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Tiger Woods releases statement amidst rumors of marital infidelity

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Photo from Jim Epler via Wikimedia

Photo from Jim Epler via Wikimedia

Tiger Woods, in an attempt to douse the public relations bonfire in which he currently finds himself, issued the following statement a short time ago.

“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.”

Some interesting questions to ponder on this?

  • How many of Tiger’s many corporate sponsors will cancel their relationship with him? The ‘tote board’ says none, since he makes them all so much money…
  • How many more women will come forward, whether legitimate or not to attempt to get their “15 minutes of fame”? The under/over on that wager is four…
  • What’s the difference between Tiger Woods’ driver and his Cadillac Escalade? Nothing- he goes into the trees with them both on occasion…

2 Comments

  1. Ben

    December 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    MediaCurves.com conducted a study among 301 Americans about the rumors regarding Tiger Woods’ accident. Among the rumors, Woods’ alleged affair with Rachel Uchitel was the rumor that most respondents believed to be true. Nearly one-third of Americans indicated that they now have a more negative perception of Tiger Woods and 18% stated that they were less likely to purchase products endorsed by Tiger Woods. More in depth results can be seen at:
    http://www.mediacurves.com/NationalMediaFocus/J7662-TigerWoodsCrash/Index.cfm
    Thanks,
    Ben

  2. Reggie Greene / The Logistician

    December 3, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    As sad as the whole Tiger Woods situation is, perhaps it might prompt us to re-evaluate the institution of marriage, and whether it is still a viable institution. Assuming, for purposes of argument, that there is no biological component associated with cheating, then simply examining the conduct of golfer Woods, Albert Einstein, Gov. Mark Sanford, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. John Ensign, inventor Henry Ford, Presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Clinton, would strongly suggest that many do not respect the institution as presently constituted or evolved.

    The frequency with which infidelity occurs suggests a systemic problem. Society might consider starting a discussion about a modified or different institution to serve the functions previously served by marriage.

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