I haven't read all of the responses on this thread so maybe I am just rehashing someone else's post, and I will probably get raked over the coals for what I'm gonna say.
But in my opinion a very high percentage of professional athletes (especially "star" athletes) are a-holes. Hear me out before you tar and feather me. In your personal experience how many people (people YOU know) that have hugely inflated egos, that are not a-holes. Be honest. We are all jerks from time to time- but the big ego guy- more so than most. There is no denying that athletes of their caliber think very highly of themselves, they have to or they would not have the confidence required to compete at that level. I am sure they have a cutthroat attitude while on the course or field. I am sure it can be difficult to toggle that "switch" off once the game is over.
I think it would be difficult to be around most of these guys on a regular basis because most are so full of themselves. I'm not condemning any of these guys, its just human nature. I really like Rocco, but in my opinion he should have kept his mouth shut about that whole situation, the only reason I can see he mentioned it was to take a shot at Tiger and fan the flame.
Today's sports idol has it much more difficult than those in the past, they are never out of the public eye and the media is only to happy to "expose" them. Many of the sports stars of the past, all sports, enjoyed a more protected private life. The media would actually turn the other way at bad behavior.
I'll admit I'm not a Tiger fan, but not a Tiger hater either.
The flip side to all of this is the mister nice guy show many put on for the camera's. Take it all with a grain of salt.
Now I will step off my Soap Box !