/Tiger Woods' arrest doesn't mean what you think

Tiger Woods' arrest doesn't mean what you think


The police report for Woods’ arrest says he needed to be woken up by an officer. A breath blood alcohol test was administered, and Woods blew a 0.00.

The instant psychoanalysis of Tiger Woods was as predictable as it was pointless.

His arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday was painted as either a fall from grace or a cry for help. No matter which it was, it was agreed that his life has careened out of control without golf. One of the greatest athletes in history was now a shell of his former self, barely recognizable to all of us who knew him.

But here’s the thing: We’ve never known Woods. For the first 13 years of his career, everything he did was intended to cultivate an image that would appeal to everyone. After being criticized for telling dirty jokes during a 1997 interview with GQ, his interviews became notoriously bland. He didn’t do anything that could be considered the least bit controversial. He didn’t wade into politics or issues of the day.

But as his…

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