By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated February 25, 2010 at 08:10 PM EST
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Image Credit: Rob Kim/Retna LtdSay what you will about Tiger Woods’ PR strategy right now, but somehow I doubt it includes getting co-signs from the likes of Chris Brown. “I think people always deserve a second chance,” Brown said yesterday in a Detroit radio interview spotted by MTV News. “I hope [Woods] gets back on the field and does his thing, ’cause he is the best at it…Whatever [Woods’] personal life is, and this goes for me and him, his personal life is his personal life. Nobody has the right to place judgment or make any judgment on anybody else’s personal life when they’re not directly involved with them.”

Forget Tiger for a moment. Maybe this is just me, but the more I hear Chris Brown talking about second chances this way, the less inclined I am to think he himself deserves one yet. It’s been a little over a year since he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna, a misdeed that MTV says Brown called a “hiccup and a major mistake” in that radio interview. Really, Chris? Hiccups are what happen when you drink too much soda. We all know what Chris Brown did that night; he pleaded guilty in a court of law to assaulting Rihanna. That’s not what I call a hiccup. That’s abuse, and it’s a felony, and implying that “nobody has the right to place judgment” on it is seriously problematic.

Why is Chris Brown even talking about Tiger Woods’ sex scandal, anyway? I recognize that he probably didn’t choose to be asked this question, but if ever there was a time for a “no comment,” this was it. Using the Woods story as an excuse to offer up some self-serving musings on his own actions was simply an awful idea. I can’t see how these remarks will help either Woods or Brown rehabilitate their respective images.

I’ve asked Brown’s label if they have any further comment on this mess. In the meantime, what do you think of Brown’s decision to weigh in on Tiger Woods?

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