Tiger Woods released a statement today apologizing for his “transgressions” and saying “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.”
Tiger Woods does not owe the public any type of explanation. I stated below there will probably be women coming out of the word works claiming they had affairs with him. Today, US Weekly posted a voicemail supposedly left by Tiger asking if she would please erase her name from the voicemail because his wife had figured out the affair. This is on the heels of a New York VIP hostess denying an affair happen. Now, a third woman has come out and claimed an affair as recent as October. This third one a Las Vegas marketing director at a club.
My take is still the same. Tiger has the right to his privacy. Yes he is the highest paid athlete in the world. Yes he is the most famous sports figure in the world. But you and I all want privacy when something is going on with your private lives, right? Would you like it if one of your buddies sent around an email at your work, or started talking about things that are going on with you?? I know I wouldn’t like that. I am sure you wouldn’t either. And yes I know, Tiger is different. Tiger is a public figure. I know this. But private life is private life. And I think it should stay that way.
The statement released today was powerful and revealing. While it didn’t exaclty say straight out he had an affair, I have come to the realization these things probably did happen. It seems someone got to Tiger and persuaded him to say something. Maybe it was his PR team. Maybe it was his lawyers. Or maybe it was his wife who said you do this or I am leaving. We will never know. And while it is none of our business, Tiger said more today than he has ever said before.