Charles P. Pierce takes a closer look into Tiger Woods' public image, past, present and future, in his latest article for Esquire.
Over the weekend, Woods ran his Escalade over a hydrant and then into a tree. Woods' explanation of how he ran into two stationary objects and then had to have his wife pull him from the vehicle by breaking the back window with a golf club seemed incredibly implausible.
Woods' story lost even more credibility when he turned away police investigating the incident three times, leading the public to think there was more to the story than he was admitting to.
Woods was already under public scrutiny after the National Enquirer reported that he was having an affair with a "New York society hostess." Such attacks on the stability of Woods' marriage led to speculation that a domestic disturbance of some kind had occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pierce was not surprised by these recent allegations, and wrote that Woods had an impenetrable cocoon around his persona that made him perfect for "corporate consumption", however, Woods already had the reputation of being a "hound" ever since 1997.
Woods has been accused of having a temper, bribing journalists, accepting payoffs, and employing a "thug" as a caddy in the past.
The more incidents that occur, according to Pierce, the more fragile Woods' public image becomes. There is no question that Woods' career has taken a blow that may be impossible to recover from.
This piece was
interesting because the author had written a profile about Woods in which he
praised his achievements as a golfer in 1997. This piece, however, has a
completely different tone.
This piece was interesting because the author had written a profile about Woods in which he praised his achievements as a golfer in 1997. This piece, however, has a completely different tone.