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Tiger Woods Statement: "I have let my family down … I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father"

In a statement posted just minutes ago on his website, Tiger Woods seems to admit that some of the stories about his “transgressions” are true.

“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”

This is a remarkable turn of events and seems to suggest that, in light of a recently released voicemail from Woods to a Vegas-area waitress, he felt the need to get out in front of this story and admit that some of it is true. Interesting that in the statement Woods talks a lot about privacy — but seems to have been less than discreet with his own actions, at least when it comes to these encounters with woman other than his wife. Did he really think this would never come out?

I’m actually disappointed, but hardly surprised.

Here’s the full statement as found on Tigerwoods.com:

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.

Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it’s difficult.

I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

3 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Are you not surprised because of all of the tabloid stories lately or are you not surprised because he is the richest athlete in the world? I don’t know what it is like to have beautiful women throwing themselves at me all of the time, but I do know I value my marriage more than anything else. Tiger should reconsider what is really important in his life – is it how many majors he’s won or is it his legacy for his children. I hope he re-dedicates himself to his golf and tries to reconcile with Elin if he can.

  • I’m not surprised because I thought this is where we are heading. But I’m with you — he has two young kids and should have kept it in his pants. That’s part of being a man — unless he just doesn’t care about his wife or kids, which I don’t believe.

  • i’m glad we are focusing on the real issue here- how this affects his family, especially the children, the the absenteeism pro golfers make their spouses endure. I happen to be Tigers age with children the same age as his and I think even for those as rich as he is you appreciate your wife more due to the fact she is raising your kids- apparently Kobe and now Tiger dont see it that way.

    lastly- anyone know if Tiger has a pre-nup?

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