by Dave Boehi
I haven't been writing many posts lately because I've been buried helping Dennis Rainey put together a book on courageous manhood. The theme of the book is that men are called to make courageous choices to step up to their responsibilities as they go through different stages of life as men.
Today I was editing a chapter about men who actually step back instead of stepping up. They regress to adolescent behavior, following their lusts and desires, and wrapping themselves in a cocoon of self-absorption. And right in the middle of this work, a friend e-mailed me a link to watch Tiger Woods read a statement in which he took responsibility for his infidelity.
Tiger was a man who stepped back into adolescent behavior, and it was encouraging to see him apparently doing the right thing to step up and man up. His statement was full of powerful statements from a man who obviously is getting good advice about owning up to his mistakes:
"What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame..."
"I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by..."
"I thought I could do whatever I wanted to. I was wrong, I was foolish. I don’t get to play by different rules."
It's been interesting to read different media reactions to the statement. ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos called it "one of the most remarkable public apologies ever by a public figure," while a public relations expert called it a "disaster." One media host tweeted, "Tiger's apology included some of the worst acting since Ishtar."
As for me, I saw a private man who was ashamed and nervous—who wouldn't be? And I agree with Stephanopoulos: I can't think of another statement that honest or remarkable from a public figure admitting his sin.