As we all now know, Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence around 3 a.m., booked at 7:18 a.m. and released at 10:50 a.m.
Initial reaction has been understandably critical, and perhaps a bit self-righteous.
- ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith calls Tiger Woods a, “lost soul.”
- GolfWorld writes, “Tiger Woods’ disastrous 2017 just got even worse.”
- Notah Begay said on GOLF Channel, “I’m saddened by the news; it’s embarrassing for Tiger.”
- Hunter Mahan tweets, “Get this dude some help please #TigerWoods.”
Thankfully, no one was injured. Woods’ mugshot doesn’t look good and we’re not condoning driving under the influence, but where’s the compassion?
- “Lost soul”? Mr. Smith, you’ve never been No. 1 at anything, but hypothetically speaking, how would you handle going from No. 1 to possibly never playing again?
- “Tiger Woods’ disastrous 2017”? How about the last decade at GolfWorld?
- Ever heard the name “Notah Begay” without the following, “teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford”?
- Pump the brakes, Hunter, your tweets ain’t helping nobody.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), each day more than 3,200 people are arrested for driving under the influence and 27 people die every day as a result from drunk driving crashes. If Woods is indeed of drunk driving, this could have been worse; it wasn’t.
Woods has made mistakes. His marriage problems are well documented. He was described as, “really weird” in a 2016 ESPN article by Wright Thompson.
For all his flaws, the guy won 14 majors in 11 years and spent eight calendar years as the No. 1 player in the world. Success like that could also be described as, “really weird.”
Legends are typically different and geniuses are usually odd. There has only been one perfect person, and we know what happened to him.