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December 2nd, 2009
02:55 PM ET

Text of Tiger Woods' statement

CNN

Tiger Woods issued a statement on his Web site Wednesday morning, apologizing for letting his family down.

"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."


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  1. John

    Anderson: Has there ever been speculation about Tiger using steroids or other performance-enhancing substances at any time?

    His physique is like no other golfer in history plus now with the revelation of affairs and tumultuous marriage–parallels to Alex Rod.?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  2. Teresa, OH

    re: " Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect."

    And this is how you repay her?

    re: "Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone" I think not... You and your cheating are taking up far too much tv time.

    Something I noted through all the tv coverage and internet pics of Tig and Elin.... they never look into each others eyes.... Guy just wasnt that much into her.

    Elin: you're a lovely gal.... you know what you have to do : )

    December 3, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  3. Donna Rasmussen

    Personally I say, if the Police don't need to be involved why do we? Leave the guy alone, geez why can't we stay out of the lives of public figures?

    December 3, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  4. AngieP

    stop reporting on celebrities, sports stars , whoever it is and their personal lives. the public does NOT care!!!! dont be a paparazzi reporter!!! please pass this on to every "news" reporter. every station, every network needs to stop this!!!

    dont care about tiger woods affairs!!! its not NEWS!!!
    dont wanna know if michael jacksons kids are "really" his!! They are! He raised them!! think about what all this gossip will do to his kids.
    dont want to hear that obama smokes!! who CARES!!!
    rumors, lies and gossip,, thats all our "news" is anymore!!

    Pass this along to every network, every station, every reporter!!
    STOP THE INSANITY!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  5. Ella Smith

    Tiger I Love You U R Only Human And Who R We To Judge U Anyway U R The Only 1 To Answer 2 God So I Forgive U God Bless

    December 3, 2009 at 2:19 am |