Many people view Tiger Woods as a phenomenal golfer who upholds an image of success and hard work. He is dedicated and one of the best golfers in professional athletic history. However, after viewing all of the media coverage of Woods’ sex-related scandal, should we still view Tiger Woods, “The Chosen One,” as a role model? Amy Mathur, assistant professor of English, has shared her spin on the issue of whether athletes should be viewed as role models.
Do you believe athletes should be viewed as role models?
This is situational. I would be fine with my son looking up to an athlete in terms of work ethic and the way he plays the game, but it is my husband’s duty and mine as parents to be role models for ethics and morals.
Would you want your children looking up to Tiger Woods?
What was your view of Tiger Woods before the scandal?
I viewed him as a tremendous golfer and phenomenon. I didn’t pay attention to him off of the golf course. My attention to him was limited to the golf course and commercials. I had no personal interest in him.
What is your view of him now?
He is an incredible golfer, but not someone I would want to sit down and have lunch with or have a personal relationship with, because loyalty is the cornerstone of character.
What do you think is the reason behind Tiger’s promiscuous behavior?
I think Tiger thought he was untouchable and beyond reproach. He has become accustomed to winning at every endeavor. Sexual pursuit is an endeavor. It was another arena to get that rush of success.
Do you believe there is anything we should take into consideration in regards to Tiger’s promiscuity?
Tiger is accustomed to being agreed with. When yes is said all the time, it is difficult where you can see where to say no to yourself. He is living in a culture where everyone is pushing for more. If more is always better, what’s the difference if it’s more women?
Do you think we should know everything (In terms of professional and personal life) about our athletes or do you think they deserve to have their privacy?
It depends on the athlete. If an athlete is making a lot of money on selling image and is benefiting from it, they have the responsibility to own up to it when their actions do not match up with beliefs and they fall short of the image they are selling. If it is a person behind the scenes, then they are not responsible for putting information out.
-Mary Munion ’12, Juniata Online Journalist