Can a Tiger shed its spots stripes?

As a man who’s had his own issues with “transgressions,” it would be hypocritical of me to judge Tiger Woods. Like me in the past, he’s been an asshole, and one hopes that he’s finally figured that out. I think that such a discovery is a part of the human experience. Hell, we’re all assholes in one form or the other. We try to overcome it, but sometimes, it just drags us down.

“O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?”

I have three thoughts this Friday evening. One, I thought it was a little odd for Tiger to lecture culture about the morality of his loss of privacy. I mean, didn’t he just give up the right to have anyone care about what he thinks, golf or otherwise?

Two, his father often said that Tiger’s ultimate contribution to society would be off the golf course. I don’t think this is what he meant (and I’m quite sure he’s not happy with his son), but who knows if this won’t lead to something enduring?

Three, this line from Jesper Parnevik, the man who introduced Tiger to his wife (and now regrets it), speaks volumes beyond Parnevik’s own emotions:

We thought better of him, but he is not the one we thought he was.

I think the public that Tiger Woods has worked so hard over the years to impress now generally feels the same way about the guy. Will we forgive him? I think that’s inevitable. Will he ever be “the one we thought he was?” Not a chance.

Behavior has consequences, and while Tiger may have been judging himself based on his intentions, the world sees it for what it really is — being an asshole.

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