Will Tiger Woods come clean?


Patrick Newell

I am in complete agreement with Tiger Woods’ website blog entry Wednesday, Dec. 2 . As a professional athlete, much like a politician, actor or performing artist, Woods is in the public eye, and how he comports himself in a public setting is subject to scrutiny. Woods understands he is a public figure and the camera is usually canted in his direction, yet he requests (demands) that his private life should not be fodder for the rumor circuit or the sundry tabloids waiting to break another rumor. No one will argue the sanctity of conducting one’s own business without cameras or gossip mongers looming closely.
Yet, the circumstances of his car accident are still unclear, and we may never know the specifics. What we can surmise is that issues with Woods’ private life may have spilled out into the affluent, gated neighborhood that the world’s top golfer calls home. When a car accident causes over $3,000 of property damage, it’s hard for the public to look the other way. Woods has chosen to admonish himself for exhibiting poor judgment and not living up to his own moral standards. Still, he has not explained the circumstances of his accident, and by remaining tight-lipped, is only inviting more public curiosity. When Woods does make his next public appearance in front of the media, expect an inquisition from the news media. Will Woods own up to his actions, like David Letterman? Will he tell part of the truth, a la Alex Rodriguez? Or will he stand by his blog statement and fail to satiate the public’s “need to know?”