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As sports scandals go, Tiger is tops

December 16, 2009

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The biggest news as the Tiger Woods scandal played out for the third week on gossip sites and chat boards everywhere wasn’t really news.

It might not have even been his wife, Elin, not that it matters much anymore.

A two-day-old photo of a blonde woman in sunglasses pumping gas into an SUV outside Orlando went viral — which is about all that seems to matter anymore — because, gasp, the woman was not wearing a wedding ring.

Perhaps you’ve heard that Woods and his wife, Elin, are having marital problems.

There’s really not a lot more to the whole thing except for the scale of what happened and the size of the stage it has been playing out on. The greatest golfer ever is exposed as perhaps one of the greatest philanderers ever and, of course, we want to know all the sordid details.

Transgressions. Infidelity. Sins. Woods has used all three words himself in postings on his Web site owning up to some of his actions.

If only he had cheated on the golf course instead of off it. Marked down a 4 when it should have been a 5, or maybe kicked a ball from behind a tree when no one was looking.

He might have recovered from that. A lot of baseball players who cheated with steroids certainly have.

But he’ll never really recover from this.

“In a lot of ways Tiger Woods has broken the hearts of a lot of people who looked at him as a role model who was above all those things,” said Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. “It was just so far out of bounds with what anyone considers normal behavior.”

Indeed, this scandal is more about celebrity than sport. This wasn’t Pete Rose betting on baseball, Bill Belichick spying on his opponents or Marion Jones bulking up to win Olympic gold.

But it is Tiger Woods. And that’s all that matters.

“I don’t know if there was anybody ever like Tiger Woods,” Lapchick said. “We had an African-American athlete who totally transcended race and dominated a sport maybe like no one else who seemed to have this perfect life. It turned out not to be true.”

Count Lapchick among those who initially thought Woods would largely escape much fallout from the accident and early reports of infidelity. Those in a graduate class he teaches in sports management thought so, too, predicting Woods would be welcomed back warmly when he returned to the course.

That was before every day brought another revelation, and more and more women were linked with Woods. Now his students have changed their minds, and Lapchick has, too.

Woods’ sponsors are apparently coming to the same conclusion. No matter that few people know what Accenture does, the consulting company knows it doesn’t want to be associated with Woods anymore.

And although AT&T doesn’t mind spending millions to be a part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic effort, does the company really want Woods to make his return — whenever that might be — with its logo still on his golf bag?

What Woods did had nothing to do with sports. Still, it might end up being the biggest scandal ever in sports.

Nothing else comes close.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 7 months ago

Woods is not black. The writer is in error.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 7 months ago

A billion dollar brand falling apart before our eyes....

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jaywalker 4 years, 7 months ago

Tiger's scandal is not "tops", it's just the freshest. Kobe, Magic Johnson, Barry Bonds - they were all the biggest scandal...at the time.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

most of the media and people of euro extraction who were born and raised in the U.S. are one droppist in the mindset toward people of mixed race. "one drop of black makes you black" or white/asian = asian; white/hispanic = hispanic; white/eskimo = eskimo, etc etc. sometimes that surprises me w/ tiger, though, since he is black and asian but the brown skin is what wins out by default, i suppose (even though alot of thai folks have skin just as brown as tiger's but when most people think asian, they picture someone of jackie chan's complexion). so for the article to call him "black"-- no surprise. i would've been shocked had they called him biracial or hapa or blasian or mixed race or whatever. black, tho? nope. no surprise.

anyway.... so as far as sports "scandals" go, our little KU football fighting KU basketball players thing was just a small, quick blip on the screen, right? that's good. more power, tiger. :D

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anon1958 4 years, 7 months ago

Some rich guy cheated on his wife. Not interesting, unusual or in any way worthy of the coverage it is getting.

I would rather watch the Sarah Palin train wreck and we are all sick to death of that. At least there is regular if unintended comedy spilling out of Palin's mouth.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

yeh... there was bill clinton, then kobe bryant, then david letterman (and of course, a dozen or so congressmen/governors/senators) and now there is tiger... i couldn't care less to be honest w/ you. all i know is his wife is set for LIFE. cha-ching!!!

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GardenMomma 4 years, 7 months ago

If he hadn't crashed his SUV none of this would have come to light (or at least just not yet.)

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RogueThrill 4 years, 7 months ago

It all balances out in the end because I am a white guy that prefers black chicks.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

yep. you're black. you're great great grandfather was 1/8 black. and that one little drop will do it.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

that was directed at jacob, not you rogue. :D

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 7 months ago

“…Amid all the headlines generated by Tiger Woods' troubles — the puzzling car accident, the suggestions of marital turmoil and multiple mistresses — little attention has been given to the race of the women linked with the world's greatest golfer. Except in the black community….” Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/12/06/2009-12-06_tiger_woods_alienates_black_community_with_white_lovers.html#ixzz0ZtBw7Lbi

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BMI 4 years, 7 months ago

$1000 to have been a fly on the wall around Bill Cosby to hear his off hand comments on all this. He's thinking about the same thing as Jacob123. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XylJW5c9eJ0

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denak 4 years, 7 months ago

It's not that he cheated but that he cheated, and cheated, and cheated, and cheated, and cheated and cheated, 14 possibly 15 times over. And with the skankiest women imaginable(strippers, porn stars, prostitutes, "hostesses" etc) The media loves stuff like that. And whether we like it we like it or not, most of us can name at least 2 of his reported 14 or 15 mistresses. It has gotten to the point that I am scared to turn on the t.v. to see if there is yet another woman.

And honestly, I don't think it has anything to do with him being black/caucasian/Asian.It is because he had the wholesome good boy image and is worth a reported 1 billion dollars.

We love to see the mightly fall and you can't get much mightier than Tiger Woods.

Dena

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

denak, i noticed that-- all these heffas coming forward are big-time skanks!!! the VH1 tool academy chick looks like she is possibly hispanic or a mixed race individual-- she doesn't look white. but she looks like a skank. how classy is that? a tool academy cast-off? wth?

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

ret, i digress... tiger is a skank as well. :)

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 7 months ago

i make total sense that most caucasian americans are still one-droppists? no sh*t, sherlock.

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