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Tiger Woods Has Released Another Statement Apologizing For His Actions…So, This Is Over Now, Right?

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Not even close, huh?

Anyhoo, Woods released a statement on his official site where he apologizes for doing whatever it is he did (he doesn’t mention that), and how those actions have caused him to be a bad husband and father; admits how hard it is to be subjected to intense media scrutiny and expresses that “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.”

The statement, in its entirety:

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.

Thoughtful and well prepared, and probably gone over a million times by his handlers, if we are to even believe he prepared this on his own.

It’s easy to be cynical and infer that, by making this carefully-constructed statement, Woods is simply tugging at the heartstrings of his fans (and attempting to manipulate the media in the process), making himself out to be some sort of victim of bloodthirsty rumor-mongering when all he wants is to do is play golf, make millions upon millions of dollars and ultimately be left alone. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way – there is a price to pay for the luxuries afforded due to Tiger’s immense fame and obscene wealth. And part of that price is if you screw up, you are going to be called on it. It goes with the territory. Especially when you are a person that has so meticulously created a what once was believed bulletproof public persona like Tiger had.

Here’s the thing: I have tried to steer clear of all the salacious stories that have been zooming around the tubes over the past few days. Not due to any sense of moral superiority, but because I feel I have nothing much to add that hasn’t been said already by people with a far-better ability to articulate their thoughts and the manner in which those opinions may intersect with how their readers feel about the issue. It’s one hot mess, to be sure, and it has a “driving by the scene of a car accident” (no pun intended) appeal to it, but to be honest, I got nothing.

Of course, as mentioned above, this is probably only the beginning. How it will all play out remains to be seen. All I know is that despite the fact that this stuff needs to be reported, don’t we all feel a little guilty about the perverse sense of excitement we derive from rubbernecking and gawking at a wreck? I know sometimes I do.

Does that make me a hypocrite, considering that I have gleefully pissed all over others due to their personal transgressions in the past? Probably. Actually, definitely. But for some reason, and I cannot put my finger on why, this whole sordid situation has left me feeling dirtier and more awkward than on other occasions when stuff like this has happened in the past. Perhaps it is because I am married as well as a father – who knows?

I understand that many of you will disagree with me on what I have written, but it is simply my knee-jerk reaction to what is going on. In the end, this is only my opinion. I am in no way attempting to change yours.

Whew. I’m not sure that made me feel any better, but it was nice to get it off my chest.

The Sportress will now return to its regularly scheduled, lame-brained, half-witted dickjokery. Thank goodness for that.

Tiger comments on current events [TigerWoods.com]