March 1st, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Ex-NBA star is the fallen athlete, not Tiger Woods

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/CRIME/01/05/jayson.williams.crash/story.williams.gi.jpg caption="Jayson Williams was sentenced this week for fatally shooting a limo driver in 2002." width=300 height=169]

Roland Martin
CNN Political Contributor

A little over a week ago nearly every media outlet was fixated on Tiger Woods and his apology news conference. We saw pundits, columnists, journalists, radio talk show hosts, psychologists, body language experts, entertainers and anyone with an opinion weigh in on the sincerity of Tiger: Was he really sorry for committing adultery, should he apologize further and hundreds of other angles.

Some even described him as a fallen athlete who will lose millions of endorsements and a man who has destroyed the trust he built up with his fans. I even heard one woman say she needed Tiger to apologize, yet couldn't articulate why it mattered so much to her, especially since she wasn't his wife, kin to him, and wasn't a family friend.

Yet if there was ever one athlete we could truly place in that category of fallen athlete, it would be former NBA star Jayson Williams.

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