December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
3 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. Richie

    Isn't it amazing how many MEN support Tiger. Fellas, he should keep it in his pants.

    December 9, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Alive in GA

    What Tiger Woods has accomplished on the golf course has nothing to do with his failure in his private life. I hope that Tiger never addresses his private life in public and simply returns to work and dominate his chosen profession.

    If Tiger is to be judged by his private life, then this standard must be applied to all. Including the reporters and writers who are covering this story day in and day out.

    December 9, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. tee

    Was the medal for his golf or his personal life.....cheating on his wife took what away from his accomplishments.......in this case.....there should be a few senators and governors stepping down

    December 9, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. @Four and the Door

    Wrong!! Character is the whole package, including how you conduct your personal life, not just the sports accomplishments.

    December 9, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Stu

    Ok, enough of this news already. Woods is rich, famous, and has the good looks to go with it. His wife was a fool to believe he could or would resist the scores of women who throw themselves at such celebrities. Were any of you who are scorning him walking in his shoes, I dare say you too would partake of the ladies.

    December 9, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. cgillette369

    his handlers turned a regular guy into a fraud.

    December 9, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. adrian mills

    Last time I looked, Tiger is not a "disgraced golfer." Have you no conscience, whatsoever? As journalists, that is. Or, human beings, for that matter. Martin up.

    December 9, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Rep Joe Baca – should be shown the door, he is completely out of touch with what is important to his constituency. The fact that he raised
    and is now rescinding the Congressional Gold Medal for Tiger highlights he is a person of little conviction and simply pandering to the latest sound bites.

    Joe – get a set of nuts, the folks deserve better.

    December 9, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Frankie

    Tiger Woods is a billionaire. They will need him before he needs them.

    December 9, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Maria

    Politicans and entertainers are the last persons to get indignate about a this type of behavior that Woods has shown, they behave no different. They cheat, lie and act innocent.

    December 9, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Nyne

    How many countless congressmen have walked down the same path as Tiger Woods, even a Presidents have had numerous transgressions and yet they are and or were allowed to still hold office. This is a personal matter between Tiger Woods and his family.

    December 9, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Perusing-through

    LOST HONORS . . .

    Just another price to pay to be an adulterous.

    December 9, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Vignesh

    Since when did anyone prove that Tiger was guilty? I thought we had innocent until proven guilty in the United States, but I guess that no longer exists.

    December 9, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Joe M

    I hope his wife takes him to the cleaners....She deserves every dime she can get out of this bum..

    December 9, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Larry

    Like no one in Congress has ever had family problems.

    BTW, to Gary Strong - Rep. Joe Baca is a Democrat. That means he's not a member of the GOP.

    December 9, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Rick

    Many other non famous people have broken down those same barriers yet did they get a metal? Since when do we hand out metals from the goverment for a sport. Nothing against golf here but, what about firefighters that save lives and police officers who get shot at, where is the goverment then with a metal?

    December 9, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Debbie

    I agree with Baca. Woods is a public figure that takes peoples money in endorsements. Woods has a responsibility to maintain a certain image. Wood can continue to win golf tournaments and gain those awards but Woods doesn't deserve one of America's highest honors.

    December 9, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Kevin - Los Angeles

    Tiger will always be Tiger. IMO, this extra-marital relationships or his private life is not news worthy. Regardless, he is human and no one is perfect. There are more important issues media need to focus on.

    December 9, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Second Week of Advent- symbolic of Peace...Blessed be the peacemakers for their's is the Kingdom of Heaven

    Mr. Baca, It is my hope you have a change of heart. We, citizens have no buisness in Tiger Woods or his famly buisness. Why don't you be the big guy and say we are praying for him and his family strength through this difficult and challenging time with he and his family. That would be the respectable thing to do. No matter what way you spin it...Tiger HAS and DID open the sport to many people who would not have otherwise joined in.....he took it from and elite sport and made it everyman's sport....just sayin'.

    December 9, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Daniel Bourque

    Its ridiculous to deprive Woods of this honour. He was to be honoured for his achievements as a golf player not for his morality. Besides many congressmen have been doing the same thing for decades.

    December 9, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Gentwelve

    This and the recent "BCS" lefislation show us one thing...

    The Federal Government is in no manner interested in the people of this country. They only exist to cater to the rich and famous.

    December 9, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Surendra

    Tiger Woods had everything going for him. His achievements influenced so many young individuals around the world in very positive manner and hope that impact continues without influence of recent events. For Tiger, something good has to come out of this but it may take time.

    December 9, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Doozy

    Wonder what the likes of John Wayne, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, George Burns or even James Dean as well as athletes (other than Tiger), polticians, sports writers, doctors, TV News anchors, radio personalities, musician's, military leaders...just about anyone w/ wealth and fame did in their spare time. Life in the fast lane is just that...fast. Like songwriter Billy Joe Shaver wrote and Bob Dylan sang,"Too much ain't enough...!" Hang in there Tiger! It's usually the jealous and the envious that scream the loudest. Most people won't experience in a lifetime what you've seen or done in a week. They have no idea...

    December 9, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Naldo

    On the same day, the GOP decides not to impeach the adulterous Gov. Sanford from South Carolina who had his international affair for years on the public dime and lied to his constituents and his wife about it.

    Hmmmm......

    December 9, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. eds

    Even before his fall from grace he didn't do any more than many other athletes... I agree seeing someone other than Caucasian in golf is a good thing.
    However, medal of Honor???
    I am , personally, disappointed to see the betrayal and disgrace he has brought upon his family... that said, it really is not our business that he is an evil little troll who should never have taken an OATH to be faithful. I am sure in his heart of hearts he knew he could never be. The fact that his kids will suffer, and his wife is suffering is not OK, but not any business of ours or the government whom we elect to office.

    December 9, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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