December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
9 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. Terry - Indiana

    Check the current list! You are going to find some very interesting names. Maybe folks who are well recognized have a similar problem. I checked the list – and I was not surprised.

    December 9, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. hongli

    A fool and his money will soon be parted.

    December 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Jazzy

    The same lips that praise are the same lips that curse you. Hang in there Tiger.

    December 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. dr

    Judge not!

    December 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Buffalo Bill

    In a rare show of "bi-partisanship" I wholeheartedly applaud Rep. Baca, D-California, on his stand. Turns out that morality, honor, and character do matter! If Tiger then steps up to the plate to become a true "man", repenting for his transgressions, certainly America will be forgiving to him.

    December 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Yougottaloveit

    Perhaps this person has never heard Tiger curse on the golf course...not good sportmanship in my opinion.

    December 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Gary Strong

    I am constantly amazed how the GOP can in any way claim to have any viable policies. Their record shows one chain of of failures. They could have put it right had they dropped their docrinaire financial
    position. Life is always a matter of compromise and reality. From our homes to our schools, to finances and political positions, compromise for the common good is wisdom. The only thing necessary is to make sure that the compromises are with ethical, moral and spiritual value. In one important issue the President is in line with the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. He cares about the poor and downtrodden people of this country.
    Al he has to do is continue to seek God's guidance and act upon what he hears God saying. That is how Christians make their decisions and lead nations!.

    December 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. aj@hotmail.com

    the accomplishment of breaking barriers and inspiring countless ppl erased by infidelity? me thinks that baca is the hypocrit here...

    December 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. R.B.

    I am not a Tiger Woods fan, sportswise, because I am not a golfer. But in his defense, he is still the same person he always was and his great accomplishments remain the same.

    I think this is a good man who happens to be human. SO WHAT.

    We are hypocrites in this country.

    December 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    It was an idiotic idea to begin with. What has he overcome? He wasn't disadvantaged in any way.

    You could probably find a thousand other people who have transcended real obstacles who deserve the award more.

    December 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Ron in California

    Mores shoes to drop. Once again the arrogance of overpaid athletes shines trhough.

    December 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    It's really too bad that Woods has turned out to be in his personal life just another talented sports figure incapable of being faithful to his wife and family.

    He has done a lot of good for many people, including all his efforts on behalf of educating disadvantaged students (the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, CA, comes to mind).

    What a shame!

    December 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    The media has taken it upon themselves to judge and sensationalize the private and personal issue with this great American athlete and Rep. Baca has decided to get caught up in the furor. Tiger Woods is an inspirational figure and he has done as much as anyone for the game of golf. In fact, he has had a huge positive impact on the sports world overall. He did this through his own determination, work and talent. Any issues in his private life should not overshadow his honest accomplishments.

    December 9, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Live Free or Die!

    It just goes to show what a joke these Congressional Gold Medal awards are. Another excuse for an overpaid Socialist to redistribute money they did not earn and embellish themselves. How sad that these fools are our leaders. No wonder this country is bankrupt.

    December 9, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Squigman

    I'm not a republican, but I'd have trouble voting for the democrat that proposed this idea. There must be some alien substance in the water supply people drink from that makes them hold professional athletes in such high esteem. And, the one's who seem to drink the most are the elected pods..

    December 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. StingyBee

    While TW is a great golfer, but on other hand he is immoral to his family. TW did it to himself. The award has a merit for personal integrity and it 's a right thing for Joe Baca to do so.

    December 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. GIBBS

    cut me a break.....anyone who can do that many women and juggle all of them at the same time deserves the metal. go tiger.....you is the man!

    December 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    We know Woods had affairs with some of the women, but how many just took advantage of the situation to get their name in the paper. I for one find it disgusting, that as soon as a MAN starts to be a big star he runs around and makes time with any woman who will have him.

    What does that prove. If you got the money honey some women will fall all over you, makes no difference what kind of personality, disposition or looks you have. So it doesn't make him a man, it makes him less of a man. he sets a terrible example for the youth of this country who looked up to him.

    And I am not just picking on Tiger, I think any of the sport stars who sneak around on their wives are just as bad.

    December 9, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Todd

    another black athelete chasing hot chicks, big whoopee doo!

    December 9, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. kim

    wow, so what changed about him breaking barriers, one thing has nothing to do with the other, these people are such hypocrites. He is a man a human not a God, people are the ones that put him on a pedestal, now they want to bring him down, they need to stop worshiping these people and realize that they are human and that they will error, they are not perfect, the only reason why his business is out is because he is a celebrity, but they all error in one way or the other the only difference is that they are not int he spotlight.

    December 9, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. GiveMeABreak

    Tiger Woods deserves not to be judged by us or the media but clearly has made some major blunders with his philandering. The influence of other sports figures such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and others have led Tiger down this path. While Tiger has to own up to his own actions, these athletes have stepped in to where Earl Woods would have been and we see the results. His accomplishments do speak for themselves and have been a true inspiration to all of us. As a fan, I'm disappointed but want so much for him to be able to move on with his family. Tiger and his family are in my prayers.

    December 9, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Jack in OH

    I like Tiger more now. He is rich and famous and so what if he taps some on the side. He probably shouldn't have gotten married, but surely his old lady knew what she was getting into... all those guys are total hounds.

    December 9, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. lamard

    This country needs help,all of this time and conversation,about
    someone you all hate.......................bet half of you could care
    less about the shooter at FT. HOOD............or should I say you don't
    know his name. Spend a lot of time hating on black men..............

    December 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. rrjr

    Tiger did not sin against America, so he does not have to ask America to forgive him. Tiger is a human being, he is not God; so shame on all who want to condemn him for something that God has already forgiven him for.

    December 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Reggie from LA

    If we can hate Tiger as you can hate key politicians who have erred maritally, we are most likely unenlightened. If we can quickly judge those who transgress, we are most likely typical. If what they have done concerns us and how it affected their loved ones, fans and constituents, we are most likely human.

    December 9, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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