The Official Tiger Woods Apology about Affairs

The Official Tiger Woods Apology about AffairsWell, it’s sort of an apology.  On the heels of the voicemail released this morning of Tiger pleading with his mistress to help him cover up the affair, Tiger issued a statement about the events of the last few days.  While he does acknowledge his “personal failings”, the tone of the statement is more like a plea for privacy.  I’m afraid that Tiger will probably not get his wish.  Here is his statement:

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.

Just as I discussed in an earlier post today, I agree with him that it is unfortunate that his private life is becoming public and perhaps that is not how things should be.  Tiger is in for a surprise, however, if he truly thinks a scandal like this involving such a public figure will stay quiet.

Personally, I forgive him, and it will be up to each individual fan whether they want to forgive him or not.  Like he says, it was a personal failing and he clearly acknowledges his wrongdoing.  It still remains to be seen what the lasting impact will be for his sponsors and his image.

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