Difficult to Generate Sympathy for Oscar De La Hoya After Recent Admissions

Difficult to Generate Sympathy for Oscar De La Hoya After Recent Admissions When former boxer Oscar De La Hoya went public with admissions that he struggled with drug addictions and suicidal thoughts, he also came clean about being unfaithful to his wife.

That admission came with a caveat.

"We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here," De La Hoya said. "But I was unfaithful."

In De La Hoya's mind, Woods must be the pinnacle of persona non grata, because on balance what De La Hoya has admitted, in its entirety, is much worse. His latest "my bad" is that those photos of him in drag — which he originally claimed was a "bad photoshop job" and subsequently used to drag Siberian modal Milana Dravnel's reputation through the mud — are photos of him after all, the New York Post reports.

Hey, at least he's cleaned himself up and he's being honest now, right? Yeah, whatever. While De La Hoya is on this coming-clean kick, it remains to be seen what might come next, because there's no reason to believe he's finished. He's on a roll.

As fun as it is to use Woods as a punching bag, his transgressions are fairly straightforward. Woods' cheating led to a Thanksgiving 2009 domestic disturbance, revelations of stripper trysts and other TMZ fun. A few sponsors dropped Woods and an agent and a caddie were relieved of their duties, but nobody was defamed by Woods himself.

What Woods should be saying is that in his case, "we are obviously not talking an Oscar De La Hoya here."

In the past week, De La Hoya has admitted clinical psychological issues, chemical dependance, intimidation and bribery (he eventually paid Dravnel $20 million to keep quiet about the photos, the Post reports). Fewer people are talking about De La Hoya's fall from grace than they did about Tiger's, but De La Hoya shouldn't take that as a sign that his actions were less egregious. There hasn't been as much media attention given to De La Hoya's transgressions merely because boxing has a lesser following than golf, and De La Hoya is not as well-known than Woods. That is all.

There is one major similarity between De La Hoya and Woods: Each did all of this to himself.

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