The word “Tiger” will never be remembered the same way.  Before, when you heard the world “tiger” you may have thought of the tasty breakfast cereal.  Or perhaps you thought of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.  But whenever the word “tiger” is mentioned on tv, it is most commonly linked to an addictive professional athlete who took a liking to any woman other than his wife.

You no doubt have seen Tiger’s news conference video, the first public display since the “Tigergate” scandal outside his home on Thanksgiving:

Many journalists will argue as to whether or not Tiger’s speech was genuine.  Was Tiger sincere?  Was Tiger uncomfortable?  Was the hug he gave his Mom staged?  Will he return to professional golf?  I do believe that we must throw these media-induced sensational questions to the side and deal with the issue at hand: It is always difficult to watch a life that has gone astray.  Did Tiger make this mess?  Yes.  Does he deserve all the media attention?  Probably.  But the bottom line is, if you or I were in his position, we probably would have already been checked into the local mental hospital.  It will be interesting to see where his golf career ends up.  But for his own personal sake, I do hope that he has learned from his mistakes, and that he has placed boundaries in his life to keep him from making these same mistakes again.


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