Clearly, the voice mails and text messages tell the tale: Tiger catted around. And his statement today pretty much confirms it. Okay, fine. Enough already. He is right about this: “No matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.” He’s a golfer, fergoshsakes. He’s not a politician preaching family values. Even celebrity athletes have a right to privacy.
What he did with other women is abhorrent. Okay. What he did to the fire hyrant will earn him, and SHOULD earn him, a citation and a fine. Good. After that, though, public prying is no more than prurience.
I’ve never been a big Tiger fan. I admire him for some of his charitable work and for his support of military personnel. And obviously I think he is a wondrous athlete, and one who in the US Open in 2008 showed incredible, and admirable, grit. But he’s not warm, and I don’t like his F-bombs, and he generally leaves me cold. I neither like him nor dislike him. I almost never root for him, because there are others I like better. All of which is relevant only so readers can understand that my judgments above about his privacy are not ones biased by being a fan of Tiger. It’s just common decency to say that where the public issue of reckless driving stops — and unless the integrity of the game of golf is involved — then a zone of privacy really should begin. Remember that his privacy is also that of his apparently innocent wife and children. Tiger acting like a skank doesn’t mean THEY should be be forced to lose their privacy. Papparazzi (sp?) who invade such privacy are skankier even than Tiger is. Enough is enough.