Ever heard of Tiger Woods? Depending on whether you’re a conservative or liberal, he’s:
a) The most successful golfer in the world who just happened to cheat on his wife
b) The adulterer who’s also a golf champion
After his adultery was made public in 2009, Woods continued to play but there was obviously something missing–it was obvious that he had lost a lot–not just his marriage, or his wife–but a whole lot more than that. His sponsorship losses (see the quote from Wikipedia below) is just the tip of the iceberg.
“In the days and months following Woods’ admission of infidelity, several companies re-evaluated their relationships with him. Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motorscompletely ended their sponsorship deals, while Gillette suspended advertising featuring Woods. TAG Heuer dropped Woods from advertising in December 2009 and officially ended their deal when his contract expired in August 2011. The magazine Golf Digest suspended Woods’ monthly column beginning with the February 2010 issue. In contrast, Nike continued to support Woods, as did Electronic Arts, which was working with Woods on the game Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. A December 2009 study estimated the shareholder loss caused by Woods’ affairs to be between $5 billion and $12 billion.”
I am not saying I’m a perfect husband–far from it–but Tiger Woods and stories about him are what’s wrong with society. We tend to idolize people, then they turn around and reveal that they’re really worse than you and me.