The Staggers 17 December 2009 Tiger's triumph Hacks rally round and name Woods "Athlete of the Decade" Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Tiger Woods, has had, to put it mildly, a rough time of it recently. The media's round-the-clock coverage of his sexual "transgressions" led to accusations of a witch-hunt. But judging by Associated Press's decision to name Tiger Woods as the "Athlete of the Decade", journalists are still able to detach his performance on the golf course from his misdemeanours elsewhere. Most notably, half of the ballots were returned after the 27 November car crash that triggered the remarkable series of revelations about his private life. British journalists, currently the subject of an outrageous injunction by Woods, may not have been so generous. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Politics and the law: on collision course? George Eaton is senior online editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!