Tiger’s Truth and Consequences

Posted: 2nd December 2009 by DavidBurnett in Golf, Tiger, Tiger Woods
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As malicious as the tabloids can often be, there is sometimes a grain of truth in those stories. Sometimes there’s a huge grain of truth. And today Tiger Woods came as close to admitting to the affairs alleged by the tabloids as he ever will. He said in a statement released on his website that he let his family down and that he regrets “transgressions.”


No, it wasn’t a full blown “confession” but his words make it vaguely clear that not everything being speculated about the SUV accident and his alleged infidelity is untrue.

Tiger Woods 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.

So once again the tabloids appear to get it right. And thanks to them, as of now, at least two women have claimed to have had affairs with Tiger Woods. One of the women has a voice mail recording from a man whose voice sounds a lot like Tiger’s.

But do we really need to know more? Will we ever get closer to the truth of what is now obviously a marriage in trouble? Probably not. Or will we learn with even more certainty that golf’s greatest immortal is actually a mere human? This story is about as true as its going to get for the curious among us.

I suppose all we need to know is that Tiger messed up and then sort of manned-up. That’s a lot more than most celebrities could or would do.

But sadly that isn’t saying much.

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