In the aftermath of Tiger Woods’ car accident and the intense media interest that exposed his repeated infidelities, Tiger has lamented the invasion of his privacy. In a statement released on his website Tiger wrote, “But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family.”
Apparently Tiger thinks that family matters should remain family matters. Except that his actions don’t reflect this principle. There are few things more private than the marriage bed. When he voluntarily invited outsiders into his bed, he clearly expressed his opinion that this particular forum is not a private family issue. He didn’t protect the unique privacy that exists between a husband and wife so it is hypocritical in the extreme for him to ask us to respect something that he does not. If this “deep principle” had been more important to him in the first place, he wouldn’t be forced to publish this legal whine, weakly beseeching the public to stop picking on him.