Mr Woods received little if any requests to step away from golf, it was his decision. Many called for Letterman's resignation or firing. He refused, and CBS didn't feel pressured enough by it's sponsors to cave in. I don't see this as a matter of race, but rather a matter of personal decisions.
Tiger Woods became a celebrity golfer on the merits of being an outstanding black athlete in a typically white man's sport. Had he been an excellent white golfer, he wouldn't be the celebrity he is today and no one would care. That is the only source of racism in all of this. Who'd ever seen a golfer in a Nike commercial before Tiger?
"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."
Official Tiger Woods Website
· 10 years ago