Today Tiger stood before the press and a room of about 40 people (including his Mom in the front row) at the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour. There he delivered a 13 minute apology, making no excuses for his behavior.
To view the apology in its entirity, go here.
While pundits will debate whether or not his apology was contrite enough, sincere enough, or genuine at all, I took note of one phrase in particular. About at the midway point, Tiger made this statement:
“The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me…”
I know. He was making a statement about his celebrity and that fact that he doesn’t get a free pass to live by different rules than the rest of us, just because he has fame and money behind him. But what struck me was the fact that Tiger – a Budhist – would allude to some moral code that he and I – a Christian – would share.
What boundaries, Tiger? Are you refering to some kind of moral absolutes? Guidelines that just ARE – that “apply to everyone?” Where do these moral guidelines come from? Societal norms?
It is interesting to observe the public recognition that there ARE boundaries. Moral guidelines. That apply to everyone. What is fascinating is that our society both recognizes this truth and tries to live as if we can all make up our own rules as we go. What’s right for me might not be right for you. Rather, what’s wrong for YOU might not be wrong for ME…
So, Tiger, I believed you. I thought your confession was heartfelt. It may be a much needed buisiness decision. It might very well be part of your therapy. But I believed you. I’m just asking a follow-up question. If you believe in these boundaries of which you speak, where do they come from? Because if you don’t know the One Who has established the guidelines, I wonder if you really need to apologize at all…
Discussion begins… now.
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