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Tiger Woods Bows Out of Golf ... for Now

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Posted on Dec 11, 2009
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In this Aug. 13 photo, Tiger Woods tips his cap after a birdie at the 91st PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

To what degree does the image of a sports icon become tarnished by his or her off-field activities? Should it matter? And does it all ultimately come down to what advertisers care about, or are there any interests beyond the financial in play in the case of Tiger Woods’ decision to take an “indefinite break from professional golf,” as he announced he was doing via his Web site on Friday?

Granted, Woods has become a one-man industry over the course of his career, landing top golf titles as well as lucrative endorsement deals, a couple of which may have suffered since reports of his alleged extramarital affairs broke after Thanksgiving. Other sports stars including Serena Williams and Michael Phelps have also recently faced PR challenges following publicized missteps, further underscoring how the sports business, like politics, has merged with show business.

But do these incidents, and especially the press coverage that ensues, amount to just another form of distracting headline-gobbling on the part of a celebrity-saturated news media, or is there any “there there,” as it were? We invite your thoughts.  —KA

The New York Times:

Woods, the top-ranked golfer in the world and the multimillion-dollar face for numerous companies that he endorses, has not been seen in public since crashing his SUV into a neighbor’s tree in an early-morning accident on Nov. 27. He has spent the last two weeks in his Orlando, Fla., area home, recovering from injuries and hearing a flood of reports of marital infidelities linking him to multiple women that have swamped the worldwide airwaves.

In his third statement since the accident drove him into seclusion, Woods again used his Web site to reiterate and amplify his apologies for the fallout from the alleged multiple affairs to which he has alluded without ever admitting.

“I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children,” Woods wrote. “I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.”

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By liecatcher, December 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

The news media goes where the money is.

I quit watching television and feel better without that
mind dirt exposure. But the Oligarchs who control
everything keep pushing their crap in every venue
possible. It’s a profit for them & a red herring for we
the people & part of the numbing & dumbing down process
that enabled these fascists to destroy & take over
America.

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By Kevin, December 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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Does anyone remember a married guy in DC getting a blow job (not from his wife) in the White House a while back.  Wasn’t that couple able to overcome?

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By PatrickHenry, December 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

By Gymjim, December 15 at 11:37 pm #

I’m down with ya.

God hates hypocrites, Thats why America is in such trouble in all areas, moral and otherwise.

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By Gymjim, December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, Isn’t the sanctity of marriage wonderful, it includes gold digging sluts and hubby’s who can’t keep their pants on.  Heterosexuals don’t know what values are, how can they preach any on others.  God hates Heterosexuals.

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By PatrickHenry, December 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Now for the flip side of celebrity.

Now that Tiger has been caught with his pants down, he will now experience the U.S. divorce “machine” complete with the gold digging sluts who will tell “all” to the sensationalist media. 

Whether accurate or not, innuendo will be reported and fiction will be passed off as truth, just another log on the fire for Mrs Woods multi-million dollar payout for all that hard work supporting her hubby.

A prime example of having all the money and sucess in the world and have the world collape around you.

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By msgmi, December 15, 2009 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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Jack Nicklaus once said that golf is bigger than any one golfer. If TV ratings are an indicator, Tiger’s absence at a tournament shows about a 50% share loss of viewers. Stats don’t lie in this world of profitmania.

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By Logician, December 15, 2009 at 3:56 am Link to this comment
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What is sad is that Woods is even noticed, period.
He has done absolutely nothing of any value.
He plays a game.
A game.
Let me repeat that: a game.
He is a complete and utter waste of tissue, like all “professional athletes.”
He has done nothing whatsoever, of any value, with his life.
He simply plays a game, like a child.
He has accomplished nothing.
It doesn’t matter that he made millions, that only shows the complete gullibility of
the masses.
Let him invent a cure to some disease, let him work as a policeman, a soldier, a
nurse, whatever, and then he should be noticed. Until then, he is just a sad
carbon conglomerate that has wasted his life playing a game.
It is truly sad that American culture even notices him, let alone deifies him, for
playing a game.
This fact brings far greater shame to any adult who cares about him than all the
adultery he has committed.
American adults need to grow the hell up and start valuing people who matter,
not “professional athletes.”
Maybe then the children of this failing nation will begin to value getting an
education and will not be swayed by some cheap, smarmy skirt from Alaska.
Maybe then the children of this failing nation will begin to see that making a
waste of tissue, in other words a “professional athlete”, their “role model” is not
the best thing to do with their time.
America is at war, in a depression, has no health care for over 50 million of its
law-abiding, tax paying citizens, is contributing to the destruction of the earth
under our feet and the air we breathe, and people are talking about a worthless
waste of life like Tiger Woods?
And you wonder why these problems continue?
Tiger Woods devotes his life to playing a game.  He has done nothing to help
solve the problems that beset humanity. 
Will you idiots please get a grip and grow the hell up?

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By Gymjim, December 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm Link to this comment

I agree markpkessinger - “Who the hell told you you had a right to harbor illusions in the first place?”, the same can be said about Gay Marriage.

Who cares about Tiger, his Golf Game and his Woman, or his Wife.  But lets all gang up on the gays and not let them marry.  It would ruin the sanctity of marriage, unlike Tiger and the likes of Tiger.

So maybe you should bury you head in the sand when it comes to gays getting equal rights and not oppose it.

Thou shall not commit Adultery - one of the Ten Commandments - but let’s not discuss it, let’s just make sure the Gays can’t marry. 

Lickme 12:10

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By markpkessinger, December 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

One additional thought to amend my prior post…

In thinking about this, I remembered something said by the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., anti-war activist and former pastor of that bastion of liberal Christianity, the Riverside Church in NYC, in an interview some years ago.  He was talking about people who claim to be “disillusioned” with politics, etc.  His response?  “Who the hell told you you had a right to harbor illusions in the first place?”

I think the sentiment applies whenever we apply our own illusions of virtuousness or morality upon celebrities, rather than simply celebrating them on the basis of their particular talent and achievements.

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By markpkessinger, December 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

What astounds me about this, like so many other, sexual scandals involving celebrities, athletes, etc., is our absurd collective naivete about these folks.  It seems like we make these assumptions that someone who is particularly gifted or talented in one thing must necessarily be a paragon of personal virtue.  How ever much a cad Tiger Woods might be as a husband, what does that say about his immense talent as a golfer?  Nothing.  Does it it anyway detract from his ability?  No. We’re the ones with the problem—we set these folks up as role models absent any sufficient knowledge of their personal lives that would justify putting them on a moral pedestal, then purport to be shocked when we learn their feet are made of clay (and in many instances, even softer clay than our own).  We all need to grow up.

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By grumpynyker, December 14, 2009 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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Well, this is great news for the mediocre golfers who
couldn’t defeat Woods.  Now they’ll have a chance to
grab some of his dropped endorsement money/trophys.

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By jc_, December 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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As long as, he remains off of you tube adult section. A birdie ever now or a whole in hole as they say in gold is OK, but why get married when he can have the whole field…

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By hidflect, December 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

Tiger is, of course, a self-professed “screw the little people” Republican.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, December 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment
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Blacks have no right to be celebrities in the first
place so they’re going to do a Michael Jackson on
him.  They’ll make him regret that he ever learned
how to play golf.  The networks are bringing the hack
psychologists in to start the job.
D R Zing has it right - the combination of prudery
and all pervasive sexuality in our society is hard
to comprehend.  All of Woods’ sponsors use sexually
explicit advertising to sell their products but how
shocking that he would actually indulge in sexual
affairs!  With all the brutality, suffering, and mass
misery being visited on the unfortunate of this world
how terrible is it that a man in the public eye has
had extramarital sex partners?  We don’t know whether
those responsible for torture and mass murder in our
name ought to be punished but we damn well know what
to do with the unchaste.

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By Gymjim, December 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

I think there is another aspect of this story.  And that is the sanctity of marriage.  Many Conservatives would think that poeple should mind their own business and leave Tiger alone, well at-least at first they did before it became ten affairs.  But what about Gay Marriage, why not mind your own business when it comes to two gay people wanting to marry.  The Conservative Mantra is “One Woman and One man”, well similar to Tiger, it looks like we got “one Man and many Woman”.  Who is hurting the sanctity of marriage more, heterosexuals or gay people.  Let’s not discuss, shhh.

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By msgmi, December 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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Everybody takes a hit in the Tiger caper. Golf TV ratings will drop 50%+ and his reinvention may preclude his breaking Jack’s record of 18 majors. It’s mindboggling how Tiger got involoved and transgressed with the Barbie types.

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By melpol, December 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

According to many of his mistresses Tiger was a 12 on a scale of 1-10. It gives
him a better approval rating than the president, which according to a recent
Rasmussen poll is -19. This might be an unfair comparison, because it is easier
to satisfy a woman than a nation.

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By hidflect, December 13, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

I agree with mrfreeze.

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By Virginia777, December 13, 2009 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

to montanawildhack:

you are as wrong as a Montana Wild HACK (you said it, not me) can possibly be

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By mrfreeze, December 13, 2009 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

The real headlines regarding Tiger Woods can be summed up as follows:

HOW TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE? DUPE MILLIONS INTO BELIEVING GOLF IS A SPORT!

People actually believe golf is a sport when, in fact, it’s an activity more in line with playing cards or billiards. So, how is it that someone can earn $1 billion dollars by engaging in this land-consuming, elitist pass time by doing “endorsements?” What actual services have been rendered by Mr. Woods that would justify his “fee” for all those endorsements?

I know many hard-working people with far more talent and intelligence than Mr. Woods whose skills bring more value to society in powerful and direct ways than he ever will. To me it’s simply tragic that someone who “plays golf” can be so admired when he’s nothing more than a “brand” with nothing of substance behind it.

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By hidflect, December 13, 2009 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Well, the gutless snob has enough money extracted from us with his lying persona to fulfill a lifetime of his fetish for blondes and stay in his gated community keeping all the peons out.

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By D.R. Zing, December 13, 2009 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

The really sad part in this whole story is that his wife wasn’t there with another guy for a foursome. 

We live in the most sexually explicit society in history and at the same time an incredibly sexually oppressive society.

The sexual revolution came along and everyone now gets to be a Harvey Wallbanger while they’re single.

Then they get married and suddenly we’re back in the nineteenth century getting laid once a month as we contemplate cleaning our nails. 

Men are beasts, got it?  If the thoughts that go through a man’s mind while he has an erection were etched in the clouds death row would be overflowing.

And some women are pretty freaky, too, my friends. 

Infidelity is an equal opportunity chance for a bang in a club restroom. 

The happiest couples I know have open relationships, and granted, it works out to some very strange rules, like: You can have sex with someone else but I have to be there. 

And: You can have sex with someone else but it can’t be one of our friends, it has to be a stranger. 

But it does work, particularly when condoms are involved. 

As for Tiger, there’s a song written for him:  “Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine.”

I feel for him. He is being locked down in the public square and pelted with rocks and garbage.

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By montanawildhack, December 13, 2009 at 3:52 am Link to this comment

Virginia 777,,

Didn’t you read my post?????  Tiger didn’t stop Doing Anything!!!!!! The F**king golf season is OVER!!!!  Also the guy is a phoney!!!! And like Holdan Caufield, I Hate Phonies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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By scotttpot, December 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

Most disgusting is that he got paid One Billion Dollars for playing golf.
He"ll go to rehab, become a Christian and be smiling at you on Oprah.

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By Virginia777, December 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

how very sad. That a very talented athlete should be persecuted as Tiger Woods has been, persecuted to the point he has to stop what he is doing.

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By robert puglia, December 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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this isn’t a tale of feckless and middling also rans like jonas salk or alan turing or god. tiger is as vital to our humanity as is britney spears. imagine the disappointment of the third world children chained to shoe making machines. the wronged wife, her trust betrayed, has had to up her price considerably. worse, fuzzy zoeller looks better.
pious devotees of ball chuckers everywhere be assured, he will answer to oprah for this.

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By SueG, December 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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MaryAnn is right.  Tiger Woods is an excellent golfer and no more.  It thoroughly disgusts me that the male sex generally thinks with the brain between their legs.  But these “women” who are coming forward are no better than their male counterpart.  If they really had a conscience then they’d keep their mouths shut.  I certainly don’t think that any of them are worth consideration.  Tiger needs to take some time off.  I love to watch him play, but this Tabloid garbage is thoroughly disgusting and makes the News Networks look even more silly..

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By ChaoticGood, December 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

He should get a medal for virility.  All these women lining up for their 15 minutes of fame is sickening.  We act as if Tiger Woods was having sex with children.  Get a grip! people…
These were adult females who knew who he was and wanted him anyway.  Who’s to blame here?
Oh, I forgot, our public sports heroes must be chaste and godly as well.  What a hoot!

Pious America, the home of hipocrits.

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By montanawildhack, December 12, 2009 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

I agree with Mary Ann…. Tiger (cheeta) has no place here on truthdig…. (Forgive me for commenting further…..)

And as for Tiger taking time off from golf….it’s the end of the f**king golf season people!!!! That would mean something if it was the day before the f**king Masters with the full season ahead…. He’s just like Obama scratchen his melon before the surge making people think he might not commit the troops. (as if!!)  This is all bullshit… He’ll be back ready to take on the “field” at Master’s Time…. Mark my words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I ever wrong about anything Truthdiggers????

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By Stephen, December 12, 2009 at 1:16 am Link to this comment
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Everyone make mistakes in life. Just have to move on

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By Mary Ann McNeely, December 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

In all honesty, Tiger Woods isn’t important.  The rest of the man’s life will be spent on the gravy train, even if he never plays golf again.  I find it a little disturbing when progressive sites start dishing like The Bordello News Network.

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