I've never really been pro- or anti- Tiger Woods...but today I became a big fan.
Tiger Woods could have chosen to answer to only a civil legal system for his transgression and never been any worse for the wear in the long run. Come on! We've seen it happen time and time again with famous people caught with their hand in the cookie jar. One of the most recognized sports personalities in the world surely would have weathered a divorce and short- term loss of marketability. Look at Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Hugh Grant and Prince Charles to name a few from recent past. All weathered the storm of public opinion and carried on with little to no change in their livelihood.
What Tiger Woods did today took unimaginable fortitude...because he didn't have to stand in front of the world and repent his wrong doings. Again, he would have been no worse for the wear if he hadn't and surely no less wealthy.
I believe this is worth watching regardless if you're a golf fan or not...
That's less than a minute of over seven minutes of apology where he humbly states...
"The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me."
Wow...that had to be tough.
I will in no way try to condone or defend Tiger's behavior. But, I've been in his shoes. No, not at that magnitude of world scrutiny, but it's never an easy thing to admit your failures as a human being if only in front of the most important people in your life...your family and close friends. He did that, and I greatly respect him for his courage.
We live in a cynical world, and there will be those who question his sincerity, motive and commitment to change. Some will root for Tiger to fail again for whatever reason we root for such things as a society. I'm not going to be in that group. If he never swings another golf club or pimps another shaving blade, I still hope Tiger stays true to his words today and becomes a better husband to his wife...a great father to his kids.
I believe that ultimately we are not judged by the successes in our life, but rather how we handled the adversities or weathered the inevitable storms.
That should be the major he stays focused on to win...and Jesus would make the best caddy.