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. JonDie

    Why would anyone get a Congressional medal for being a good golfer?

    December 9, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. bill

    I would need more information about why Mr. Wood's is receiving the medal but if it is based on the statement below
    "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"
    then i do not see why he should not receive it.

    December 9, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Thomas Young

    Maybe Tiger Woods is more of a good man than he is being credit to be. Consider this: The accident was no accident. It was staged. His wife in a fit of emotional rage at the discovery of his infidelities committed extreme acts of domestic violence. Tiger's face was damaged to such a degree that a story was needed to "protect" his wife from potential prosecution. He did not retaliate by seeking to punish her. He humbly covered her sins with his love though his shame of human frailty could have led him to do otherwise. Of course the foregoing is conjecture. But given the character of his father who so persistently sowed goodness into his son's life, such an unselfish act might well come straight from his heart. This is how I choose to see this flawed, but good man.

    December 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Don Lee

    This country is full of hypocrites. What is the saying, he who is without sin cast the first stone. Give me a break.

    December 9, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Godi Gutierrez

    This is exactly what the mainstream media has been waiting for since Woods started winning 50% of golf tournaments he entered – the opportunity to finally bring this Asian golfer down. This is the reason for the frenzy surrounding Wood's indiscretion. Finally, the media found a reason to attack this non-white golfer who is about to surpass the records of all the white golfers in the history of golf.

    December 9, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Ann

    Politicians, sports stars, ordinary people...They're all the same. It's just a matter of getting caught.

    December 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Bill Duke

    The thing that bugs me is that he cheated with 10 women. 10 is abig number and I have lost all respect for tiger. When its only 1 women you can see he might of got caught up or something but 10 shows no respect for his wife. He better quit golf for a year to get his life back or his wife should just leave him. another thing why do pro athletes marry? Never understood it.

    December 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Stephan - Chicago

    CNN should start a "people" column and post all related news and messages there. I personally don't care about Woods personal life – anyone who wants to read about it can go to that column. I do find it very annoying that this is a front page story though!

    Stephan

    December 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Don Lee

    Hang in there Tiger. Those now condeming you will reap what they sow.

    December 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Kelly

    Perspective is always a good thing. TIger Woods gets paid hundreds of millions of dollars to hit a little white ball with a stick (an oversimplification I realize, but he is not exactly risking his life for others like the soldiers we have overseas who get paid very little). In the big picture, his accomplishments mean little. If he was a man of character, perhaps we could admire him for that. He has proven that he is not. He has received much adoration from America without shouldering well the reponsibility of being a good roll model that comes with that. He has betrayed his wife, his children, his fans. Those who say this does not matter are morally questionable themselves. It does matter. Character matters. I hope our children, the next generation believe that it matters and choose better roll models than the likes of Tiger Woods.

    December 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. tonyde28

    Im still trying to figure out why Congress is involved with sports figures anyway? Since when is a sports figure deserving of a congressional medal???? Now the govt is involved in the NCAA football championships too! WHY? Dont they have anything better to concentrate on? Is sports a matter of National Security now?
    This govt is sticking their noses in EVERYTHING!

    December 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. tiger rules

    Hey, my poop doesn't smell, can I have an award from our corrupt, immature, over paid, under-worked congress? The only thing Tiger has done is prove he's human. We've all done things we're not proud of, and every single person who steps up and tries to criticize him is a hypocrite.

    There's only two reasons a man cheats, his wife either sucks in bed or she aint puttin out. Either way... Monogamie's overrated. //DSF

    December 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Timothy Whittington

    I was once a staunch supporter of Tiger Woods but now I applaud Rep Joe Baca's decision not to honor Tiger Woods. I am embarrassed for the thousands of young people who looked up to Tiger Woods as a role model. I'm still a huge fan of golf and will continue to watch it but I will not support Tiger any more.

    December 9, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. TCM

    Why not honor him? The "honor code," of lawmakers...with drunks like Kennedy and crooks like the obama administration, Tiger's a rookie...

    December 9, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Dum Dum

    "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."

    Nowhere in the above paragraph does it state that Tiger should be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal because he was a great husband. And if denying him this honor for the barriers he crossed as a black golfer in a primarily white sport because of his lies and deceit towards his wife is justification then why are we the American people allowing our elected officials to continue on in their honor of "serving" us with all of the lies they continually give us and their own wives? What say we revoke our sponsorships of these knuckleheads.

    December 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Never, Never, Again

    If Tiger Woods is a disgrace then I wonder what the world think about Sanford and them other luber-nuts..Leave the man alone he's human everyone has made a mistake in their life whether you want to admit it or take it to your grave..

    December 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Chuck WA

    Tiger Woods is a BIG FAT JERK.

    December 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. Anne

    to RB... if Tiger is a good man, as you put it, who are the bad men? He may be a good golfer but I certainly wouldn't call him a good man. That's a put down to the truly good men in the world. (my husband being one of them)

    December 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Terry - Indiana

    Well, I am guessing that folks did not check the list of previous recipients of the medal. Let's face it, whether the person was a member of Congress, or the Senate, or a tycoon of industry, they all had trouble staying home at night. I never put too much weight in this medal anyway. If Tiger Woods wants to create a real economic downturn, all he needs to do is retire. I am guessing that most of his money is off shore, invested in places like Dubai. I truly could care less what he does on his own time. My goodness folks, we have governors, senators, and members of congress – even past presidents sleeping around, and the majority of folks continue to support these men. Why it that, I wonder!

    December 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Buddy Williams

    Another situation of a US LawMaker in Washington, failing to use all the resources he has available, in making a decission.
    On the flip side of this coin....'Wonder just how many in Washington would survive, if their private & personal endeavors were exposed to the public media?..OH MY!!

    December 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Dave Daggert

    Hey Gary Strong...you are attacking the wrong party. Baca is a democrat you idiot. And anyone that thinks Tiger Woods is an upstanding person who has been wronged, is an equal idiot.

    December 9, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    Tiger now has a list of at least ten chippies he is "servicing."

    December 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Justin

    Michael Jordan gambles, Babe Ruth was a drunk and a womanizer, Charels Barkely admits he is no role model.... We put people on pedestals for ridiculous reasons and then are overjoyed or horrified when they come tumbling down.

    December 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. oneofthemany

    I am truly sympathetic towards Tiger Woods. I don't think it's anyone's business whether he cheats on his wife or not. That should be between a man and his wife.
    I'm so sick of hearing about this. To the point that I don't even watch the news anymore. There are far more important things going on in this world than whether a sports star is a cheater or not.
    And as for his support from senators being pulled...well, that's just paradoxical in of itself.

    December 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Another Ron in California

    It's just sad how people love to tear others down, especially those that are successful. Everyone's just digging into him since he was viewed as such a goody-two-shoes before. Now he's just merely human with an amazing talent for a very hard game.

    He's young, famous and a zillionaire. C'mon now... Who *REALLY* thought he wasn't messing around?

    Plus, look at Kobe Bryant. He was accused of rape and is getting along fine now. Magic Johnson had sex with *hundreds* of women, got AIDS, and is now heading a charitable foundation. Marv Albert had a sordid affair with some prostitutes and is now back on the air.

    Tiger made some mistakes, but compared to what others do, what he did really wasn't that bad. It's not like he raped or shot anyone. It's just sad that people need to tear someone down to make themselves feel better about themselves.

    December 9, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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