You would think that the sort of fall from grace that Tiger Woods has had over the last couple of years would soften the man up a little bit. It was one thing when he acted like a petulant, snobby brat while riding high as the king of golf – it’s another thing to still act that way when you’ve been shamed by a sex scandal and are now worse in the clutch than LeBron James.
Over the last few days Woods’ former coach, Hank Haney, has been releasing excerpts from an upcoming book about the one-time golf legend. Thus far, as noted by Tom Weir of USA Today, none of the excepts have been particularly salacious. No juicy golf groupie gossip. Nothing about Woods’ purported sex addiction. No, the only interesting (and I use that term loosely) thing to come from the excerpts has been the revelation that Woods once supposedly really wanted to be a Navy SEAL.
Pretty cool, right? Not in Woods’ mind, apparently. During a recent press conference, here is how he responded to questions on the topic (via USA Today):
"It's still the same," Woods replied, when questioned about his reaction to Haney’s book. "Nothing has changed in that regard at all."
Then, to a follow-up question he offered this short answer: "I've already talked about it."
But it wasn’t until a third question came from the Golf Channel’s Alex Miceli that things got really interesting.
Check it out:
Woods doesn’t seem to realize that there are no “good” subjects to talk to him about. Really, the book questions are actually the biggest softballs that reporters could lob him. Would he prefer that folks dig a little deeper into his increasingly fragile psyche? His unimpressive game? Why his once historically great skill level has petered off as badly as it has?
When athletes go through personal hardships and/or injuries, you often see the sports community (comprised of athletes, media and fans) reach out and express their sympathies. Everyone feels bad for Greg Oden and his incessant injury problems. Everyone felt bad for Tom Brady when his mentor died. If you have a history of displaying even some semblance of goodness, folks tend to reciprocate that when you go through hard times.
Nobody really felt bad for Woods when he was going through what he was going through in his personal life, and folks still don’t feel especially bad for his troubles on the golf course.
He’d probably be smart to ask himself why that is.
(Hint: Because you seem like an awful guy.)
And if you have any questions about why people act the way they act, be sure to check out BrainPhysics.com.