There have been many scandals that have captivated America throughout the years involving athletes. Some people tend to think that an athlete is a role model, so they should be held to a higher standard. Being an athlete and being expected to live honorably can sometimes be too much for someone to handle. In the end, it seems like the fame and attention is too much for his personal life. An athlete under a lot of pressure will sometimes lose his spouse in the process. In the entertainment and sports world, we were hit with another example of why being rich does not always mean you are happy.
According to ESPN, Tiger Woods’ divorce from wife Elin Nordegren is officially final. The divorce proceeding was held in the Bay County Circuit Court which is located in Panama City, Florida. Woods and Nordegren were in attendance for the proceeding, as well as their individual attorneys. The terms and conditions of the divorce were not disclosed to the public, except that they will both share parenting of their children. The finalization of the divorce is ending a turbulent road for Woods, which started nine months ago.
Woods’ divorce is similar to that of Michael Jordan and his wife Juanita Vanoy, which occurred in 2006. The divorce for Jordan was actually very costly for him financially, even though he had a prenuptial agreement. According to Ace Showbiz, in that agreement, Vanoy would get an estimated $168 million. The amount of money Vanoy was set to receive was about one-third of what Jordan was worth.
Jordan and Vanoy had split for a while back in 2002 before they decided to give their marriage another try. Vanoy got custody of their three children, as well as their seven-acre estate in Chicago. Both Jordan and Vanoy agreed to the divorce mutually, and the prenuptial agreement was also signed by both of them. Jordan had a high-profile end to his marriage based on the fact that it became the most costly celebrity divorce ever. Jordan was a high-profile basketball player in the National Basketball Association, which also fueled the divorce and media speculation. Jordan fared well after the divorce, and he still remains close to the three children he had with Vanoy. Overall, the divorce between Jordan and Vanoy went pretty well, with both people thinking of their children first. Jordan also still was very good professionally as well, with no real difference in his performance during basketball games.
Given how Jordan fared with his divorce, I expect to see Woods do the same in the long-term. Woods has children with Nordegren, and it is good to hear that he will still be there, even if the two are not married. I think Woods’ career and game on the golf course will be affected a little by his divorce. I think Woods will go on to have a successful career in golf, but it might take some time for him to get mentally back into the game. Woods has been through a lot in the past few months, and I think that he needs to take some more time off to evaluate his personal life.
If Woods can mentally focus on golf during these hard times, he will still be as successful as he was before. Woods has been struggling lately since his return to golf, but, now that the divorce is final, it should work itself out. If people would move on past Woods and his transgressions, maybe he could move on also and return as the professional golfer we know he is.
Mark Kreidler, “Tiger Woods’ divorce? Part of the game”, ESPN
Ace Showbiz Staff, “Michael Jordan Agrees on $168 Million Divorce Settlement”, Ace Showbiz