Lakers forward Ron Artest, along with Redskins running back Clinton Portis, have publicly voiced support for Tiger Woods in the wake of the collapse of the pro golfer’s squeaky-clean image. Portis made his comments through the almighty Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and DC Sports Bog, while Artest made his through his personal web site. It’s not the same level of brain-dead “Didn’t Kill Nobody” rhetoric that we’ve been accustomed to hearing from professional athletes, but it’s really genuine, heartfelt stuff. Especially Artest’s, who spoke of temptation in his own marriage.
My wife is a much better wife than I am a husband. We still argue and disagree after being together 16 years. and I still cope with the fact that there are so many women out there and I choose to stay loyal to my wife.
I want to be home every night, but with traveling I can’t, and sometimes I might want to go to a bar or club and be one of the fellas. Most of the time I stay in, because I have my kids and wife. I cannot sit here and say the thought to have many women has never crossed my mind. –RonArtest.com, via SportsHumor23.
Portis suggested that Tiger’s not the only one running around on his spouse.
“Well, I think he’s being treated unfair,” Portis said of Woods. “Honestly, I always felt like everybody in that position–whether you’re a reporter, whether you run a grocery store, whether you’re the guys who’s doing an endorsement with Tiger–I’m sure in their offices the same thing’s going on. I’m sure they’ve got a lot of hidden secrets, a lot of hidden secret admirers, women that they talk to and everything else. Being an athlete, you’re put under a microscope and everybody wants you to be perfect. You just can’t have nothing else going on.”–DC Sports Bog.
I appreciate the fact that Artest, whom I (perhaps wrongly) don’t consider to be a media-savvy guy, actually brought his own personal experiences with marriage into the discussion, because most of the chatter seems rooted in a nauseating idealism that serves no purpose other than to make Tiger look like an even bigger asshole. Dude just had fourteen mistresses dragged across the headlines of America’s newspapers. That’s really all the indignation this conversation needs.