mea culpa: the Latin phrase that translates into English as “my fault”.
Tomorrow, Eldrick Tont Woods (aka Tiger) will hold some sort of highly controlled press “experience,” wherein some carefully selected and friendly reporters will be given the opportunity to inquire into this highly damaged image as a result of the infidelity exposed after his Thanksgiving evening automobile accident. Of course no one outside his inner circle, knows exactly what will transpire on Friday. But that said, I am willing to take a stab at what will happen, and then stand to be corrected.
My hunch is that Tiger will, in a very carefully crafted statement, acknowledge the serial infidelity that grabbed headlines for several weeks last Fall. This will be the lead story on Entertainment Tonight and other shows of its ilk. But needless to say, this is not news. He will also offer an apology for disappointing and hurting his family, his friends, his fellow golfers and the PGA. He will also offer an apology to his sponsors and express gratitude to those who have stayed with him throughout this ordeal. What will probably be unspoken, but present nonetheless is a backhanded slap at the sponsors who wisely dumped Woods during the course of the daily revelations that he had not one affair, or two affairs,…but 12 or 14, or whatever the “final” number was. And these women represent only those who cared to endure the public spotlight. Frankly, I would be shocked if there are not other women who wisely decided that a sexual relationship with a married man was shameful enough, and public “recognition” for that indiscretion was a bit more than they could handle. But I digress.
I predict that Woods will also offer what he hopes will be a palatable explanation for why he swerved off into his narcissistic and destructive pattern of spousal betrayal. But here is where he will fail. Because, while he will claim “complete, personal responsibility” for his misconduct, it will he qualified by his revealing that he has been clinically diagnosed with some sort of sexual addiction disorder, and it is so severe that he has sought professional help and is being treated for it. And like other addictive behavior, he will struggle with this for the rest of his life. In other words, he will not REALLY take responsibility for this misconduct. Because afterall, he is sick and it is beyond his control. All he can really be held accountable for is a continuing effort to seek treatment.
I predict that Tiger Woods will also claim to have found some new level of spirituality as a result of this matter, but he will come short of confessing his fallen nature and that the real sickness is suffers from is the sin that permeates every cell in his body. He will not acknowledge that the only cure for this is an intervention by God Himself in Jesus Christ.
At the end of the spectacle tomorrow, what everyone will be left with is the implicit statement by Tiger Woods that goes something like this: “This whole matter was my fault…sort of.”
Update: Saturday, February 20, 2010 ( the day after the Wood’s event). I stand corrected. There was NO ONE from the press, friendly or otherwise, in the audience at this public apology event. Aside from that, there’s not much in my prophesy that needs to be amended. Woods did add a few unexpected things. Specifically, Woods declared that his wife Elin had no reason to be blamed for anything related to Woods’ fall. Excuse me? I was not aware that there had been a lot of blame cast in her direction. But, I suppose it was kind of him to offer this unnecessary clarification.