December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
6 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. Kathie

    This is ridiculous! This honor should be about Tiger's achievements as a golfer, not his personal life! Why are people treating him worse than a pediphile? He didn't molest any children, he cheated on his wife, and that is between he and his wife, and his GOD. Let them work this out in private and I'm looking forward to seeing him back out on the golf course.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Adam

    Please congress. Waste no time with this. The key to many of our problems can be found in improving education. Maybe giving such an honor to someone who might encourage young people to study hard would be a better idea.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. Joe in Boston

    With everything that is going on in our country right now why isn't anyone outraged that Baca (A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES) is spending his time on a bill to honor an athlete....

    December 9, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. linda clifford

    I looked toTiger Woods as a stand-up man of integrity. He has totally destroyed any admiration I had for him. I can't stand people who cheat. He had a knock-out wife, two babies, the works, and he couldn't keep his donkey in the barn. How base. Just another hoosier. He may as well be living in a trailer park. I have no respect for him. I've always said, anyone can get picked up. He is trailer trash.

    December 9, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. tony allen

    ya gotta wonder --- what would his Dad say?

    December 9, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Joseph

    I think he should get the award (Congressional Gold Medal), but I think right now is a bad timing with all that is going on around him. They should wait till the dust settles.

    December 9, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Belgium

    Tiger woods is an oustanding athelete. And that's basicaly all there is to say on this subject, give tiger the gold medal of honor.
    So many people hav gotten the price with far less pristine family and sportsmanschip values. You go Tiger, This nonense will blowe away as soon as the next unsespecting sheep makes it's move right into media frezie.
    For now Tiger Woods take care of your children and your wife because their the ones who love you no matter what do.
    THEY FORGIVE YOU!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Greg Seitz

    Wow; I propose that not only Tiger face the fate he has created, but Baca be replaced by a politician that is more concerned with backing legislation supporting solutions for the economic crisis, insurance restructuring, employment reduction, and the rest of the stuff he was elected to do. Doesn't it just get you main stream America that politicians continually loose focus on what is important? No one does anything for free. I wonder what else Woods has lined up with Baca now that this politician is trying to save face and meet his obligations to Woods. Just asking?????

    December 9, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. 50ish

    If you are a christian then you will understand about forgiveness. Is there anyone alive that does not sin? "transgressions" are between the individuals involved and God. No matter your opinion, prayers should be said for Tiger and his family. Unless you have been physically present to hear what is said and see what is done, you do not know the whole truth. If it were your neighbor next door who had "transgressions", would the media or anyone else ever know or care? Maybe if your neighbor was a celebrity of some sort. If the media reported on every "transgression" every person has we'd probably not have time for any other news. Everyone is human. Everyone makes mistakes. Why is there such a need to make private family matters public? Sad.

    December 9, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. liz

    The media turned Tiger into a god of golf and now they're taking delight in tearing him down. He's not a god, he's a guy, and guys sometimes think with their dipsticks. I'm very saddened to see someone i've admired since he was a small child become the butt of jokes and ridicule. He's a great athlete and that's all anyone outside of his immediate family should be concerned about. His personal life should be just that, personal. I am disappointed that he's having these problems. I'm praying that he can overcome them and get through this. But the media needs to find another feeding frenzy. Enough is enough!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    And yet Ensign and Sanford move forward as though nothing has happened and both are guilty of at least as much as Tiger.

    Too bad we hold our sports figures to higher ethical standards than those governing this country or state.

    December 9, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. RayS

    Tiger's version of – "The Audacity of Fame and Fortune"
    It's tough to stay in the righteous path if you have all the money in this world. I really hope that he can recover together with his family.

    December 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Ray Taimanglo

    No one is perfect and Tiger is already paying for his actions. Can't we just let him deal with it at a personal level and let's just wait to watch his next golf game?

    December 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Disgusted

    They were actually going to give a congressional medal to someone just for being a black golfer? That is disgusting and racist. Woods' attitude wasn't exactly good to begin with and he had no concept of good sportsmanship. He acted like a jerk on and off the course long before his recent scandal. He in no way at any time earned a congressional gold medal by merit. Don't punish OR reward people just because they are of a certain race. Either action is discriminatory and racist.

    December 9, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Remford

    Oh what a tangled web and slippery slope when Congress endeavors to muck-around in the business of morality and righteous indignation when they can't even be trusted to manage competent legislation.

    December 9, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Iconoclast anonymous

    "We need to stop making our icons into idols" – Madeleine L'Engle

    December 9, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. lj

    I live two miles from Isleworth. Never heard anything negative, until now. It is disappointing to learn he's a cheating narcissist.

    December 9, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Billy Boy

    Simply amazing how the majority of America is now calling Tiger an awfull person. Saying how bad it is that a high profile rich man can do such a thing.......

    Geez,,, Hillary let bill get away with it, just like most of the country did.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. FLN8TIV

    What a wonderful world it would be if people worried about their own affairs as much as they worry about others. On the other hand, I find it a hypocrisy that anyone in Congress would refer to someone as disgraced.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. ken sanders

    Tiger is just like a lot of others after all .. except on the golf course. This extramarital action is now very commonplace from the lower levels of society right to the tops ( the Sanford guy, etc. ). I think we should all butt out of Tiger's life. He is now going to take some lumps. Which he probably deserves.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Kingfish

    What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty" in this country.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. Verdell Boney

    Tiger Woods acheivements have not changed since his personal behavior has become public. His stats remain the same. Many of us look forward to seeing him once again on the green. This too shall pass.

    December 9, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Mojokabobo

    Tiger woods' personal life and his scandals belong on the pages of sun magazine (or any other slandering tabloid) and any story that has anything to do with the whole affair does nothing more than degrade the good journalistic name of whoever is reporting.

    In all seriousness, if this article had any journalistic integrity, it would take a stance and note something of issue, rather than trying to be 'just reporting the facts'. By 'just reporting the facts' of how Tiger Woods is being raped for millions of endorsements without any sort of opinion, leaves me with nothing but a low opinion for cnn and its' choice to spread the media onslaught of Tiger Woods

    Seriously, this whole thing has been a non-story, but it's turned into a lynching through the media's support. Shame on you CNN for not being concerned with serious issues.

    December 9, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    A great golfer he is. A great person of morals he is not. A person of this nature is not worty of honor. He is worthy of medical help for his dependency of immorality.

    December 9, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. JoeWin

    This guy was a bone head for introducing this legislation. Tiger was doing well enough without a congressional honor. Doesn't he have anything better to do?

    December 9, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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