I was sitting in terminal B-9 at a funky little cafe waiting to flee to Miami when the world stopped to listen to Tiger.
The bartender was a young woman in her late twenties and the other customer was a middle aged woman. She was on her way to meet her husband.
Of course, the conversation immediately turned to Tiger.
" He is trash, he let us down," barked the other customer.
"Us?", I countered.
Yes, us he is a role model she challenged.
I laughed." He doesn't owe US shit. He owes his wife an apology and maybe his sponsors."
She was surprised by my response.
I was married for 8 years. I respect the institution. But the vows are shared between the parties. Some marriages, I don't get (Clintons immediately come to mind.) But I don't have to get them.
Woods did not cheat the sport. He cheated his wife. Any repair is between the two of them.
He felt compelled to offer a public apology. OK.
He is an athlete, a good athlete but he is also a man...who like the rest of us are not perfect.