Tiger Apologizes To Fellow "Players In The Field"

The biggest debate in the Tiger Woods saga continues to be "Did Tiger owe the public an apology?"

It appears to be a three way tie: The obvious yes, the obvious no, and people in my case who couldn't care less. But because I lie to myself and pretend people enjoy reading my blog, I will offer my two cents.

I have always lived my life with an attitude of, "let me live my life, and I'll return the favor." That being said, I don't like involving myself in your decisions.

This case is different though. I feel that any public figure should apologize when he or she knows their actions are inappropriate. From Tiger Woods apologizing to the millions of young golfers who once idolized him, to John Edwards apologizing publicly to his family, people will respect you in the end if you fess up, especially involuntairly (not the case for these gentlemen).

But if the confession isn't executed properly, it loses all validation.

In Tiger's case, he did some things right and some things wrong. I'll defend both sides in this case allowing you to decide on your final verdict. But first, decide for yourself by watching for yourself thanks to Fox News.

In Tiger's defense, let's begin with what he did correctly.

Compare this to past celebrity confessions. They often do the common, "I'm sorry IF I offended you." So does that mean if I'm not offended, you aren't sorry? Many celebrities have used this classic line, and because frankly I'm not offended because I could care less, then they aren't sorry.

Luckily for Tiger, he didn't resort to using this classic fallacy. He did do the right thing by being straightfoward and flat out saying, "I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in." It was his third sentence in his speech...OH WAIT...SPEECH?

This leads me to the bad.

Even though Tiger got the big thing right, he did the little things wrong. My biggest complaint is that his speech sounded VERY scripted. Yes speech, because he was obviously keeping his eyes on his script.

In my opinion, it doesn't matter how well anybody can deliver a speech unless it's in a college speech class. Because in any other case, you don't need to give speeches, but rather answer questions. Speeches lack sincerity because THEY'RE SCRIPTED. Did Tiger really sit down and think of all that material on his own?

On a completely unrelated note, this is another reason I am not an Obama fan. All he does is read his telepromptor as a source of information. We have all seen how he is when it comes to thinking on his feet. He makes fun of disabled kids. Disgraceful.

One thing taught in every speaking class is to know the demographics of your audience. According to an ARIS study conducted in 2008, 76 percent of the American population considers themselves Christians. Even though Christianity in the United States is slowly declining, I can say that the Buddism population is not rising. But that didn't stop Tiger.

He proudly proclaimed his Buddism faith saying, "People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught."

Obviously, Tiger did't think that one through. Nothing against Buddism, but I don't know why he felt the need to mention Buddism when he would have gotten the same point across.

My final complaint comes immediately following his speech. After hugging his mom (Good job, Tiger!), he went to his friends/colleagues and started high-fiving. Instead of giving off a vibe of remorse, I felt like I was watching a celebration as he were thinking, "I pulled that off."

It seems as if he takes pride in not apologizing, but rather the delivery of his apology. As I said earlier, his speech was rather scripted, and even though he delivered it flawlessly, I felt it lacked sincerity.

I haven't seen Tiger celebrate like that since he won the U.S. Open in 2008.

And anybody who says his apology wasn't apart of his sexual therapy is lying. I am willing to bet money he was forced to speak.


My favorite line in his speech was when he thanked his friends with Accenture and "the players in the field this week for understanding why I am making this -- these remarks today."

Players in the field. Ha.


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