I’m sorry for believing Tiger ‘held family values in high regard’
By Doug Halberstadt
Golfer Tiger Woods has apologized to his wife, his family, his friends and his fans. He said, “I want to say to each of you simply and directly I am deeply sorry for my selfish and irresponsible behavior I have been engaged in.”
He said he his “deeply sorry.” Well, guess what, Tiger? So am I. I’m sorry that I thought somehow you truly were a person who held family values in high regard. I can’t judge you on your indiscretions, that’s between you and your faith.
What I can call into question is your hypocritical behavior regarding how you’ve presented yourself publicly concerning the importance of family. Somehow I’ve always gotten the impression that you would never do anything to hurt them. I was wrong. You’ve not only hurt them, you’ve scared them forever.
The love exhibited between you and your parents has always seemed genuine. The hugs and kisses exchanged between you and your wife, Elin, following your numerous victories have never been questioned as anything but “real.”
Now, I’m forced to question how “real” that was or, perhaps, were you merely acting? Obviously you’ve been able to fool a lot of people for quite some time. Myself included.
Your wants and desires pushed your family into the backseat while your “sex addiction” was clearly at the steering wheel. I hope the treatment you are seeking will once again help you realize some things in life are more important than your libido. Your wife, your children and your mother will forever be affected by your selfish behavior.
Whether they continue to stand by you is a testament to their strength. For your sake, I hope they can accept your apology and begin to heal, both individually and, maybe more importantly, as a family. Your children need you in their lives. You must be there for them. Don’t let them down again.
I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt. I’ll trust that you really are sincerely sorry and that you are currently working on becoming a better man, husband and father. In that endeavor, I wish you nothing but the best.
I’m aware that neither I, nor any of the millions of your other fans are as remotely as important as your family, but don’t let us down, either.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2010 issue
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