Tiger Woods is perhaps the most famous professional golfer alive today. But, for some reason, after he had completed 72 holes this weekend, all a liberal reporter wanted to ask him about was race relations and President Donald Trump. Woods, having none of the reporter’s drama, shut him up — for good.
After Tiger Woods had completed 72 holes in a Professional Golf Association tournament on Sunday, a reporter from The New York Times had a few moments with him. But he reportedly didn’t ask Woods about his golf game. He didn’t ask Woods anything about the 72 holes he had just played. In fact, he didn’t ask the professional golfer anything about golf at all. Instead, the reporter turned the conversation to race relations in a shameless attempt to get Woods to bash President Donald Trump.
According to The Daily Wire, after his final round on Sunday, sweat still pouring from his forehead, Woods was asked by the sportswriter, “Your relationship with Donald Trump, how would you describe that personally and professionally?”
“I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods replied. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. And so, yeah, I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
It should be noted that Tiger Woods has played golf with lots of presidents over the years, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. But it was never of any concern when he teed off with those men.
The reporter, apparently unsatisfied with Woods’ response, followed up, saying, “At a time, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel threatened by him, by his policies. He’s thrown himself in sports debates in terms of race with [NBA player] LeBron James, with the [national] anthem. What do you say to people who might find it interesting, I guess, that you have a friendly relationship with him?”
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for “people of color” to be threatened by Donald Trump. In fact, Trump’s approval rating among black Americans has doubled in the past year, reaching an unprecedented 36 percent. That is due in large part to the fact that black unemployment has reached historic lows under Trump’s leadership. Unless you’re threatened by the prospect of gainful employment, you’re probably pretty happy with the state of affairs right now.
Tiger Woods, who happens to be a minority and is in no way threatened by President Trump, was having none of the reporter’s unnecessary race-baiting. “Well, he’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office. And no matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods replied to the question which so obviously was an attempt to get him to bash Trump.
But the writer tried yet again. “Do you have anything to say more broadly about the state, I guess, the discourse of race relations?” he asked.
Woods’ answer was absolutely brilliant, and he effectively shut the reporter down for good. “No,” he said with a slight smile. “I just finished 72 holes and I’m really hungry.”
When Trump heard how the reporter had tried his best to bait Woods into bashing him, but Woods had stood his ground, he took to Twitter to applaud his friend, writing, “The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!”
The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
A professional athlete gets paid to play a sport for a living. In order to make it, that person has to eat, breathe, and sleep that particular sport. Over time, these individuals become experts in their sport of choice. It’s their bread and butter; the one thing they know best in the world.
So, why is it that reporters always insist on asking athletes about subjects that are clearly out of their wheelhouse? Subjects like politics, for example? That is precisely what happened to Tiger Woods on Sunday. However, he seems to have figured out that people want to watch him golf, not be lectured about the president and race relations.
Other athletes and celebrities ought to take note. That is how you answer a question about the President of the United States. He is the leader of our great nation, and that post commands respect. You can disagree with his politics and his policies, but the office itself must be respected.