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February 19th, 2010
07:31 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tiger's Apology

Tiger Woods says, 'I am so sorry' in a public apology.

Tiger Woods says, 'I am so sorry' in a public apology.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tiger Woods faced the cameras today and apologized for his "irresponsible and selfish" extramarital affairs.

"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," Woods said during his 14-minute statement delievered at a news conference in Florida  today.

Woods hugged his mother, but not his wife. Elin wasn't there.

But he did want to clear up some misconceptions about her.

"Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame."

Tiger admitted he 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 admired me."

Tiger said he's not sure when he'll return to golf. He's heading back to rehab. He's hoping his fans can forgive him.

"Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."

What do you think of Tiger's apology? Share your thoughts below.

Tonight on 360°, Tom Foreman looks beyond Tiger's performance in front of the cameras to what those cameras really captured. Things you might have missed.

Plus, how Tiger's message and adultery are seen by both women and men. John Gray, author of the best-selling book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" joins us to help tackle that angle.

We also continue to follow the Conservative Political Action Conference, or C-PAC, in Washington. Will the Tea partiers join forces with Republicans, and from their point of view, should they? We've got the raw poltics.

We're also following several developments out of Haiti. Gary Tuchman is back in Port-au-Prince tonight. He's got an update on an orphanage he first visitied in the days just after last month's earthquake. Some of the children there are in new homes in the U.S. But others are still in Haiti, waiting to start a new life.

Anderson also has an interview with one of the missionaries released from Haiti this week. See if Jim Allen knew Laura Silsby before heading to Haiti. Allen also responded to questions about the documents Silsby said she had to take the 33 Haitian children into the Dominican Republic.

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!


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  1. Tina

    Watching Tiger apologizing publicly for private wrongs he committed felt wrong to me, especially when he looked emotionless, like he didn't really want to make that public apology but was given no choice. I can't help but think that it's his backers, the big companies he endorses, that forced him to apologize publicly when he really didn't have to. He did wrong to his wife and kids, not the public, so that public apology is mainly about money, really.

    February 22, 2010 at 6:02 am |
  2. Tracey

    Tiger apologized, but that should not dispel his adulterous acts– as the media seems to be more interested in him as a product, image, profit for endorsers. His apology to his wife/family is most important!!!! Also, where is the onus of apology on the women who were involved in these acts? These women knew he was MARRIED. Instead the media interviews them to get an angle on Tiger. It will be refreshing to see the day when adultery is truly tauted as "wrong", not viewed as a blip in character to be ignored because the individual is in the public eye.

    February 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  3. Sharon from CA

    I didn't watch the 'apology' and quite frankly I'm tired of hearing about it. He's a guy. He's had affairs – this is a surprise to anyone? This is not news, this is life! The only people he owes an apology to are his family. And the thing about the role model – what about preseident's and senators and all the other supposed role models young men have to look up to? I am truly tired of hearing about men and their affairs. THIS IS NOT NEWS! The other evening I got home from work and turned on the news to learn the status of the olympics. But all I could find on any station was Tiger Woods. I like the guy, He screwed up. What he does with his life now is up to him but I do hope for his sake he gets it right with his family.

    As to the women counterparts – no one owes you anything. If you've not learned by now that having an affair with a married man is wrong then I feel sorry for your lack of good judgement. Take responsibility for your own actions!

    February 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  4. carol mcneil

    The thing that gets me is, How could Tiger play such good golf and be so deep into his addiction at the time he was pplaying really good golf.Addicts only think about their addictions and thay can't focus the way he did.No addiction , why is he doing his ninth step in a twelve step program.i don't think he has even covered the first.

    February 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  5. Rocky Scott

    He should not of given up his religion and should of called the help he is getting treatment, not just advise. People will not like that he does not believe in Jesus or god or the more American faith. And treatment to some my be medical, doctors, etc. Talking with some about his problems, he couldn't just talked to Charles Barkley for that. People ran to Charles to talk about Tiger.

    Rocky Scott

    February 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  6. teresa, oh

    Do you people READ what you type before you send it?
    Half of your statements BARELY make sense.

    I think Tiger needs to grow up and use a new first name.

    Also, it has me wondering, did Tiger's dad exhibit this type of behavior ? Perhaps Tiger isn't a sex addict, per se, but is only imitating the example he was shown.

    Elin, hang in there, more years mean more money. Tiger was right, you have been nothing but graceful... and patient. : )

    February 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  7. Lisa St Paul, MN

    Who the heck cares about Tigers infidelities??? He not a politician. I realize that his "image" was squeeky clean, he is a great golfer but if anyone idolizes any human being and they are disappointed in Tiger for his actions, then you need to get a life. This is between he and his wife period.
    The one thing I have to say is what goes around comes around...

    February 21, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  8. Sue

    Okay, lets move on for the sake of his kids... let them heal or split in peace. Obviously something is terribly wrong with this guy and he needs help but this obsessive coverage is sicker than he is.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  9. Dave E

    I cant help to ask why the American public is so infatuated with Tiger Woods personal activities. We currently as a country have two wars a faultering economy with 1 out of 10 people out of work, no health care policy as yet, our education system is of lower standards than some third world countries,we have serious climate change and environmental issues a crumbling national infrastructure and a legislature engaged in what seems to be a partisan politics war that stopping anything from getting done and a national debt in the trillions that I cant see how we are ever going to get out from under for generations to come. Yesterday during Tigers apology, I could not even make a call on my cell phone because the net work was over loaded with what I can only guess was Tiger Woods gossip for as soon as he finished things returned to normal.
    I wish the American public would put a fraction of that concern into some of the very real problems this country has to deal with. It's time this country shakes off its infatuation with stars and celebs and gets involved in some of the real issues we have to overcome.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  10. Julie

    Well, only "sorries" he is ashamed for, is getting caught., he is sorry, he will lose millions. People put people as him on pedestals, only to fall from grace.
    When people cheat on spouses, they bring to the elicite affair, their children and spouses and their families to witness later. They are marred for life.
    Woods is one ugly man, how he got his wife so beautiful, money must have had a ton to do with it all. Some men need a whole bunch of money to have wives put up with their crap. Some never have enough.
    If he had used his disipline that he has for golf in his personal life, what a tremendous person he could have been. But, that is the point, lack of disipline with so many cheap babes. All ugly compared to his wife.
    People can only be intimate with only one person at a time. He broke his vows. He is trash. He needs a good golf club to the crotch..

    February 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  11. Viv

    Note to Gloria Allread: women who get involved with married men do not deserve an apology. Your client knew Tiger was married. She gambled and lost. Move on.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  12. meret

    Number 1: Tiger did his step of 12 to make amends to those he harmed, so now accept the apology like adults and move on with your lives. He is a private person and this was agony for him. Judge not or you will be judged, I am sure some of you Duke and Dame Righteous have some skeletons you don't want dug up.

    Number 2: Why should he apologize to tramps who knew he was married with children and were in it for the payoff. Since when is a porn star a sweet sensitive human being. She is not a nurse or kindergarten teacher. If you gamble, you might lose hoochies. Get over it Gloria, you are looking like a pimp.

    Number 3: Why should he apologize to women who saved emails and pictures so they can hang him out to dry, and then proceeded with that plan.

    Number 4: What kind of trampoline–and yes I mean that word because he was jumping all over her, is Rachel Uchitel that she takes money not to "roll over" on a man who seemed to love her. And now she gets a high profile job above women who are working hard to succeed in that field.

    Tiger is the least of the demons in this hell.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:37 am |
  13. Maggie

    I sincerely believe Tiger Woods apology was sincere and no, he shouldn't have apologized to all the women he had affairs with. All of these women, I'm sure, knew he was married, therefore they were willing particupants even though Tiger may have lied to ALL of them about certain issues. I just hope him and his wife Elin can survive the turmoil in their lives and that of their children. It will be a long and painful journey for all of them and I think the Media should keep their noses out of their ((Elin & Tigers') misfortunes. Sure stuff like this "sells" but there is a limit to which the Media should be able to go to!! And I hope he will go back to golfing again, he is a "Superstar" in that aspect of his life. Good Luck & God Bless to the Woods!!

    February 20, 2010 at 2:41 am |
  14. Karen

    OMG! Kelsey thinks he owes an apology to the women that were so desperate that they go for married men?! What has the world come to?? They KNEW he was married, it didn't matter to them because they're pathetically desperate, opportunistic women that pursue other women's husbands! If women merely refused to betray other women, a whole lot of this sort of destructive, hurtful and yes, trashy behaviour would cease to exist!

    February 20, 2010 at 2:41 am |
  15. Tony Hatch

    I just watched Lisa Bloom say another one of her revolving door comments about Tiger Woods. She mentioned that Tiger didn’t apologize to the women/temptations he had relationships with by name. There is no pleasing Lisa, had Tiger apologized by name she would have, with out a doubt, taken the other approach and railed about how callous he is for dragging these poor women into the public eye again.
    The fact that she even suggests that Tiger Woods should apologize to them in the first place is ludicrous. Everyone involved knew he was married as famous as he is and all were legal adults.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:37 am |
  16. Karen

    I agree with Chris. Tiger owes me nor the media an apology. His wife and family, yes. The rest of us? No. Like I said before, it isn't his fault that he's been made out to be above mistakes.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:34 am |
  17. Karen

    I can't imagine that Tiger Woods ever sat down in front of a mirror and decided that he'd portray himself as any sort of superhuman, perfect being... he's merely human. He may well be, and deserves to be on a pedestal for his talent for golfing; it isn't his fault that the world made him out to be a so-called 'golden boy'. He's a great golfer, but he's a human golfer. He wears no cape, nor leaps tall buildings in a single bound! It amazes me that so many are so ridiculously disappointed in this guy because he fell short of the image created by the fantasy world of our society. Professional athletes are not animated super heros. God bless him and his family; I hope they are allowed the privacy needed to heal from this spotlighted human error.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  18. Nora/Calgary

    Tiger's timing is right in the middle of the Winter Olympics. Why would he selfishly choose this time to spotlight himself and detract from time which could be dedicated to the fine Olympians during their two weeks of hard-earned glory.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  19. Kelly Donyes

    I am sure there is some strategy behind Mr Woods speech today & I am sure we can all agree this is a private matter that is unfortunately tangled up in a very pubic way.

    I also think his words in his speech about Elin saying to him "my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time."

    This seems to me the only true answer we (the public) will know in time as well, as Mr Woods moves forward trying to untangled his public & private life. I hope they (the Woods) can find common ground in their thoughts, words, actions & values that will help them as parents in their ultimate mission of rasing their children toward a life that is both positive & loving that only parents can do no matter what challenges comes a famlies way in life...:) Godspeed to the Woods Family!

    February 20, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  20. Letitia Y. R. Lewis

    Greetings Sir, My thoughts on this subject is that each of those women knew that Mr. Woods was a married man!!! I have been on both sides!!! He may apologize to the women but they need to also apologize to he and his wife!!! We women should put ourselves in the wife's shoes!!! It was disrespectful for Mr. Woods to either approach or receive an approach!!! However, that goes for the women also!!! I an quite proud that he publicly apologized!!! However, he only owes an apology to GOD, his wife, his children, and maybe his mother!!! The rest of us need to heed the message of this whole situation!!! It's not just Mr. Woods or those women who are participants in such a matter!!! Rich or poor, it is happening every day and it is a destruction to the family!!! I applaud his wife for staying in the marriage!!! Her reward is greater than she could ever imagine!!! Mrs. Woods, stay focused, keep your eyes on the ball!!! Blessings, Letitia Lewis

    February 20, 2010 at 1:35 am |
  21. Doris

    Tiger, looks very unhappy. I donot understand why he married that girl. He doesn't want to be married to her. Tiger have made other people happy by marring. The only way to make himself happy is divorce. yes, she will take the money, but that is why she married. Tiger needs to do what Tiger wants to do, not what his so called friends want.

    I hate to see him forced to say things that he don't mean.

    Go on Tiger and live your own life. Get Jesus while you at it.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  22. Teressa

    also, the stupid women who were involved with him knew he was married. STOP the DRAMA.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  23. Marsha

    I have no idea why Tiger is needed to publicly apologize for his actions. He did not commit a crime. Nothing he does would ever appease those self-righteous people whose closets probably have more skeletons. Even if he betrayed his wife's trust, that's for Tiger and Elin to deal with. I just wish the press would leave him alone.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:16 am |
  24. Mary

    A humbler, more truly contrite man would have long ago quietly said his apologies to the press, in a short message which would have asked forgiveness from his family, friends, fans, and business associates and asked for privacy for his family. This long televised event seemed like something staged by a member of royalty, trying to repair his public image and with the expectations of a true narcissist telling the world about all his hard work ahead–it's all about him after all– and that all would surely be forgiven.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:15 am |
  25. natalia

    I thought the speech was embarrasing.
    Only his wife needs explanation, not the people of the world.
    Its more than obvious that his advisers told him to do this, so he wouldnt loose any more sponsors. (the sponsors, which by the way, are total hypocrites.)
    For me it was also obvious that he was completely trained for this speech looking at the audience in the eye when he was referring to friends and people in general.
    We had already forgotten about it. Why did he do this? And waited so long to do it? Refloated the whole thing again..
    And if people or tabloids wrote lies about you Tiger...SUE THEM and donate the monety to Haiti.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:00 am |
  26. Claudia Carroll

    Hey media and USA! (And Tiger advisors) What hyprocracy! On the one hand are those who have made a billionaire of Hugh Hefner with his many blonded pages and no holds barred mansion and on the other, those who are so puritanical as to be judge and jury of yet one more public figure who can't or doesn't choose to, keep his zipper zipped when confronted with the world of groupie-glamour-gals.
    Ah, I remember when we only had to be confronted with such stories when standing in the super-market line, staring at, or away from the expose' mags. On with the real news! Humanity awaits.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  27. H. Fisher

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the press ( not all of you of course) but those who have envisioned Tiger Woods as an opportunity to raise your ratings. Those who have said you are offended because Tiger knows you well enough to not have a "press conference" for you. Your "indignation" does more harm to whatever "dignity" the press corps has left then the event to which you have been denied access.

    There may be those in your ranks who are guilty of the same transgessions, you just have not been caught.

    Try reporting the news, not manufacturing it.

    As far as Tiger is concerned, I think his statement says he is very much aware that he has acted in a very foolish way and that he needs help. He also knows that he well not get that help from a large number of you.

    Let's watch what happens when he returns to golf. I am sure there will be more reporters asking more questions about this period than will be asking him about golf. Remember, when that time comes and he tells you then that he will not talk to you about this period anymore don't get upset, talk about golf if you know how.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  28. Trudi

    Reading the previous blogs, I am glad to note that people are finally waking up and realizing that this kind of reporting is inane. Who in the world cares what Tiger Woods does. This is strictly between his wife and himself. It is none of my business or anyone else's for that matter. This has been going on for centuries, and nobody is going to be able to change it.

    One blogger mentioned that there are people in this country starving – she's right. What an indictment on the most prosperous country in the world. The media needs to concentrate on things like that and not the gossip. CNN is supposed to be a quality channel.

    There are also important things going on in the rest of the world. The earthquake in Haiti, the mess in the Middle East to name but a few.
    So, wake up America and stop gasping in mock horror every time something like this happens. Let Mr. Woods crawl back into his rehab (for sex addiction????) and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
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