The Controversy Behind Tiger Woods' New Nike Ad

The headline-making golfer is raising eyebrows with a new commercial featuring the voice of his late father. Does it go too far?

Over the past few months, Tiger Woods has been no stranger to controversy. Now, the headline-making golf star has raised some eyebrows again (though, thankfully, it's not about mistresses this time.)

 

Woods, 34, is currently starring in a Nike ad (one of the few companies to keep Woods on after the scandal frenzy took over) in which a voiceover of his late father, Earl Woods, is used.

In the 30-second black-and-white clip, a solemn, expressionless Woods looks straight into the camera, not saying a word, while the voice of his father, who passed away in 2006, talks to him.

While the origins of the soundbite are unknown, you can hear Woods' father saying to his son, "Tiger, I am known to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I wanna find out what your thinking was, I wanna find out what your feelings are, and did you you learn anything?" The camera then zooms in on Woods' somber stare when asked, "Did you learn anything?" 

The ad, which began airing Wednesday night on the Golf Channel and ESPN (just in time for Woods' long-anticipated return to the Masters today when he tees off at 1:42 p.m. EST), has had many wondering if the commercial is a tribute or if it's gone too far? 

Nike officials, who said the ad will only run until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, stand by the ad. "We support Tiger and his family. As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father," the company said in a statement.

We, on the other hand, can't help but wonder what Earl Woods would really have to say about all of this.

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