Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest over Memorial Day Weekend had the internet talking… but mostly over his mugshot.
In the photo, we see the golf star with an unshaven look and droopy eyes, as well as disheveled and thinning hair. It immediately became a meme, likely dominating your social media feeds.
For some reason, ESPN Photoshopped Tiger’s mugshot, making him look a bit more manicured, which was apparently tamer for a SportsCenter broadcast, which you can see below.
— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) May 29, 2017
When this image surfaced, social media blew up with questions of why?
In a statement, ESPN said the altered version was necessary to fit their “standard template.”
“We have utilized a standard template for on-air headshots, which led to the background being dropped for consistency,” ESPN said. “We will revisit this process to improve it going forward.”
Check out some of the chatter on Twitter below:
— Marco 🤙🌲🔥🌬🚀🍁👌✌😋🍍♥️ (@Anto4799) May 30, 2017
It's actually pretty common for designers to do that. It's faster to just mask out all the hair in that situation.
— Mike Marley (@MarleyToGo) May 29, 2017
@espn is trying to save his career and image so hard hahaha
— Brett Carroll (@TheBrettCarroll) May 30, 2017