Jazz’d Up

By Jazzy Davenport

I think I speak for most when I say that I was shocked by the Tiger Woods saga that appears to be never-ending.

What started as a minor car crash has turned into a series of events that could possibly cloud the flawless career that Woods has spent a lifetime perfecting.

Since the car accident, there has been speculation that Woods was a victim of domestic violence by his wife.  Additionally, more than three women have been accused of engaging in extramarital affairs with Woods. There have been both text messages released and audio from voicemail messages that undeniably matches Woods’ voice.

If you’ve ever heard Woods speak, you immediately know that it is him on the audio.He started the voicemail by saying “Hey, it’s Tiger.” Because of the tabloid frenzy, Woods released a statement in recent days admitting his “transgressions” and “personal failings.”

However I, unlike many, was not upset about Woods’ infidelity, though he never clarified what his transgressions were and has not blatantly admitted his unfaithfulness. I am more disappointed in the way he cheated. Though I do not condone infidelity, I realize that the vast majority of athletes are unfaithful. As not just a high-profile athlete but a billion-dollar man, Woods should have been more intelligent than to leave a trail of evidence. There is no reason that the woman should have been able to release text and voicemail messages that could incriminate him. Woods should have known that given the right price, most women would admit the affair.

Woods has not only jeopardized his family and career, but he has jeopardized his reputation and his legacy too. As the highest-paid athlete of all time and a black man who has based his career solely on perfection, he should’ve known that he was a target and that many people were waiting for him to slip up, and he did—big time.

Truth is, he is human. I am disappointed, simply because I thought he was smarter, not because I expected him to be perfect.

I’m sure Woods is embarrassed and would rather deal with these issues in private, hence the name of his yacht, Privacy. However, because of his irresponsible behavior, he is forced to deal with his personal issues publicly. I am just grateful that he will live to tell the story because infidelity and irresponsibility have often resulted in death, most recently in the case of Steve McNair. Woods’ biggest obstacle will be finding a way to steer the media’s attention away from his front lawn and back to the place where he has no flaws—the green.