Thursday, February 25, 2010

Can Tiger Woods Be Redeemed?

The world can breathe a big sigh of relief. Tiger Woods has apologized. It's time for the media to give him some space and privacy.

After months of speculation and rumors of many affairs,  Tiger has apologized for his behavior. In a 14 minute televised speech,  he admitted that he had affairs and was sorry for his behavior. He asked for privacy for his family and blamed nobody but himself for his actions. He mentioned that he was going into treatment the next day and did not say when he would return to playing golf. 

Ok, the apology is a nice touch, but many questions still remain unanswered. Why did he crash that night, and why such secrecy around it? Why did he cheat? What took him so long to finally admit his mistakes? Can he still be a good role model? Can Tiger redeem himself in the public's eyes or is he finished?

Don't get me wrong. No one is a saint. We all have said or done things that we regret.  Nobody is perfect.

If Tiger wants to regain his creditability and save his marriage, it's going to take a great deal of effort and time. Once respect, trust and creditability are broken, it's very hard to regain it. No matter what happens, it can never be what it once was. You make apologies and try to make amends forever, but some doubt still remains. Once betrayed, you ask yourself, can you ever trust  again. Is there anyone to still believe in?

Ok, Tiger you said you're sorry, that was the easy part. Now here is the toughest part. You want us to believe in you again. Prove that you have changed.

You want to be redeemed, this time you're going to have to really earn it!


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