I was disappointed in Tiger’s 14 minute carefully written and rehearsed press conference where he apologized for his infidelities and confessed that he’d spent 45 days in an in-patient facility and is returning tomorrow for more treatment and therapy because he needs help to curb his cheating.
There was little to no emotion as he kept on glancing down to read his speech, even when he spoke of his wife and children. “Elin has shown enormous grace and poise through this ordeal and she deserves praise not blame,” he said. Yet she wasn’t by his side, so what does that tell you?
When Tiger spoke about his beliefs in Buddhism, there was a slight spark in his body language and it may have surprised a lot of people that he didn’t turn to Jesus or God, but to Buddha for his spiritual guidance.
Buddhism, he said, teaches that “a craving for things outside ourselves” can only lead to “unhappiness and a pointless search for security.
I must admit that I agree with many of the Buddhist teachings including, forgiveness of self and others. I also agree with their beliefs when it comes to sexual ethics. “Do not indulge in sexual misconduct” or “Do not misuse sex.” Buddhism does not condemn sex before marriage like most other religions, but does condemn non-consensual or exploitative sex. However what does Buddhism have to do with Tiger’s cheating? He said he strayed from his faith and implied that it may have contributed to his behavior.
So Tiger’s life needs to regain balance (whose doesn’t?), he wants to regain his respect and he plans to return to golf one day, but until then he is asking all of us to find room in our heart to forgive and believe in him again.
I would have liked to see a much more sincere Tiger speaking from his heart not a sheet of paper. His statement should have been shorter and he should have taken questions and answered them with no-holds barred answers.
So is Tiger really sorry, or just sorry he got caught?
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