On February 19, 2010 Tiger Woods became a man nobody had seen before. He was stiff and awkward. Visibly uncomfortable. Embarrassed.
With the infidelity scandal raging around him, the man everybody thought was a superhero was suddenly vulnerable. He admitted his mistakes, announced he was seeking help, and asked the world to forgive him.
Seven years on, Tiger will soon ask for forgiveness once again. He was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on suspicion of a DUI on May 29th, 2017. USA Today has the story:
Tiger Woods was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to online jail records.
Woods was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Monday at 7:18 a.m. ET on Monday after being arrested by police in Jupiter, Fla. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.
Some worried Tiger would be booed by the crowd when he returned to the Masters in 2010. Instead, he was greeted with universal roars on the first tee. Like him or not, fans realized golf was better off with him on the stage.
Tiger doesn’t have competitive golf to save him anymore. There is no timeframe for his return to the game. Increasingly, it looks like there won’t be one at all.
Golf was little more than an afterthought in his most recent update following yet another back surgery. He talked about his family, his business projects, and about the Golden State Warriors’ chances in the NBA Playoffs. Tiger, it seemed, was moving on.
And now this;
It’s moments like these when we, as sports fans, have a duty to step back and remember what is important. To keep some perspective.
Tiger Woods was a phenomenal athlete, but he’s also a human being. Flawed, one with demons like the rest of us. I can only hope, as someone who fell in love with golf with Tiger at his height, that the game is there for him now. Not to judge, but to offer a helping hand and forgive when they may need it most.
And with that forgiveness though, Woods owes his fans as well. He owes it to them to get help, to be frank about his mistakes and accept the horrible things that could have happened while getting behind the intoxicated behind the wheel of a car.
After years of dazzling us with their his brilliance, we owe our stars more than giggles and snark when they fall. This goes far beyond golf. Nothing could be less relevant right now. This is about basic human empathy. To lift someone out of their lowest ebb. That, for Tiger Woods and anybody else, would be their greatest comeback of all.