Apparently, Tiger Woods was in some sort of car crash last week and it made national news. Then global news. Then even motocross news (one of his 12-and-counting conquests was a pit promo-chick at one point). Tiger-the-cheetah has been God’s gift to talk show hosts, bartenders and classroom clowns. But when I mentioned here last week, some of our more motocross-centric readers took offense to it, like, What the hell does that have to do with moto? It’s a golf story, right?
Sure it is. And the golf world is reporting on it. In some ways they circled the wagons to protect Tiger—that’s what enthusiastic, endemic publications will do for their athletes—but now the truth to the matters is going beyond punch lines about three-irons, seven-under Tiger, and playing through.
In motocross, we as media folks also do some wagon-circling from time to time. When an athlete is arrested, it usually just leaks out slowly, maybe a message-board post or a Twitter tweet now. But then when you do break a story—as our own Bryan Stealey found out when he broke the news about one former freestyle rider getting arrested for driving a rental truck full of marijuana: Adoptante called him and read him the riot act, explaining that he was set up and did not know that he was delivery this nefarious cargo.
I bring this up because there are a few stories about to drop in the motocross world—a much smaller world than golf—that will have us scratching our heads on whether to report on it as is or not. For instance, the details of Mike Cinqmars’ sudden death last night in Southern California are still not available, but when they do emerge, they likely will not paint a pretty picture. Like former MXer Mike Healey, Cinqmars had demons he was battling, and the downward spiral he was on him landed in jail last year. Nor is the news pretty about the unfortunate end of a marriage for a motocross star, though it’s nowhere near as tragic as that of Cinqmars.
My point is, when we mentioned Tiger Woods last week, we did not realize how much of a joke it was, nor how tragic it would become for his career. But while this column should be about motocross, it’s also about life in general, and sometimes life isn’t pretty.