Tiger Doesn’t Want To Face Media, So He Holds A Gathering For Media

Tiger Woods doesn’t want to talk about the past.

And that’s completely within his right. He’s been in hiding the past three months, working through marital problems after infidelity and a domestic dispute came to light late last year.

Everyone has a right to as much privacy as they want. Nobody can make you talk about something you don’t want to talk about. If fans are waiting to hear from him, they have every right to turn their backs on him if he’s not the role model they hoped he was.

So my question to Woods … Oh, wait. I forgot. At the news conference he’s holding Friday, which his agent says isn’t a news conference, Woods won’t be taking questions.

So the question I’d like to ask Woods is: What’s the point of Friday’s media huddle? You get to pick certain members of the media you want in attendance, exclude others and for what?

To manipulate the media? To use it as a pawn? It works both ways, and that’s the message the Golf Writers Association of American is sending. The GWAA was allowed to select three members of its pool, then negotiated it to six members, then decided if everyone couldn’t have the choice of attending, they’d skip it altogether.

"I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods," Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group, told The Associated Press. "The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe."

Look, if Woods doesn’t want to talk about any infidelity or anything else that has kept him out of the public eye for three months, then fine.

But why hold the media gathering? To announce you’re coming back? Just come back. What do you need to tell everyone that for? Will face time change the way people feel? How about a press release or a message on your Web site?

I just don’t see the point. Maybe after he speaks Friday, I will.

3 Responses

  1. truth harvestor

    Goethe , I suggest you read Sports Illustrated’s last article on Tiger , I think it was last week or week before where Joe Poz. offers a short interview with Tom Watson. Watson nails the whole matter right on the head , what went wrong with Tiger , WHEN it went wrong and why the sporting public tolerated it , and what Tiger should do to get back into good graces. Watson has been troubled by Tiger’s ‘behavior’ for years and he says it’s because what Tiger has done ON the course , not off. Watson , a gentleman from the old school , says Tiger’s swearing and increased tantrums by him and his caddy are an embarassment and too long have been toleratd by the media , the fans , and the corporate world because HE IS Tiger! We can’t criticize the biggest name in the game! It’s all about the money ,ratings,fan attendence etc etc that Tiger creates . It’s $$$$$$. That attitude has created the Tiger we have now. Watson has been aware of that for along time and that’s the guys I love , the perceptive wise man who sees the crash coming , not the fools who are all over a controversy afterwards and suddenly have solutions to a problem they were not smart enough to see beforehand. Watson says the Game is bigger than Tiger , and he should return respect to the game. He should cut out the tantrums , the swearing , wave and smile more at the fans! Sounds to me like Watson is saying Tiger needs to offer the public a deep dose of contrition and humility and that it is not just his private life that needs a makeover. If Tiger has a news conference that only includes a carefully crafted statement , and no questions . then it appears his first step back is on the wrong path.

  2. Shea

    Two things…

    First, we don’t know why he is doing this. He has a week off of treatment before he goes back after his “gathering” today. This may be part of his treatment. Maybe he has to “admit” fault as he has been unwilling to do that in the past.

    Second, truth harvestor said it best when he said Watson is old school. Guess what… this is new school. Although it is golf and there are traditions people like Tiger because he is exciting. Watson wouldn’t make half the money he does without Tiger being a part of the PGA. The PGA isn’t even a story without Tiger. Understand, that although Tiger probably shouldn’t swear around a bunch of children and people… he is a super-competitive super-athlete. I am not even a super-athlete, but I will say that when I make a bad shot in golf… I get pretty pissed off too.

  3. truth harvestor

    shea , you can’t control your emotions on the course , that’s your problem , and the guys you golf with . When I make a bad shot , I laugh it off , it’s only a game and it’s better for my buddies I play with and my wife too when I get home. So you are saying you and Tiger are cut from the same cloth ? Sorry ,the top player in the game should be able to control his tongue , and I must tell you the PGA would exist just fine without Tiger, what school did you go to that teaches one man is bigger than the game itself? Thd first thing you said ,said it best for you, we don’t know why he does the things he did. But a good clue is that when a man is tempermental on the course and in competition , it is a good chance he takes that disenchantment home!!!!

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