In an interview on the Mojo in the Morning radio show in Detroit on Wednesday, [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] said he believes embattled golfer Tiger Woods deserves a second chance in the wake of the sex scandal that has exposed his private life.
"I know my fans gave me a second chance," said Brown, who is currently serving five years probation after pleading guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna last February. "I think people always deserve a second chance."
Brown said that he supported Woods, who appeared at a heavily managed press conference last week to make his first public apology after his multiple affairs were exposed in the wake of a Thanksgiving morning car crash.
"I hope he gets back on the field and does his thing, 'cause he is the best at it," said Brown, who referred to the Rihanna incident as a "hiccup and a major mistake" during the lighthearted phone interview with the radio station. His career appears to have taken a hit as a result of the assault — his latest album, Graffiti has stalled out short of 300,000 copies after nearly three months in stores.
"Whatever [Woods'] personal life is, and this goes for me and him, his personal life is his personal life," he said. "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."
Brown said he caught glimpses of the Woods apology on TV and opined, "He plays golf. That's his sport, that's his hobby, that's his love, that's what people love him for. They don't love him for the other stuff that they talk about. ... Even with me, I do music, I sing songs, I'm an entertainer, I'm a performer. But people make mistakes."
Asked if he would ever reach out to Woods, Brown said he'd rather be a fan from afar, confident that the golfer has people in his inner circle who can help him. "I think people have to realize that everybody's human," he said. "The good thing is, if you learn from your mistakes, then that's a part of life. I think that's a part of living and learning from mistakes and becoming a better person and growing from situations."
When it was suggested that some radio programmers were holding back on playing his music in the wake of the scandal, Brown said he believed he was being unfairly treated. "It's not like I hold a grudge, though," he said. "I know that people have their certain opinions, and certain people might come around ... take a little bit more time to be as forgiving as other people."