02.19.10 8 years ago 9 Comments

Tiger Woods can’t change the past. The best he can do is make you forget about it for a while. That effort to do so will begin today, as Tiger adressess “a small group of friends” today. Here’s the complete release from Tiger’s site.

Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior.

While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that’s what he’s going to discuss.

His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is NOT a news conference.

Honestly, and this might be a narrow worldview, if he keeps winning tournaments, he could be meeting Lance Bass on the shoulder of I-75 and I wouldn’t give it a passing thought. While Tiger’s reputation certainly benefitted from that wholesome family image that now has been destroyed (to say nothing of his wallet), it wasn’t why most rational golf fans craved his presence at every tournament. In the end, athletes are judged by their performances in the arena, not their ability to be pimped out in front of one’s kids as role models. Tiger, with his almost-ludicrously controlled return from exile, should take a big step toward the former today. Also.

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