“Personal sins should not require press releases”

So says Tiger Woods in his press release. Which begs the question, why is Tiger Woods releasing anything at all on this matter? Probably, because Mr. Woods is a public figure and feels (or those who represent him) he owes the fans, whom have allowed him to make millions, an explanation. My problem is that if Mr. Woods is going to release a statement then why make it a vague and then say, “personal sins should not require press realizes”. If you are going to release a statement then make it clear and to the point not unclear and subject to speculation.

Whether Mr. Woods likes it or not this situation is going to be closely analyzed and potentially a lot of dirty laundry is going to be aired. Mr. Woods has been in the spotlight for over 13 years he knows how the media game is played (he has used it to his advantage!). If the allegations are true then Mr. Woods knew what he was getting himself into when he engaged in his affair and now he must accept the scrutiny that such activities bring. Many athletes are more than willing to share their private lives when it benefits them, however, when anything turns south they suddenly invoke their right to privacy. It is unfortunate that the families of these athletes must also suffer the consequences. My heart goes out to them when they are suddenly thrust into the spotlight because of someone else’s misgivings. I can only hope that the Tiger Woods situation will inspire other athletes to think twice when confronted with moral dilemmas. If this is a result of the above situation it may be Tiger Woods greatest legacy.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

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