Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Statement From Tiger Woods

Below is the text of a statement released by Tiger Woods regarding the incident last week, its aftermath, and allegations made regarding him.

"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."


Opinion- So be it. What has happened between Tiger Woods and his wife should be a private matter in a world in which nothing is private anymore. If there is anyone among us who can claim never to have had a moment or period of time involving a relationship that went south and caused embarrassment or pain, please be straight with yourself and with others- everyone of us is guilty sometime along the way. What has happened in the case of Tiger Woods is yet another instance of unrealistic expectations in the private life of a celebrity. Tiger Woods owes the public his best performance on the golf course, nothing more, nothing less.

Sadly, this will not go away. There will always be tabloids and websites that exist only for celebrity gossip- they'll try their best as judge, jury, and executioner to put the subject in their grave, and will then criticize the clothes they wore in their own funeral.

I won't go there....this will be my last post regarding Woods and his private life.

"Hugh Jee"

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