A “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement."
Following the final round of the Northern Trust Open on Sunday afternoon, Tiger Woods was asked multiple questions about his friendly relationship with President Trump.
According to ESPN, Woods responded (much to Trump's delight), "Well, he's the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.''
ESPN's Max Kellerman addressed Tiger's comments on yesterday's taping of "First Take," and summed up his remarks as a “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement," according to the New York Post.
“And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect on to its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” Kellerman said, according to the New York Post.
He added, “We are held to a standard of behavior, we at our jobs, right, people in their daily lives. The president, if anything, is held to a higher standard of behavior. It is not such that we have such great respect for the office that no matter what the behavior of its occupant, we must respect the occupant because of the office. No. Tiger Woods … is being slick. We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment.”