Tiger Woods spoke publicly today for the first time since his cheating scandal broke. The press conference aired live on Friday, February, 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. EST. Tiger Woods’ statement included an apology to his family, friend and fans.
- Tiger Addresses Untruths
- Tiger Takes Responsibility for His Behavior
- Tiger Asks for Privacy
- What Tiger Woods Says He Has Learned in Therapy
- Tiger Woods Shares his Commitment to Change and Steps to Recovery
If you found this post helpful, provide an answer to any of the following questions:
- Was Tiger Woods’ statement sincere?
- Did Tiger Woods write his own statement? Did he have help?
- Will Tiger Woods Cheat Again?
- Why is Tiger Woods Sorry? Is Tiger sorry for the Act or because he got Caught?
- Should Tiger Woods and Elin Stay Together? Why?
- Is Tiger Woods a Sex Addict?
- Can Buddhism and behavioral therapy help Tiger Woods?
- Is Tiger Woods Really Committed to Change?
Tiger Woods Full Apology Statement
Elin has never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage.
I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable and I’m the only person to blame. I knew my actions were wrong but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and to fame, I didn’t have far to go to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish. I don’t get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone, apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admire me…
My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It’s up to me to make amends and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I’ve made. It’s up to me to start living a life of integrity…
Achievements on the golf course are only one part of setting an example, character and decency are what really count. Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all of those families a special apology. I want to say to them: I am truly sorry.
It’s hard to admit that I need help but I do. I have a long way to go but I’ve taken my first steps in the right direction.
As I proceed, I understand people have questions. I understand the press want to ask me for the details [about] the times I was unfaithful. I understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain together. Please know that as far as I am concerned, everyone of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me. These are issues between a husband and a wife…
It is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They did not do these things, I did. I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children. They have been kept separate from my sponsors, my commercial endorsements. When my children were born, we only released photographs so that the paparazzi would not chase them. However, my behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my 2 1/2-year-old daughter to school and report the school’s location, steak-out my wife, and pursue my mom.
I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to be come a better man. That’s where my focus will be. I have a lot of work to do and intend to dedicate myself to doing it.
Part of following this path is Buddhism…People probably don’t realize it but I was raised a Buddhist. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught. As I move forward, I will continue to receive help because I’ve learned that’s how people really do change. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy.
In therapy I’ve learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can say the things that are important to me, my marriage and my children. That also means relying on others for help. I’ve learned to seek support from my peers in therapy and I hope someday to return that support to others who are seeking help.
I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that day will be. I don’t rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior respectful of the game.