"The [Golf Writers Association of America] also believes strongly that its presence, without the ability to ask question, gives credibility to an event that isn't worthy of it."
As it turns out, a lot of people have a lot of problems with this so called "press conference." First of all, there wasn't any media there, really. Well sort of. Those invited, and those who cared to attend, were watching live on closed circuit televisions form a conference room like a mile away. Tiger was flanked by only a couple of close friends and some family. Oh, and probably some PGA folks and I am sure some representatives from whatever sponsors he has left. As you have probably figured out by now, the fact that there were no reporters in the room means that there were no questions asked of Tiger. Hmmm...that kind of destroys the whole press and conference aspects of his "press conference," now doesn't it?
So what did Eldrick have to say? Well, he apologized, as we all knew he would. And he said that what he did was unacceptable, which it was. So far so good. It was basically all the things that we all expected to hear. The place where this is getting interesting is with the delivery. There seems to be this very wide and even rift growing throughout the world, between people who believed him, are willing to forgive and forget, and those who are falling into the camp that thinks his apology was insincere and definitely orchestrated. One reviewer even said Tiger seemed "arrogant" while up there, and I have to say that I sort of agree. If there wasn't arrogance in his delivery of his apology there was definitely arrogance in the way he went about presenting it all. I am definitely and firmly in the camp that thinks Tiger should be raked over the coals for this one.
But not for what he did. Let's not get things confused here, Company. I don't think he's a sex addict, I've said that before, I think he is just a guy to likes to score and is successful at it, and think what he did was wrong. However, I don't feel he needs to be vilified for it. I think he needs to pay his dues, then he can come back to the tour and start fresh. Let's be honest, we all make mistakes, and we all deserve a certain amount of forgiveness for the times we falter. But what I whole heartedly refuse to give him is an ounce of leeway for the way he has handled this whole thing. I mean, I understand that this is a stressful incident, and most definitely life altering, but come on. You've got to realize your place.
Tiger, the minute that you smashed that SUV into that innocent fire hydrant this stopped being your show. At that point, you were done calling the shots and you are just along for the ride. All your mystique, all your power, all your good graces went out the window, and the world into which you just stuck your head after those three silent months in rehab (hmmm...living along in a crappy two-room apartment and not getting laid, most of us don't call that rehab, we call it life) having to tug at your own Gentileman's Region, is not the same world anymore. You are not king shit any longer, Eldrick. Devil Ball got it right when they compared you to the bully who has suddenly fallen, and they are going to kick you while you are down every chance you get. That's for all the kicking you have done in the past. If I were you, which I am most certainly not, I would just lie low and very quietly return to the PGA Tour with my head down, and play my way back in. You've already admitted what you did was wrong, and that's a nice first step, but not it's time to realize that, in reality, you are just another golfer.