By now, you have probably heard Tiger Woods' apology for his recent behavior, and his vow to clean up his personal life, and “respect the game” going forward. Tell me: why did Tiger Woods apologize to the general public for his very personal mistakes? Listen, Mr. Woods, don't apologize to me. I have nothing to do with your predicament, and quite frankly, your situation doesn't interest me one bit.
The moment Tiger Woods opened his mouth to read his prepared statement, media critics launched an attack, chastised Woods for not accepting questions during the telecast, and scrutinized Woods' body language for clues to hidden agendas. Ironically, the word “ethics” was tossed around quite a bit in critical discussions.
In light of the definition of “ethics” (a system of moral principles), is it ethical for the media to debate the conduct within a troubled marriage, to hound the parties involved, to demand explanations to a matter that has no bearing on the well-being of the general public? Is it ethical to subject the transgressor to public examinations of his speech patterns and posture in an effort to determine sincerity? Is it ethical to excessively exalt public figures, and besiege them, like wolves devouring prey, when such “heroes” inevitably fall from grace? Is it ethical for the media to criticize Tiger Woods' recent statement as an ill-timed public relations maneuver when it was the media's relentless spotlight that made that exact public relations strategy necessary? Is it ethical to cast a never-ending spotlight on the demise of Tiger Woods' marriage when there are more newsworthy events with far reaching, world-wide implications (such as the current military surge in Afghanistan and the unfortunate, resultant casualties in our military)?
The only person Tiger Woods owes an apology to is his wife. The rest of us have absolutely nothing to do with the man. As a revered sports figure, Woods owes the public nothing more than a good game of golf. No offense, Mr. Woods, but I'm tired of hearing about your affairs (no pun intended). You can't win favor with the public now no matter what you do or say, so take each day as it comes, and quietly get on with your life already.