A lot of folk are saying Tiger’s popularity has nothing to do with his personal life, but instead is based solely on his skill and success as a golfer.
Can you think of any athletes who were extremely popular with fans, despite evidence that they had some significant personality defect, or had unpleasant aspects of their personal lives?
I’m not a huge sports fan, but the closest I could come up with is Ali. Many thought to be a braggart and showboat, and he took a hit for opposing the Viet Nam War, but later rebounded to be one of the most famous personalities in the world.
WRT Tiger, BTW, I saw a poll this a.m. purpoting to say that his popularity has dropped significantly over the past couple of weeks - I believe from 85% favorable to somewhere in the 30s.