Will someone please tell me why we are keeping score?
The story should be over. Tiger Woods had a car accident; that was news. The police report led to legitimate questions about the cause and circumstances leading up to the accident, which in turn led to speculation about domestic violence, infidelity and marital conflict. A voice-mail recording was released with Woods apparently asking a woman to erase her name from her answering machine because his wife “went through his cell phone” and might be calling her. Arguably, that was still news, because it seemed to confirm some of the circumstances surrounding the accident.
But now, we have a parade of women claiming they, too, were in Tiger’s little black cell phone.
The “count” has grown from 1 to 3 to 6 to, now, 10ish, including a pancake house waitress, a nightclub executive and a porn star. And here’s the problem: There’s nothing to keep it from growing to 12, or 120. Right now, a woman seeking her 15 minutes of fame can just say she was one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, and she’ll be on the cover of a tabloid – and most likely the television screen – within a day.
What does it matter, if there were 3 or 30? It doesn’t. We shouldn’t care. While the whole story began with a legitimate news event, it has now degenerated into a poorly managed reality series. Who will announce today that they, too, slept with Tiger Woods? Will she be pretty, or tawdry? A blonde, or a brunette? New York, Las Vegas or California? Tune in and see.
And when the count got to more than a handful, the question of sex addiction was raised. The words were spun across tabloids and legitimate news sources alike. Experts in sex addiction said they wouldn’t speculate, and then they did. This morning on Good Morning America, one suggested that he needs to seek rehab to fix his internal issues. All of this with no way to know the truth.
By no means is this an excuse or a support of any infidelity Tiger Woods may actually have committed. He’s obviously in the doghouse, and will be, for a while. But these women’s actions may be having even more serious consequences.