I was primed this morning. Opened up the CNN live feed and put on the headphones, waiting, at attention. Then, as the guest of honor walked up to the podium, I watched and listened intently, hanging on every word, every pregnant pause, every attempt to show emotion.
I've got to hand it to Tiger Woods and his team, they are PR masters. By the time he was hugging his mom, I was almost in tears. Mama looked mad during her son's mea culpa. You know she read him the riot act.
I had to watch the whole thing again. Brilliantly executed. Kudos to Tiggy for facing the music, even though it's been a long three months since we've heard from him. It's hard to reproach someone who, seemingly, is trying to come clean and start over.
However, when it comes to Tiger Woods, I can never be fully convinced of anything. As one media pundit stated regarding the banning of questions following his statement: "not even the President gets that". This was a tightly managed affair, à la CIA covert ops.
Following his statement was a reaction from one of his mistresses, Veronica Siwik-Daniels, a former porn star. Her main criticism was that she received no apology. Upon listening to Tiggy's statement a second time, I did notice the mistresses were notably absent from the list of those he rimed off to whom he wanted to apologize.
But it's difficult to sympathize with the mistresses. I mean, come on. You're dating a married man. He's already lying to someone to be with you. And you're pissed off he didn't tell you about his other mistresses? You thought you were the only one? Apart from his wife, that is. Please.
This girl apologized for her role in the scandal and stated that she didn't mean to cause any pain to Elin and the kids. To which I say: bullshit. You knew he was married. You knew he had kids.
She was actually sloughing off some of the blame onto Tiger because he pursued her. Honey, don't pull that shit. He was MARRIED. When a married guy is trying to get into your pants, walk away. Shut that nasty business down.
She then goes on to say how she fell in love with him and that we can't help who we fall in love with. That may be true but we can help who we f*ck. No one forced her to remove her clothing and have sex with Tiger. I'm assuming that's the case since no one's charged Tiggy with rape.
At this point, only time will tell if Tiggy changes his ways and becomes a better man. If there's anyone we should feel sympathy for, it's his wife Elin and his two children. Elin, for being the unknowing victim of deception, and the children, whose legacy is now marred by their father's indiscretions.