December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
7 months ago

Lawmaker drops effort to honor Tiger Woods

A California lawmaker announced Wednesday that he is no longer backing legislation that would honor disgraced golfer Tiger Woods with a congressional gold medal.
A California lawmaker announced Wednesday that he is no longer backing legislation that would honor disgraced golfer Tiger Woods with a congressional gold medal.

Washington (CNN) – A California lawmaker announced Wednesday that he is no longer backing legislation that would honor disgraced golfer Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

In March of this year, Rep. Joe Baca, D-California, introduced a resolution calling for Woods to receive the high congressional honor.

The award was justified, Baca's bill said, because, among other things, "Woods has broken barriers with grace and dignity by showing that golf is a sport for all people, regardless of race, color, or creed... Woods has inspired countless people of all ages, impressing upon them that their hopes, dreams, and prayers may be achieved through hard work, persistence, education, and good sportsmanship."

Baca announced Wednesday that he has had a change of heart about honoring Woods.

"In light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family, I will not pursue legislation awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal this session," the congressman said in a statement.

Baca's announcement comes amid reports that television ads featuring the embattled golfer have not aired since November 29.


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  1. Jan

    I was in awe of Tiger as was as so many others. Not so much anymore. He can argue that it is his business, but he has thrust his very private wife into the lime light, and put her into a situation where she will have to make a choice that will affect her and the kids for a very long time. This situation will no doubt help Tiger in the future, but how does it help with Elin and the kids? My heart so goes out to her. What makes me really sick is Tiger's galavanting with other women was no secret around the PGA.

    My son plays minor league baseball. When I asked him what he thinks of Tiger's situation, all he could say is "man, that is so messed up".

    December 9, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Dave

    Truth is, this is exactly the kind of crap Congress needs to stop wasting their time on.

    December 9, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  3. Faith De'Leor

    So this fool was going to honor Tiger based on OPINION of his good character and now revoke the honor based on some facts? Sounds like Joe Baca is trying to save face on HIS shortcomings.

    December 9, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. a canuck

    At this particular time ....Tiger doesn't deserve any award. His behavior has been disgraceful. If I was Elin I would have an AIDS test ..... then take the next plane back to Sweden with my children.

    December 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Donald lol

    I mean really, the guy, "Tiger Woods" really messed up. He let alot of people down, his wife and child including. I see nothing wrong with the lawmaker having a change of heart... But, I do say with that... Don't expel him forever. I'm no saint, nobody is, not even saints lol. He messed up, really bad. But life goes on, people change, some for the better. So afterwards... show a lil forgiveness, he doesn't necessarily need a medal, but a hug wouldn't hurt lol

    December 9, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. cheni dewyn

    The award was initially based upon honesty, integrity, hard work and perserverance that Tiger had dispalyed as a person, not a golfer. It is clear that he did not bring these values into him home, marriage and family life; The fabric of society. And is FAR from inspirational! I applaud the decision to revoke the award. It is human to make a mistake yes. It is NOT human to cheat on your spouse and far from honorable. In regards to his charitable contributions..Hello..Millionaire-tax breaks..Boo on Tiger and Yeah for Elin and her golf clubs!

    December 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. lane

    The manner in which a man treats his own flesh, his wife and children, are the definition of his true integrity, character and his moral fiber........A person is accountable for their behavior, whether in their personal life or professional life.....Except too many in this country now attempt to "dumb down" our basic morals and rationalize and justify their selfish behaviors and we are a country overtaken by moral decay........Tiger Woods, with his worldwide profile, just added his name to the fraternity of men whose bottomless egos override any common sense and think they are above all moral laws and that society will just accept it all with open arms. Shame on Tiger and every man who lies, cheats and deceives his own family and God help this country.

    December 9, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Ndubueze Chuku

    Rep. Joe Baca is an idiot. Tiger Woods did not get to where he is with 'congressional honors' and will not fail due to lack of "no congressional honors' .
    Rep. Joe Baca, keep your stupid 'congressional honors'. Tiger Woods does not need it. You hypocrites. Let him who is free from sin, cast the first stone. Please for God's sake, leave Tiger Woods alone!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. SideAction

    What's wrong with a little fun on the side? I'm just sorry he got caught. Give him the medal for the amount of tail he accrued before getting caught by his wife.

    December 9, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. Bill

    congressmen judging someone who's cheater on their spouse? talk about the pot calling the kettle....

    December 9, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. Economist

    Given the quality of awards given in the Bush administration (or really any administration), maybe we should just stop letting the politicians give people awards in their public capacity.

    December 9, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Auggie Alfred

    So now that Tiger has problems just like everyone else he is no longer worthy of praise? That's like saying Martin Luther King shouldn't be recognized for all of his accomplishments, should he have gotten arrested for civil unrest or disturbing the peace. He was being recognized for his accomplishments not his short comings.

    December 9, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Wallace

    Dee says,

    The media and so-called experts have gone overboard with gossip and curiosity in this saga. If he had seen all these women when did he have time to practice Golf. Please leave this family alone and let them heal in private. The media is hurting this family because some of this stuff is pure speculation.

    He will speak when the time is right for him and not when these so call experts say so, He is not the only person that has misgivings. I do wish his father was alive he really hasn't had a life he played golf during his younger years when other guys his age were having fun. This does not in anyway excuse what happened but he is human.

    GIVE THEM A BREAK and report on the economy and our young men and women that are fighting overseas, this is the kind of reporting that Walter Cronkite would have been doing good journalism and not sensationalism.

    December 9, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Kristal Mac leod

    as a golfer tiger is a great Champion' but it's a sport ' plain and simple' it's not human life, it's a sport' man is programmed by genetic's' plain and simple ' when you bring in the alcohol element (nightclub) and the fact that it does impair your thought process, anything could and can happen' if you fault the man it's because of evolution, Tiger made mistake's ' against his wife and their family, all it mean's is that he hurt himself' because of basic human instinct's.

    December 9, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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