Tiger Woods: “I Owe It To My Family To Become A Better Person”

Tiger Woods made a public apology on Friday morning (February 19) during a televised press conference, acknowledging his “irresponsible, selfish behavior,” People reports.

I want to say to each of you simply and directly: I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible, selfish behavior,” Woods, 34, said at the TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.”

The golf star added, “Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. My real apology will not come in the form of words, but my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss. What we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”

During his 15-minute speech, the father-of-two explained that he sought in-patient therapy beginning in late December, where he received “guidance for the issues I’m facing.”

“I had a lot of time to think of what I have done,” he said. “My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before.”

Woods also addressed his bizarre car accident on November 27. “I have a lot to atone for, but there’s one issue I really want to discuss. 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 [any] domestic violence in our marriage. Ever.”

Praising his wife’s “enormous grace and poise,” the embattled athlete said he’s the only one to blame.

“The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior,” he said. “I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable – and I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.”

Though Elin was noticeably absent, the golfer delivered his remarks in front of a handpicked audience including his mother, Kultida. In a slowl and measured tone, Woods said he will return to therapy and continue to seek treatment.

“I recognize I have brought this on myself,” Woods said toward the end of his speech. “And I know above all, I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person.”

Do you think Tiger was truly remorseful and will change? Or, once a cheater, always a cheater?

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  • Anonymous

    I think he is only ‘sorry’ because he got caught!

  • Janiekins

    He is NOT a sex addict. He is a selfish, self centered a**h*** who cheated on his wife with dozens of women and got caught. Elin should divorce him. How could she ever trust him again?

  • The other two comments above me could not have said it better.

  • Diann

    I totally agree! He is not a sex addict! He’s just sorry he got caught!! I can see it now… all the cheaters in the world are going to be “sex addicts” and will make it all better by going to “rehab”. Give me a break!

  • Lauren

    Lmao you girls took the words straight out of my mouth. A real man doesn’t make a life-long commitment to marry if hes still not done fooling around i truly feed sorry for his wife.

  • Anonymous

    He is a pathetic loser. How could Elin even consider staying with this lying cheater? I feel sorry for the kids but this is NO reason to stay with him. She needs to divorce him ASAP! I would rather be dirt poor and happy with a husband who is faithful!


    I agree with all of the comments above.

    1) He’s sorry he got caught
    2) Once they cheat they always cheat
    3) She can never trust him again
    4) Who know whats diseases if any he caught
    5) Will totally lose all respect for Elin if she takes him back

  • Jen

    He owed it to his family to keep it in his pants in the first place! Something that I don’t think will ever change; he’ll do it again. Elin should leave him, she can do much, much better. And his mama should have raised him with some morals instead of supporting him by saying, “He didn’t do anything illegal.” How about immoral? It’s still bad!

    • Tif

      YES!! Why was his mother even speaking!?!?

      His mother’s comments were very unsupportive to Elin, and also her grandchildren. She should’ve kept her mouth shut. She also should be considered a failure as a mother because she didn’t teach him what is ok and not ok, regardless of if it’s “illegal” or not. She should be ashamed of herself because she failed him as his mother. Her comment just proves how ignorant she is, and so Tiger is a product of her ignorance.

  • stella

    May be he is right and I have listen his media conference with his family and he was really trying to avoid his divorce and was continuously saying that now he will try to do a better husband and father.
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  • Anonymous

    Tiger is a lying cheating pig! He is NOT a sex addict! He IS a cheater!

  • Chrissy

    Tiger needs some help. You have to put yourself in his shoes for 1 second. He felt invincible. He never thought he would get caught. He even said so. I don’t know why people can think this way or how. But I do know there is help. A book that I picked up called, This Hungry Spirit gives you tips and steps on how to become a better person. It’s written by C. Clinton Sidle and I think Tiger should have a read of this.
    He needs to be a leader, and get some help and get his life back on track. He has a purpose, he just needs to re-find it again.

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