ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith calls Tiger Woods a, “lost soul” and Greg Cote of the Miami Herald writes, “Sports has never seen a fall — from greatness and from grace — like that of Tiger Woods.” Later in the article Cote mentions O.J. Simpson — the guy that murdered two people.
The harsh media reaction has been more shocking than the actual events that happened around 3 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The immediate assumption was that Woods was getting hammered and driving drunk on Memorial Weekend. It makes sense for so many to default there since so many people get hammered and drive drunk on Memorial Weekend — takes one to know one.
Woods released a statement on Tuesday, “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an on expected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans.”
Fans don’t trust athletes — Lance Armstrong, Rafael Palmeiro and a hundred others are to blame. We’ve seen the Woods statement from countless athletes and every time it was a lie. For once an athlete told the truth, Tiger was honest. Perhaps his honesty should be commended and he should be applauded for his display of character in a difficult time. So far, all signs point to this being an honest mistake.
Woods had his first of more than 20 surgeries in 1994 while he was a student at Stanford, a knee surgery. It’s unfortunate, but he’s injury prone and no one should be surprised his career has been cut short by bad bones. Instead of being disappointed with 14 majors — fans should marvel at his 11-year sprint and appreciate the last one at Torrey Pines on one leg. And they should appreciate his comeback in 2013 when he won five times and was the No. 1 player in the world. Two players have won the career grand slam three times: Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
“Sports has never seen a fall — from greatness and from grace,” pump the brakes, Mr. Cote and everyone, please chill the (bleep) out.