Friday, February 19, 2010

First Impressions Of Tiger Woods' Statement

I just watched Tiger Woods' statement live.  It'll be interesting to see how it is received by the media and the public as it is digested and parsed over the course of the day.  

But I'll offer my first impressions here now, for whatever they're worth.  While he seemed genuinely on the verge of tears a few times, I thought that, overall, it came across as scripted and forced, especially the part at the conclusion of his speech when he went over and hugged his mother.  

It also seemed like he spent almost half of his 13 minute statement excoriating the press for propagating a handful of specific stories he said were false, and for stalking his wife and children.  He also asserted that the details of all his dirty deeds were between he and his wife, and would never be made public. I thought that this came across as angry and defiant, not remorseful, and will doubtlessly not go down well with the press.

Then near the end he played the Buddhism card, invoking religion in that same predictable way so many high-profile scoundrels have before him, like Health South's Richard Scrushy and even former President Clinton in the wake of the Monica Lewinski scandal.

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