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http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2017/02/12/tiger-woods-shows-support-nikes-equality-campaign

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Nike launched a serious new ad campaign on Sunday touching on themes of race, equality and discrimination, and Tiger Woods appears to be along for the ride.

He's largely avoided being political int he past, but he has commented on race a little in the past.

He's not in that commercial, from what I could see, but he's tweeting about it.

 

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6 hours ago, saevel25 said:

Not a big deal to me. 

Same here. It's not like he's won a bunch of money lately. If he wants Nike to keep paying him, he'll dance to their tune!

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8 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

It's not like he's won a bunch of money lately. If he wants Nike to keep paying him, he'll dance to their tune!

I doubt money has anything to do with it.  I guarantee his recent winnings (or lack thereof) have anything to do with it.

I'm a little surprised only because I got the impression that Tiger had actively avoided similar things in the past, but this is also relatively non-controversial.  It's not like he's boycotting golf clubs for their policies or anything.

 

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I think we'll start seeing more of this kind of stuff from Tiger as he moves into "Phase 2" of his career. Not to a huge extent like we see from other athletes but I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes more active with these issues in ads, events or his new business.

From what his father said early in Tiger's career, it seems like he expected Tiger to be more vocal or more of a catalyst for change as he got older. Tiger does do a lot of good work with his foundation but his father's "prediction" hasn't really panned out yet (yes I know he's only 41).

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1 hour ago, Buckeyebowman said:

Same here. It's not like he's won a bunch of money lately. If he wants Nike to keep paying him, he'll dance to their tune!

Nike will pay Tiger until the sun explodes, my dude. He, as a person, is still one of the top brands on the planet. 

On the back of that: Tiger has "**** you" money. If he really disagreed with Nike's position or their decision to run ads of the type, he could easily take his near-billion dollar estate and go home. 

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10 hours ago, mvmac said:

I think we'll start seeing more of this kind of stuff from Tiger as he moves into "Phase 2" of his career. Not to a huge extent like we see from other athletes but I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes more active with these issues in ads, events or his new business.

From what his father said early in Tiger's career, it seems like he expected Tiger to be more vocal or more of a catalyst for change as he got older. Tiger does do a lot of good work with his foundation but his father's "prediction" hasn't really panned out yet (yes I know he's only 41).

I agree.  Let's remember that Tiger molded his PR and commentary after Michael Jordan (both Nike, so no surprise.)  Jordan was famous for not making any sort of controversial or political comments during his playing career.  A quote that is attributed to him (but not confirmed) was "Republicans buy sneakers, too."  Tiger has made his multi, multi-millions so he can be a little more free to do things like this if he chooses.

I'm fine with this.  Athletes are free, like any other American, to publicly endorse or support whatever cause they want.  We are also free to embrace those endorsements or dismiss them.

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I can't get past the fact that he golfed with Trump between the election and inauguration.  I don't want to make this political but how much weight does this (already pretty trivial) gesture carry if he's willing to golf with someone (anyone) who has been so public with their prejudices?

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I like the general message, and I like that Tiger supports it.

However, if the message was more universal, I think it could be more meaningful for the "rest of us".

 

The main message also needs some clarification as well.

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IF WE CAN BE EQUALS IN SPORT, WE CAN BE EQUALS EVERYWHERE.

At face value, the first thing I think is if you can imagine Steven Hawking throwing the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl, or Tom Brady solving the Grand Unification Theory? That doesn't make any sense? :hmm:

OTOH, maybe I'm overthinking it, but that's because I'm an engineer and not a Liberal Arts person? :whistle:

 

9 minutes ago, krupa said:

I can't get past the fact that he golfed with Trump between the election and inauguration.  I don't want to make this political but how much weight does this (already pretty trivial) gesture carry if he's willing to golf with someone (anyone) who has been so public with their prejudices?

He's a golfer, that's what keeps us (golfers) together. I'd certainly enjoy playing a round with anyone of any persuasion. . .

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Tiger is free to do and say whatever he wants...

That said, I think/hope he's smart enough to not let himself become the pawn that Lebron et al have become for the Soros divide and conquer propaganda machine.

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27 minutes ago, krupa said:

I can't get past the fact that he golfed with Trump between the election and inauguration.  I don't want to make this political but how much weight does this (already pretty trivial) gesture carry if he's willing to golf with someone (anyone) who has been so public with their prejudices?

Well, he did play a round with Obama and visited him in the White house multiple times.  Perhaps he's just sticking to his new mantra...giving each side EQUAL time.  :-)

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2 hours ago, skydog said:

Tiger is free to do and say whatever he wants...

That said, I think/hope he's smart enough to not let himself become the pawn that Lebron et al have become for the Soros divide and conquer propaganda machine.

Lol @ "Soros divide" 

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Just now, skydog said:

Lol at sheep...

I know it's more comforting to assume that there is some sort of hand behind the movements of the world, but unfortunately, there isn't. 

But I totally get it. It feels nice to have an enemy. 

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2 hours ago, krupa said:

I can't get past the fact that he golfed with Trump between the election and inauguration.  I don't want to make this political but how much weight does this (already pretty trivial) gesture carry if he's willing to golf with someone (anyone) who has been so public with their prejudices?

Or maybe, just maybe, he knows the guy well enough through his personal dealings with him that he doesn't believe that Trump is the monster that other people think he is? My Aunt is a pretty good judge of character and has had some interactions with Trump in the past, and she likes him just fine. I don't see any problem with Tiger being a part of this advertising and/or him being on good terms with Trump.

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15 minutes ago, skydog said:

Lol at sheep...

Saying publicly you believe in equality is being a sheep?

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Last I  heard was that he's worth approx. 700 million. They estimate he will be the 1st billionaire golfer. Plus he is still being payed by his sponsors. I seriously doubt it's about money. Politics doesn't belong on a golf forum. 

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