December 9th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
11 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. WhirlWindShadow

    "dr...judge not!"

    Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. aj@hotmail.com

    maybe y'all shud reprimand john ensign first? he at least holds public office thus should be judged by you...

    December 9, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. George Sales

    Tiger certainly doesn't deserve any congressional medal. The argument that he is beyond reproach, because he is a gifted and amazingly talented sports hero, just doesn't fly. It wasn't a small indiscretion, he had a thirty one month affair! As a public figure and role model, he presented himself as squeaky clean (morals and ethics). He has made gazillions off of endorsements from major corporations, who embraced his talent and persona. With his ego, arrogance, and immaturity he thought the public firestorm would go away, if he just ignored it. And what about seemingly intelligent young people not realizing that technology (cells and computers) can and will eventually be traced?

    December 9, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Mario, KS

    The founding Fathers owned slaves, yet that doesn't seem to tarnish thier reputation as individuals who fought to creat the more perfect union. This is utter hypocrisy, because of personal decisions he made in his life that automatically disqualifies him from his accomplishments. Maybe we should scrutinize that list more closly and find out if any individual on it beat their wives, had an extra marital affair, lied about thier past or said things they regretted in the past.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. owood4

    What a FOOL he (Tiger) is. Has all he ever wanted and needed and threw it all away on some strange twang!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Dennis

    A congressional medal from the den of thieves, philanderers, and liars: CONGRESS ?

    Congressional approval rating has consistently been below the approval rating of the president at the time. When President Bush reached his record low approval ratings, the approval rating of Congress at the time was substantially lower!

    So, Congress 'not' calling Woods some sort hero, is not a big loss in actuality.

    PS
    I'm in favor of term limits for the Senate and House of Representatives!

    December 9, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Harold

    Hurrah Mr. Baca. Great insight. Actually there are a number of other golfers of color who preceded the honorable Mr. Woods into the game. Maybe you should honor them.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Robert

    For those who applaud Baca's effort, I posit that it is a matter of your own personal opinion however be careful not to pass judgment. No one and I mean no one is without error or fault. I do not believe he should be at the mercy of the public nor should he care on forgiveness. Although he is celebrity, he still bleeds red and puts on his shoes just the same as anyone else does. And those who stand behind immediate repent should always remember that while waving the flag of morals and character, Tiger may not believe in it because as I recall, it is completely OK to be agnostic or atheist for that matter in the land of religious freedom.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Issano

    Note to all wealthy black athletes...stay away from cheap white women. they are onlty into the relationship for the sex and money. What are you going to tell your wonderful black mother and father; these women are nothing more than gold diggers.Please marry a decent black woman and be eternally happy.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. billie bob

    Let the first to have not shanked cask the first stone!

    December 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Patricia

    I think Tiger Woods is a talented golfer. We all have fallen short at one time or another and have made mistakes......judgement is not ours. Most should be glad they are not in the public eye like Tiger. It's a private matter which has gotten way too much exposure. Let Elin and Tiger deal with it.

    December 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. llinmpls

    So everyone is mad because he had sex? But it's all right to start wars. Cool. Looks like Palin will be in the WHITE House soon.

    December 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Wait a moment, when was all this gossip shown to be true.

    All a buch of media hype to me until someone can show me proof.

    December 9, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Dallas TX

    Tiger Woods has no one to blame but himself. He has brought shame upon himself and his family. Why should he honored with Congressional Gold medal. First he marry a nanny, then he sleeps around with a hooker, cocktail waitress, porn star and who knows what else. I hope he was smart enough to have a prenup. Right about now he doesn't seem to smart! I don't feel sorry for him at all.

    December 9, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Issano

    Haven't we all seen the affairs of so many promenient Republicans and Democrats. This nothing more than an opportunity to try and bring down an icon. We will supportTiger no matter what the media and other special interests try to do, in attempting to bring him down. For every lost endorsement, the community will boycott the product. if the wife was African American, this conflict would be a one day event. We am boycott all the companies who terminates their deals with Tiger.

    December 9, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Ed

    that's OK... Sheila Jackson Lee will carry the water for Tiger. Break out some cameras, and she will step right up.

    December 9, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Old Joe

    Big suprise, another politican flip floping, coward!

    December 9, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Dallas TX

    Tiger Woods has no one to blame but himself. He has brought shame upon himself and his family. Why should he honored with Congressional Gold medal. First he marry a nanny, then he sleeps around with a hooker, cocktail waitress, porn star and who knows what else. I hope he was smart enough to have a prenup. Right about now he doesn't seem to smart! He may be inspirational, but he is also dumb. I don't feel sorry for him at all.

    December 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Issano

    Tiger should play the European tour for the next three years...golf in America would then be crap.

    December 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Timlit

    People have to stop equating great athletes, actors, or idols as great people. They are all human and they all have flaws.

    December 9, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Nija

    Pls do not cast the first stone.

    December 9, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Ahna - California

    Tiger is still the same man and he is a good person at heart. He made some wrong choices but it is not for any of us to judge him. This is such a personal matter and should be left for Tiger and Elin to work through.
    I have lost TOTAL RESPECT for most of the press this past year , especially TMZ! My prayers are with you Tiger and Elin.

    December 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. RaniRo

    He That Is Without Sin Among You, Let Him First Cast a Stone

    (crickets)

    December 9, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. Brad

    I don't see why any athlete deserves such an honor merely for accomplishments in sports or for being a so-called "role model.". Now, it would be a different story if we were talking about honoring someone for their humanitarian works or something like that.

    December 9, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. muddygrimes

    I guess we should remove any honors bestowed upon....hmmm. Thomas Jefferson... JFK. .. bill Clinton...and I am sure a hundred other fellow politicians. ..

    December 9, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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