It’s no secret by now to the sports world or to those who love all things multimedia, that Pro Golfer Tiger Woods made his televised statement on Friday (Feb. 19th) about his extra marital affairs! For about 13 minutes and change, Woods attempted to right some of the wrongs he had committed by publicly apologizing to his wife, children, fans and sponsors! But was it really necessary? As Tiger mentioned in his statement “The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame”.
But his transgressions were against his marriage which affected his wife and children, not the public. He did however feel he had a responsibility to his friends, fans and even sponsors that he does business with. Tiger made it a point to address his fans and especially young children who may have looked up to him as a role model. “Parents use to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry”. As to why Tiger went down this path of infidelity in the first place, he didn’t get into vivid details but he did reveal this. “I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me, I felt that I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them”.
Two important points Tiger wanted to make sure to address and clear the air about. One involved reports that his wife Elin may have struck or attacked him last Thanksgiving (2009) after learning of his infidelity, and two was the over zealous media harassing his family after news of his affairs went public. On his wife, Woods stated ” Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever”! And in regards to his family and the media he stated ” My behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my 2 ½ yr. old daughter to school, and report the schools location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrong doings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone”.
To some it remains to be seen if Woods was truly remorseful about his transgressions or not. There was definitely a noticeable difference in his eyes during his speech. Gone was the confident, assured & composed demeanor in which he exhibits on the golf course in the face of pressure. Instead lied a man seemingly weary, unsure, embarrassed, shaken & humbled! Tiger’s lack of restraint in acting upon his impulses had clouded his better judgment. Having realized his long road to redemption that was ahead, he admitted that ” I have a lot to atone for”. One of the most telling and honest revelations came when Woods spoke on how to make amends with his wife Elin. He stated “As Elin pointed out to me my real apology to her will not come in the form of words, it will come from my behavior over time”.
Woods also made it clear on Friday that any other in depth details about his issues, affairs & heartfelt methods to reconcile with his wife, will be kept between him and his wife, and rightfully so! This was a private matter that should have never been blown up to this magnitude to begin with. But alas this is part of the fame hungry, celebrity gossip crazed, voyeuristic society we live in. Where famous people’s lives, become everyone’s business. I know fans were wondering about Woods return on the green and he did offer this tidbit in regards to golf. ” I do plan to return to golf someday, 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 more respectful of the game”. I suspect that like Kobe Bryant before him (whose career was able to recover from an extra marital affair in Colorado a few years ago) once Woods does get back on the green & starts to brilliantly win more Majors, all will be forgiven! And I’m sure his current sponsors (EA Sports & Nike) are hoping the same thing too.
I’m a firm believer that everyone deserves a second chance. I just hope that regardless of what people thought of Tiger Woods televised statement, that he’s a man who will stand by his words, and deliver on their promise for change!