Nike Comments on Tiger Woods Ad Featuring Late Earl Woods

A 30-second commercial featuring golfer Tiger Woods, with the voice of his late father, Earl Woods, is sparking up controversy.  And now Nike has released a statement about the ad.

(Watch the Nike commercial featuring Tiger Woods below.)

Tiger Woods, Earl Woods Nike Ad

Tiger Woods (Nike)

The married Tiger Woods has been in the headlines for affairs with reportedly more than a dozen women.  He has apologized publicly for his actions and said that he spent some time in rehab for his sexual addiction.

Tiger Woods made his return to professional golf with the Masters this week.  Some fans felt his return was too soon, saying he needs to put more effort into his family. 

Now a new commercial featuring Tiger Woods, with the voice of his deceased father, Earl Woods, has caused more controversy.  The commercial has Earl Woods telling his son that he wants to know what his feelings are, and asks him, “And did you learn anything?” (Watch the commercial below, and then share your thoughts in comments.)

CNN obtained the following statement from Nike regarding 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 commercial reportedly debuted on ESPN and The Golf Channel on Wednesday, and will air up until 4 p.m. (ET) on Thursday.  Meanwhile, The 2010 Masters Golf Tournament, in which Tiger Woods is playing, continues until April 11.

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