Tiger Woods admitted to “transgressions” today via a written letter on his web site (below). Just how many “transgressions” and who the transgressions were with wasn’t mentioned. 1/4 of his letter discusses his behavior and his sorrow, and 3/4 of the letter asks for privacy. If we thought Tiger was a tough shell to crack before, just wait.
I’m glad that Tiger did do the right thing this time and admitted to it especially after just days ago saying this three days ago:
Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
Tiger Woods’ official statement regarding the transgressions:
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.
Tiger needs a comment moderator for his web site, or to just turn comments off. WAIT NEVER MIND!
I know a golf web geek Tiger could hire to take care of a new need which has arisen on his web site, comment moderator. There are over 1,600 comments now, some of which aren’t too nice, as can be expected.
Before I’d even finished typing this, a new development. The comments are gone and this message now appears. “Comments are currently undergoing maintanance. Please try back later.” Someone tell Tiger’s webmaster how to spell “maintenance.”
Update: Surprisingly the comment thread is turned back on. There are 2500+ comments now.