Since his now-infamous sex scandal exploded on the scene late last year, Tiger Woods has done his best to keep out of the public eye. The fallen golf great finally broke his silence last week, when he stood before a group of friends, colleagues and close associates to apologize, once again, for his transgressions.
During his apology he asked the media to back off of his family, specifically his wife and two young children. "My behavior doesn't make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half year-old-daughter to school and report the school's location," his statement read. "They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family... please leave my wife and kids alone.”
(Here’s where I pause and say that while I don’t feel one of empathy for Tiger – you made your bed, you lay in it, buddy – I do feel badly for his wife, Elin, and their children, particularly their two-and-a-half year old daughter, Sam. This whole mess must be incredibly scary for her, and any sort of media presence whatsoever at her preschool strikes me as completely out of line.)
Tiger took things one step further by writing a letter to the parents of children at his daughter’s daycare a letter, apologizing for:
“...any inconvenience you are experiencing due to the increased media scrutiny surrounding our children. We truly understand how frustrating it can be.
We hope that the paparazzi will find something better to do with their time in the near future. In the meantime, it is our goal to keep life as normal as possible for our children. We are sure that as parents you can appreciate that. For Sam, that normalcy means attending the school that she enjoys so much.
Again, we truly appreciate the support from the entire Premier Academy family.
Elin and Tiger Woods"
You know, I think Tiger’s actually got it right with this one. It may not have been his idea to write the letter – it might have been Elin’s, or one of their reps', perhaps – but it was a good idea, and the letter sounds genuine to me. It’s what these parents deserved to get; an apology that I think they needed – and probably wanted – to hear.
What do you think of Tiger’s apology to the parents of his daughter’s daycare?