...I don't mind the apology, and you don't matter!!!

Posted by: mcdy01 | February 19, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Who cares, however, when you have to write 222 words at 25cents a word that's $55.50

Posted by: cqbrodie | February 19, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

He just should have showed up here in Tucson for the Accenture tournament and announced that all of his 2010 income from corporations would go to the children of Haiti.

That would have been something which caught my attention. What he did was so expected....by his advertisers and brown noses who make their money through him.

He seems incapable of any real deep feeling about people or life. Otherwise he would have done something like what I have suggested. He would have still died a very rich man, and many thousands of destitute people would be praying for him.

I personally think he is useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

How do you know it is disgusting? Repentance involves change. Just wait and watch. We'll be able to tell whether he is sincere or not. And I don't think there's any other way to know.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 19, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Your column sickens me. As if you have the right to be disgusted by Tiger Wood's apology. There are so many important issues you could write about but you choose something that should be of absolutely no concern to you.

Posted by: gIgIgIrl | February 19, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse


The apology was not directed to the public at large, only those portions of it (particularly the kids) who look up to him or who invested faith in him and feel let down. And the let-down comes not so much from the fact that he cheated on his wife, but that he made such a grotesque Mark Sanford-ish spectacle of himself. I wouldn't owe you an apology if I farted really loudly in a restaurant and you were within earshot, but I might give you one anyway just for having to endure the spectacle. But the Washington Post farted really loudly by publishing your article. Do I get an apology?

Posted by: inkblot | February 19, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Eva, right on.

All this faux outrage about Woods being attacked by so-called racist, righteous mind-your-own-business busy bodies.

Not buying it. What a phony, manipulated, staged setup for Tiger's sponsors. Manly admission of fault? More like a cowardly no-questions, only 3 reporters allowed con job that only suckers would love.

Tiger's wife's a no-show. That's the truest testament to Mr. Woods' character.

Posted by: kim4 | February 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Whether you like it or not, he is looked up to by kids. If you've ever been to a Junior tournament, many kids emulate tiger and the way he behaves on the golf course. Kinda like the "Be like Mike" syndrome. He's an amazing golfer (although he even admitted he needs to be a better person on the course, cursing and throwing clubs need to stop). So he did apologize to parents for being a poor role model for their children, as he should have. That's the best thing to come from this imo.

Posted by: PhilChenier | February 19, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

sebring:

I read this crappy statement (can't even really call it an article), but you obviously did not understand my point. I don't need guidance from a board troll. Reread what I said and maybe you will understand that I completely disagree with this writer's statement. In his eyes Tiger did feel a need to apologize to others outside of his family. Maybe you and the writer don't agree, but that is just your opinion and frankly I don't think a world famous celebrity gives a hoot about her opinion, your opinion, my opinion or anyone else who vents online for that matter.

But that isn't what I really had a problem with in her statement. It was the first sentence that I have a problem with. Again (since you didn't seem to understand the first time), to have an immediate reaction of disgust when a man is apologizing and seeking forgiveness is beyond me. Maybe skepticism of his sincerity, but disgust? I just thought that was a bit harsh. But hey you or her have never made one mistake throughout your entire lives right?

Get a clue idiot!

Posted by: driddy | February 19, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

And Tiger Woods owes you an apology why?? How about you start asking the Republicans like Romney, Pawlenty and Rubio to apologize for disrespecting our duly elected President. How about you ask Dick Cheney to apologize for the mess he helped create then whine and disparage our President for not cleaning it up fast enough. How about asking Liz Cheney to apologize for being so hypocritical in demanding accountability from President Obama when she doesn't ask for the same accountability of her father, Bush or the Republican party . There if you want to be mad and upset, be that at the way Republicans continue to do everything they can to destroy President Obama and ruin our country in the process.

Tiger Woods is a private citizen who happens to make money playing golf and doing commercials. He wasn't elected to anything. Nothing he has done has hurt our country. Nothing he has done has hurt you. Republicans on the other hand are hurting our country. They are willing to see our country fail than to see the President succeed. Perhaps that is what you should be so upset about.

Posted by: catmomtx | February 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Why does only Tiger apologize? How about all those sleazy slimy slippery salacious semen-slurping sluhts that hang around him? Why don't they apologize for their utter lack of morality and overall uselessness?

Posted by: fudador | February 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

hole-in-one eva!

Posted by: yabayfwee | February 19, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

sebring,

I demand a public apology from you for not being able to discuss this subject intelligently. Calling people names?...sounds childish to me. Please prepare your bitter statement in response as we the public demand your apology.

Could sebring and Eva be the same person?
....hmmm

Posted by: johnmckee219 | February 19, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The public apology may have been required by his therapists, sort of like what AA requires.

I don't just blame Tiger Woods for this embarrassment. I blame the sleazy fame-seeking women who pursued him, despite knowing that he was married. YES, AND OH, ---- YES, TIGER WOODS SHOULD HAVE HAD THE WISDOM TO SAY 'NO', but don't let those tramps off the hook either!!!
Maybe those women were also hoping they'd get pregnant and have rich Tiger Woods support them for the rest of their useless lives.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 19, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

18 holes is not enough!

I play with white balls and I like white holes!


Only Idiots would follow this stupid game of trying to put small balls into holes in the ground. Golfers are idiots. They even called the alcoholic obese--athletes. LMAO What a bunch of morons.

This Jerk Pervert Creep is Scum.

Posted by: mawt | February 19, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Who's Tiger Woods?

Posted by: DD163 | February 19, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Rodriguez's screed is far more disgusting than anything Woods ever did. I sincerely hope that one day her life is completely destroyed by the disclosure of some long-forgotten secret, and you know she has one that would do it. She deserves that at very least.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | February 19, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriguez persists in the belief that what really matters to all Post readers is what *she* thinks.

Posted by: turningfool | February 19, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

My apologies. I did not read the full text but reacted to the title and opening sentences. I confused Rodriguez with the dozens of other online pundits who feel they have the right to judge a private individual on a private matter. I was wrong to lash out at Rodriguez and fully retract my hateful comments. I'll try to save them for the "moralistic" monsters who actually deserve them.

Still, to attack him for doing something he was more or less forced into so he could continue his career is a bit much. He had to play along with this media charade. Cut him some slack for that at least.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | February 19, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I would like to hear an apology from the women Tiger slept with. Apparently they are without guilt. Its like it was an out-of-body experience for each of them.

But, wait, what am I saying? None of these people owe me anything come to think of it! And, when it comes right down to it, they were just having sex. Nothing more.

So, we can all just calm down, take a deep breath, and get over the fact that people have sex with each other. As Charlize Theron famously quipped, "Men and women like to touch each other." Thats all we need to know. His relationship to Elin is their business, not Eva's or mine, or Arnold Palmer's. Get on with your own life if you have one. Otherwise, too bad.

Posted by: jimbob128 | February 19, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As I listened to Tiger Woods’ T.V. statement or apology, I briefly speculated on the nay-sayers who would trash him for being insincere and disingenuous. Personally, for someone who is a gifted communicator, I wasn’t impressed with his oratory. A Barack Obama he is not, but why does he have to be? Neither I, Ms. Rodriguez nor John Feinstein (“Tiger Woods’s half-apology”) have a heaven or hell in which to put Tiger. Were the nay-sayers expecting Tiger to win an Emmy for his apology or commit hara-kiri and give up on life. These nay-sayers were the main folk demanding an apology and that he convenes an inquisition masquerading as a news conference. I suspect, more correctly, note that Ms. Rodriguez and Mr. Feinstein were definitely looking to an inquisition, or rather, a news conference so that could tear into him. The man got caught and he is sorry for getting caught, if not sorry for his transgressions, and the death it brought to him and his family. Unfortunately, he is a Buddhist and last time I checked, Buddha didn’t die for his sins, past and future, and rise from the dead for his salvation. Whether you are a Believer or not, what Tiger must, should know is that the hardest thing to do is, not to forgive others but, to forgive yourself. The hell that the critics, void of any grace or forgiveness, is nothing compared to the hell you can put yourself into if you don’t forgive yourself, so you can in turn forgive others. Let’s face it– what folk really get off on is the fall from grace of a gifted, successful and rich athlete. He can continue to win tournaments, set records and to be rich but what he wants is to regain the trust and respect that he lost with the fans. I believe that is a noble reason for his contrition. No earthy attrition by this gifted one will assay the thirst of the nay-sayers for Tiger’s eternal damnation.

Posted by: TFalls | February 19, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

As I listened to Tiger Woods’ T.V. statement or apology, I briefly speculated on the nay-sayers who would trash him for being insincere and disingenuous. Personally, for someone who is a gifted communicator, I wasn’t impressed with his oratory. A Barack Obama he is not, but why does he have to be? Neither I, Ms. Rodriguez nor John Feinstein (“Tiger Woods’s half-apology”) have a heaven or hell in which to put Tiger. Were the nay-sayers expecting Tiger to win an Emmy for his apology or commit hara-kiri and give up on life. These nay-sayers were the main folk demanding an apology and that he convenes an inquisition masquerading as a news conference. I suspect, more correctly, note that Ms. Rodriguez and Mr. Feinstein were definitely looking to an inquisition, or rather, a news conference so that could tear into him. The man got caught and he is sorry for getting caught, if not sorry for his transgressions, and the death it brought to him and his family. Unfortunately, he is a Buddhist and last time I checked, Buddha didn’t die for his sins, past and future, and rise from the dead for his salvation. Whether you are a Believer or not, what Tiger must, should know is that the hardest thing to do is, not to forgive others but, to forgive yourself. The hell that the critics, void of any grace or forgiveness, is nothing compared to the hell you can put yourself into if you don’t forgive yourself, so you can in turn forgive others. Let’s face it– what folk really get off on is the fall from grace of a gifted, successful and rich athlete. He can continue to win tournaments, set records and to be rich but what he wants is to regain the trust and respect that he lost with the fans. I believe that is a noble reason for his contrition. No earthy attrition by this gifted one will assay the thirst of the nay-sayers for Tiger’s eternal damnation.

Posted by: TFalls | February 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's a sleaze!
His corporate PR flacks want you to forgive him as soon as possible so you'll be out buying up their "product" again. But it's all crap.

Posted by: gce1356 | February 19, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Why should Tiger Woods be held to a higher standard than any of the other infidels? Bill Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, et. al.
Tiger Woods may be an excellent golfer but he is only a man. Madame Rodgrigues did you know that 50% of All Marriages end in Divorce? Many people are married 2 and three times. and the major cause of divorve INFIDELITY and MONEY.
Tiger Woods does not owe us anything. Is your life so empty that you are depending on Tiger Woods to validate your existance?
Most folks are sad becaulse without Tiger their is no Excitement on Sunday afternoon with Tiger wearing Red and in the hunt.The advertizers and the TV people are seeing are seeing their gravy train drying up.
Apart from bein an excellent golfer What has Tiger contributed to society? Some may say his various foundations. But with out Golf where would he be ? Another thirty-something black male teaching school or working for Xerox.
Not too long ago Tiger could not even play at many of the prestigious Golf Palaces
Charlie Siefert the first Black Golfer to play in a Major Tournament, after he putted on the first hole when he went to retreive his ball from the hole scooped a handful of feces now folks are all lamenting "oh Tiger
you did not sound apolegitic enough" Please.
He owes us Nothing.

Posted by: Carprin | February 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

To anyone who thinks it isn't newsworthy -- here's some news:

When the greatest player in the history of one of mankind's oldest and still outrageously popular sports among amateurs and pros alike decides to stop playing (even for a 6-12 month-period) for ANY reason during the absolute sweet spot in his career while he sits just 4 major victories short of tying -- and 5 short of breaking -- what anyone who knows anything about golf thought was the safest record in any sport, it is an uncontrovertible fact that it is newsworthy.

Posted by: Trambinator | February 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Why are you even opining on it? The more people like you talk about something that is not their business...the longer it stays in the news cycle.

So.....talk about something more meaningful.

Also, who are any of us to judge on the sincerity of an apology. Its not the words that count...its the future actions that will determine whether the apology was sincere.

Posted by: chefra | February 19, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Eva Rodriguez - you nailed Woods.

The only thing I would add is that he came across as angrily defensive and called all those incidents of intercourse "irresponsibility." I'd call it something else.

Who cares whether he apologized? He's a scum-sucking bottom dweller, no matter what.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | February 19, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Like I commented in Wilbon's blather:

Dog Bites Man. What a topic!

Posted by: gratefolks | February 19, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Right-Tiger Woods' apology is irrelevant-it's his personal business, not the world's-and he should GO PLAY GOLF!

We are IN THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL COLLAPSE IN HISTORY-LaRouche- who is attacked in this "newspaper" today- is the only one who saw this collapse coming-from way back-and who has put forward a solution. The solution would help the nation and the people, and hurt the swindlers on Wall Street-that's why he get's attacked!

Posted by: maggierose57 | February 19, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

When a sister gets some, the sisterhood rejoices, but when a man gets it, the sisters all find it disgusting. So figure.

Posted by: katman13 | February 19, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods -- who cares. Can we have some more Sarah Palin stories please?

Posted by: rlampe | February 19, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If he looks pathetic today, wait till the day his daughter is old enough to understand and confronts him.

Why don't these companies give endorsements to people who deserve them like volunteers, health care workers, and teacher? Who needs to see another ultra rich celebrity make a mockery out of his fans, profession....and family.

Posted by: BallyJamesDuff | February 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that he owned no one other than his family an apology; agreed that he should never have been looked upon as a role model for values; agreed that this is all a pathetic spectacle. Disagree that he was insincere. As a matter of fact, it was part of his treatment, i.e., taking public responsibility for his conduct so he is accountable. There will always be a faction that thinks he is insincere--most have had affairs of their own. The only difference between a one timer and a serial adulterer is opportunity. Golf and endorsers are losing money/jobs faster than the government is mounting debt. Six months from now, he will be welcomed back with open arms, apology or not. America needs to get over it; this is between Tiger and his wife and sadly, his beautiful children, and his spiritual maker. The media needs to stop interrupting real stories to participate in this circus.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | February 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

As a 57 year old woman, I find it REPREHENSIBLE, VILE, IRRESPONSIBLE to report on the private lives of any public figure. I AM FED UP WITH THE MEDIA.
Maybe the media should investigate salaried employees of states who don't work, or all the pork in bills, or how the elected ones don't read bills or listen to his constituents.
Tiger Woods is a Golf God, beyond that, NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.
When are we going to EVOLVE AND FOCUS ON WHAT IMPACTS OUR LIVES?
I feel sorry for the Woods family, how the media invades their privacy and sense of security.
I wish I never knew about all his exploits, it does seem to be more than just a "sex" issue but for all those women who slept with him, SHAME ON YOU TOO. You knew he was married.
Let's evolve as humans and stop being voyeurs and stalkers into the lives of celebrities.

Posted by: virgosiempre | February 19, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods owed all the people who had believed in him an apology. Today he gave it and I, who listened to it live, could not imagine what else he might have said to make it more clear that he is, indeed, truly sorry for what he did and is paying the price.
But, most Americans see him, as they accuse him of seeing himself, as nothing but a money-machine.
Well, at least until he disappointed them. Up until the big disappointment he was many people's idol. "Idol" being a key word, because now many people are entirely unwilling to accept him as a simple human being with our regular flaws.
Promiscuity is a regular practice of rich, powerful men, and women, I might add.
The fact that Tiger is recognizing that this is a personal problem of his, is to his credit. Did JFK recognize such a thing?
Harrumph. Did, or do, ANY of our political leaders who have in recent years been "outed" for having affairs go into "treatment" ?
Is Bill in treatment? Is Kobe in treatment? Is Eliot Spitzer in treatment? Is Newt Gingrich in treatment? Is David Vitter in treatment? Is Bob Livingston in treatment? And on and on it goes. Are any of their women in "treatment"?
Tiger experienced a great humiliation today and he did it with grace, grit, and the truth.
Why are our hero athletes held to a higher standard than the leaders of our country?

Posted by: cms1 | February 19, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Tiger didn't owe anybody a single thing...This mam has paid more money and done much more in charity to help people than any blowhard skank that criticizes him.

On merit alone he deserves a pass...

Tiger 1
Skank media and loser audience 0

Posted by: DD163 | February 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The saddest part of the whole Tiger Wood’s apology saga is that arrogant, narcissistic, I – have-never-done-anything-wrong folks like Ms perfect Eva seem to believe that their opinion about an apology should count for something. Note to Eva – nobody cares what you think – you’re not a hero, role model, athlete or even someone remotely interesting. The fact that the Washington Post pays you to spew your judgments doesn’t enhance or make relevant your opinion. There is no one on this earth that has lived a totally “spotless” life – perhaps folks have not had the issues with fidelity that Tiger has experienced but they still aren’t living a life with a perfect signature of honesty, integrity and truthfulness. Before we continue to spend our time vilifying Tiger I suggest that we pause, look in the mirror, and realize that God didn’t knight us to serve as judge and jury of others and that the only responsible thing for us to do, is be responsible for our own actions and leave the judgment to a higher authority.

Posted by: jeffleads | February 19, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The biggest marketing winner today was probably the "celebrity apology consultant" racket, which got a paid advertisement for their engaging work, designed to revive consumer interest in steriod junkies, celebrity bigots, philandering pols, and all of the other "leaders," "heroes," and "role models" we are told we can't live without.

Posted by: littlenino | February 19, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

If Tiger is going to pollute the airwaves with his pathetic dirty laundry - then we all have the right to weigh in. He has made it our business by becoming the news of the day to cater to his corporate sponsors and to try to shame the press into just letting it all go. (OK he groveled enough - we'll lay off now).

To you nut cases who think this should be about race (or Tony Blair and Iraq for ...sake), go take your meds.

One of the reasons Tiger is so loved is because he was a truly multi-racial, post-racial man (unlike Obama who just pretended to be that way to get elected).

Tiger sees himself as a plain ol' MAN, an American - not a hyphenated, race obsessed victim.

He hurt his wife and kids. Hopefully he will spend the rest of his life making it up to them - but the odds are against him.

He is who he is. Few can change these types of basic impulses.

Posted by: Parker1227 | February 19, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's apology was about as sincere as a chronic liar's or perpetual philanderer's. Wait, oh, I mean, "exactly as sincere..."

Posted by: jim32 | February 19, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't help that he got sleazy with some very nasty skanks.

He could have brought home some very hideous diseases.

This FACT, is why the "its none of our business" crowd should think twice.

Even if it doesn't offend your morals, it should offend your "public health" sense.

Millions have died because of people who can't keep their pants on and choose a single sex partner.

Posted by: Parker1227 | February 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This guy has a yacht ten times the size of my house, which he needs the endorsements to keep, and I think he is sincere?

Posted by: hipshot | February 19, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

You don't have to be convinced by Tiger's apology. You need to keep you eyes on your own life and take responsibility for it. That appears what Woods is trying to do. How about writing an opinion piece about columnists who think we care abuot their opinions?

Posted by: djmolter | February 19, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rodriguez, your smug, "holier-than-thou" damnation of this guy strikes me as disgusting in its own right--and I suspect that you spend your idle hours finding fault with many of God's creatures.

Mr. Woods' apology certainly seemed to me a wooden, awkward, and, at this point in time, unnecessary performance. However, I accept it on its face, and will suspend any further judgment until time reveals the truth or falseness of his claimed intent. It's neither charitable, nor possible, at this point, to determine whether he's genuine or not.

You are clearly gifted with two abilities I don't have: the ability to assess truth from a distance, and the willingness to apply an immediate and caustic label.

Good for you--but I would hope that when and if you slip from that pedestal on which you so grandly perch, your judges will be more lenient than you have been.

Posted by: SenecaToo | February 19, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, apologies are worth about as a much as the piece of paper they are written on. It would be nice to see someone apologize and cease their misbehavior BEFORE they get caught for once.

Posted by: garrett66 | February 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Not bitter about some undisclosed trauma are we, Ms. Rodriguez?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 19, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Just like Brett Favre, but to a lesser extent. He is sincere and sorry NOW, but he obviously was not sorry the last 3 years he has been cheatin and lying to his wife and everyone else. Just play golf and keep quiet would be Woods best course of action at this time.

Posted by: garrett66 | February 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

and finally, he still has not clearly explained, nor does it make sense, as to what happened when he crashed his SUV. Obviously something happened that he doesnt want anyone to know about, but until he comes clean about it, I dont the public can really trust anything he says. He is still fundamentally hiding the truth even in apology mode. Sad.

Posted by: garrett66 | February 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I get it, Rodriguez, you are trying to provoke. As another commenter wrote, WGAS about what you think? But if what you wrote to start this thread is what you truly believe, then you are only showing your ignorance of the importance of the bond between a Thai mother and her son and you certainly do not know anything the centrality of Buddhism in that relationship. Tiger's mea culpa was not about how to get back into the money--it was about his trying to repair the humiliation he has put his mother through; and in his mother's eyes he cannot repair the damage he did to her unless he heals himself and atones for all the hurt he has done to her and to his wife and children. It's that simple; don't waste your time trying to read more into it than that.

Posted by: riderX | February 19, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Eva its called "Groveling for Dollars."

Posted by: ripley44mag | February 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I suppose it's fine to apologize for this sort of behavior (what else could he have done?), although it is difficult to prove the sincerity or insincerity of any mea culpa that is performed in the public spotlight by a person who has millions to lose if enough sponsors are put off by his actions. But one can't help wondering if the Tiger couldn't have gotten all of the prowling out of his system before he decided to bring kids into the world.

Posted by: pandw | February 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason for him to apologize, except that has been the way it has always been with American sports heroes ("Say it ain't so ...). And the media won't let it go. The American public used to demand integrity, fidelity, etc. of its sports heroes but with the sexual revolution ... who really cares? Its just an old tradition ... and I'm not sure why Ms. Rodriquez should be so disgusted. Just accept it. Its a part of the fictions and role playing we have in this society. I suspect that Tiger really feels it and is remorseful and will be walking a straighter line, but there is no reason for the American public, let alone Ms Rodriquez, to reject it or belittle it, or be cynical about it. It's bad form and akin to spitting in one's face for apologizing for stepping on another's toes in a crowded dance floor. An apology is polite, nice and expected. Disdain for what you may consider mere "motion" or formality is not called for or understandable except in rude society.

Higher American society understands this but the coarseness of the American public now interested in golf, still has its lower values and expectations so may feel "disgusted". Its only a reflection of one's lower up-bringing, my dear. :)

Sure, it's orchestrated. But, its expected and the press has pretty much said so. Tiger could ignore it and let the chips fly where they may but it wouldn't be good form so he's just doing what is expected.

Tiger's extra-marital affairs are nothing new. He has just fallen into a trap common among rock bands. But, the genteel world of gold demands more of its classy players and that's the pressure that Tiger is responding to. Its a leftover ritual from Victoran times and you can criticize it all you want but its part of American culture and formality that the American hoi polloi is still not familiar or comfortable with. Unfortunately, in the world of golf, tennis, etc. the expectation and pressure is there, especially for a married player. (Compare to baseball or hockey which were never sports of the well to do or those with upbringing.) And, if Tiger were still single, it might not be such a big news item.

Tiger just has to go through his mea culpas and then get on with playing golf. Our only concern should be that this has not unnerved him to the point where his concentration is ruined.

Those like Ms. Rodriquez, and others who say they don't care, have evidently never had a personal crisis of confidence or shame or had relatives that created a big family stir because of infidelity. (Either that or infidelity is so common, you are left scratching your head as to why golf makes a big deal of this.) Infidelity happens and its called life at all levels of society!

Posted by: oakland | February 19, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? I think you should have just kept your mouth shut...your's is the unnecessary comments. I hope the man meant what he said for his families' sake and for his own future. I think he has a responsibility to the public and was trying. The press has no respect and hasn't had any for this man or his family through the foolishness. Reporting facts is one thing, making a mockery of his family and children because HE was a fool is entirely another. I hope your life is perfect...you sure have no grace for others failings or even their efforts to change, however feeble you see them to be.

Posted by: ProudAmerican1 | February 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm not American, infact, I'm Italian, but when I saw Woods apologizing I thought: "What the hell!". Is indeed true everything Mrs. Rodriguez said on this matter. Am I a golf fan? Tiger Woods doesn't need to apologize to me. Am I just a general citizen? Tiger Woods is free to do whatever he wants with his life, he doesn't need my permission. That's why I find *disturbing* the fact that the sponsors forced him to this pathetic, public, televised apologies (not different, to me, to the so-called public "autocritic" that many were forced to do in Maostic China) in order to protect his falsified public image, the one that sells goods. Tiger Woods should have been coherent with himself and said to the sponsors to go to hell... I would have been less rich, but more of a man.

Posted by: Gianluca1 | February 19, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

This piece pretty much nails it as far as I am concerned. Nails Tiger too.

p.s. A lot of dopes posting here I see.

Posted by: jrw1 | February 19, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Tiger's apology is not meant for racist who are upset over his marriage to a white woman. Its not meant for woman who hate men. Its not meant for people who are jealous and envious. Its not meant for people who hate the color of his skin. Tiger's apology is meant for people who knows what its like to make to make mistakes and be forgiven. Its meant for people whom he let down and people who don't condone his behavior but has always been there to support him and his family. Tiger's apology is meant for family and friends. Forget the rest, they were haters from the very beginning, and will be haters in the end. It doesn't matter what they say or how they say it. They'll just haters who aren't owed anything and who definitely can't afford to throw stones

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Another Huckabee deputized by God to help Him judge and condemn others? Maybe another WaPost Gerson wannabe.

Posted by: coloradodog | February 19, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

OK, Rodriguez, I'd like to know all about any occasions on which you've had unfaithful thoughts or actions. Where's my apology!?!?! And it better be a good one.

Posted by: pieguy | February 19, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

wHEN YOU HAVE TO READ FROM A PAPER THAT YOU NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO YOUR WIFE, YOUR CHILDREN YOU ARE NOT SINCERE, YOU ARE ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY JUST LIKE HIS SPONSORS!

Posted by: cecil3 | February 19, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The entire society of american society is fake and whey do I have to believe it or see it- any field

Posted by: jayrkay | February 19, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Tiger, his wife, his children, his mother and his family !!!

BTW: EVA, can we take a look in YOUR closet and check out other activities that YOUR family may have been involved in ??? YOU'RE a Public Figure and maybe someone needs to investigate YOU and YOUR background !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I have enjoyed reading the thread better than the article.

The media has overstepped its bound. They are the ones who are indulging in unconscious able behavior. I saw Midwin Charles of CNN say Wood's wife, children and mother are fair game for stalking paparazzi that can impede their lives is crazy. And she said so with a smile.

The media saw its best ratings, and click power--and went on a feeding frenzy to cover every aspect. They know some of the mistresses probably are not very credible. And can easily blow holes in their story. They know even the mafia kept children and wives off limits they want to feed the sensation.

But it is a little ridiculous to rant and rave that Tiger owes them something. And get mad after he saw months of reckless reporting to say you come under my rules.

But this time, for the most part it doesn't seem the American public is following alone. They are done with the story and done with the overhype of something that should be a private affair. And it is the media who the public wants to behave themselves this time around.

Posted by: 411Tibby | February 19, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

How many pages has WP wasted on this subject ?
Tiger Wood who ??

Posted by: mixedbreed | February 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Gee, did the rookie Gerson-wannabe Rodriquez present a similar judgmental rant when Foley, Sanford, Haggard or Ensign apologized?


Oh wait, they're white Christians.

Posted by: coloradodog | February 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Woods is a joke. Woods attempt at an "apology" is only for his own benefit - so well crafted by his "handlers" and "coaches" (who do think are paying them??) AND After 11 Plus mistresses (I'm talking about the ones we haven't heard about yet) - He is in need of serious psychiatric help. I only hope that his wife does not buy in to the B.S. that he's talking about - and divorces him and gets her fair share of his earnings. Anyone who believes Woods' "apology" hasn't truely matured enough to know when someone is taking you for a ride. Time to move on WOODS get some serious help - I'm talking YEARS... I've seen your type before.. Dr. J (WashDC).

Posted by: DoctorJ | February 19, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Over the years Tiger Woods and handlers have carefully crafted a public persona based on the notion that he was "Mr. Perfect." Given that he made millions through endorsements based on that specific persona, it's no wonder that he's come crashing down to the ground as his true nature was revealed.

If he were a rowdy bachelor and had been a womanizer (and winner on the greens) no one would of cared. He would be rich, but not nearly as rich as he is now....hence the desire to create that false persona.

I don't care if he apologizes--it's meaningless and as calculated as was his creation. Live by the sword, die by the sword...you can't complain about being a celebrity and at the same time rakes in untold millions due to the very fact you are a celebrity.

His tears are false and no matter what happens, he will remain a very wealthy man.....

Posted by: mediamaverick | February 19, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

love2much SE said it ALL. Tiger doesn't owe anyone an apology but his wife and family. Period! Those who cast stones better check out their wives and husbands, because while you're caught up with Tiger, somebody might be stickin' your wife or tightnin' up your husband on side. LOL.

Tiger, keep playing golf and keep giving your competition the blues.

Posted by: Bajiquan | February 19, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

love2much SE said it ALL. Tiger doesn't owe anyone an apology but his wife and family. Period! Those who cast stones better check out their wives and husbands, because while you're caught up with Tiger, somebody might be stickin' your wife or tightnin' up your husband on side. LOL.

Tiger, keep playing golf and keep giving your competition the blues.

Posted by: Bajiquan | February 19, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eva - You still don't get it do you. Readers like me don't care about your opinions. We only want to read reports of the facts as they occurred. We're sick of reporters like you using your 9-5 as a tool to broadcast your personal thoughts to the public. Thank God we're smart enough to recognize them as the ramblings of a sad individual who couldn't begin to know what is newsworthy or how to report it. I've finally learned my lesson and won't be reading anything with your name or picture on it. When had a post route in Northwest DC in the 60s, the paper contained real news. Your style does a dis-service top the carriers that get out the bed at 4AM each morning to deliver the crap you write and call news.

Posted by: CalSteiner | February 19, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that a columnist, reporter or whatever you are would be on this train of thought. It's the news media's (YOU!) unquenchable appetite for the next IT story that keeps things going on for ever and ever and........you get the point. If Tiger had decided never to say anything publicly, you would've been complaining about that....

Posted by: dad2devin | February 19, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

love2much: I hate to say this to you, but you just screwed up big time and in the most obvious way: You either only read the first two lines of the article or you did not read it at all.

Read it.

PRIME EXAMPLE why comments on any online newspaper are 10% true and 90% just people venting their personal crap.

Posted by: Mighty7 | February 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Spot on.

Posted by: laloomis | February 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods owes his wife an apology. He doesn't owe you, or any of your low-brow readers the time of day. It's none of your business!!

Go find something else to whine about!! Check out a grocery store tabloid for your next article

Posted by: curious606 | February 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Eva, I found your column "unbelievable, insincere, self-serving, self-indulgent, and narcissistic. (Long winded and repetitive, too.)"

Are you kidding me? You looked around the world at everything that's happening and decided to write about Tiger? Gimme a break. Better yet, give him one.

Back off!!!!!

Posted by: jpost2000 | February 19, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

You are right, but just look at the sophomoric and Class A moron responses and you realize perhaps is because you are educated and well read. These momos, on the other hand, can't tell their thumbs from their dicks.

You even got people here that got mad at you, commented and as it turns out they have the exact same opinion as you. Go figure.

This ain''t a democracy. It's and idiocracy.

Posted by: Mighty7 | February 19, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd have found him much more believable had he spoken in extemporaneous words, using some outline notes. He's a bright and articulate man, and does not need to hide behind a pre-written mea culpa. The missing wife and wedding ring said volumes more than his canned speech.

Posted by: stuck_in_Lodi | February 19, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

My goodness we seem to have a lot of insecure people of the male persuasion strategically holding both hands, when I'm sure only one would do, in front of their little petes. Relax guys, she's not attacking you.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | February 19, 2010 4:53 PM
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Funny!

Media's scrutiny forced Woods to say something in public. He needed to say he's no role model and that his wife did not beat him (because she has been called all sorts of things), that's all.

The "I'm going to be a better man" and "looook how sorry I am" stuff is not our business. "I'll try to still be a good entertaining golfer" is all that concerns the public.

Obviously everyone on this thread, many of whom either totally misread the column or had to get back on its writer for imagined or real wrongdoings by women done to them personally in the past, is very interested in the whole matter. Ms Rodriguez job is to give her opinion on things and she just did.

Posted by: asoders22 | February 20, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Just cheated on his wife and got caught?!

If one thinks that Tiger's private life is off-limits or has no news value, fine that's one position. . . . . . . However, if the argument is that he deserves total forgiveness without question as if this were a little affair, then think again. . . . TIGER WOODS DIDN'T HAVE A LITTLE AFFAIR -- HE HAD A HAREM.
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Southeasterner wrote: . . they already hated him because he is a rich black golfer sleeping with white women.

{{ Southeasterner, I think you might be on to something here; I'm sure there's a lot of truth to what you say. And likewise, the fact that it's hard to find one black face in his whole harem, also suggest that Tiger has a problem with race and uses sex to vent his anger against whites. You can see this in the way he behaved right after his first Masters win, and later in the way he disregarded his white wife. . . . . . Elin Nordegren is crazy if she ever goes back to him. }}

Posted by: Here2day | February 20, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second, Ms. Rodriguez -- you've "never been more disgusted" by Woods?

You're more disgusted by his apology than by his conduct?

Wow. Just... wow.

I agree with you on some things. Woods shouldn't have had to apologize AT ALL. He's a public figure, but not a public official. He didn't misuse tax money. He didn't try to pass laws about sexuality which contradict his own lifestyle. He didn't coerce, harass, or otherwise immorally or illegally pressure women to have sex with him.

This is his wife's business, not ours, and certainly not yours. But what's extra-special weird about your post is that you're so spiteful about his decision to stand up and say his piece / make his peace.

What more would you have had him do? You're complaining that his apology was TOO good, too convenient? Get serious. You think that it's not part of being a good father? I think that standing up and taking responsibility is KEY to being a good father, good husband, good man... and good public example (certainly a better example than being an UNREPENTANT adulterer, like Governor Mark Sanford or Newt Gingrich).

A marketing ploy? Really, how much money do you think he needs? Again, get serious. Yes, it will help his brand, but that's not why he did it. Your cynicism has rendered you not just heartless in this instance, but also unobservant... a bad flaw in a reporter.

Posted by: ankhorite | February 20, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

After two paragraphs, Rodriguez, I wanted you to shut up. You so-called journalists are angry because Tiger did not allow questions - which are none of your business, or ours.

If his speech had been short you would have complained that he did not say enough. He gave a very difficult speech and acknowledged he had hurt his wife and let his public down. What more do you want?

Tiger has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him and he is focusing on that and his relationship with his family. He owes you, Rodriguez, and the rest of us nothing. The arrogance I see comes from the high and mighty (they think) press. Not Tiger Woods.

Posted by: Kansas28 | February 20, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Three negative opinion articles on Woods in todays' WaPo. Congratulations! WaPo gets the prize for the "Holier-Than-Thou Underwear Sniffing" competition.

Who are you, along with Feinstein and Jenkins, to judge whether Woods' apology was sincere? The guardians of the Truth?

You, along with Feinstein and Jenkins, need to get over yourselves, ans stop wallowing in sordid sensationalism.

Woods has no apology to offer to anyone but his wife, mother, mother-in-law, and other family members.

He's a golfer, not a politician. Did you spend as much ink on Vitter, Craig, Ensign, or Vitter, i.e., all elected officials, about their dalliances? No, I did not think so.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 20, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Eva, Eva, Eva. How about an article on all the money we are wasting on Defense (700 Billion!!!!!) or hand swiping at the airport? How about one on mortgage resets increasing with peaks in 2010 and 2011/2012 in the range of $30 to $45 billion monthly.
BUT NOOOOOOOOO! It's an underwear sniffing article and we are so informed now. Got some issues?

Posted by: katman13 | February 20, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Wood's sex life is none of this columnist business. It is none of my business. Write about something that is news or don't write. The sex obsession of the media is damaging our culture.

Posted by: withersb | February 20, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods hung out his own underwear. Eva R is merely saying she doesn't want to sniff them.

This phenomenon of celebrities' private lives being considered public domain in serious media - when did it start? When the Republicans decided that president Clinton's sex life concerned them and should be judged by America?

Posted by: asoders22 | February 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Apology not accepted, unless you care to accept the apology of Bernie Madof in the same way.

Here is the deal. No surrender on this creep. Why?

He totally betrayed his wife and children for the sake of predatory sexual gratification. Not any sincere affair of the heart, merely parasitic and narcissistic lust with the many who perhaps hoped to enter the limelight of vast wealth and celebrity in his carnival of lust.

But you know what? I don't care a rotten fig about that. It's none of my business. For his wife it may be, but none of mine. Its entirely likely that most of the vastly wealthy professional jocks on the road do the just the same. It seems everyone just loves to focus on the personality issues (was his apology sincere or not, was he sorry just because he got caught?) but they are missing the forest for the trees.

Here is what is different about the Tiger Woods situation; he professionally marketed himself to a worldwide audience as much more that a very talented athlete but as a decent man, a family man who loved his wife and children, seeing into the future in his visionary gaze. He defrauded me too, as I believed the lie. He has made literally hundreds of millions on endorsements based entirely on a fraud. Just how is this fundamentally different from Bernie Madof? He did much the same until his fraud was exposed. There is no excuse for him, and there is no excuse for Tiger in exactly the same way. Professionally marketed frauds, for the sake of a literal ocean of financial reward. And that is fundamentally what is wrong with our whole economy and nation today. I say it is not forgivable. It is an economic crime.

So, no surrender on this one. The big picture is this episode is less about human frailty of the heart, which should be forgiven as we all fall short of the mark, than economic vampirism on a scale that boggles the mind. And he knew it was a vast lie all along.

Posted by: tarquinis1 | February 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I AGREE he owes an apology ONLY to his wife and family! All the "Women" KNEW who he was and that he was married, they made a decision to have a relationship with a married man and why should we care if their feelings are hurt because they were not the only one EXCEPT for his wife? America get a life, oh I forgot this happens in REAL life. NOTE: Rich or Poor

Posted by: getmia | February 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

One more thing before I sign off: Just because people ASSUMED he was a LOYAL and FAITHFUL husband doesn't mean he was
NOTE: ASS out of U and Me

Posted by: getmia | February 20, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I was bored with Tiger Woods' "apology" before it even began, and my husband and I were disgusted with the extraordinary attention that the news media gave to this outstanding athlete who is possibly a narcissistic sociopath.

"In two years, he'll be back in the news for the same affairs," my husband predicted, and I agree.

Posted by: mariaconz | February 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

This apology was more phony than his phony character.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 20, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

He still didn't say how he wrecked the car. That is what drew all the attention in the first place.

Posted by: digby2 | February 20, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

this article is laughable. this is woman talk!gossip!clacking! "oh my goodness he didn't say he loved me at the end of a conversation" so let's beat him over the head wreck his careerla victim as much as we can,till he does.just what does she have to offer anyway? nothing that i can see. she is just a mooch. how can he lose?everyone better stop before he realizes it. also a guy that loves and luxuriously supports his wife and kids but, lives away from home non-stop and has an affair is horrible. but two guys boinking eachother is morally ok,ha ha ha. women morals equal money PERIOD!

Posted by: jaigeebee | February 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

In reading this article - which at first was very confusing but then at the end it became clear. Here are your words "its pathetic that his apology was to support him in remaining a million dollar marketing, etc. So was this article was about the all mighty dollar? The Washington Post should cancel your contract.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | February 21, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

If one thinks that Tiger's private life is off-limits or has no news value, fine that's one position ( and one I tend to agree with ). However, the point that is missing from this discussion is: . . . . . .

. . . . . . TIGER WOODS HATES WHITE PEOPLE AND IS A RACIST.

. . . . . The one thing you won't hear or see the media reference is that it is so very hard to find one black face among Tigers' conquests. Note how columnist Brad Hirshfield puts it: . . "If Tiger Woods were not a hugely famous athlete who slept with a seemingly endless stream of women. . . ."

. . . . . The reality is that it was not just women, but white women. . . . Many men use sex as a form of aggression, and Tiger is one of them. . . . . . Note his over-reaction to insidents after his first Masters win, and then his disregard and disrespect to his white wife. . . . . . In short Tiger is a racist.

. . . . . Elin Nordegren is crazy if she ever goes back to him.

Posted by: Here2day | February 21, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I thought the apology the lawyers wrote was pretty good. Tiger should have had a teleprompter or read it a couple of times before he came out and read it. I don't know what else he can do.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/19/gloria-allred-tiger-woods_n_469184.html

Posted by: vanwahlgren | February 21, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods may be sorry. But only for himself. When Woods finally decides to return to golf, he will face the very same questions he should have answered 3 months ago.

Had he done so truthfully,with genuine remorse,this story may well have become yesterday's fish and chip paper by now. In his speech Woods declared and protested that his wife didn't hit him.

If that is true, why didn't he out of respect, clear this matter up on his website right from the beginning , if he cares for her?. Why then did he drive recklessly out of control down his driveway at 2.30 am?. Where was he going and why?.

This matter appears to be far from over for Mr Woods. Many are disgusted by this attempt at spin. Whatever it is Tiger is selling, I for one at this stage - am not buying.

PS: Tiger, you should sack your IMG spin manager. If you wish to be regarded as credible you need to speak for yourself.

Posted by: johnjhay | February 22, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

I am so tired of hearing about TW. On one hand , I really wouldn't care who he slept with, although the number of women he slept with makes me wonder why...I guess "if it feels good, do it"..."more is better", but it would be hard to believe that any of the relationships were meaningful beyond the pleasure of the moment. Does he value women ? ...likley as much as they service him for his pleasure in the moment.However he and his PR crew did their best to promote him as a "squeaky clean family guy"- yeah right! That's the part I don't like- Don't try to promote yourself as something you are not and lie to all of us.Like it or not some folks, including professional athletes, are held to a higher standard because they are in the public eye and are seen by children(of all ages?) as role models. Seems like he's just another sleaze-bag who can't keep his pants on to me.I think what Michael Vick did was far worse, but I could be wrong.

Posted by: lsf07 | February 22, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Eva makes a number of good points. Obviously, using notes only suggests that Tiger's apology was insincere. But a analysis of internet chatter and media reporting shows that the public simply didn't buy it. As I detailed in my blog post at blog.gregoryfca.com, Tiger's online sentiment rating cratered after his press conference.

Posted by: greg51 | February 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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