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Tiger Woods Didn't Screw Up, He Cheated

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 01:  Tiger Woods hits a shot from the pine needles on the first hole during the second round of the Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 1, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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J. Michael MorrisSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2009

Tiger admits he cheated.

He actually used the words "transgressions" and "sins."

I'm pretty sure they refer to cheating.

Let me be clear, as President Obama likes to say: Tiger is a cheater.

Too harsh?

Everyone makes mistakes, right?

Tiger did not make mistakes. He didn't have the good intentions of hitting a four iron around a tree and onto the green but instead hit the tree. That would be a mistake. He kicked his ball from behind the tree and only summoned remorse after he was caught.

Phil Mickelson screws up. He attempts to do the right thing to win a golf tournament, but he makes a mistake and loses. As far as I know, he doesn't cheat.

Tiger, had a thought of possibly taking advantage of an opportunity to be unfaithful to his spouse and he took it.

A mistake would be if he thought the other woman was his wife because the hotel room was dark.

You can try to use that one Tiger if you want; I won't charge you royalties or anything since it was my idea.

Each one of you reading this article thought to yourself, "Sure he cheated on his wife, he's rich and powerful, but he doesn't cheat at golf." It strikes me as disingenuous that Tiger would risk destroying his relationship with his wife and children, but would never, ever consider cheating at a silly game.

I will give Tiger tons of credit for telling the truth. He even used the politically incorrect term "sin" on his Web site apology. He also said that he "was not true to his values."

Exactly what values are those, Tiger? Christian values? That is certainly what using words like "transgressions" and "sins" infers. As a Christian, respecting the divine nature of your marriage should rank pretty high on the list of important life goals. Maybe at the very top.

Probably above professional and career goals.

Bottom line to me is that by using Christian terms of guilt, Tiger has painted himself into a professional corner. Is he like the stereotypical sports thug and evangelical preacher who only use Christian forgiveness to get out of legal problems, or is he genuinely interested in becoming a morally improved human?

I am willing to give Tiger the benefit of the doubt on this and allow him and his family to deal with these transgressions (his word, not mine) free from tabloid and blogger inspection.

I sincerely hope things work out in his personal life.

His very public professional career, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. It is apparently not as important to Tiger as his personal and family life, so...

If he cheats at life, he probably cheats at golf.

Like using steroids.

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