December 9th, 2009
03:06 PM ET

Tiger’s Career Will Be Fine!

What a surprise! Yet another sports star has cheated, lied and presented himself as a role model, when really it seems he’s just another dude as intoxicated by fame and money as the next mega sports star. And we are simply outraged! But sad truth here is that Tiger’s career will be A-OK. If you think his career is kaput because he may have cheated on his wife, you’re sorely mistaken.

If the adultery claims are true – Tiger is a class-act pig. Daily, more women come forth to claim their spot in what is a veritable harem of ladies who say they’ve have had affairs with him. His wife – the mother of his two children– is no doubt heartbroken, his marriage in the toilet and his fans are disillusioned.

The world’s greatest professional golfer built an empire on his good name, incredible game and hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorships. He’s hocking watches, energy drinks, video games, cars, condos and more – because, hey! – he’s the good guy we all admire!

Now, the backlash has begun: Tiger action figures have been thrown in the discount bin, Gatorade dropped a line of Tiger-themed energy drinks and media tracker Nielsen reports that not a single Tiger commercial has aired on TV since November 29.

Tiger will pay the price – in his personal life. If his wife has a brain in her head, she’ll leave his butt – and quick. He’ll lose his marriage – he’ll lose his panache as a family man.

But he’s not going to lose his place as the greatest golfer we’ve ever seen.

Tiger is still at the top of his game, professionally. And that’s not going to change any time soon. He’ll keep on playing and he’ll still be a hero to many. Sponsors will have to shift their endorsements from “Tiger the family man” to “Tiger the bad boy sports star”. And they will – because he’ll still be able to sell the goods.

If Alex Rodriguez can overcome a steroids scandal and be hailed hero, Kobe Bryant beat a major sexual harassment scandal and come out on top - hell if Bill Clinton can still carry a career as a highly esteemed humanitarian and diplomat, what with his flair for interns and cigars – then Tiger Woods will be fine. He should take a page from David Letterman’s book – but that’s another story.

I want to be clear: I think Tiger Woods is an arrogant, power-hungry, fame-drunk pig. But he’s still the best golfer in the world.

 


soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Madge

    Why is everyone assuming that his wife is a victim here? If his "harem" is really what it's being made out to be, there is NO WAY his wife didn't know about it. For all we know, the marriage itself could just be a business deal so he could have children. We always want to victimize the wife, but it's certainly not popular when someone considers that maybe, just maybe, it's an "open" marriage.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. christa

    Ok america, step away, from the computers, from the news, look away from this issue, its time, to look at things differently. He is rich and will stay rich, he can use and abuse his family. What I mean by that is, cheating is abuse of a spouse. He can have as many women as he wants, its up to his wife. Of course men support him, because many of them use the excuse, I am playing golf with my buddies. But the thing is he endangered his wife, with sexual transmitted diseases.
    Soon there will be a new scandal and we forget.

    December 11, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debra R

    Re The L: Are you kidding me? Do you also believe if a woman is dressed a certain way she is asking to be raped?
    The fact is that Tiger Woods made a decision (several of them), to break his wedding vows...a CONTRACT with Elin he went out trolling for tramps who were satisfied to eat the crumbs from another woman's table. The tramps were wrong and Tiger was wrong. For you to suggest after Elin giving birth to the man's children that she was withholding/ceasing "marital favors" is ignorant. If Tiger cannot uphold his contract with the women he said he loves...then why should any sponser think he will be any different with them? If there were problems in the marriage, instead of trolling for tramps, he could have chosen to do everything possible to save the marriage, then if it was unsavable divorced her. What is more important? $$$ or being a MAN?

    December 11, 2009 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. michelle

    Tiger cheated on his wife during/after having two children.

    His career will never be the same, isn't golf a mental game? He will never break that record, heck he can't even get on the course after a little scratch to his face. I don't think he will want to face the media for a long time. I think it's over career and marriage. Elin move on and marry someone that can be faithful to you. Tiger good luck at ever seeing your kids on a regular basis....they won't even know you or love you.

    oh wait @!!@

    if that would have mattered maybe you would have kept your stupid pecker in your pants. Your father would be so proud.

    December 11, 2009 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. ramesh advani

    Tiger, now turn the page. Elin will forgive you. But don't buy her forgiveness. You both take your time to reconcile. And then, the two of you should come out in the open on Oprah. No live crying please !! Have Elin's mom with your two kids also on the show but in the audience displaying true forgiving smiles. In short, show the world that you have been forgiven by the only one that matters, Elin. After that, let's see some sterling performances from you on the golf course !! Millions wish that for you......

    December 11, 2009 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. garrett

    i have to disagree with the commenter that justified domestic violence due to the infidelity...sorry, but that doesn't justify chasing your hubby with a golf club. Anyways there's worse things than beating up the guy...he has to live with destroying his family life for the next 50 or so years of his life...and the fallout when his children start acting out due to the broken home and contentious relationship between mommy and daddy in addition to being the child of a celebrity. Silver lining is maybe they have a few other brothers and sisters to get to know now.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. GD

    Typically I would agree that a sports star's private life should be treated as such, private. In the case of Woods however, he has made his billions not through golf prizemoney, but rather as a public figure selling us anything from Rolex, Gillette razors, Nike merchandise and Gatorade, all on the back of the image of a wholesome, successfull family man.

    Woods can't pick and choose what type of media attention he would like, particularly not when he's sold himself as public commodity. An 'actor' on the course, and an 'actor' in life.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Doc

    Wilt Chamberlain revealed he slept with 20,000 women. Nothing new here. Comparatively, Tiger is a virgin.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. tinkerbell

    The gals were looking for fame to bed the world sport star. Now they are taking the free publicity to make themselves famous too. Poor Tiger, he thought he'll get away, he's too famous to be ignored. He downgraded his taste to bar girls/waitresses and pornstars

    December 11, 2009 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    I can't believe how naive the public is acting. Almost everyone cheats. The men who are not cheating likely do not have the options to do so. They're domestic schleps.

    I repeat: Cheating is natural. It is not some unusual phenomenon, and it has little, or nothing to do with money, or fame. It has to do with the human animal, and any relationship is at risk for cheating.

    To the women who are married, and think that this is about fame, and ego, you need to wake up, and realize that the average man would have done what Tiger did if they had the opportunity. Your husband, if he isn't cheating already, will likely do so before the end of your marriage.

    It never ceases to amaze me how viscous the casual female observer can be when these stories arise. No amount of fame excuses this lynch mob, and it's a testament to how far modern journalism goes to make the average bottom feeder fill morally righteous.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. geoff

    Its pathetic that Tiger would still be able to come out on top after the disgracely behavior he has displayed in the recent weeks or shoud I say years.

    The problem is, is that society is so desparate to escape their miserable lives themselves that they are willing to put this piece of shit and other pieces of shit within the entertainment industry, whether they be singers, actors or athletes ahead of what really matters.

    The money these fakes make and the stupid sponsors who pay the ridicuous amounts of money to them is very much to blame why are econony is going bust.

    I mean we spend so much unnecessary money to pay, report and follow their lives.

    But I guess you need a job too and writing about this assholes puts a few bucks in your pocketIt too however its a shame what this world has come to and the best thing the media could do is to just ignore him and not report a thing. He's not worth it.

    Believe me there are much more worthwhile worldwide events to report on.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. stephen

    I bet you never met Tiger Woods

    December 11, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. sanman

    Once you read the blog one will come into conclution that
    some quarters of people hate TIGER because of his calm
    and quiet personality and he is not white. He is playing (golf) once
    regined by white guys and he is on the way to break Jack
    recored. No doubt why people hate. Nobody knows what has
    happened. Lot of women come forward with so and so. May be true
    or may not be but todays market women are not afraid to do anything
    to say in order to market themself and not at all ashemed.
    Sorry we to say that we hate more than what we see around the
    world.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Neil

    All those women who are coming out of the closet are only talking because they are getting paid. Think about it why didn't they speak up 6 months ago? They are like poison.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wrensis

    Elin needs to take the children away from a bad example of what grown ups are.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. juanito perez

    if I were you Tiger Woods, I will do your transgressions as often and as enthused the best of me. After all, with my looks, my built, my money and my luxury, why not. Its you.

    Forget those envious hypocritical folks.

    Life is uncertain. Life is what we choose. Why postpone the joy of living.
    In some cultures and religions, polygamy is a way of life.after all, you are a good provider, a good father, a good husband.

    Just take a good cleaning sanitizing shower before coming home. You are all cleared. Go on. Sing the favorite song," Born to be Wild".

    December 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Nicole

    It would be great to give Tiger a Kanye West moment and ask " What would your father say?"

    December 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. dpeterson

    TIGER MAKES BILL CLINTON LOOK LIKE AND ANGEL

    December 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Randy

    Anybody that thinks Tigers Game will be up there on tlhe tube is wishfull thinking. This is Golf, as crazy as that sounds I would bet it is true. Time will tell.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jana Floyd

    Hard to understand WHY, and I hope that Tiger and Elin will be able to overcome this and focus on loving and raising those beautiful children. My concern as a health care provider is: Ambien, Vicoden, and Alcohol = disaster.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sandalwood

    If that scum Michael Vick can stage a come back ANYBODY can. This POS should never have been allowed to touch another football.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Phillip

    Oh and one other thing – Americans are way too afraid of sex. Sex, for some reason, more than anything else, begets extreme judgment of character and for all we know, Woods and his wife could have an "arrangement" – anyone who marries a celebrity should be willing to accept unorthodox ideas around sexuality – something Americans, in their Judeo-Christian righteousness cannot help but be fixated on. This story would have no legs in Europe, because Europeans know people screw around, and dont have some goofy Freudian obsession with it.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Phillip

    I find it fascinating on a sociological level, the sort of Durkheimian elevation of "values" as being so important in so-called role models. The fact is, Tiger Woods is a golfer, just like Letterman is a talk show host. Neither of them are required by any legal or social contract to live a life of complete virtue according to the American public's definition of whatever that is. If only we lived in a culture where everyone – not just celebrities- who failed to live up to this oblique standard was maligned and scrutinized in the press! We would see the hypocrisy rates decline sharply. People should enjoy their entertainers for being what they are, and quit being so fascinated by their private lives, and stop expecting them to live like saints. They are human, they make bad decisions, and to expect them not to is naive and stupid in the extreme. It also proves just how hollow and meaningless people really feel their own lives are, when they can invest this much time, energy, and emotion in a matter that involves them not one bit.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Hopeful

    Tiger made a mistake because he is human as we all are....but, screw that! He never got up and said he was perfect....WORLD! HE's Not perfect....even if Elin does leave him...she walks away with more than the $0 that she came into the marriage with. His career will be alright and most of you judgemental creeps will be right in front of the tv when he plays again.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Terry

    He sure can swing a club though. If you think about it, it's the most monotonous activity, he has to do it just about exactly the same way each time to see the same result; a little white ball going into a little hole. But that's basically what happens, and people have lavished him with a billion dollars.

    We should have little sympathy for his wife, she knew what he was before she married him.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Josephine

    I HOPE THAT ALL MEN WILL LEARN A LESSON FROM TIGER'S EXPERIENCE. WOMEN CAN BE EVIL AT TIMES AND BRING A GREAT MAN DOWN. DON'T FORGET THE GREATEST BIBLICAL STORY "ADAM AND EVE"
    ALL YOU MARRIED MEN OUT THERE, PLEASE STAY WITH YOUR WIVES. MARRIAGE IS SACRED AND IT SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Josephine

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!! Leave Tiger and his wife to solve their problem.
    What baffles me is, WHY ARE WE NOT DISGUISED AT ALL THESE WOMEN WHO ARE SAYING THAT THEY WENT TO BED WITH TIGER WHEN THEY KNEW FULLY WELL THAT THE MAN IS MARRIED? Where is their DIGNITY? They bedded a married man and they are not ashamed of themselves, they have the audacity to come on national Tv and talk about it. WHAT HAS BECOME OF WOMEN THESE DAYS?????

    December 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. joycelyn

    One thing I don't understand is why the women are gettig off so easily...they got involved with a married man and they are home wreckers. I don't care whether they apologize to his wife or not, they knew what they were doing. That being said, I am not justifying what Tiger did, he is a pig but the women should be held accountable as well. Hang in there Tiger, and I hope you learn your lessoon. It may or may not be a costly one in terms of personal gains but I hope you learn from this.

    December 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. donster74

    Donna, I agree with and like everything you wrote save two words: "I guess"

    December 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Donna M.

    Tiger was raised to believe he is the center of his own universe and he behaves accordingly. It's absolutely no surprise that he is a philanderer. It's apparent he did not care one iota what he was doing to his wife and children when he was out there accepting the attentions and favors of many women. He's the lead character in his own story, and I guess he gave that story a very sad ending.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Thomas I Green

    The media pimping of the Tiger Woods story is both boring and sickening.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  32. m from den

    I find it pretty funny that anyone is suprised by this turn of events in the Tiger story. It just goes to show how gullible and self-righteous the public really is. The joke is on you if you thought a billion dollar career wouldn't add the the extreme ego of Tiger Woods. And I for one am tired of hearing how these women were the "victims" of his charms. Call them what they are: straight-up TRAMPS! Why? Because at the end of the day, I don't care how famous Tiger is, they jumped in the sack with another woman's husband. And with all media, including CNN, trumpeting the horns everytime one of them says they "know" Tiger Woods, I don't think he should give them a dime to keep quiet. He'll need his money to pay Elin off. The real victims are the kids who have to grow up in that fame fishbowl. Tiger is an arrogant philander apparantly, but he's not done with having a big money career by any means.

    December 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. The L

    What no one is considering is what if Elin married him with every intention of ceasing "marital favors" forcing him to step out on her? It's entirely possible. Think about it...the prenup says if they divorce he will have to pay. Likewise, if he gets caught cheating he will have to pay out a bunch of money also. So what can a guy do who can't get it at home or loses a bunch of his life savings in order to do so? He sneaks around and if he's not caught...PAYS NOTHING! which is ideal of course. I do believe that he should have divorced her and pay her what they agreed upon and then start dating everything with a pulse...but c'mon...if she did marry him and then cut him off to get paid I think society would be looking more unfavorably upon her than him...and truth be told we don't know what happened...that's what might have happened!

    December 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. donster74

    Steve, if it's any comfort, yes, Eldrick is black, but only 1/4. He's half Asian AND he looks Asian.

    December 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Robin

    Steve,

    Thanks for your comments. Even though I am my children's role model, it disheartening to know that our society morals and values system has gone to h-! What sold Tiger was not just his golf expertise, but his reputation of being good person and not a bad boy. This man cheated for 31 months while his wife was having his children and then he is so cocky to say it's a private matter.

    It was his mistress that told the story and I have every right to state my opinion. Elin needs to kick his a– again and moved on. Why stay for the money, please, she is better than that. Now, he loves her when he gets caught. Elin is the real deal and next time she needs help, please call a sista to help put him out. I would have move my girl "Elin" out and Tiger would not be leaving the hospital!!!

    December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Knot to worry

    Tiger can not claim complete privacy regarding his personal life if he is selling products based on personal endorsements. I agree with the article. He is a great golfer who has done bad things and it is disappointing to see that many want us to blindly accept that because it is "personal" we should forget about it. He can't have it both ways.

    At the same time, there is no reason to keep allowing this to dominate the news with all the other issues in the world today affecting so many people.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. steve

    It's a genuine dissapointment. As a teacher at a minority school, our students look up to african-american role-models like Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods and it's frustrating for them when they see them fall from grace. What is worse is the way society accepts it and wants to move on so quickly, almost as if they secretly admire these celebrities for behaving so poorly. Is Obama now the only positive black role model for our kids?

    December 10, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  38. Debra R

    I can see why the sponsers are dropping him like a hot potato. he has already proven he cannot honor the most basic and personal of contracts. Hopefully Elin will not contract an STD, will divorce him and take him for everything he has. The women he was sleeping with are all Hos (not the Santa kind), but it was Tiger who chose to dishonor himself and his wife with his behavior.

    Greates golfer.... maybe, there will always be another "greatest golfer"...too bad he has lost the titles "greates Dad, and greatest husband"

    December 10, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  39. donster74

    Ronnie: "Let's get on with our lives and let Tiger and his wife do the same." Yet, you still have enough time to stop what you're doing and post on this board? Say what?

    What's amazing about the Eldrick Woods story is how the press indicts the male gender as being cheaters and not a word is mentioned about the women. In my eyes, involvement with any man or woman who you know is married constitutes cheating. And, the last time I checked, the count was close to ten women involved with the man.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Carol

    To Kristyn Martin

    I don't feel that Tiger Woods is arrogant, power-hungry, etc. that you wrote. The ONE thing you wrote that is correct is he's the best golfer in the world. And why are all you people so concerned about his PERSONAL life? You live your life and let others live theirs.

    December 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. colleen

    said eloquently, he's an arrogant power-hungry, fame-drunk pig.

    December 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ronnie

    Okay we all know that as the press has reported all the lurid details ad nausem so lets get on with our lives and let Tiger and his wife do the same. Enough already!!!

    December 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |

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