Over the weekend, Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The former golf phenomenon claimed he reacted poorly to a mixture of prescription medication and took full responsibility for his actions. At the time of his arrest, authorities found four medications in Tiger’s system.
While Tiger’s public statement was an excellent PR spin but I think there is more to the medication story. Simply put, Tiger may be an addict. Keep in mind, he has had four back surgeries and the typical prescription pain killers are highly addictive. Add to that depression over no longer being one of the top athletes in the world and loss of endorsement money behind scandals in his private life and we have a very likely scenario.
The main problem with Tiger Woods, isn’t addiction or his declining competitiveness in the sport of golf. The problem is Tiger Woods needs to find Tiger Woods. He needs to find out who he is OUTSIDE OF GOLF. Tiger has been playing since he was 3 and, whether by choice or force, he has dedicated his life to the game. Golf is all he is and all he knows.
Tiger needs to leave golf alone. During his prime, he was the best in the world and has nothing further to prove. He also needs to leave the women alone, for now. Tiger should take the money he has made and go on an Eat, Pray, Love journey and he shouldn’t come back until he finds himself. But before he goes on that journey he needs to find one of his Aunties (on his father’s side), have her fry him some chicken, sit his ass down on the couch and tell him some TRUTH. I pray he is able to find purpose and fulfillment beyond the game of golf. #FindingTiger