Archive for December, 2009

“Personal sins should not require press releases”

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

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

Say it Ain’t So Tiger Pt2

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

It seems that more information has surfaced in regards to Tiger Woods recent accident. Click the following link for more information: Tiger Woods Apologizes

More commentary is forthcoming. Please submit your thoughts on this troubling situation.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

Let’s Rally ‘Round Antoine Walker

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The media has been reporting several personal difficulties for former professional basketball player Antoine Walker. Reportedly he owes $900,000.00 to a casino and the Chicago Sun-Times has been reporting his ownership of “slum houses” in Chicago. So run down are these houses that one has a basement filled with feces from a broken sewage pipe. I personally have a number of colleagues around Chicago who know Mr. Walker (He grew up in Chicago.). Many of them characterize him as having a huge “entitlement” attitude. Now before you jump to the conclusion that this piece will be yet another blast on Mr. Walker, stop, I say we need to rally around an athlete in this condition. In fact, one of our ISPA professionals, Kurt David, specializes in helping athletes in the twilight of their careers. Helping athletes cope with life’s pressures is exactly what ISPA is about. Credentialed professionals assisting athletes in and out of the arenas and fields of play. Antoine Walker’s plight is another call for us to band together and rally for these athletes, not condemn them or even shake our heads and walk away.

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Dr. John E. Mayer, President, ISPA