December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
8 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. Debbie

    When we first heard about Tigers' cheating, we all were shocked & felt bad for his situation. But when it wasn't just one woman, then 2, 3 4 & now it's up to about 8-10. It is absolutely awful. When did he have time to golf?? Poor Elin, this is not what she signed up for. I still can't understand why he won't come clean. That's what keeping it on the front page, so to speak.

    December 9, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Tony

    Leave him alone and give him the honors he deserves. Do you think because of all this crap that he will stop being Tiger and cut off all the charities he is involved in. All this going on is no ones business but his and his family. He only has to answer to his maker and his family none of you..Hell people in congress are screwing everything that moves oh but that is ok how about our own president doing what he did right in the White House. Man Tiger I feel for you they need to let it go and let you deal with your personal life and please keep it private you owe no one an explanation other than your family. Now go win some tournaments oh and give him his medal

    December 9, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Retired US Army Officer - Kansas

    In light of the media coverage of a private citizens life, perhaps he should run for Congress, his credentals still look better than many members of Congress.

    December 9, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. bmw

    All things being considered 2009 will go down in history as the year of the Cheaters. From the Mark Sanfords, John Edwards, Tiger Woods,
    Bill Clinton, Spitzer and all the rest. All these guys should consider they could bring home a disease or even aids to their families dipping their pen in all these inkwells. High profile men and women should get a divorce if they want to have "transgressions". Now, don't blame the media or the public for all your problems. You sure enjoyed the adulation and kudoos when things were going your way.

    December 9, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Jim

    America loves to root for the underdog. The only thing loved more is to rip those same people down when they succeed. There is very little Christianity in America. Christ commanded people not to judge others, but most Americans revel in judging others. It makes them feel good while their own lives are a mess.

    Minding one's one business is a good place to start if desiring to attain peace in our world is really a goal rather than a sham. Tiger Wood's private life is between him, his family and God. End of story unless, of course, you believe you are the Almighty.

    December 9, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Curt Campbell

    I think this is an appropriate response...Tiger...There are no words to describe the stupidity nor the sadness...You have betrayed us with your arrogance...

    December 9, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. m smith

    what is going on with the woods family is really none of our business. He is not some holy roller who has preached on fidelity and then gone back on his word like so many of our politicians. He is avery private person and what ever his short commings it is none of our business. besides how many of these gals want thier 15 minutes of fame. Don't we have anything better to do than judg someone who has never been know to judge others.

    December 9, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Fariba

    Tiger Woods pilfered away so much. He is now just another cliche'.

    December 9, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    you would think Congress would be the LAST place to pass judgement like this seeing what some of our senators, congressmen, and govenors have done in just this year alone.

    December 9, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Frank

    I really don't like the demeanor of Americans. Fickle and two faced are our attributes. At times like these it's evident that as a country we are immature and thoughtless.

    Tiger Woods gave me many wonderful weekends watching him play. It seems like all the folks in glass houses like throwing rocks.

    December 9, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Jim in Florida

    I suppose not many Congressmen get gold medals if they don't give them out to people who cheat on their wives...ooohhhh, forgot, Washington types only lie and steal from the taxpayer, that is OK.

    Give it to Obama instead, I understand he played a round of golf not too long ago.

    December 9, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. dmjakers

    I smell a hypocrite. How many months will pass before the skeletons leap out of Congressman Joe Baca's closet?

    December 9, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Amy/New Jersey

    Gave up everything important for what?. . . . . nothing much.

    December 9, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. roger

    His father EARL must be spinning in his grave!

    December 9, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Bo

    It's to bad that politicians can't stand up for what they believe in. Tiger made a mistake, he is not jesus christ. So Mr Baca, the bill you were working on was nothing more than political dog poop. The rest of the world must question your next bill you try to push threw. Tiger did and is doing all the things that made you draft the bill. He is still a tremendous person and deserve all honors. Politician are such little people when it come to image and votes. The only one that Tiger should be worried about forgiveness is GOD. If he truly loved his wife it would have never happened. He is young, good looking and very talented golfer. Dust yourself off TIger and ask forgiveness from GOD and yourself and keep living. They all will get over it. Including Mr Baca

    December 9, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Lynn Jones

    It is strange he did not have such a medal before this. It would be nice to hear what he has to say himself. All we have heard from are a thousand experts on his problems. With the amount of infidelity going on these days why is everyone so ready to take him down.

    December 9, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Perusing-through

    Poor Tiger, he just grew up.

    December 9, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Jokes aside!

    Leave the guy alone! what sin has he commited and against who?

    December 9, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Since politicians are now on a moral high ground when it comes to a private citizen, don't stop there, strip all the immoral politicians of their leadership title, they aren't deserving either. I hate hypocracy and the God I know doesn't look too kindly on it either because there is no big or little sin. Shame on America.

    December 9, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Perusing-through

    If Tiger's dad Earl was here, maybe Tiger would not be in this mess.

    December 9, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Shimanilami

    I care as much about Tiger's morals and ethics as I do about the pope's golf scores ... which is to say, not at all.

    As for Rep. Baca ... typical politician.

    December 9, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Robin

    First time in a while that I agree with a Democrat in this administration.

    There are no standards anymore; a person can do drugs, cheat on wife and kill dogs and many other things and they are still renowned as celebrities and heroes. It seems as if it is not news unless it is a scandal or something gory or something weird.

    Thanks for standing up for standards.

    A loyal Republican

    December 9, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Michael Harris

    a fool and his money will not. he's already worth 5 billion. How much can he lose?

    December 9, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Grateful for a moral stand

    I am so grateful Rep. Baca is sending a message that morals and character still do matter in America. Especially when the strength of the family unit is a stake. Adultery destroys marriages, breaks down families, deeply hurts children, and therefore ultimately effects society. Our society is already crumbling in so many ways. There are those who would like to kid themselves that adultery is a 'private' matter. But when there is more and more and more of it as we have been seeing – the cumulative effects impact us all. The family unit is vital to a strong America.

    December 9, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. mytabloids

    Tiger is reaping what he sowed. He made MILLIONS on his image as a straight-shooting, decent guy; albeit a bit circumspect.

    Now he pays the price for his hubris.

    Pretty simple equation. But the bottom line is, you and I could live the rest of our lives on what Tiger made - today!

    December 9, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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