Tiger Woods is a private citizen who has followed the letter of the law in releasing the information required for a traffic accident. In my opinion as a fan and a publicist, he doesn’t “owe” the police, his fans or the media any further explanation.
I am a huge Tiger Woods fan, but my enthusiasm pales next to my mother’s adoration. Neither of us feel he owes us anything. He already provides plenty to his fans with his stellar performance on the links. Other aspects of his life belong to him and his family, not to us.
Do I care whether he had an argument with his wife or is engaged in extramarital affairs? No. I would be disappointed to learn that he is cheating on his family. But it’s none of my business. And it’s none of yours either.
Our culture of celebrity has grown into something terribly crude and ugly. Reality TV contributes to and exacerbates the situation. Somehow, legions of Americans feel they need to know the smallest detail of all celebrities’ lives. If you’re the type of celebrity that lives every aspect of your life in front of the camera like Paris Hilton or Britney Spears, perhaps you deserve this type of scrutiny. But a professional golfer who goes to great pains to keep his private life private is under no obligation to explain himself to his public.
His sponsors are standing by him. So am I. I’m thrilled that Tiger is keeping mum. Way to go!
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