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Sincere and thorough

We analyze everything now like it's the Super Bowl, studying the videotape for the slightest flaws and hints that may or may not suggest the end of the world as we know it. The most dramatic example of this has been the Tiger Woods sex scandal, every detail of which has been examined to the extreme, I might even say to the absurd.

And while it's difficult for me to imagine anything a golfer says should command the attention of the three major networks, the Tiger Woods apology today was pretty powerful stuff.

I'm in that camp, albeit a small one, that believes Tiger's infidelities--anybody's infidelities--aren't my business and aren't yours' either, and that all these people who seem to feel they are owed some kind of apology aren't owed a damn thing. But now even Tiger seems to have moved out of that camp, because his 13-minute apology was about as thorough and as sincere as any reasonable person without an agenda could hope to hear.

I was struck by a great many things during his talk, two more than everything else. First, he owned up to the thing that brings down more public figures, specifically more great athletes, than anything: a sense of entitlement. It's not often you hear people say, even after they've been brought to their knees by whatever transgressions, "I thought the rules didn't apply to me. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted. ... I felt I was entitled, thanks to money and fame."

And second, therapy apparently has helped him see his sexual indulgence as the larger problem of getting away from the core values he learned from his mother and father as a kid.

"I want to start living a life of integrity," he said. He then made a special apology to all the parents and children he has disappointed, parents he knows "used to point to me as a role model."

There are skeptics who will say Tiger Woods was simply reading from a script. One of my colleagues on ESPN even said, moronically, that Tiger appeared too perfect while delivering his controlled message. What, he wanted Tiger to butcher the language and show up look unshaven and disheveled? That would accomplish what, exactly, other than give more fodder to the moralists who act as if Tiger's philandering was the first behavior of its kind?

Personally, I wasn't expecting an apology quite that wide-ranging, quite that specific, quite that self-critical and quite that exposing. He seemed damn sorry for putting his wife and family and friends through the drama that has unfolded since Thanksgiving weekend. And for the people who felt he should have spoken weeks ago, perhaps they should consider Tiger might not have had this kind of remorse weeks ago. Maybe he had to get to this point, with the help of therapy, before understanding the havoc he wreaked.

A big part of what I do for a living is ask people questions. Tiger didn't take any today, for which he is being roasted by a great many people in the business of asking questions. As an academic matter, I understand. As a practical matter, I don't care about the exact number of women Tiger slept with, or about any of the other titillating stuff that have kept the tabloids buzzing since late November.

Tiger said rather emphatically his wife Elin, despite reports, never struck him Thanksgiving night, nor any other night. He said he's been in therapy for 45 days working on his issues. We know how he feels: like he let the entire world down, starting with his wife and mother, which we all know is one helluva burden.

The big, big question still hanging out there--and let's just be selfish about this--is when he'll play golf again. And it didn't sound to me like Tiger Woods will be at Augusta National in April. It sounded, when he talked about becoming balanced and centered again, not following impulses and using restraint, that he wants to be a different person than he's been in recent years. That--and now I'm parsing--doesn't sound like he's thinking of himself first as a golfer, which is how most of us think of him.

While a great many of the people following this are still titillated by the number of paramours Tiger had and how he hooked up and whether he's addicted to sex, it sounds as if he's determined as hell to atone for what he's done and become a better man. For those who don't find that good enough or revealing enough at this point, well, it sounds like they've got their own issues.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  February 19, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Category:  Golf , Tiger Woods Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wilbon, how far up Tiger's _ _ _ are you going to try and get the book deal? Seriously, you are pathetic. We all get what we deserve, it's just when it's a guy with lots of cash and fame, you gutless wonders kiss his _ _ _ on the way in. Where is Tony?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 2, 2010 11:57 AM
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Wilbon are you serious. 1st off he isn't sorry for his immoral behavior. He's not sorry for his hypocracy's. He's a spoiled little boy who is sorry his hand stings from having it caught in the cookie jar.
I caddied for a friend who played some tourney's with Tiger well before Tiger became pro, and its not a secret that he is an arogant bastard who feels "above all others".
This was about money ~ fixing his brand for his sponsors and the PGA. Before Tiger, if you watched a PGA Tour Tournament then you saw many different golfers playing in the tournament, now if you tune into a PGA event with Tiger playing then the cameras are focused on him the entire broadcast. Its more like the Tiger show. He had no qualms with that situation so why should he be so upset when we follow him in this situation. Thats the problem when you demand the media attention. Its there for both good and bad.
He's the greatest golfer to ever live, but he is also the worst example of being a decent human being and roll model. He has zero class and is getting what he deserves. And don't throw up "his charitable works" because those are about tax shelters and "recognition". Ulterior motives for good works are not "special".

Posted by: rukind920 | March 1, 2010 7:02 AM
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Wilbon, Wilbon, Wilbon - you are almost as egotistical as Tiger.

Posted by: berou | February 26, 2010 5:34 PM
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Interesting: To me, age 59 and having lived thru many athletic "affairs"
Now Tiger. Honestly, I thought, "Oh Well." Lets see what angle/route he takes get himself out.
"I'm a sex addict???" "Therapy??"
Oddly, at the beginning of all this.. a sports writer - not sure which one stated his handlers would prob. come up with the angle of "sex Addict." Tiger 's handlers want everybody to see him as innocent but "seduced", couldn't help himself, etc.
Then weird - The Mechanical "Apology" came. I watched while working at the airport. Many men - Stunned, starring at the screen. It sounded mechanical & scripted. We all asked.."Who cares???
Then I realized, NIKE & all of his sponsors..who sunk millions & millions of dollars behind Mr. Woods.

Considering close association with Mr. Jordon, another adulter, former great basketball player but awful individual. what do you expect? My grandma used to say: "Association brings assymilation"

Several Verizon Center employees stated: when MJ was at Verizon Ctr., he was a terror, obnoxious, rude, arrogant, cruel and nasty individual.
Employees were not permitted to "look nor glance at him" If he walked by" They were ordered to turn their heads & look away." MJ & Tiger both thought they were "gods." They aren't. They put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of you mugs & me as a woman as well.
(Only Moses was so privilege to have an encounter with God Almightly when he asked to see his face - God told Moses to look away, my presents will be too over-powering for you)Tiger isn't God & neither is MJ and the media & public aren't Moses.
Yes, its your lively-hood to write about them but just as in the Wizard of Oz eventually you guys get to see behind the curtain to see the wizard is actually just a little old man who finally touched reality. So is Tiger.

P.S. Funny, I agree with Redskin, CP. This was not the first time Tiger's wife called his mistresses. He clearly was not ready to be married.

Posted by: Rozlind | February 23, 2010 11:33 AM
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There's an old saying "A leopard never changes it's spots." I think Tiger is just sorry he got caught. My advice to him is password protect your phone dude!

Posted by: FLvet | February 23, 2010 8:31 AM
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Uniquely, in this country, when the word sex is mentioned, veins start popping in foreheads, migraines start setting in and people suddenly develop off the shelf limps. Sex is God’s gift to all life forms. Without it, there would be no life as we know it. It’s good and enjoyable. In her old age, Sarah, Abraham’s wife, smiled at the prospect of doing it again. Incidentally, Abraham surely had fun with Sarah’s handmaiden, didn’t he? Jacob took two sisters for goodness sake and King David killed folks to get at their women. These are biblical titans, whom we revere. Here we are today expecting little lowly and sinful men to uphold some virtuous banner, which not even the old patriarchs upheld.

What this country needs is a wholesale submission of itself to some sex therapy sessions. Actually, statistics suggest that we are all a bunch a hypocrites anyway, when it comes to sex. Most of us have sex outside of marriage. Could it be that deep down, we are jealous of Tiger? Maybe, that’s the real problem. He has the money, prestige, power, good looks and he plays a pretty good game of golf, too. Throw in his youth and you have, in effect, a lady killer on steroids.

In view of the pent up intentional naïvete about sex infecting his countrymen, Tiger may have been wiser to hold off getting married. His bride has been, somewhat, infected by the sexual biases and hang ups of Americans. Maybe, she has enough European sexual moxie left to hang in there with Tiger. She knew she was getting a first class race horse and he shouldn’t be expected to act like a two bit donkey. It won’t be a problem raising their children if they are intelligent and open with them (wholesome) about sex, unlike their mentally bent and psychologically dysfunctional, (sexually speaking) counter parts here.

I believe it was a gross error on Tiger’s part to have set a sexual bar (in his speech) so artificially high. Can he live up to that? He is going to classes to have himself mentally emasculated. Just how effeminate are we going to become? That will only lead to closeted sexual activities. And, we don’t need any more of that. People need to be up front and open about sex. Tiger’s speech will only serve to further repress sexual feelings. We need to understand that sex is one of the most forceful drives with, which mankind was invested. It will and indeed, it must find an out.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | February 22, 2010 2:12 PM
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Well, at least he didn't blame God like Gov. Mark Sanford did. But it was self-serving nonetheless.

Posted by: Larryman | February 21, 2010 11:43 AM
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Of course you are right on point as usual Mike. Thanks for putting this thing in proper perspective. Folks are hella critical here. They must all live in glass houses. As for me, a black woman, I must admit a love/hate relationship with Tiger. Love that he's a black man at the top of a white man's game; Hate his rejection of black women and his putting the white woman on a pedastal above all other. Given how pitifully he treated all these white women, I see I had him all wrong. He doesn't just dislike black women; HE HATES ALL WOMEN REGARDLESS OF COLOR. That's the root of his problem and I believe he's sincere in his regret and hope he gets the help he needs. He's got a big mountain to climb though.

Posted by: shelley514 | February 21, 2010 9:55 AM
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Black women look at this matter in quite different terms. At first, many were insulted because Tiger’s sexual encounters were with a string of naughty White women. Then we realized that Tiger dogged some White chicks the way that most Black women have been dogged for years. (Or let ourselves be dogged) When Tiger’s name is mentioned, Black women instantly have a negative look on their faces. We don’t care what happens to Tiger. We’ve gotten to the point of not trying to save Black celebrities who run after White women and get in trouble. To be honest, if Tiger committed the same acts against a Black wife, it probably wouldn’t have made the tabloids. There certainly would not have been a news break for an apology. So once again, America and the world are caught up in the adornment of a White woman. This is to show the world that White women are the most valuable commodity on Earth. Black women are thinking, "Are you kidding me?" We don't care if Tiger doesn't return to golf to make billions to give to people outside our race. (The one he refuses to acknowledge)

Posted by: vmohammed16 | February 21, 2010 7:13 AM
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Nimes1...you think Woods is not an athelete ?
"...An apology from an overpaid, over-hyped, athlete (I am really stretching the athlete definition on this case)..."


Lets see you try to play basketball or football or baseball with this guy...if you think golfers are not atheletes,how's your game ?

Posted by: petebowling1 | February 21, 2010 2:49 AM
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you know, Woods' decision to publicly apologize was probably more a function of his therapy than of the desires of his corporate sponsors and handlers.

I do agree, though, that for a message this important, he should not have read off a piece of paper. this was, for him, a humiliating confession of private transgressions for a guy whose protection of his privacy is legendary. this was a very important, groundbreaking admission.

For something this important, he should have used a teleprompter. he would have looked so much more more sincere.

Posted by: bozozozo | February 20, 2010 7:01 PM
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Meh. Tiger's only "apologizing" because he got caught. The laughable nonsense about "leave my family alone" isn't an issue anymore. As a super-celebrity, he should have known that sleeping around and getting caught would not only involve him but his family as well. He didn't care about them then, so it's far too late to whine about it now. His family IS involved, and it's all his fault. The media has every right now to bring them under the microscope as well. If he has problems with it, tough. He can go look in the mirror.

Screw him and his arrogance. He's been a jerk for years anyway. It will be fun watching him squirm for years to come, because things will never be back to the way they were for him. Ever.


Posted by: southside721 | February 20, 2010 6:36 PM
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imagine that, mr. race card wilbon sticks up for his buddy. while i don't condone infidelity, it has become a part of our society. case in point is the divorce rate being above fifty-percent. cripe, there are websites and other services set-up to cheat on your spouse.

it is amazing to me that with all of the problems that america is facing, that the nation stopped to listen to a golfer (yes, a golfer), apologize. who cares. it's almost as if jesus christ rose from the dead again yesterday. come on america where are your priorities? what a pathetic and sorry society we have.

Posted by: dgaudy | February 20, 2010 6:07 PM
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Wilbon, Why dont you take a minute to mention that you and Tiger Woods are friends?

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | February 20, 2010 4:27 PM
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Also, speculation that he would make a public apology is NOT the same as calling for a public apology. It's merely a reading of the PR Tea leaves.

Posted by: gconrads | February 20, 2010 3:26 PM
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OK.

So here is my question...

Who said "Tiger owes us a public apology?"

As far as I can tell no one said this. It's myth made popular by the fact that HE SCHEDULED a press event. I can recall NO account of a person of note or report calling for a public apology. I challenge any reader or writer or researcher to find a single instance of a popular mainstream request for apology from Tiger Woods.

You won't find one. If you thought this event was Tiger responding to his critics you swallowed the PR move hook line and sinker.

HIT PAUSE.

I am not saying Tiger is not sincerely apologetic... I / you have no way of knowing that, and to paraphrase Tiger actions speak louder than words.

LET'S CONTINUE.

So, a popular sentiment espoused by Wilbon and other members of the sports "news" world is a feint of outrage for the people who felt the need for a public apology. Well, that happens to be a demographic of 1. Tiger Woods. OK maybe a few Team Tiger people and PR folks wanted a public apology too — But not because they demanded one, because they felt it would benefit his "BRAND."

THIS ISN'T CYNICAL, SKEPTICAL, OR JUDGMENTAL.

It's logical.

So, while some public voices rail in outrage at the prudish better-than-thou mystery public that misplaces desire for a pound of flesh with understanding the difference between public and private life... understand this. It was Tiger Woods who called for this event, it was Tiger Woods who blurred the lines of his public and private life and the media doesn't have a lens capable of focusing on it's own role in this farce.

Wilbon's opinion is just a shuffling of the PR elements at hand, no insight is given into the real motivations of the key players here.

Posted by: gconrads | February 20, 2010 3:24 PM
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"I'm in that camp, albeit a small one, that believes Tiger's infidelities--anybody's infidelities--aren't my business and aren't yours' either, and that all these people who seem to feel they are owed some kind of apology aren't owed a damn thing."

I agree with you one 100% or if you wish in your lingo: 150%. But then why be a hypocrite and contradict yourself by writing about it?

"... his 13-minute apology was about as thorough and as sincere as any reasonable person without an agenda could hope to hear."

Now that is sarcasm, I hope. An apology from an overpaid, over-hyped, athlete (I am really stretching the athlete definition on this case) or well-known person is as good as an apology from a murderer to the victim's loved ones.

Give us a break and put this garbage where it belongs - in the garbage bin.

Posted by: nimes1 | February 20, 2010 3:10 PM
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I agree completely with Wilbon when he says that Tiger didn't owe us outside of his family, close friends and partners anything. Though it is within someone's rights to have and voice their opinions, I find it interesting where these opinions come from. I feel like those who Tiger didn't satisfy with his apology, held him to a MUCH higher standard of integrity and character from the get go. The only thing that Tiger has ever done better than most everybody is play golf, period. His status makes him no more or less morally responsible than the rest of us. Having said that I do believe that Tiger lacks that warm, welcoming feeling that draws you to him as a person. That focus he attained growing up, I feel sort of distanced him from that which fosters close personal relationships, but he has always lacked these things. Now, unfortunately someone else bears the brunt of this flaw. There has been a lot of talk about how Tiger fooled us all with his endorsement portfolio. Again, the products he peddled, and how he did it, doesn't raise his true moral standing. Marketing people counted on the public putting him on a pedestal to better fill their pockets, and most of the public fell for it. You could always see how he did interviews, and how he interacted with others on the course, that he was distant and perterbed by most things outside of his circle. The fact that so many were surprised when someone, other than golf, was as fallable as the rest of us.

Posted by: jwat2410 | February 20, 2010 3:08 PM
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Good Lord, man!
It's just so obvious that you've been angling for the Tiger Woods Comeback Exclusive since Thanksgiving night. SELL OUT.

Posted by: McLobo | February 20, 2010 2:41 PM
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Memo to all of you Eldrick “Cheetah” Woods apologists (Wilbon):
Ever since he left Stanford and turned pro as a client of IMG he ceased to become a person and became a product of corporate sponsors. It was in IMG’s best interest to make Eldrick as marketable as possible globally, which meant they convinced him it was time for their product (Eldrick) to get married and preferably to a European or Asian to boost sales worldwide. Hence his arranged “meeting” with Elin who was then an au pair (nanny) to Jesper Parnevik ‘s children. Eldrick was then told that to cement his new enhanced image as a stable married/family man he needed to produce offspring and when the first child turned out to be of the wrong gender he was told to produce another offspring in hopes this would produce a male to ensure a possible commercial dynasty after Eldrick retires and his son takes over. For those of you who try to portray me as sexist, please remember that IMG has already invested a huge amount of money into the Michelle Wie project. With a son in the Wood’s stable he accelerated his “appetite” for extra-marital activities because he had the money, tour travel and the enablers to facilitate his behavior. The fact that his dalliances with porn stars, cocktail waitresses, “hostesses” and pancake house employee(s) only confirms that he thought he was insulated from the real world by his product status. If any of you think that the above is implausible, please remember that Eldrick’s father Earl had him on the Mike Douglas Show as a 3 year old to show off his putting skills. It was Earl Wood’s goal to raise his son as the best golfer in the world and he did a good job. Now add to the fact that once Eldrick turned pro he had the vested interest of lawyers, marketing corporations, sponsors and his adoring public to turn him into the petulant, arrogant and F-bomb dropping S O B on the course that he is today. If he never tees it up again on the PGA or any Tour, I will not miss him.

Posted by: redsoxnation | February 20, 2010 1:41 PM
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Thank you for the suggestion.

I have read Ms. Jenkins' article and this comes down to the question of giving 'Benefit of the Doubt'. Think of how the world and our Societies would be, if each and every human being would be given the benefit of doubt.

Thankfulness and Gratitude.

Posted by: QB07 | February 20, 2010 1:36 PM
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wilbon,

if we knew that tiger would have a conference 3 days beforehand, i'm sure Tiger himself knew MUCH EARLIER. after all of that time and preparation, THIS is the best he could do? the stuttering, the lack of an ability to speak 4 words without looking down at a manuscript clearly written by someone else. yeah, there was sincerity..yeah, there was remorse and regret...and yeah, i do believe Tiger will make a conscious effort to change his behavior. but as my public speaking professor told me,
"if you need to read off of a paper to get across an important message, you have no business delivering the message"

Posted by: kman2 | February 20, 2010 1:33 PM
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Please read Sally Jenkins' Saturday column for insight and perspective, i.e., after you clean yourself.

Posted by: opatrny | February 20, 2010 1:13 PM
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After watching and listening to Tiger’s speech carefully, I think Mr. Wilbon summed up the speech quite accurately and compassionately: Tiger was very thorough and sincere.

I too, am someone who was also disgusted by what Tiger did to his wife, family, friends, and all those that he hurt by his actions. What he did was awful.

To everyone who is very critical of Tiger, stating that he was ‘arrogant’, ‘angry’, and ‘selfish’ – I ask what would you have done and how would you have handled the situation, if you were in his shoes? Although he is a sports and cultural icon- he is still only a human being. He made horrendous mistakes- period. I don’t think most (99.5%) people in this world can stare the world in the face and admit their most shameful mistakes as Tiger did yesterday. He finally faced the music and asked for folks to find ‘room in your heart’ to believe (forgive) him. Would you be able to share your most shameful wrongdoings with the world, testifying into a camera before all your family and friends?

To those that state that Tiger shouldn’t have apologized or gave this speech- I can’t disagree further. His fans and the public, that has any remote or slight interest in the game of golf and sports- he did the right thing. We needed to hear it. Tiger did the one thing that he should and needed to do- for himself and his fans- if he wanted to salvage anything for future.

Scripture words said:
Matthew 7 – “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Can YOU forgive?

Posted by: QB07 | February 20, 2010 1:11 PM
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Pretty weak invoking name calling tactics towards a colleague for expressing a different view. And if you're going to do it then at least cite by name who the 'moron' is, no? And then we can search out the commentary and judge for ourselves. It does seem like Wilbon now has joined Tony K. as obviously way overstating his position in life. Please don't insult W. Wilbon sounds more like Bill Maher.

Posted by: orr44444 | February 20, 2010 1:07 PM
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I agree with Mike. Tiger didn't fall back on the old "If I have offended anyone I'm sorry" non-apology we hear from so many others. I think Mike is right that Tiger's behavior masked some deeper issues, and his striving for a life of integrity struck the right note. Time will tell with Tiger.

Posted by: faygokid | February 20, 2010 1:00 PM
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"I'm in that camp, albeit a small one, that believes Tiger's infidelities--anybody's infidelities--aren't my business and aren't yours' either, and that all these people who seem to feel they are owed some kind of apology aren't owed a damn thing."

You really think it's a small camp, Mr. I've Hung Out With Tiger A Little Bit? YOU REBEL YOU.

Posted by: drewmagary | February 20, 2010 12:33 PM
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I can't believe how many folks here are roasting WILBON for writing this article, expressing his point of view.


A point of view that I completely and 100 percent agree with!!!


Tiger sounded very sincere.

Tiger choked up several times.

Tiger specifically took the blame again and again.

Tiger's eyes welled up with tears. (You can fake that folks!)

He sounded like a man determined to change his life for the better.

He detailed some of what he perceived happened that led him to the sorry acts he had been committing.

He put Golf way down the road (where it should be put when you screw up this bad).

He has been to therapy ( for over a month already) and checking back in again TODAY for more of the same.

He continued going back to that this was all his own fault and that he had brought all consequences on himself.

And more..

And you folks out here want jump all over Wilbon for stating that he saw (and concluded) the very same thing I and many others saw and concluded; which is that Tiger Woods was as Sincere and Contrite and Determined and Focused as one can be to GET HIS LIFE BACK ON TRACK.

Show some empathy, show some forgiveness (at least if you are christian you are commanded to), and stop crying about how Wilbon has some kind of agenda for stating his opinion that many others agreed with.

What Tiger did is pretty sick and disgusting.

What you cry-babies, haters and pilers on here are doing ain't much better.

Good story Wilbon. Thank you for writing it!

Vinny


Posted by: vince2 | February 20, 2010 12:23 PM
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Wilbon,

Your point about Tiger's personal life being none of my business is the best one of all. It's not my business, yours, SALLY JENKINS, People Magazine's, ESPN's, Oprah's or anyone else's.

And if I hear or see one more thing about poor, poor Elin, I'm going to puke. She's an accomplice, albeit a passive accomplice in this whole thing. She's an enabler who seems to have squeezed her eyes shut and said "I do" without having looked too deeply into Tiger's character or his character defects before tying the knot. And it's pretty clear she didn't look too deeply at her own naive and childish "I'm going to be a princess" fantasies, or she would have seen Tiger's immaturity as well as her's -- long before the train wreck.

There are no, repeat NO victims here. There are only perpetrators, enablers and gossipy voyeurs. The latter make me ill.

Posted by: loulor | February 20, 2010 12:16 PM
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Bill Clinton was getting hummers in the OVAL OFFICE! But man what a great president eh!?

Tiger is a flippin golfer worth a gazzilion dollars .... and every main stream media outlet covers his statement live ... to apologize for what? Why don't they trot out every scumbag that we the American people bailed out of financial ruins over the past 24 months and let them apologize for being flippin greedy A-holes!

Our country is completely going to hell in a hand basket.

Posted by: gwells1 | February 20, 2010 12:04 PM
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Without addressing the opinions in the column, I find the tone troubling:

"One of my colleagues on ESPN even said, moronically, . . . " This has become standard practice for Mr. Wilbon - call someone who disagrees with or challenges him names. Not all the time - but a lot of the time. During every one of his chats, someone who poses a reasonable question gets abused.

"as thorough and as sincere as any reasonable person without an agenda could hope to hear." So anyone who disagrees with Mr. Wilbon has an agenda?

"For those who don't find that good enough or revealing enough at this point, well, it sounds like they've got their own issues." More of the same - anyone who disagrees with Mr. Wilbon has "issues?"

Mr. Wilbon, you are a terrific writer, and very knowledgable in many areas. I am a long-time reader and admirer. But in the past few years, you have gotten remarkably combative and uncivil. I have no idea what the cause of this is, but I think it's beneath someone of your talent, as well as a newspaper like the Washington Post. You can make your points effectively without attacking your colleagues, readers, and anyone else who disagrees with or challenges you. Leave that kind of behavior to other, less talented writers and personalities who have no other effective way to communicate.

Posted by: dcd1 | February 20, 2010 11:58 AM
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Why would you (wilbon) call your ESPN colleague a moron??? Seriously, a moron? Because the person had a different point of view as you? I mean, your job and new found national status does NOT require you to be a jerk all the time. Since you are presumably over 8 years old, I think you should realize that calling someone a moron just because they think differently is useless and immature. You GOT to realize - and I'm shocked you haven't yet - that you don't have to be a jerk. You can be cool. It is possible. I mean, seriously - a moron??? You sound like a total spaz who's not in control. Just act a little cooler. He's not a moron, just someone who disagrees. Just like the Saints weren't "over, done, finished, not a chance" and all these other things you wrote after week 14 of the NFL. People want a little nuance. Ever since you went national, you've become insanely absolute. And it's really lame. I mean, you sound like George W. Bush - everyone who disagrees with you is an moron. Try nuance - you did it 5 years ago.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 20, 2010 11:18 AM
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I will only be satisfied when he unphucks every single one of those women.

Posted by: mack1 | February 20, 2010 11:14 AM
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bozozozo1 -- that is one of the single best takes on this entire situation. Just perfect.

Posted by: FlyPelican | February 20, 2010 11:10 AM
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Yesterday, we learned that Tiger Woods can read. And that's it.

Posted by: BeavisfromMontana | February 20, 2010 10:57 AM
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we need closure on this. the apology Woods gave is not enough.

He should have taken questions, because there is stuff we want to know. Important, relevant questions, things we must know to get closure.

We want numbers, names, all the times, positions, every sleazy coition, the price paid, the number of orgasms, the orifices entered, the two, three, four -ways. I want the videos, the photos, the text messages. it's our right.

Most important, we want to know the answer to that most important journalistic question, "How does it feel, Tiger".

i deserve this. I bought a Nike golf shirt because Nike sponsored him. I watched his tournaments on TV. I'm entitled. we're all entitled. it's our right.

And he should apologize to me, personally. He harmed me directly by his actions. Here I thought he was a great guy. He always said he was against promiscuity in post round interviews. He always made it a point to condemn adulterers after he finished his round of golf. and because of that, I thought he was a great guy.

Now I'm crushed, crushed, that he would go right out after that and do the old in-out with women of questionable virtue. why didn't he invite me? I bought his damned shirt!

Posted by: bozozozo1 | February 20, 2010 10:47 AM
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The vitriol displayed here is very telling -
"thou doth protest too much..."?

I didn't watch it. the only thing I want to hear from Tiger is when he tees it up next.

I watched Tiger because he was an entertaining golfer. not because he was a great husband and father.

Posted by: theFlatman | February 20, 2010 10:39 AM
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Years ago I bought a Tiger Woods TW golf cap even though I didn't golf. I was impressed with his charity as I am with Bill Gates' But when I learned he cheated his wife so badly, so thoroughly, I wrote him off for good. Yet I was impressed with his apology even if it was made in a controlled environment--he sounded sincere to me, a very harsh critic. And just what questions would reporters ask, details about the moral offenses he committed which I don't want to hear. AND, he did not use the event as a tool to come back to golfing either. I agree with Wilbon--I'll give him a second chance.

Posted by: jimdog | February 20, 2010 10:31 AM
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Years ago I bought a Tiger Woods TW golf cap even though I didn't golf. I was impressed with his charity as I am with Bill Gates' But when I learned he cheated his wife so badly, so thoroughly, I wrote him off for good. Yet I was impressed with his apology even if it was made in a controlled environment--he sounded sincere to me, a very harsh critic. And just what questions would reporters ask, details about the moral offenses he committed which I don't want to hear. AND, he did not use the event as a tool to come back to golfing either. I agree with Wilbon--I'll give him a second chance.

Posted by: jimdog | February 20, 2010 10:27 AM
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Wilbon is a farce. Hypocrite. Phony. Everything but a truth-teller.

Posted by: tony11 | February 20, 2010 10:15 AM
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If Tiger Woods wanted to truly show how sorry and sincere he was, he would be willing to answer the TOUGH QUESTIONS that are uncomfortable, embarrassing, and UNSCRIPTED. BY NATURE - Woods' scripted "news conference" keeps him in his comfort zone, dealing only with aspects of this debacle that he wants to.

Posted by: gstein101 | February 20, 2010 10:11 AM
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Come on, Mike, you know as well as anyone that the two easiest words to say these days after screwing something up are "I'm sorry." You don't have to mean it, you just have to perform the ceremony. Your words would have carried greater meaning if you had reserved judgement for what's to come from Tiger.

Posted by: jazzman48491 | February 20, 2010 9:52 AM
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I'm sure a compelling argument can be made why Tiger needed to make this statement and owed people an apology. I wont challenge that.

But, for me personally, it was awkward watching Tiger apologize to a world full of "flawed" people.

If you're one of those people who was "owed" an apology, did his statements remind you of the "many" things you've done wrong in the past.

I dont buy the, I bought his products argument either. So what, I did too - but it wasnt because I thought he was a GREAT man - a saint. It was because I appreciated his accomplishments on the golf course - thats it, no more, no less.

Tiger was wrong, but so are we for making him out to be bigger-than-life. Shame on us.

Posted by: Cmart1 | February 20, 2010 9:45 AM
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GIve me a break. I usually love your columns, Mike, but I'm going to give you a Mulligan for this one. Tiger looked as scripted as anyone ever. His delivery clearly suggested there was nothing at all honest about this event - every part of it was handled. If you have to state "simply and plainly" than chances are its anything but.

One really has to wonder if they market tested this prior to delivery.

Posted by: ndickover | February 20, 2010 9:40 AM
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I really like reading and listening to Mike on TV but Mike you are bias on 3 topics and could not write an honest article. The first is Tiger Woods You bend over backwards just to praise him. The second is the John Thompson family. The third is the Washington Nationals but I forgive you for this one because I have come to the conclusion your knowledge of baseball is limited. Here is controversial topic to write about but you never will why does is seem African-American reporters are all assigned to cover the NBA.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | February 20, 2010 9:17 AM
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Wilbon you are now offically

A HACK! This charade was anythign but SINCERE & THOROUGH!
It was an angry, arrogant and POORLY delivered *Speech*

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 20, 2010 9:10 AM
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Well I guess when you see millions in endorsements going out the door you are going to practice over and over again so you seem sincere.

Who the hell care's about his sleezy private life, for god's sake he plays golf, he is not a god, and he should stop marketing himself as such.

I just read the articles, did not watch it, did not give a damn, but all the so called sportswriters articles are hillarous.

Posted by: kathymac1 | February 20, 2010 9:04 AM
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WILBON,
YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER LINE OF WORK!
HOW MANY CHEATERS AND CROOKS DO NOT APOLOGIZE
AFTER BEING CAUGHT (NOT COUNTING SOCIOPATHS)???
THE SPEECH WAS OBVIOUSLY REHEARSED, AND POORLY DELIVERED. I HAVE A MASTER`S DEGREE IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION..WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS TO JUDGE THIS SPEECH?

I question just how intelligent Tiger actually is. ask yourself why he needs so many handlers? Why everything has to be completely controlled? Outside of Howard Hughs and the Mars candy family..who do you know that has done what this group does to maintain secrecy? Like there were things to hide..and not only his serial cheating. I`m pretty sure that his handlers, and Stevie knew all about what was going on.

Anybody ever check to see if in his year at Stanford he actually took serious classes, and what his grades were? I have never heard word one on this subject.

If he didn`t get into the accident..who knows when all this would come out? Bringing up his religion..what a nice touch..but a load of B.S.

Any intelligent person with as much time as he has had..should have been able to stand up and basically talk without notes. He was reading more than speaking during a lot of the speech.

The PGA and players want him back for obvious financial reasons. How many of them truly like a guy who beats their brains out week after week?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 20, 2010 9:00 AM
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I, for one, feel like a better person after Tiger's apology. I can now safely let my children watch golf again. Let the healing begin.

Posted by: bgiann | February 20, 2010 8:59 AM
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Tiger needs, most importantly, to be able to like who he is. Hopefully the therapy will start this lourney for him. With the people he has hurt, his wife, his mother, his children, he can't like the person he was. Even if he and Elin do not reconcile his actions need to allow him to begin to like himselg again.

Posted by: vacb | February 20, 2010 8:52 AM
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"He did not commit a crime..."

It's called adultry.

Duh!

I don't get why people think athletes/movie stars are so above everyone else?

Stop worshipping people, people!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 20, 2010 8:42 AM
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"There are skeptics who will say Tiger Woods was simply reading from a script."

And that's true.

Mike, I know you want to believe that he's "sincere" but he's really not.

After years and years of thinking he's God, a month later he thinks he's "cured?"

Not. Addictions just don't end like that. Maybe you should have talked to an alcoholic before writing this, or a drug user before writing this article.

I hate to bust your bubble, but Heraldo got it right: he said all of those things that made Elin look better because her lawyers wanted him to say that.

That's it. End of story.

Sorry Wilbon. I know you want to believe Tiger, but he's not sincere. The bottom has not fallen out from under him yet.

You'll see. He's going to do it again. It's called "backsliding."

"The big, big question still hanging out there--and let's just be selfish about this--is when he'll play golf again."

And this is the wrong question, it's not about golf at this point. Very selfish indeed and I am surprised you even wrote that.

Hero's are hard to let go of aren't they?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 20, 2010 8:39 AM
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Wilbon has gone from Tiger's apologist to Tigers publicist.
The small amount of respect I did have for Wilbon has been reduced to a tiny almost invisible dot.
Here's what Wilbon wrote about Michael Phelps, who took a hit on a bong, didn't have sex with over 25 hookers, "By Michael Wilbon
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
If you want to read that it's okay to take bong hits because you're 23 and the best swimmer in history, cast your eyes elsewhere, because that's not going to be the position taken here.

So this young white guy doesn't get any type of pass but All American Tiger should be left alone.......who"s the racist???

Posted by: rosenfan1 | February 20, 2010 8:37 AM
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OK, let's be honest. A big apology = possible redemption with endorsers.

I mean why else would Tiger Woods prostrate himself b/f the public. It's not that he needs the money, of course, but it's the prestige of endorsers in the golfing world. If he doesn't apologize, endorsers are afraid of what the public will think of them for taking on Tiger. And few if any endorsers hurts Tiger's ego.

Truth be told: I don't care about his apology. I didn't need it. I am not an endorser, and I don't envision apology = more consumers = more revenue.

If anything, I am a fan. And fans look at his golfing score card, not the other score card.

As for his sincerity, I thought the apology was canned. Yeah, someone wrote it for him. Perhaps he was so emotional that he could show no emotion - sort of stiff, you know. But the problem wasn't his demeanor. It was the words he was reading. They were not real, personal, meaningful words. They were obligatory, script-like, impersonal words written for someone to stand up and recite. Canned, I said.

I am canning the apology.

Play golf, Tiger, will ya.

Posted by: Ruffles1 | February 20, 2010 7:25 AM
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Wilbon, the black apologist. Had it been a white guy like Lefty or Phelps he wouldn't be so kind. Sick and tired of this race baiter. Take a hike.

Posted by: hessone | February 20, 2010 7:15 AM
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Tiger sold us Tiger for years. Now it turns out that product is defective and sleazy. Sure, he's a great golfer, but not the good guy the ads and the PGA promoted. He's a scumbag.

I used to watch golf just to root for Tiger. Now, if I ever watch golf again, and that ain't likely, it will be to root against Tiger. Other golfers might be as sleazy, but they won't be as insincere.

Posted by: dgainor | February 20, 2010 6:28 AM
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I think you have to remember three things:

1) Tiger didn't 'owe' the fans or the media an apology, unless of course he was hopting they'd buy or promote his crappy stuff.

2) The Tiger 'brand' is worth about half as much as it was a few months ago. Except in places like France, where they don't care about these things. If Tiger had been Parisian, the national reaction would have been "Sacre bleu! Does he not know you must buy each of these women an apartment in a pricy neighborhood? His head must be stuffed with golfballs, no?"

3) Wilbon lives in Wilbon's World. Maybe you've noticed that's no longer in the sports universe... Mike is basically a gossip columnist.

3)

Posted by: Samson151 | February 20, 2010 6:09 AM
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Despite the many remarks by journalists and media types about all the people who think Tiger Woods "owes" them an apology, I have yet to meet a single person who does. I don't think many people care about this at all, except for media types who make their living off such fare. It's slightly salacious, makes you roll your eyes, and it's over. If there was not one single article or press piece about Tiger Woods' infidelities from this point on, I doubt that even a tiny fraction of the American public would care, or in most cases even notice.

But we long since reached the point in modern society where media "supply" attempts to generate its own demand.

Tiger Woods doubtless felt the need to publicly apologize in order to try and save his brand. The tens, if not hundreds, of millions he has made were not just based on amazing golf, but a carefully cultivated image of a great person who just happens to play amazing golf. Perhaps some corporations care, since celebrity endorsements can mean big money, and they have a lot at stake too. I don't for a moment believe the public gives a damn about anything Tiger Woods does or doesn't do, except--if you are a golf fan-- play golf.

For myself, I hope he gets back to golf as soon as possible. As far as endorsements, if he's selling a golf ball, I might listen. If he's selling something else based on his persona or image, I'll probably do the eye roll like most. So be it.

But please Mr. Wilbon, and the others-- stop talking about us, the public, as if we're "demanding" apologies from Tiger Woods or any other athelete who gets in trouble. Really, no one cares.

Posted by: gadstian | February 20, 2010 5:42 AM
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"Projection: When a person has uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, they may project these onto other people, assigning the thoughts or feelings that they need to repress to a convenient alternative target."

Some of you people have this disease. Get help. You nailed it Wilbon.

Tiger is making you angry because of your own history or future plans.

Posted by: hakafos44 | February 20, 2010 5:00 AM
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So far, Mr. Wilbon, you're the only sensible person I've read on this topic.

I don't care about golf, I don't care about athletes, and I care a lot about adultery, BUT...

... but Woods shouldn't have had to apologize AT ALL. He's a public figure, but not a public official. He didn't misuse tax money. He didn't try to pass laws about sexuality which contradict his own lifestyle. He didn't coerce, harass, or otherwise immorally or illegally pressure women to have sex with him.

This is his wife's business, not ours, and certainly not Sally Jenkins or John Feinstein or any of the other pompous vultures bashing Woods' apology. What more would they have had him do? They're complaining that his apology was TOO good? Get serious. They're complaining that the apology wasn't degrading enough? That the press should have been allowed to add layers of prurience to what is already none of our business? There's egos out of control for sure, and (this time, at least) Tiger Woods' ego is not one of them.

Posted by: ankhorite | February 20, 2010 4:40 AM
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Wilbon is the clown prince of sports columnists and a suck up of the first order at the altar of athlete idolotry. Wilbon wouldn't know sincere and heartfelt from petty, phony and self serving either it seems. Just shut your damn yapper Wilbon. Why you're still employed when much better journalists are not is beyond comprehension as well. Just shut it! Keep it shut and when you think of opining again, resist the urge.
PTI should just be refered to as "Dumb and Dumber". Two has been newspaper guys wheezing like a couple of gas bags for the amusement of their copy editor maybe? Mr Tony must apreciate that Wilbon makes him look enlightened by comparison. How couldn't he?

Wilbon, face it. You're a 2 bit hack. Nobody has ever taken you serious.
Why start now?

Posted by: damjammer | February 20, 2010 4:27 AM
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It makes sense. When I do look at Wilbon's
work, which is rarely anymore, it is always easy to predict his "party-line"
positions, and usual lack of real world
substance and credibility.

Posted by: draked | February 20, 2010 4:26 AM
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Wilbon is a phony. Dude I use to value your opinion but not anymore. You are a flagarant racist. Lets see how much longer you can get away with it. BTW, Tiger stinks of indecency and you still go out of your way to vouch for this guy? Wilbon your a crock of poop

Posted by: skinsfan4eva | February 20, 2010 3:48 AM
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The 9th step requires us to make direct amends to people we may have harmed. Tiger's actions harmed a great many people. Kids, parents and people all over the world. It would be impossible to speak to each one directly. This was a very well done amend and the only people qualified to judge that, are people who have actually done Step 9. Trust me, at that point you will know a sincere amend when you see/hear one.

Posted by: slcanada | February 20, 2010 3:47 AM
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Oops, I lied again. It's not TWELVE idiotic wastes of journalistic bandwidth on this non-story in the Post today, it's THIRTEEN. I forgot Eva (?) Rodriquez.

Meanwhile, not one captive Post reader would ever have a clue that all of Europe has been watching the resolution of the lies told to start the Iraq War. In the US, we've "moved on" - to the next million deaths caused by a corporate media pandering to its neocon ownership interests.

We never faced ourselves after the Big Lie that was Vietnam.

We never faced ourselves after the Big Lie that was Iraq.

But we know ALL ABOUT Tiger Woods' sex life.

God help us with this media running the show. Scum is too polite a word to capture it.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 20, 2010 2:24 AM
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"Powerful stuff" . . . if you like good acting.

How does Mike know whether someone else is being "sincere" . . . or is only good at faking it?

Posted by: RoJaKa | February 20, 2010 2:11 AM
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Good lord, I lied. It isn't SIX pointless pieces in the Post on this irrelevant tabloid drivel story about a golfer who for some absurd reason feels like he owes every member of homo sapiens an apology. It's at least TWELVE of them: Howard Kurtz, Tom Shales, Sally Jenkins, Ruth Marcus, Eugene Robinson, John Feinstein, Wilbon, Boswell, a Post Discussion Group, a Video, a Poll trying to get us to focus on it, and the original news story.

Meanwhile, do we have even ONE article about the Tony Blair Iraq inquiry in the UK - a story which has been DOMINATING European news outlets for weeks?? Have we EVER had even one story about it in the Post? NO. THIS STORY IS COMPLETELY BLACKED OUT IN THIS GODFORSAKEN INFORMATION BLACK HOLE OF A COUNTRY. Here's the latest, from a real news outlet, in case anyone wants to know what the informed world is reading about:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8524315.stm

Another country - and our major "ally" in the premeditated, unprovoked invasion of a country that had no means to ever attack us - is ACTUALLY HOLDING ITS LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACT. And they were just the "tagalongs" of the idea. Meanwhile, back in the country that started that war, our media sticks its useless, complicit head in the sand here. Why is that?

The answer is twofold. The first is that they were so complicit in this crime, from declining to comment on the preposterous campaign of association our president engaged in until he convinced 70% of America that Saddam Hussein had attacked us on 9/11, to relegating every doubting word about the "WMD scare" to page 16, to editorialists outright mocking the experts like Scott Ritter who were trying to tell us it was all lies. So the media is ashamed to remind us what a horrible, falling-face-down job they did on this topic.

The other reason is that if they covered the story of another nation actually holding its leaders accountable for crimes like this, WE MIGHT GET THE IDEA WE SHOULD DO IT TOO. That would discourage future pointless wars for corporate profits like the one that is now making Hunt Oil, Halliburton/KBR, and other friends of the last administration rich. But more importantly, WAR IS GREAT FOR VIEWERSHIP. There is nothing better for business - whether you are a defense contractor or a news outlet - than armed, bloody conflict. No way is the media going to kill that golden goose with a little bit of honest coverage.

I spit on our news media today. I don't care about Tiger Woods. I want a decent, moral, honest news media. YOU AREN'T IT.

A million deaths. A billion new enemies for America. A trillion dollars in debt. And you are all over the story of some golfer who for some reason thinks he owes me an apology. Sorry, I'm not that codependent.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 20, 2010 2:10 AM
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Tiger Woods owes an apology to his wife,his children and his mother.

Not to the rest of the world...he cheated on his wife...not on Nike.

Give him a break,give it a rest...he has more than enough personal issues to deal with without the rest of the world piling on...amen.

Posted by: petebowling1 | February 20, 2010 1:06 AM
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Mike...disappointed man...definitely a puff piece here, man up and say it how it is...Tiger's apology was the most insincere apology I have ever heard, and there have been plenty of those out there in my 30 years of life. I am not saying that I have never screwed up, but when I did, I at least was sincere about my apology. Celebs always have other agendas to protect and Tiger is no exception. The irony is that Tiger confesses that it was a sense of entitlement that doomed him, but he is still playing on that entitlement by this well rehearsed and scripted display.

Posted by: 2ndgenSaram76 | February 20, 2010 12:59 AM
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Elin must have clubbed him on his left cheek. Obviously swollen and covered with makeup.

Posted by: state82 | February 20, 2010 12:34 AM
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Another writier on here pointed out that Woods' phony apology was targeted at his sponsors. I don't see how any reasonable person can feel they're owed an apology from Tiger Woods but I definetly don't feel sorry for him like poor Wilbon here. His business relationships as faccillitated through the media are what got him into this in the first place. He sold his public identity and much of his private identity away and now he is simply trying to salvage future profits. He is merely coming to terms with the nature of his past and present business relationship which is largely based on his public persona and golfing performance. I did however finf it interesting that he mentioned Bhuddist values and would welcome him embracing basic elements of Bhuddism such as "letting go of his attachment." If he let go of his attachment to fame, fortune, and ego in general than the question of public acceptance and ever expanding welath would cease to effect his own peace of mind. This would a welcome example from my pespective and from this standpopint I can muster up enough compassion to wish him the best of luck in that regard. I do not however care in the slightest about his add sponsors or billion dollar fortune or the specifics of his infedelity.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | February 19, 2010 11:55 PM
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Frankly, I just don't give a damn if he is sorry. Having been there myself, I can attest that his wife is suffering far more than him. The pain for him will end shortly. The pain his wife will endure will take years to overcome.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 19, 2010 11:47 PM
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Wilbon - Thanks for always putting the days events in perspective.

I am amazed by how many reporters, journalists, newscasters, bloggers and columnists are announcing how disgusted they are with Tiger's apology.

The only people he owes an apology to are his wife and children. The only people he needs to make it up to (for the rest of his life) are family.

He is not responsible for the rest of the Universe.

Posted by: TVDIVA | February 19, 2010 11:31 PM
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He didn't say values of his "father and mother" that they taught him. He said "Buddhist values my MOTHER taught me". His father taught him to be a no boundaries pig when it came to women, and sex. That 's why his parents were separated for many years. She couldn't take what Earl was doing to his son. He taught him the values that are possibly going to destroy his marriage, and any possibility of becoming human.

Posted by: dotkos | February 19, 2010 10:34 PM
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Tiger's apology is not meant for racist who are upset over his marriage to a white woman. It is not meant for racist who are upset that he cheated with white women. Its not meant for woman who hate men. Its not meant for people who are jealous and envious. Its not meant for people who hate the color of his skin. Tiger's apology is meant for people who knows what its like to make mistakes and be forgiven. Its meant for people whom he let down and people who don't condone his behavior but has always been there to support him and his family. Tiger's apology is meant for family and friends. Forget the rest, they were haters from the very beginning, and will be haters in the end. It doesn't matter what they say or how they say it. They'll just haters who aren't owed anything and who definitely can't afford to throw stones

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 10:25 PM
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The post needs a 'report offensive column or columnist' link. Once again Mike Wilbon shows he is completely out of touch with reality, a hypocrite to the highest degree, and not in the slightest bit an objective writer.

Posted by: Dancy1 | February 19, 2010 10:14 PM
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It does not matter whether your writer's believe him or not. It does not matter to us whether he is truthful or not. What does matter that he is truthful to his higher power,himself, his wife, children and those close to him. He does not really owe us an apology. Whether he is a man who changes and becomes a man of integrity is up to him and his higher power. I for one am rooting for him and his family and for his success as a REAL man who recovers. the rest is none of our business. I believe he has the ability to become a man of integrity who we can all look up to for the RIGHT reasons. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

Posted by: lulul | February 19, 2010 9:46 PM
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Wow, how many folks can comment on such a lame story about such a lame indivdual. Mr. Wood's business is his. Mr. Woods seems to be a phony to the core, but most public figures are as well. So let us all get over it and let this one die.

Posted by: dave91 | February 19, 2010 9:33 PM
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Keep kissing Tiger's behind, Mike. Maybe he will give you a nod in public like MJ. I can't imagine why a guy with Wilbon's stature would want to spend his life kissing up to these "stars." What a waste.

Posted by: hum-baby | February 19, 2010 9:25 PM
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I agree with you totally that none of this is any of our business. Yes, he's a public figure and a role model, blahblahblah, but he didn't cheat on me, he didn't cheat on the golf course, and the only people he *owes* apologies to are his wife and children.

I would be willing to bet that his public statements today stem from the 12-step process of owning your behavior and making amends. That said, I thought he did a great job. I was impressed, as you were, by his addressing the entitlement issue which afflicts so many successful people, be they politicians (been a lot of them lately), movie stars, athletes, or business people.

I sincerely hope he is able to mend his relationship with his family, though I would certainly understand if Elin ultimately decides she can't regain her trust of him. I also hope he returns to the golf tour, because his skill there is so amazing to watch.

Posted by: sally1860 | February 19, 2010 9:22 PM
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WILBON WHERE'S YOUR INTEGRITY??? This soap opera junk by a very sick golfer needs to be discarded; get real. Get back to what you do best, that is, talking about REAL sports events.

Posted by: suzeq | February 19, 2010 9:15 PM
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Whos' more narcissistic, Wilbon or Woods??

Posted by: rfsjms | February 19, 2010 9:09 PM
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Those of you who are critical of Tiger, get off your high horse.

Look, I don't condone what Tiger did. However, I'm not worth 1 BILLION and have all these women throw themselves at me.

Posted by: 550iDC | February 19, 2010 9:08 PM
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Wow, you apparently didn't watch the same "press conference" I did. The only thing Woods is sorry for is getting caught. The only sincere statements were that "he felt entitled" and he "was going to return to Golf." And that he was angry at the media. The rest, crap.

Posted by: jodifur | February 19, 2010 9:08 PM
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GIVE IT A REST. WHO CARES???
HE'S A GOLFER, NOT THE POPE.
TURN THE CHANNEL.

Posted by: wesatch | February 19, 2010 9:03 PM
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Tiger Woods mea culpa was sincere and complete. We see so many half asssed apologies from cheaters but this was excellent. He took full responsibility. He is to be commended. Judge not lest you be judged.
Those who SINCERELY REPENT should be forgiven. Those hypocrites that are without sin that post their drivel here, cast the first stone.

Posted by: mharwick | February 19, 2010 8:54 PM
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Tiger Woods mea culpa was sincere and complete. We see so many half asssed apologies from cheaters but this was excellent. He took full responsibility. He is to be commended. Judge not lest you be judged.
Those who repeat should be forgiven. Those hypocrites that are without sin that post their drivel here, cast the first stone.

Posted by: mharwick | February 19, 2010 8:52 PM
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Hey MW... you knucklehead! I've been watching, listening and reading your columns for the past 15 years.

I'm very much over people in this country putting athletes on a pedestal and expecting them ALL to be role models. As far as I'm concerned there's no one athelete, nor person for that matter, a role model.. PERIOD! If you have to look outside of your own family for a role model go to church! Tiger did what I would bet 50% of men AND women in this country do... maybe not in numbers, but do the numbers really matter? It's pretty pathetic that so many people are jumping on some holy bandwagon casting stones at every individual that is in the public eye when, in due time, when their own judgement is due, they are no more human than Tiger or any other countless number of athletes, politicians, clergy and even presidents. Isn't it high time we as Americans put our family as sole role models and stop casting stones at those who are no worse then we are?

People should learn to A) keep their mouths shut unless they want their lives open to public opinion, and B) look at their own families for values and stop trying to pass the buck of such values for their children onto others they have no clue who the really are!

Get a life... live your own lives you pathetic knuckleheads!

KB
Orlando

Posted by: netdesigns | February 19, 2010 8:49 PM
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That's it Wilbon, eat it with a spoon. Woods is apologizing because he was caught and his enterprises began hemorrhaging money. If he hadn't been caught he'd still be banging star-f***ing-skanks. All will be forgiven when he gets the little white ball in the hole. That's the way it is with athletes, isn't it? Just perform well and all is forgiven. When Arenas hits another game winning jumper a collective "What guns?" will arise from the fan base.

Posted by: ncphoto | February 19, 2010 8:37 PM
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I am watching a video of the "Woods" statement right now and my gut just tells me this is a complete unconvincing bit of stagecraft -- in that the words are not his at all. I don't see any sincerity -- I don't see him simply taking off the mask, the facade and saying simply "this is how I feel. This is what I think. This is my truth." Even if the sentiments are true, the speech itself so scripted and rings so hollow that I feel more embarrassed watching it. It's about as real as Clinton saying I never had sex with that woman. I don't care about Tiger's private life, really. But, I don't like this travesty of making an atonement by mouthing somebody else's lines that even a great actor like Robert Dinero or Dustin Hoffman would have a struggle to make ring true.

Posted by: Chicagoburned | February 19, 2010 8:36 PM
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My, aren't we all self-righteous? We who have never done anything wrong, who have never had a moment of weakness, who have never taken an action that we later regretted, who think we know exactly what we would do in any given situation at any time. We who would not have the guts to do what Woods did today. Look to your own houses.

Posted by: djmolter | February 19, 2010 8:34 PM
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Tiger Woods is truly sorry.

Posted by: brewstercounty | February 19, 2010 8:34 PM
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Has Wilbon ever taken a stand against the likes of Jordan and Tiger? No. And, he won't. He is a sellout to his industry. A joker. A cash whoring joker. Let's not forget how he treated #21 after the tragedy.

Posted by: TheDubb | February 19, 2010 8:27 PM
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Wilbon, your missing the point. Tiger Woods made millions off of his image as a family man. If you are going to market yourself as a the squeeky clean hero and convince little kids to buy products to be like you then you have a responsibility to be an adult. If these guys don't want that money then don't star in commercials that cast them that way and don't sell things on that image.

Woods took the money and so owes people an apology.

There is no reason to bag on Tiger for his apology because the genie is out of the bag. No one will ever look at him the same way.

Posted by: DCDave11 | February 19, 2010 8:25 PM
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He thanked Accenture? Really? I mean, this wasn't an award speech, was it?

I burst out laughing at one point because it wasn't measuring up.

Fame is a two way street. While I agree his kids should be off limits, Tiger has reaped the rewards of fame, now he is experiencing the downside and its ugly.

Still, Tiger has a long way to go in the eyes of many people. Today's comments weren't going to solve it all at once.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 19, 2010 7:59 PM
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Okay, now let Tiger and his family get back to rebuilding their lives!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | February 19, 2010 7:46 PM
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Wilbon wrote, "It's not often you hear people say, even after they've been brought to their knees by whatever transgressions, 'I thought the rules didn't apply to me. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted. ... I felt I was entitled, thanks to money and fame.'"

That's what struck me hardest in his remarks.

In a very good way, I think Tiger's being a role model even in disgrace. That's got to be a terribly difficult thing to do and I don't think there's a scriptwriter on earth who would know how to do it. That's something that comes from a person's soul.

I hope that Tiger and the public can now move on. Further attention, interrogation, demands at this point would be nothing more than gleeful efforts to see how much a man can be made to grovel.

Or, in the case of Gloria Allred, how much he can be made to fatten an already rich and unscrupulous lawyer's coffers.

And I do so wish that those who continue to cast stones would preface their remarks with full disclosure of their own sins, whatever those may be in whatever realm of life.

Tiger Woods is a class act. A fully human, fallible class act.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 19, 2010 7:41 PM
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#486 of 645: William Hale (hinging0) Thu 18 Feb 2010 (08:14 PM)

Repent. Forgive. Accept Forgiveness. Restart. Knock. Seek. Find.


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#487 of 645: William Hale (hinging0) Thu 18 Feb 2010 (08:34 PM)

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," [^]

What was the first thing you did about golf? Borrow a golf club? Buy a
golf club [thn/]

I am repenting.

{{Outside the same place you got your first golf club, if it still
exists [sound], or outside a similar golf shop? Or outside ANY golf
shop that is suitable? Or were you in school at the time, and as part
of the sports program a set of clubs were issued to you?

Come with me

Tiger, young man, and camera crews enter the school sports equipment
issuing room, or the golf shop

Various professional observations, and golf talk, and buddy
reinforcement with the young man who is of the age you were when you
first started golf.

Interspersed with the definition of repentance.

To repent is to stop using the false short cut that saved me steps.

Perhaps this could be said while adjusting your stance to get a feel
for what choice of club you might have.

"To repent is to feel sorry for ever having used that false short
cut,"

This might be said while wor

Posted by: randomsample | February 19, 2010 7:30 PM
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Wilbon, like his colleagues at ESPN, is in the pockets of the great athletes. This apology for 100% disgusting and disengenuous. It was strictly to try to get back his sponsors. He is truly only sorry for being caught, losing his sponsorship, having to be away from golf, and losing his image.

I don't know if Tiger's (or Cheeta's) apology is worse or Wilbon's endorsement.

Posted by: agupta1 | February 19, 2010 7:25 PM
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Column was on the money IMHO so I'm shocked at the number of negative comments. Are all these sanctimonious folks as outspoken in person or is their chutzpah confined to the anonymity of the web?

Posted by: ShyGuy | February 19, 2010 7:19 PM
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Tarquinnus1: I don't get your rant. Why does anything having to do with TW enrage you so? Likw MW says...none of your business...no matter what TW marketed himself as. Why would you care what he marketed himself as anyway? All the comments after your 4:55pm mindless ranting that deal with 'some commenters who need to get a life' are aimed at you. Your rant says way more about you than it does about anything else. Get a life.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | February 19, 2010 7:19 PM
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If all of you folks slamming Tiger are this worked up over a press conference, you are in for a very long stretch of years when he gets back on the links and once again starts delivering regularly scheduled beatdowns to the rest of the PGA Tour at Augusta, St. Andrews, et al. and breaks Jack's record.

He will be more motivated than ever to show the world, and all of you self-appointed morality police, that although you may not like his personal choices, you must respect his game. Enjoy!

Posted by: FlyPelican | February 19, 2010 7:15 PM
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This isn't news. This is hype because the news media died in 1980.

Who really gives a big hairy rat's ear, anyway? It's just another overpaid jock thinking he can get away with it. If we had headlines about every jock who can't keep his pants zipped there would be any time or room for any other made up news.

The only thing this guy is sorry for, just like other idiots and criminals who get caught, is that he got caught.

Let's move on to something that actually has meaning.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 19, 2010 7:13 PM
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If tiger wanted to be left alone he shouldn't have signed all of those endorsement deals and spent the last couple of years mugging on TV every ten minutes.

He got what he deserved. His apology was a load of crap, just like Wilbon's puff piece. Wilbon has his head so far up tiger's buttt he needs a snorkle to breath.

Posted by: xconservative | February 19, 2010 7:12 PM
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Wilbon quit being a journalist when he began craving the friendship of the celebrities he writes about. You can be their friend or you can be a journalist - you can't be both.

Posted by: baseballguy | February 19, 2010 7:10 PM
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Great job Wilbon. Thanks for pointing out that very few public figures ever admit that they feel entitled. Kids all over the world do look up to him as a role model, and it's important that they see a person acknowledge how selfish acts can hurt the ones they love the most. Tiger owned up to that responsibility today.

Posted by: DCMax | February 19, 2010 7:02 PM
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He did everything he could to hide this until he was absolutely caught. If he cheated once then an apology works. He should not have gotten married, but it made him more money to portray the image that he is a decent family man. He should give an arse load money to charity like 50% of what he is worth, then I would be behind him. Put your money where your mouth is, words or someones word holds no value in the media or our culture today, sad but true.

And Wilbon is the worlds biggest T Woods bite d*ck. It is almost embarassing

Posted by: pharringt | February 19, 2010 6:53 PM
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Wilbon Puff Piece: Weak Stuff

Posted by: sesomg | February 19, 2010 6:50 PM
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Why is Tiger Woods life important to America? We got the Olympics going on, but we Tiger Woods. OK.....

Maybe..Just Maybe...I am only saying Maybe because they were all white.

Or...Maybe he can beat white men/women at their own GAME!! Not the women....I am talking about golf...see

Also, why is it such a huge following when a person of color dominate...politics, sports, entertainment....maybe I shouldn't sound so racist the way Tiger is getting treated.

Get as many women as you want Tiger...It's a sad as judging someone because they're gay. Hmmm....

Posted by: clifton3 | February 19, 2010 6:49 PM
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Leave him alone? If he wanted to be left alone, let him stay the hell off TV. He's made everyone into a prop as he rehabs not just his sex life, but his life as a brand.

People who make spectacles of themselves are still spectacles. Spectacles don't get to choose who spectates or speculates.

Posted by: Larryman | February 19, 2010 6:49 PM
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If Tiger devotes the energy and focus to fixing himself (as he appears to be doing) that he has in the past to fixing flaws in his golf game, he stands a good chance of succeeding. I wish him well.

Posted by: merryslav | February 19, 2010 6:47 PM
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Wilbon you are so in the bag for Tiger, you might as well be licking his boots. I'm glad at least one writer at the Washington Post called Tiger's press conference what it is: a bald faced attempt at recouping his image to maintain his marketing machine and edorsement empire. Eva Rodriguez:
"I've never been more disgusted with Tiger Woods.

I found his apology unbelievable, insincere, self-serving, self-indulgent, and narcissistic. (Long winded and repetitive, too.)

The more he spoke about redemption, about becoming a better man, a better husband, a better father, a better Buddhist, a better role model for your children and mine, the more I wanted him to just shut up.

He's not a public official or a spiritual or civic leader in whom we placed our trust and faith. He didn't campaign for votes on a family values platform. Nor was he standing behind a pulpit preaching the virtues of fidelity while carousing about town. He did not disgrace the country. He did not disgrace golf by falsifying scores or taking performance-enhancing drugs. This man, who is likely the most gifted golfer ever to play the game, cheated on his wife. And he got caught.


He did not owe us -- you and me -- an apology. That he delivered one just shows how meaningless it really was. You don't need an internationally televised apology to become a better man, a better husband, a better father -- the things he claims are most important to him. But you do need such a spectacle if you're going to remain a multibillion-dollar marketing machine. And that's what this pathetic display was all about. "

Posted by: pieceopeace | February 19, 2010 6:46 PM
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"Does Tiger Woods' apology hold weight?" Other than the media… who really cares? It’s so amazing how the media is all ticked-off because Tiger will not answer their questions… if they hounded G. Bush, D. Cheney, C. Rove and the others only a 1/10 as much we’d have more answers that we can really use. The way they’re acting is like Tiger cheated on them, well I guess they feel that he’s cheating them out of their story, and maybe he is, but they’ll get over it. That’s the problem with the media , they think everyone owes them answers when they demand them. And CNN… you actually brought in analysts to GRADE his apology and COUNT which words he said the most and least, but nobody carried “yesterday’s news”, you know, the man that flew a plane into an IRS office building… we have politicians telling blatant and BALDFACE LIES, and because of that Americans cannot get a decent health care plan, but you hound a golfer because he had sex with 12, 13, 14 (whatever) women… you get mad because he’s mad that you’re stalking his babies… then some “analysts” two of them, on CNN today said “nobody cares that he’s mad… because he screwed up his family is fair game”… REALLY! Oh, and did you see the male CNN analyst make the “…only 1% comment” regarding Tiger’s religion?

Anyway, get over yourselves and find something real to write about and try to contribute instead of tear down.

Don't Judge, Lest you Be Judged!

Posted by: oda155 | February 19, 2010 6:36 PM
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tarquinis1...

best comments to date!!

Posted by: davemichelle09 | February 19, 2010 6:30 PM
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For those who think that Tiger is not sincere, you may be right. For those who think that Tiger is sincere, you may be right. If in fact he is dealing with addiction, and it seems from everything I have seen that he is, there is no way to know from a statement, regardless of how any of us felt about it. The only thing that will prove sincerity is how he fights his battle with that addiction on a daily basis for the rest of his life. What confuses me though is why anyone (with the exception of those he wronged directly) would want to personally attack him. Why so angry? I am afraid that we as a culture have our own addiction to train wrecks to deal with. We are mad at Tiger because he has refused to let us leer at the bodies after the disaster.

And The Golf Writers Association of America is the poster-child for the embarrassment we have become. Why should Tiger owe them questions and answers? His fame has paid their paychecks for years now, but that's not enough - they are like Robert Duvall's character in The Natural - they want their chance to destroy him too. They should publicly apologize for their boycott. Maybe Tiger could rent his room out to them. It's already all set up.

"The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate, it is the sand of the Colosseum."

Posted by: MycroftH | February 19, 2010 6:28 PM
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18 holes is not enough!

I play with white balls and I like white Holes!


Only Idiots would follow this stupid game of trying to put small balls into holes in the ground. Golf is idiotic like most sports. Thugs bouncing balls and putting them through metal rings and all the Idiot fans thinking they are SuperHeroes. Drug abusers swinging a piece of wood are Gods. Sports fans are all Idiots. They even called the alcoholic obese golfer--athletes. LMAO What a bunch of morons.

This Jerk Pervert Creep Whore Lover Eldrick Moron is Scum.

He is a role model for HornDogs.

Posted by: mawt | February 19, 2010 6:22 PM
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Wow, PEOPLE--I'm more shocked by the comments in here than anything!

The stupidity!

I detect an undercurrent of RACISM on here, especially after reading the posting, "Same old story.Black boy goes crazy over white [expletive]." That may not represent everyone's thoughts here, but definitely exposes some of it!

I don't condone Tiger's infidelity in any way, but it's his business. He NEVER set himself up, as some have said, as some moral authority. I doubt that he even sought after public fame, as others have also suggested. I think he just enjoys gold--and is good at it--and that's why he IS famous.

The fact that he's made mistakes make him only human. Yes, he's probably trying to protect his endorsements, but does that mean anything to me? No. He's going to continue being a great golfer, and that's all that counts at the end of the day.

And nobody held a gun to the public's head and asked them to buy the stuff he endorsed.

Some people just need to get a life!

Posted by: JasynL1977 | February 19, 2010 6:21 PM
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The postings here tonight are mind-boggling. The cynical and self-righteous idiots, who only wish that they could spend one day being Tiger Woods, are having a field day.

You're pathetic, all of you!

Posted by: tifoso1 | February 19, 2010 6:15 PM
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Just read the comments on this article.

Why are people so judgmental and mean? Tiger owes you nothing! This issue is between him and his wife.

Please live a life worth living. And, let everyone else do the same.

Posted by: jpost2000 | February 19, 2010 6:15 PM
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Same old story.Black boy goes crazy over white puzzy.Tiger looks more like a pussycat!

Posted by: hyroller56 | February 19, 2010 6:13 PM
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Let those who are without sin cast the first stones.

Posted by: Bugs222 | February 19, 2010 6:12 PM
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Good job Mike WIlbon. If standing in front of the entire world, and your mom, isn't pain then I don't know what would satisfy the bloodthirsty hordes. I wonder what some of these righteous people would do if their bosses were found out to have had an affair, quit, I doubt it. They are just jealous that Tiger has made a billion dollars doing something he likes doing. I hope the Wood's family can stay together.

Posted by: charladan1 | February 19, 2010 6:10 PM
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Just not buying it. Overly staged, totally controlled, no-questions allowed - if he's doing this to get his sponsors back and to keep Nike, then do so privately.

Too many have been conned once. Once is enough.

Posted by: kim4 | February 19, 2010 6:00 PM
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Apology aside - here is his affect on a small scale - by losing AT&T as a sponsor and then not playing in the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach last week (AT&T was requiring him to play this year) he directly affected the education opportunities of 569 elementary school students. Our elementary school runs the environmental program (trash, recycling, water distribution) for the tournament for a service in kind donation. His not being there meant attendance went down dramatically with the resultant reduction in recyclables and staffing needed. That probably cost our children close to $10-14,000 which is peanuts to some put would have paid for 50% of the music teacher for next school year (our district cannot afford it in California - you may have heard we are billions in the red). So while his actions are private they also have tremendous affects beyond simple sponsors like Accenture, AT&T and Nike. I hope things work out for him but am sure many people do not realize the huge and far-reaching affect he has at the local level when he plays in a tournament.

Posted by: glenn54509 | February 19, 2010 5:52 PM
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If you want a real apology,look no further than Koby Bryant's example. SITTING DOWN, facing his wife. Apologizing to her face. Not reading a script. He was what, 25 years old at the time? Tiger looks like a college professor trying to make eye contact at the "right" time. Pathetic.

Posted by: martinezdennis | February 19, 2010 5:51 PM
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Whatever it takes to keep those endorsements and the money coming in.

Posted by: lindamoney1 | February 19, 2010 5:43 PM
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You suck Mikey. I hope you go the way of Tony Kornholer your loser friend.

Posted by: efdelaney | February 19, 2010 5:42 PM
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No, not powerful stuff. An odd, stilted message, oddly delivered. He is one awkward guy, but the situation is impossible. I am not interested in golf or Tiger. I can tell you, though, he is not going to preserve the marriage.

Posted by: axolotl | February 19, 2010 5:41 PM
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Choking back tears was a great touch in Woods' fake apology to keep the big bucks rolling in.

Posted by: checkered1 | February 19, 2010 5:41 PM
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Tiger's demeanor and remarks were filled with remorse and contrition - remarks that possibly many would LOVE to hear from their adulterous spouses.
Best wishes to Tiger as he does the hard work of self-examination!


Posted by: angie12106 | February 19, 2010 5:34 PM
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~~~~

Not only that.

But having to stand their like a dumb arse in front of television cameras with the whole world looking on.

Can you imagine having to stand in front a television crew and reporters in front of millions of people watching and talking about your whorish ways.

If I had to do that I would never show my face in public ever again. But, then again I am no Tiger Woods and no one would probably care.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 19, 2010 5:39 PM
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Not really, I was hoping to hear he would help all of us to get girlfriends like them too...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 19, 2010 5:39 PM
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Big surprise. Another one of Fatbon's stupid columns.

Posted by: umichgoblue2003 | February 19, 2010 5:39 PM
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The only apology Woods owes is to his wife and family. All the other stuff and people are just business. But he ought not to market himself as a role model. Just a really good golfer.

Posted by: dkoflynn01 | February 19, 2010 5:39 PM
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He just should have showed up here in Tucson for the Accenture tournament and announced that all of his 2010 income from corporations would go to the children of Haiti.

That would have been something which caught my attention. What he did was so expected....by his advertisers and brown noses who make their money through him.

He seems incapable of any real deep feeling about people or life. Otherwise he would have done something like what I have suggested. He would have still died a very rich man, and many thousands of destitute people would be praying for him.

I personally think he is useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:37 PM
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Tiger's demeanor and remarks were filled with remorse and contrition - remarks that possibly many would LOVE to hear from their adulterous spouses.
Best wishes to Tiger as he does the hard work of self-examination!


Posted by: angie12106 | February 19, 2010 5:34 PM
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Just another case of a athlete going over the line, what's new. Cheating goes on so much in our country it's a joke. The country going to hell and what do I see on about five different TV stations, Tiger running a sob story on us. Yeah a excellent role model. The only reason he apologized is because the over paid money he was receiving is running out. Bye bye Tiger.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | February 19, 2010 5:33 PM
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He just should have showed up here in Tucson for the Accenture tournament and announced that all of his 2010 income from corporations would go to the children of Haiti.

That would have been something which caught my attention. What he did was so expected....by his advertisers and brown noses who make their money through him.

He seems incapable of any real deep feeling about people or life. Otherwise he would have done something like what I have suggested. He would have still died a very rich man, and many thousands of destitute people would be praying for him.

I personally think he is useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:33 PM
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Thank you Mr. Wilbon for letting us share in this earthshaking event. After all, we are a Nation dumbded-down by bread and circuses.
Has anyone ever apologized to the counntry for the mess in Katrina, the intelligence mess in the mass killings of Fort Hood or the Secret Service boo-boo when the White House was crashed right under its very nose?
Of course not, because there'e only accountability in America when the profits of Corporations are affected. Nobody gets fired in the US Government.

Posted by: lionelroger | February 19, 2010 5:32 PM
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On the money, MW. His personal business isn't any of our business, or at least it shouldn't be.

Wow, I only read about 4 or 5 others' comments, you've got some real knuckleheads posting on here today.

Posted by: KireDCU | February 19, 2010 5:29 PM
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No problem Tigey. What you do with your private life is entirely up to you.

Now, the quicker you get back on the golf course and start winning tournaments again, the better.

That's ALL that counts!

Posted by: tifoso1 | February 19, 2010 5:29 PM
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Pre-debacle, do you think the public's adoration and respect for Tiger (which was monetized quite well) was mainly about his golf game?? Think that's why he was on 60 minutes and the other shows?? Are you that naive? So knock off the high and mighty b.s.

I didn't watch the speech and I don't care about Tiger. But folks do retain that right to do so after buying into Tiger's "brand".

------------

Because if he wasn't a great golfer, he still would have been on 60 Minutes? Huh?

Tiger's brand was "this guy is an amazing golfer". I don't recall Tiger saying "I'm a perfectly ethical guy and you should buy my shirts b/c of my character".

Posted by: SatchelPooch | February 19, 2010 5:29 PM
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Give me a break...as a woman, I was laughing during the entire press "conference." Talk about a PR stunt. If he really truly cared about his family he would shut up and disappear for a good long time and take care of business....

He's in it for the money and is doing best to do damage control of his tattered image (his downfall coming from the persona he had created that was revealed for what it was--a persona). If Tiger was not married and a swinging bachelor, who cares? But he made it seem as though he lived a life of utter perfection and control--clearly not the case.

He made himself a public figure and has made his money by his success in being a very public figure. He chose his path and has been well-rewarded. He made his bed, now lie in it....

His "apology" is a scam and a sham as I'm sure his wife (soon-to-be-former wife) knows. He will continue to make $$ and be famous, he just won't get away with selling himself as Mr. Perfect, cuz that is one thing he ain't!!!

Posted by: mediamaverick | February 19, 2010 5:28 PM
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Apology aside - here is his affect on a small scale - by losing AT&T as a sponsor and then not playing in the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach last week (AT&T was requiring him to play this year) he directly affected the education opportunities of 569 elementary school students. Our elementary school runs the environmental program (trash, recycling, player water distribution) for the tournament for a service in kind donation. His not being there meant attendance went down dramatically with the resultant reduction in recyclables and staffing needed. That probably cost our children close to $10-14,000 which is peanuts to some put would have paid for 50% of the music teacher for next school year (our district cannot afford it in California - you may have heard we are billions in the red). So while his actions are private they also have tremendous affects beyond simple sponsors like Accenture, AT&T and Nike. I hope things work out for him but am sure many people do not realize the huge and far-reaching affect he has at the local level when he plays in a tournament.

Posted by: glenn54509 | February 19, 2010 5:26 PM
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just one thing i haven't seen anyone consider. cause everyone says he does not "owe anyone" an apology.

could it be he did this as a way of humiliating himself?

yes, their life is private, but her humiliation was public. so maybe he humiliates himself in public as a way of evening things between them. it does not even things, but it's about all he can do to approach that.

every comment i have seen attributes his reason for the apology as either he did it for himself, he did it for us (but he didn't have to), or he did it for his sponsors (which is a lot like doing it for himself). no one considers that he did it for her.

i guess that's just not a cynical enough position in today's world to even be worthy of consideration.

Posted by: carloz0 | February 19, 2010 5:25 PM
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therapy only helps people who want to be helped, and have the inner strength to act in a manner that is best for them with the initial help. After that, the character of the person kicks in - we do not know how Tiger's character was molded by his parents and his environment, as well as his inherent character he was born with - his actions will tell the story. Frankly, I've got too many other things to worry about for myself - I have not paid too much attention to his Hindenberg act of the last 3 months...

Posted by: terptek | February 19, 2010 5:24 PM
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I agree. Now leave him alone and let him work on his marriage problems.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 19, 2010 5:20 PM
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Wilbon, your most holiness,

Clarify something for us all, would you? Pre-debacle, do you think the public's adoration and respect for Tiger (which was monetized quite well) was mainly about his golf game?? Think that's why he was on 60 minutes and the other shows?? Are you that naive? So knock off the high and mighty b.s.

I didn't watch the speech and I don't care about Tiger. But folks do retain that right to do so after buying into Tiger's "brand".

BTW, your "brand" is sinking, too. If you think sports is just about stats, you're a dope.

Posted by: markczar1 | February 19, 2010 5:20 PM
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Thank god he apologized! Now the millions of unemployed can rest easy knowing Tiger has come clean!

Thanks for reporting on this critical story which has a real impact on the lives of all of the nations billionaire, adulterous golfers!

Posted by: toc59 | February 19, 2010 5:19 PM
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I'm in that camp, albeit a small one, that believes Tiger's infidelities--anybody's infidelities--aren't my business and aren't yours' either, and that all these people who seem to feel they are owed some kind of apology aren't owed a damn thing.
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The sky is falling...the sky is falling...Wilbon and I finally agree on something; and who wudathunk it would be about a Black Man--the very creed that he smacks hardest! I so agree; who gives a damn about who Tiger Woods screws and when except his wife and perhaps his mother except a hungry audiance of self rightous people...check the moot in your eye before looking at the straw in others!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 19, 2010 5:19 PM
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Our society elevated this man to superhuman status.

He's just a guy: a despicable one at that.

The media lobbying for him just turns me off even more.

Yuck.

Posted by: thinker16 | February 19, 2010 5:18 PM
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He was not apologizing to you folks. He was begging to get his sponsorships back.

This view is absurd. The man has more money than he could ever spend. I have no doubt he is dying to get back on the golf course but getting back the few sponsors he lost (remember that he kept many of the larger ones) is not a big concern for him.

Posted by: SatchelPooch | February 19, 2010 5:18 PM
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What was the use in the show today?

After all, this fellow is:

1. a golfer
2. a philanderer
3. a corporate wienie
4. a moneymaker

Now ask yourself, which of these facts interest you the most (and the least) about this man.

The last two are the most interesting to me. I could care less about the sport of golf. His appearance today was nothing more than to continue his little rich world of corporations and their "charities" - the golf swinging kids who bring in the bucks. If I ever saw this man in Haiti, I might change my opinion of him, but he lives in Orlando, and like the rest of the Disney crowd, he lives off the power of his own illusions and his millions.

But imbecile America just loves him anyway.

I never gave him a thought before all this, and he gets little more than these thoughts from me now.

To me, Mr. Woods is, in a word, useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:17 PM
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Tiger made a solid apology; no weaseling "if I offended anyone...." kind of apology.

It's enough for me. Good luck to him.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | February 19, 2010 5:14 PM
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Shut up, Lcarter. Obama's been in for a year and he's spent more money than Bush spent the entire 8 he conned us. You just wait until Obama is done. And, WTF does politics have to do with this and Bush's name certainly makes no sense to mention at this point. Grow up.

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You sound like you are more concerned about Tiger's sexual prowess, then an economic recession that is impacting millions of Americans. People are acting like this man murdered those women.

Hell, I am not sleeping with Tiger, what do I care who he sleeps with. I am not married to him.

Are you upset that Tiger did not show you any advances, or are you upset that he is a billionaire and gotten more sexual advances from women than you?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 19, 2010 5:14 PM
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“We analyze everything now like it's the Super Bowl, studying the videotape for the slightest flaws and hints that may or may not suggest the end of the world as we know it. The most dramatic example of this has been the Tiger Woods sex scandal, every detail of which has been examined to the extreme, I might even say to the absurd.”

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Not surprising what you started to write the article with what is mentioned above.

Forget the analysis and studying the videotape and all that stuff.
Issue is pretty simple.

Say it:

“Tiger had shameful behavior for number of years and was unfaithful to his wife. He essentially destroyed her life and she did not need it. She was happy without him being in her life and money, great house; fancy cars etc.

No, none of that.

Tiger is not what he led everybody to believe.”

This thing of going to therapy is nothing more than buying time.
The simple fact is he would very much like to get to the space he had before, if it is possible.

Posted by: 68b2b | February 19, 2010 5:13 PM
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He is a dishonest and despicable person. He waited three months for his face wounds to heal before he tried this stunt and would not allow any questions.

He was not apologizing to you folks. He was begging to get his sponsorships back.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 19, 2010 5:13 PM
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He was like a robot - an animatronic Tiger Woods. How someone can watch that and think he's sincere is ridiculous. It's particularly disturbing that so many people being snowed are those in the media -- people who should be objective and critical of all statements, not just such blatantly canned ones. How are we supposed to trust the 4th Estate to watchdog government, or investigate issues, when they lap up marketing babble so readily? Truly terrifying.

Posted by: zippyspeed | February 19, 2010 5:10 PM
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OF COURSE it looked rehearsed and prepared. That's how press conferences and public statements work. Duh! Again, what did you people expect? For him to wing it?

Posted by: SatchelPooch | February 19, 2010 5:06 PM
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Now Buddhism comes into the picture for Tiger -Tiger’s Karma – in his next life, he comes back as a 25 handicap – ouch, that’s a bad beat!

Posted by: terptek | February 19, 2010 5:06 PM
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To all those saying "not enough" -- what were you expecting? What could he have done that would have satisfied you? He fessed up, apologized, is getting treatment, has put his golf career on hold, and apologized again. I think that's plenty. As others have noted he broke no laws and did not cheat at golf so he owed the public exactly nothing.

Posted by: SatchelPooch | February 19, 2010 5:05 PM
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Shut up, Lcarter. Obama's been in for a year and he's spent more money than Bush spent the entire 8 he conned us. You just wait until Obama is done. And, WTF does politics have to do with this and Bush's name certainly makes no sense to mention at this point. Grow up.

Posted by: SickofMikeBaisden | February 19, 2010 5:03 PM
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I can't understand why America is so "obsessed" with the trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods w-horish ways. He is not the first man to behave like a w-hore, and nor will he be the last.

I wish the hell, Americans would spend more time analyzing the trials, tribualtions, and destruction of the countries economy brought on by the Bush administration and figure out a way to fix this mess, as opposed to analyzing Tiger's sexual philandering ways with a bunch of willing skank's.

As a matter of fact, probably over the half the people posting here are just as w-horish than Wood's.

Get a life, people!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 19, 2010 5:00 PM
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Again wilbon shows what a fool he is. This apology was a joke and so is wilbon as a sports writer. How does this hack keep his jobs. Worst sports writer ever.

Posted by: augustiswest | February 19, 2010 4:59 PM
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Oh Wilbon, puhlease! That "apology" was hardly sincere. It was thorough in that whomever wrote it covered all bases cept claiming Tiger Woods had once found the cure for herpes.

It was very mechanical and so rehearsed, Stevie Wonder could see how phony it was. Hell, I bet with those keen ears from not having sight, Stevie probably would laugh his behind off while listening to "Tiger".

I don't think that Tiger necessarily owes us an explanation, but he does owe his supporters an apology. I'm sorry, but he does. Celebrities know full well what they are getting into and they don't have any problems reaping the benefits of said life, but the moment it gets uncomfortable because people start asking questions, "Leave me and my family alone."

Why didn't you leave us alone and just played golf at some country club, foregoing the chance at fame and fortune? Because Tiger wanted that life, he wanted that power and he wanted that attention. Now, he's got it....

Posted by: SickofMikeBaisden | February 19, 2010 4:57 PM
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Outside of the obvious and dishonest "my black brother" defense (good in any situation whatsoever) apology not accepted, unless you would care to accept the apology of Bernie Maddof in the exact same way.

Here is the deal. No surrender on this creep. Curse him. Why?

He totally betrayed his wife and children for the sake of predatory sexual gratification. Not any sincere affair of the heart, merely parasitic and narcissistic lust with the many who perhaps hoped to enter the limelight of vast wealth and celebrity in his carnival of lust. But you know what? I don't care a rotten fig about that. It's none of my business. For his wife it may be, but none of mine. Its entirely likely that most of the vastly wealthy professional jocks on the road do the just the same.

Here is what is different about the Tiger Woods situation; he professionally marketed himself to a worldwide audience as much more that a very talented athlete but as a decent man, a family man who loved his wife and children, seeing into the future in his visionary gaze. He defrauded me too, as I believed the lie. He has made literally hundreds of millions on endorsements based entirely on a fraud. Just how is this fundamentally different from Bernie Maddof? He did much the same until his fraud was exposed. There is no excuse for him, and there is no excuse for Tiger in exactly the same way. Professionally marketed frauds, for the sake of a literal ocean of financial reward. And that is fundamentally what is wrong with our whole economy and nation today.

So, no surrender on this one. It was and is not about human frailty of the heart, which should be forgiven as we all fall short of the mark, but economic vampirism on a scale that boggles the mind. And he knew it was a vast lie all along.

Posted by: tarquinis1 | February 19, 2010 4:55 PM
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Why wasn't he "sincere" until he was caught? Doesn't fly, sorry...

Posted by: randysbailin | February 19, 2010 4:54 PM
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I don't understand why I need to hear an apology at all. He didn't cheat at golf or get charged w/ breaking any laws. Who is he apologizing to?

Posted by: HardyW | February 19, 2010 4:53 PM
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Your might want to bring yourself current: There are four major networks now (ABC, Fox, CBS, and NBC - whether President Obama acknowledges Fox, or not.

Woods gave a well-typed out reading of an apology. No questions, no chance to confront him on any issue, only to listen to his supposed confession of sins committed. The only thing that I got out of it is that he is still a control freak, and he will have it his way or no way.

Not a good showing.

Posted by: adjjones | February 19, 2010 4:47 PM
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Sorry, Wilbon -- not going to work, not even with your "damns" and "hells." That ain't cutting it.

The statement was a farce, and the extent of that farce was when the main camera went out, thus rendering the "look heartfelt into camera" part of the stage management moot.

Had Eldrick ACTUALLY allowed the media to cover the event, then another camera would have been present for Tiger to look at.

The healf-hearted apology failed, much as John Feinstein correctly noted in his far-superior column here on WashingtonPost.com.

Tiger owes the whole damn public everything after they bought products worth $900 million dollars of Tiger's endorsement contracts (nice shot at former sponsor Accenture, too. Typical Tiger).

Without the public who subsidized Entitled Tiger's billion-dollar earnings, Tiger's just another good golfer who nobody cares about, a lesser Roger Federer or Michael Phelps.

Tiger blew it, Wilbon. We knew you'd cover for him, no matter what. That's what you do, you enable this stuff. Which is the last thing Tiger Woods -- or his family -- needs right now.

Posted by: Truth6 | February 19, 2010 4:45 PM
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MW has no credibility when it comes to an objective assessment of TW. Period.
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Nobody would have an objective assessment of this. One thing Wilbon nailed, though, is the indictment of everybody weighing in so heavily on somebody else's personal issues. (See comments below.) Seek help. You need it.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 19, 2010 4:42 PM
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Why in the world should America care about Woods apology? Its between him and his wife. But perverted America's facination with purient irrelivent personal information about people's lives that we have become a nation of gossips! Is it any wonder America will be first in line for judgement?

Posted by: elderbetty | February 19, 2010 4:41 PM
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Well said Mike.

Posted by: jomolungma | February 19, 2010 4:38 PM
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heatherczerniak I think you need to get laid and become more liberal with your rants. Your exemplary of a typical stereotype. We all know what that is!!!!!

Posted by: samiam6 | February 19, 2010 4:38 PM
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Tiger Woods gave the public far, far more today than a single one of them is owed, most specifically the ones who made a buck off his image.

I don't care about the guy one bit. Particularly his private life. If you consider him or any athlete a role model, I hope you aren't a parent, because it's hard to do that with your head inserted fully into your butt crack. If you're Accenture, or any other of his sponsors, you morons, you got caught, yes YOU, for spending so much money trying to make a human into God. What the hell were you thinking? He's a golfer, or did you forget that when you were doing your crack? And if you are one of those people who thought this was just another mea non culpa, you forget practically every other such apology ever offered. (I loved Wade Boggs; it was his sex addiction doing the nasty, not him! And I love all the mistakes that "were made" by the men who not-apologized for them being-made.) And...oh crap, if you are anyone else who didn't think this was enough, or too much, or not too much of enough of not quite too much, your life is out there, waiting for you, just as soon as you recognize this screen ain't it.

Sally Jenkins: you asked him for a date and he turned you down. GET OVER IT.

You know why he did this? To get this out of his way so he can go back to knocking that little white ball and making millions. And if they'll pay it to him, HE DESERVES IT! Get over THAT.

He's a golfer. I believe the Seraphim are all taken, and I know God's got too good a gig to give it up.

Posted by: poorskins | February 19, 2010 4:37 PM
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First, the only people to whom Tiger owes an apology is his wife, family, and close friends. But, as a public figure, if he feels compelled to address the general public, he has broken all of the rules of handling a crisis situation since the beginning. The only smart advice he received was to not speak with law enforcement after the accident. That could have put his wife in legal jeopardy because none of us truly believe that she didn't take a nine iron to his head that night. But, his handlers have blown it since. The first rule of crisis management is to go public and get all of the bad news out quickly. His only "public" statements came via his web site. His "appearance" today was too staged, too contrived, too controlled, and because he read a prepared script lacked sincerity. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until that little pause, eye-closing, and head shake when he spoke of his wife. Way too staged as if his script had a notation at that point which read (pause, close eyes, shake head). I would have prefered him to speak without a script. Just sit in a chair and say what he wanted to say extemporaneously referring to notes or talking points to not forget anything. Just look human. Frankly, other than his attorney, he should fire the rest of those people around him because the advice they are clearly offering him is disastrous.

Posted by: POPS1 | February 19, 2010 4:37 PM
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To the readers who posted about an offensive comment: Thanks much, sorry we didn't see it sooner. It's gone now.

Jon DeNunzio
The Washington Post

Posted by: Michael Wilbon | February 19, 2010 4:37 PM
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Excellent comments by Wilbon, Sorry I can' t say the same for the offensive comments registered by some of the readers.

Posted by: joangironeJz8sAcdH | February 19, 2010 4:35 PM
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I am not sure what people want from Woods. He did not commit a crime and this didn't effect anyone's life other than his family and those close him. Since he is not a public official he owes nothing more to the general public than any other private citizen.

I really think he needs to start playing golf again as soon as possible because this story won't go away until then.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | February 19, 2010 4:34 PM
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Excellent comments by Wilbon, Sorry I can' t say the same for the offensive comments registered by some of the readers.

Posted by: joangironeJz8sAcdH | February 19, 2010 4:34 PM
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Tiger's right. His infidelities are between he and his wife.
And the dozen or so women.
And their lawyers.
And their friends.
And Tiger's boys who fascilitated all of this.
And Tiger's handlers who kept it quiet.
And the pilots.
And the limo drivers.
And.......

Posted by: harkes4ever | February 19, 2010 4:29 PM
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If Tiger was truly sorry for what he did, He would have stopped cheating after his first transgression. To cheat on your wife and kids, over and over and over, shows that you could care less about them or their feelings. Wilbon...you are a joke!!! Rick Reilly is right there with you too. You media heads are nothing more than aldult jock sniffers that have a vested interest to not say anything negative about Tiger. After all, that might jeopardize your seat at the head table. I'm sure you have already texted Tiger saying how proud you are of him. Brown noser!!!!

Posted by: mcw28 | February 19, 2010 4:28 PM
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Mike - I was waiting to hear your opinion of Tiger's remarks today and am so glad that you don't agree with the snarky and sanctimonious opinion voiced by Sally Jenkins. I was really surprised that she took such a hard-nosed, sarcastic, and unforgiving stance against everything about his remarks and performance. I'm of the belief that none of us really need to know all of the detail in his private life between him, his wife and kids. I was blown-away that he was so open and forthright with his comments. Yes, it was prepared and rehearsed, what do people think he's going to do, recite from memory! You could tell he was still nervous and embarrassed but also firm in getting his message across. I ADMIRE him so much more now as a human-being for having the courage to bare his soul to the world the way he did. His wife is correct when she told him that his on-going behavior will be the apology that she needs - words won't cut it. I wish them all the best and think he's very genuine in his desire to make amends. These people who espouse opinions of superiority, snarkiness and smug, cattiness should just shut up and give the man a chance. I don't think we'll see him on the golf course for a while and I don't think paving the way to a return to golf was his motivation for making this statement.

Posted by: vjhmom1 | February 19, 2010 4:26 PM
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Oh really!

Posted by: whocares666 | February 19, 2010 4:22 PM
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Check out my blog to see Brit Hume's opinion on Tiger's Buddhism:

http://donritchie.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/tiger-woods-come-to-buddha/

Posted by: DonRitchie | February 19, 2010 4:22 PM
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Does Tiger owe a public apology?? I think he does. Should it be broadcast on the major networks interupting regularly scheduled broadcasts? No!
Is it my business to know of his transgressions. You better believe it is!!!
Tiger Woods makes millions of dollars on what????
HIS IMAGE!!! What image is it that he is promoting? I would say the least of which characertistic he is professing to have is that of high integrity. Obviously he has been selling us all an empty bag. I resent that as a consumer! With all the fame and fortune come responsibility. He chose to take up this profession. Had he chosen to never do an ad or sell a product, then no his life is his business but he chose to make millions selling himself to us as a fine upstanding young man...which he is not.
Dont give me the BS of being a sex addict either. Thats just an out for simply having a flawed character! We (men) are all sex addicts!!!!
Again, if Tiger was your Dad...how would you feel about him? If Tiger was your brother in law and he did this to your sister, how would you feel?

Posted by: davemichelle09 | February 19, 2010 4:20 PM
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Will Bone.... you really need to get out more often.

Posted by: nosuchluck | February 19, 2010 4:19 PM
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Mike. I hate to disagree with you but I think you lost the plot on this one. A couple of things, I agree nobody needs to know all the details about Tiger's infidelities, that's between Tiger and his wife as well as any lawyers who are reviewing the legal potentiality. Tiger is a great golfer and what is important is when will he return to playing.
However, in the larger sense Tiger built an image, carefully crafted, as a paragon of virtue, the successor image for I wanta be like Mike. He sold that to a great many, outside of pure sport, clients and, as an example, Accenture used him widely as their poster boy. Walk into the baggage claim terminal 5 at Heathrow in London and there were several floor to ceiling posters of Tiger as the spokesperson for Accenture. Buick is a family car, the list is long. So in some way Tiger deceived not only the public but the people who paid him millions to represent the image of a stalwart and confident family man.
The real problem is not whether Tiger was sincere in his apology, I'm very cynical and doubt that he is sorry except for getting embarassed by getting caught it is the way this entire event was presented. The Emperor consented to appear, without clothes, well not exactly, and made his statement, presumed all accepted it as the Imperial mandate, and that was that.
I fully anticipate that the knuckleheads who require their golf Tiger fix will now overwhelm the media with Blogs, Twits etc. demanding that Tiger be forgiven and return immdeiately to his rightful place as king of golfdom. Tiger has suffered enough, the media is to blame will become the cry and Tiger, after much mature reflection, next week will magnanimously agree to return to rule his realm.

Posted by: cctsbuddy | February 19, 2010 4:17 PM
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This is an excellent commentary.

What's most disturbiing is the nature of too many of the "comments" -- moronic rants and raves that have really no relevance to the commentary or the situation.

Posted by: carolinacynic | February 19, 2010 4:17 PM
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SAMIAM6, your comment is exemplary of the most pathetic liberal mentality! So we're all racist because we believe his apology was shallow and anything but sincere. Hey, he could lose half of everything he has and still retire comfortably. When you're a pro jock making millions and suddenly you get caught with your hand down your pants, you pay the price. It's not because you're black, it's because you've lived a life that 99.99% of the world population can only dream about! At least he'll retire rich. Ask someone who's retirement plan got wiped out in this recession if they're sympathetic to this little stud muffin. Hey, there are women who sleep with politicians and make millions doing nude photo spreads and writing kiss-and-tell books. Spend some time trashing them, why don't ya!

Posted by: heatherczerniak | February 19, 2010 4:17 PM
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Dude, I have a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in...

Posted by: whirlwind81 | February 19, 2010 4:16 PM
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Shameless self promotion...what do his charities have to do with him cheating on his wife?

Posted by: mnSpringfieldVA | February 19, 2010 4:16 PM
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re a post made at February 19, 2010 3:54 PM.

Do the right thing, BAN THIS COWARDLY HOODED CREATURE OF THE DARK!

Posted by: apspa1 | February 19, 2010 4:16 PM
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Tiger said more than he needed to say...his marital difficulties are NONE of our business...I hope he and his wife can work out their problems, if for no other reason than those two beautiful children.

I want him back on Tour asap.

TO THE MEDIA: Tiger committed no crime, and you do NOT have a right to interrogate him. The frenzy created by the media has destroyed Tiger more than his actions.

GO AWAY, MEDIA

I'll welcome Tiger back any time...the sooner the better...and he is the ONLY golfer I watch and support.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | February 19, 2010 4:16 PM
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I think he was a fool for apologizing to the public... For what??? Man, get back on the golf course and win.

Posted by: prichardson1 | February 19, 2010 4:12 PM
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Sincere? COME ON Wilbon, can we really take you seriously on this matter? He had no emotion, it was complete nothing. I agree with BestPilot...why don't you make him Sports Editor of the Post while you're at it. This is what's wrong with media today....Wilbon what little integrity you had left in many reader's eyes clear has gone right out the window.

Posted by: cooldavej | February 19, 2010 4:11 PM
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As the most famous athlete in the world, he had little choice, but to make a public statement, if only for the reason to limit the damage done to the PGA, for the PGA. For his position as a role model, naturally created by his popular success, he must think long-term. Think back when Kobe got in trouble, his blow to his brand, his contrition, look at him now, still the most popular NBA player; influencing the dreams of children.

People make mistakes, everyone does horribly stupid things. You want the stupid person to own up, apologize, try to make amends and live better. The alternative of not doing so, keeping quiet, private is certainly worse for everyone.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | February 19, 2010 4:10 PM
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Booo WILBON! He was only sorry he got caught and is going to have pay Elin HALF! Sucka!

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 19, 2010 4:06 PM
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Wilbon, I liked you a whole lot better before you freakin' sold out like the mother of all sell outs. You know, being "friends" with the people you're supposed to be writing about. You're pathetic. You look like a little bald kid in a candy store whenever you're on TV next to one of your "pals". What a phony.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | February 19, 2010 4:06 PM
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The Friends of Tiger town hall gathering was a bunch of crap today. I am willing to wager he rehearsed that speech nearly 25 times in the last 2 days, especially the robotic hand movement to emphasize some of his points.

Posted by: jaythrowback1 | February 19, 2010 4:04 PM
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Now Now people, all that are mad at Tiger should just relax! Its funny when a black man is in a white mans sport kicking butt you have a problem with it. I say peace and love to you ignorant racists. Golf needs Tiger, its not as exciting to watch the other players.

Good article MW!!!

Posted by: samiam6 | February 19, 2010 4:04 PM
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LWilliamson1 you could have said it any better, even if you not a athlete women or men will through themselves at you some will bite and others will not.

Posted by: dbarnes1 | February 19, 2010 4:01 PM
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What's up with this Black/White dribble from the trolls? Wilbon is a great writer and comentator. I personally enjoy his perspective and seek it out. I enjoyed today's blog. If you don't like it, stop reading!

Posted by: Surething- | February 19, 2010 4:00 PM
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One thing that seemed to be omitted was Woods simply explaining how he came to drive so erratically and knock over a fire hydrant. Admitting and then apologizing for driving while impaired would certainly raise his stock with me.

That speech appeared to me to have been worked on like a State of the Union address by a lot of people, hence it doesn't have a ring of sincerity for me.

Anyhoo, life goes on with or without Woods and we all have our own lives to worry about.

Posted by: westfieldsdude | February 19, 2010 3:58 PM
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If it's just between Tiger and his wife, why hold a press conference? No, it has nothing to do with his wife. It has to do with his sponsors and fans. You don't need a press conference to apologize to your wife.

And Mike Wilbon, famously fawning over any black celebrity, jumps on the Tiger rehabilitation bandwagon. What a load of crap!

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 19, 2010 3:57 PM
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I think Tiger did a good job at what he was attmepting to accomplish. After all it is Tiger's journey/life and how ever he chooses to approach his amends is his business.

I do hope I have the opportunity to see him play golf again.

Posted by: ddraper81 | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM
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Michael Wilbon has lost all credibility when it comes to the subject of Tiger Woods.

Posted by: bestbucsblog | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM
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Posted:
I really amazes me how judgmental most of you heterosexual men are, ... you would have most likely done the same thing.

What??? No, I wouldn't. JUDGEMENTAL? Who is judgemental here?

Posted by: kls1 | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM
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Why is he apologize to us?? We are not married to him.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 19, 2010 3:53 PM
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I really amazes me how judgmental most of you heterosexual men are, when in truth, if you had been in his situation (a megastar pro athlete with every hot woman imaginable throwing themselves at you),I would bet my life that you would have most likely done the same thing.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | February 19, 2010 3:47 PM
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Here's a surprise -- Mike Wilbon slobbering over another black athlete. Yawn.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 19, 2010 3:45 PM
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MW, my sentiments exactly. The only person he owes an apology to is his family. He is a golfer, not a politician or anyone I would look to for my moral compass. For all those who do, you need to re-evaluate yourselves.

Posted by: Interesting | February 19, 2010 3:42 PM
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People have complained that Woods' message was contrived and rehersed. You're damn right it was! The most important speech in his life and he should deliver it extemporaniously? Of course it was rehersed.

Posted by: HENRYIIX | February 19, 2010 3:41 PM
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"Hey Mike, has an athlete of color ever done something wrong? MJ could kill someone and you and Stuart Scott would say it was ok."

Much in the same way that many folks and the media make minmal coverage of white celebrity philanders--far too numerous to enumerate--and unmercifully and incessantly passed judgment on Tiger.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | February 19, 2010 3:39 PM
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I don't understand why Woods (isn't it refreshing for someone to refer to him as something other than "Tiger"?) doesn't simply put you on his payroll, Wilbon. In terms of advice, I'm sure you can't do any worse than anyone on his current PR team. Having said that, I do believe the man made a sincere apology. Although things will never be quite the same again as pertains to his once pristine image, he is entitled to a shot at redemption.

Posted by: zephyr99 | February 19, 2010 3:36 PM
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Without an agenda? What are you talking about?

A man without an agenda doesn't hold a press conference to televise a mea culpa to the world. A man without an agenda apologizes to his wife and tries to remedy the situation with his family non-publicly.

No, a man intent on keeping his 100 million a year endorsement gravy train goes on TV.

Posted by: Nosh1 | February 19, 2010 3:36 PM
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TK and Junior are right: You have lost all credibility when it comes to being critical of TW or MJ.

Posted by: jd4000 | February 19, 2010 3:36 PM
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I don't always agree with you Michael, but this time I do. Wholeheartedly. Thank you for putting into words what I felt during and continue to feel after Tiger's apology. I'm sorry so many can't find it in their hearts to take the man at face value. For me, I felt his shame, his regret, and his pain. And if reading from notes is good enough for our President, it's certainly good enough for Tiger. Finally, while Tiger owes me no apology, I accept what he offered, and will pray that he finds his way to healing and to gaining the forgiveness and trust of Elin, his family and his friends. I for one will welcome him back to the world of golf whenever he is ready to rejoin it.

Posted by: emacco | February 19, 2010 3:35 PM
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The reality of the cellphone/iPhone/twitter/facebook/RSS Feed/instant-messaging/instant-update world we live in. Is it's harder to hide and more important to fess up. Lots of politicians, athletes and celebrities are probably thanking their lucky stars they were at the prime of their fame before the new information age we live in.

As much as I hate FOX news I have to give them credit for something. They don't report the news they don't like very well or at all.

I wish the same could be said for stories like this. Does the media frenzy promote this junk? He might be the guilty party but you guys are the partners in crime. This morning the Washington post was having a live chat during his "apology" with what looked like every staff member chiming in!

Why can't you just hate a story occasionally and just save us the grief for once!

Posted by: boblas | February 19, 2010 3:34 PM
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Regarding the comments by Bestpilotonearth shame on you. Wilbon seems to be merely only stating that Tiger's apology appeared to be sincere.The comment about M.Jordan was wacked as well. After all Tiger only truly owes an apology to his family.

Posted by: nickyfree44 | February 19, 2010 3:33 PM
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Gotta agree with many of the above posters...this was quite possibly one of the most insincere, scripted, fake apologies I've seen. It was like he had a script. Sorry for hurting family? Check. Sorry for hurting fans? Check. Mention some type of spiritual power? Check. Blame media? Check. Mention kids who look up to him? Check. Apology 101, as scripted by IMG.

Tiger is sorry for one thing and one thing only. He got caught.

Posted by: argear | February 19, 2010 3:32 PM
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MW has no credibility when it comes to an objective assessment of TW. Period.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM
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Hey, he says I did it, my bad. That's all I want to hear, the rest isn't talk, it's doing...

Posted by: kls1 | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM
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More of Wilbon tanking for Tiger. Tiger looked awful today, completely haggard in appearance. He is still a control freak. All that indignancy didn't help either. It being all between his wife and himself is more bunk. He dished out his life to make money and we were the suckers buying his "brand". It is wishful thinking for him to want privacy but also sell us the world, at the same time. Wilbon, who makes a living telling people what to think, rather than asking questions(as he pretends), hasn't answered the one question you would expect a sports analyst to answer: will Tiger return to form, internally, and also won't he be taken down a notch by the other golfers who no longer see Tiger as invincible? World Wide Mouth has nothing important to say except that he is 'brown nosing' for another interview with Tiger. Undoubtedly, it will be yet another puff piece.

Posted by: amaledemocrat | February 19, 2010 3:28 PM
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Sincere???? Mr. Wilbon, you have got to be kidding, right? I've seen a lot of public statements and presentations over the years, and none has been more rehearsed and staged than this one...I suspect a cursory examination of the papers on the podium would reveal a complete set of acting cues and suggestions written in the margins...as in look contrite, look sad, show some anger and ire here, go give a big, groping bear hug to someone in the front row. This "apology" is as fake and Mr. Woods character and his claims to having character. And another thing...what kind of therapy requires a patient to go on international television to make an "apology" in the late morning as a part of the "healing process?"

I don't want Tiger Woods to be more sincere, more apologetic, or more honest...I just want Tiger Woods to go away and stay away...and get off of my TV screen.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | February 19, 2010 3:27 PM
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You know, it is possible to disagree with Wilbon without having an "agenda" or "issues". He should stick to giving us his opinion and forget about giving us his opinion of other people's opinions.

Posted by: posttoastie1 | February 19, 2010 3:24 PM
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I really don't care that Tiger had affairs. I really don't care what he and his wife choose to do. But I have to say from a PR standpoint, his apology speech came across as completely contrived, completely unbelievable and a huge waste of time.

Posted by: AutumnBanter | February 19, 2010 3:21 PM
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surprised that MW didn't say that the sun revolves around Tiger! Hey Mike, has an athlete of color ever done something wrong? MJ could kill someone and you and Stuart Scott would say it was ok.

Posted by: bestpilotonearth | February 19, 2010 3:20 PM
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From the article "as any reasonable person without an agenda could hope to hear."

Of course, no has a bigger agenda than Wilbon. He probably wrote this garbage two days ago and just plugged Tiger quotes in this afternoon...

Posted by: ghokee | February 19, 2010 3:20 PM
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@MikeWilbonSaid

Posted by: YankeeVic | February 19, 2010 3:18 PM
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