Two years ago, Redskins running back Clinton Portis waded into the Mike Vick fiasco with some controversial comments supporting Vick’s ability to fight dogs.
Now, Portis is wading into the Tiger Woods affair.
Or, more accurately, affairs.
“Well, I think he’s being treated unfair,” Portis said during his weekly appearance on ESPN 980′s John Thompson Show, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Honestly, I always felt like everybody in that position — whether you’re a reporter, whether you run a grocery store, whether you’re the guy who’s doing an endorsement with Tiger — I’m sure in their offices the same thing’s going on. I’m sure they’ve got a lot of hidden secrets, a lot of hidden secret admirers, women that they talk to and everything else. But as an athlete, you’re put under a microscope and everybody wants you to be perfect. You just can’t have nothing else going on.
“And I think for so long, Tiger’s image was that of just a perfect person. Nobody wanted to see [anything else]. Now all of the sudden, you go from loving this man that you admired for all these years, and you find out he has a side woman and all of the sudden you hate him? You know, he’s still the same man that you grew to love. I mean, he kept it on wraps. For any man to be able to keep that on wrap for that long, to keep his business [private]. I’m sure this wasn’t the first time his wife found out he was probably with somebody else, but it was always hidden, it wasn’t in the public eye, it wasn’t pressure for her to leave him, there wasn’t pressure to ruin their home. I’m sure they got into it before. I doubt that this is the first time she picked up his phone and seen another woman had called him.”
Holy crap. Could it be that the concussion has made Portis smarter?
Then again. . . .
“If he could keep that a secret and ain’t nobody came out and told [on him], hey, congratulate him,” Portis said. “You know, most of the time there’s one or two, and you can’t keep that a secret. So if he can balance 14 and keep it a secret, congrats. You know, at least he knows what he wants. He don’t discriminate, he’s not against people, he don’t care what your job, what your background is. . . . He knew what he was after.”
Of course, Tiger ultimately failed to keep it a secret. Just like Vick.