Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tiger Woods is my homeboy.

Earlier this year there was a bit of a controversy surrounding Tiger Woods and the Golf Channel lead anchor Kelly Tilghman. If you haven't heard about this here is just a snippet of what was said:

Nick Faldo: "The younger golfers are going to have to gang up to beat Tiger Woods."
Kelly Tilghman: "Yeah, lynch him in a back alley."

Now we can all agree that what Ms. Tilghman said was wrong, it was disgusting, and it was reprehensible. But what I found to be most interesting throughout this whole controversy was that people openly questioned the manner in which Tiger responded. Immediately after it was said Woods told the press that he was friends with Ms. Tilghman, they had discussed what was said, she had apologized and it was no longer an issue. This wasn't good enough for some members of the press. People such as Rob Parker, Al Sharpton and other African Americans in the press said that this was not good enough, that this was unacceptable for a person of color in Woods' position. Somehow because he was great at what he does, he automatically has to become a social activist. They spout this out over and over again to any audience that will listen as if Woods is some sort of Pacman Jones character. Here are just a few of the charities either started by or participated in by Woods:
*The Tiger Woods Foundation
* In the City Golf Clinics and Festivals
*The Tiger Woods Learning Center
*Tiger Jam
*Tiger Woods Challenge
*Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team

Boy that sounds like someone who instead of ripping him for something that he deems to be over, we should be applauding him for all the work he does in communities all over the United States. But the criticism only got worse when Golf Week Magazine decided to add fuel to the fire with this inflammatory cover:

Now, I am all about calling people out when they are in the wrong or when the situation calls for it. This situation is neither. Woods by all accounts is a man who contributes to society with charitable works, a decent man with a wife and child, and arguably the greatest golfer to ever swing a club. If you are going to try to make someone out to be a person who does not care, Woods is not the guy. Instead of saying we need people like Woods to be more outspoken, I think we just need more people like Woods.

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