February 18th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

No apologies Tiger, just be real

Tiger Woods fever is running high once again after the world number one's agent confirmed the golfer would speak publicly on Friday, for the first time since his "transgressions" and self-imposed exile from the game.

Obviously, we want him to return as the same great golfer he was when he left. And, once he’s shaken off the rust and weathered the media storm, there’s no reason why the post-scandal Tiger should play any differently from the pre-scandal Tiger when it comes to winning golf tournaments. But, more importantly, what do we want to see from Tiger the man?

Fans all over the world want to see Tiger playing golf again but what he does first is a bone of contention.
Fans all over the world want to see Tiger playing golf again but what he does first is a bone of contention.

Veteran American golfer, Tom Watson, would surely applaud the planned mea culpa interview, after advising Woods to do as much in recent interviews. The purpose being to show a contrite, changed man with a healthy dose of humility.

South African golfer, Retief Goosen, is among those who believe Tiger owes the sport an apology for the embarrassment he caused. While fellow player, Jesper Parnevik, who introduced Tiger to his future wife, Elin, also favors the sackcloth and ashes approach. Whether both will be satisfied with Friday's events remains to be seen.

Veteran golfer, Nick Faldo - who is no stranger to marital controversy himself - said that Tiger’s best course of action is to say very little and simply focus on playing golf. The Englishman reasoning that the game will be his salvation. It seems it is not just Colin Montgomerie who is shunning the advice of the former European Ryder Cup captain.

As for the media? Well, regardless of where the outlet stands on the tabloid to broadsheet continuum, the demand will be for public hari kiri, followed by some genuine evidence of remorse, during which the story can stay hot on the back of a load of psycho babble and analysis, ultimately leading to a glorious resurrection in which Tiger, with Elin on his arm, comes full circle as a husband, father, and walking talking life lesson, because everyone loves a happy ending.

What do I want from Tiger? Well, I don’t want an apology, as I’m not his wife, his kids, his friends, his family, or any of the sponsors whose money he took and then let down. I don’t want the mea culpa speech either. He has already confessed, and his actions in hiding speak louder than words. I know as much as I need to know about what he did, and why he did it seems patently obvious. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What I do want though is for Tiger to start being real, whatever he says and whatever he does. Because replacing one façade with another would do nobody any good at all.

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  1. J

    Hey! why should he apologize.................apologize for being absent from golf...........that will be ok....................any other apology should be private with his family.....period.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:19 am | Reply
  2. Jakc

    Terry, your response to this whole Tiger dillema is the best not just for Tiger but for all celebrities and politicians.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:25 am | Reply
  3. Nozar

    He has to ask the public for whoever who has NOT done this sin, to step forward. And only then he can appologize to the micro-crowd.
    Media uses everybody and anything to make money for their CEOs. And for rest of us, we are just hypocrates using likes of Tiger and Terry to distance ourselves from and put a mask on and tell our friends and family that we are gooooooood.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  4. Raoul

    Dear Tiger,
    Please do us all a big favour play golf , and drop the sainthood routine we are all mortal and we all trip and fall sometime. Have the "FORWARD LOOK" ........... all the best .

    February 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Reply
  5. Brad Freeman

    If Tiger were an evangelical preacher or priest instead of a millionaire golfer, then the world would have crucified him instead of saying that he is "just a human".

    February 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  6. 6littleones

    Not that I care a lick about Tiger, or about the sport of golf (clears throat), HOWEVER, Tiger Woods claimed the "clean-cut, do good, all American boy" image and rode it for all it was worth. It wasn't only his talent in golf that made him rich, it was his image that was created for him and one that he claimed. So while I agree that he owes his family a HUGE apology in words and action FIRST, I believe he SHOULD apologize to the public and fans for making himself a role-model and than doing things as shameful as this. He needs to apologize for claiming to be something that he wasn't and let those who look to him as a role model know that these are things that he shouldn't have done, that he is sorry for them, and encourage others that lying will only bring you heartache and shame in the end! If he is truly sorry, than he won't take the "I'm only human" approach, he will be truly sorrowful and regretful for hurting so many.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  7. Johnnie

    No apology necessary. The world's not bothered by one man's peccadilloes. In the overall scheme of things, this chap rates .. well, less than a microscopic dot. He's not even going to answer questions, and the people to whom he will speak are his friends ... why's this newsworthy?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  8. Chris

    Has Tiger cheated on me or you??? Certainly not, therefore public apology is not necessary. Simply tell us when you are returning Tiger so I can resubscribe to the golfchannel.

    Best of luck and kick Parnevik, Watson and Goosen out of golf.
    make them beg on the street.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  9. Michael

    Any of you that had not ever sined, through Tiger with a stone.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  10. Role models...

    "for making himself a role-model..."

    It is true that perhaps many had Tiger as their role model. However, I do not agree completely that Tiger made himself a role model to others. His fans CHOSE him as one. Fans need to learn and separate physical skills from true moral values, realize that "a good image" is sometimes just a product of "good PR", and choose wisely who to consider as their role models.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  11. Michael Field

    What is wrong with you people. Every day, even your evangelist priest are wailing away in somebody's garden of eden and you act like you have such moralistic values to bestow on Tiger Woods. He made a mistake like all the priest, politicians, husbands, housewives, teenagers, doctors, lawyers, presidents, senators (especially those moronic Republicans), TV anchors and newscasters, mayors, bankers, and everyone else on this planet earth from ALL nationalities, colors, religions. Stop bashing Tiger, and don't listen to Tom Watson, who, if he is such a holy man, why is he not still married to his first wife. Tiger don't need to apologise to NO ONE but his wife, once that is done, F everybody else because 99% of all of you can't thow a stone in his direction.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  12. CYASOON

    I think the media should of left this to the private life of
    tiger and his family. There is no reason we all needed to know the details. Now that we have then we want more. Some of the very people that are putting him down , may have been in the same position. My Ex. cheated on me and no one followed him around and put him in the news. There are cheaters all over out there. If they are doing there job , let the alone and let them take care of the problem.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  13. Dawn

    Tiger Woods does not me or any of you an apology, he needs to save it for his wife and sponsors. Tiger Woods isn't going to come over and do my laundry, pay my rent, or find me a job. These celebraties live way beyond any of us, it would not matter if my huisband had an affair, or if I live or die! Why do we need an apology from Tiger Woods, he didn't sleep with anyone I know, and if he had, they'd be sitting pretty well financially and have their own celebrity standing. Save it Tiger, I don't need your phoney apology, and my opinion isn't going to change anything that affects you in the future.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  14. Arthur

    Apologies for what? I don't care and the billions of people who watch tv don't care.......maybe we do care but we don't need your apology......You go apologize to your wife and your family and make sure you come back to golf, because I haven't watched any golf since you left.........

    February 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  15. Michael

    Tiger doesn't owe us [the people] an apology...but he knows he has hurt his family, friends and business associates. He needs to be humble and dig down deep and say to the world he deeply regrets his actions. Just 1 TV appearance and statement isn't going to solve this for him, this is going to take time and alot of effort on his part. I hope he is sincere and humble in his statementand takes the time necessary to complete the repair of his image and most importantly the repair of his marriage.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  16. James

    The only person Tiger owe a apology to is his family, he is human. He made a mistake and move on from there, The media made him out ot be this holyer than thou image. I don't see anyone jumping on Jeter for aledgedly having three or four girl friends. Hey just let the man play golf and his personal business is his business.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  17. Kevin

    We are all flawed as humans, Tiger is no different. Its unfair for people to judge him, as we have no idea what it must be like to have all that fame and attention.

    At the end of the day, he is the worlds number 1 golfer...let him do what he is best at! Golf needs him, the viewers need him. Can't wait to see his return to the game...Woohoo!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  18. Jerry

    Tiger doesn't need to apologize to anyone except his family. We're all human and make the wrong choices at times. In this case an addiction assisted him in making that wrong choice, The proper treatment will help him be a more whole person for his family first and golf. I know the media jumped on this story and wrung him and his family out. He is a public figure and and by media mind set open to whatever comes with it, CNN is my favorite news channel, but it makes me a little sick when the buck from a good story overrides humanity. The only good that comes from this is that it forced him to admit his addiction and will get him treatment for it. He and his family needs our prayers not our judgment or a media circus.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  19. beverly reilly

    Oh please save me from another tearful apology from another sleazy guy, who has cheated on his wife, and cheated on his wife, and cheated....you know what I mean. He should get on with mending his marriage, being kind to his children, and playing spectacular golf. I, for one, will avoid his whining, tearful, breast-baring mea culpa by turning off all forms of communication for the weekend since I'm sure his image and words will be played and played and played wherever and whenever possible.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  20. Sherrrrry

    I don't hear anyone talking about how Tiger and other popular figures have a responsibility to set an example of high character and moral fiber for the millions of young people that adore them. Our culture and society is not so slowly being eroded by a prevailing attitude that "anything goes" as long as the "money" is still flowing. Each of these episodes, from OJ, to countless corrupt politicans, to Brittany & Paris creates a deterioration of the future of our country and planet.

    If there is no repercussion for Tiger's actions, if we do not demand an apology and expect a change in his outrageous life style, what are we saying to future generations about how they should conduct their lives?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  21. Diane

    By limiting press coverage of Friday's so-called "apology," and by not taking questions during this session, Tiger is back to his old trick of controlling and manipulating his image. This cloak of secrecy mixed with his self-righteous attitude is what led to his downfall to begin with. I predict that Friday's session will be a bomb because Tiger has no authenticity. On top of that, he's got some gall doing this during a tournament which he's not even playing, drawing attention away from those who are out their working to win a tournament. But it's always been about Tiger and his world–not about other people, his wife, kids, or fans. What a disappointment he's turned out to be.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  22. too late

    How lame of Tiger to hold a conference while his handlers control who gets to go and no one can ask questions. Why should anyone believe what he has to say? I will no longer watch him.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  23. Cydney Kaster

    Excellent article ..... I particularly agree with the last paragraph. You hit the nail on the head.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  24. Hacker

    TB is right...no apologies needed. TW put on this face whenever he is seen outside, his expressionless intense game face–like a robot. Even with his loved ones, you can see it. It's all a smoke screen.
    Come on Tiger, take care of your family first then you can come back to golf. The sport will always be there for you.
    Come back a changed man...like TB says, 'be real'...be humble and lose that standoffishness, people can see through you now.
    Good luck and more power to you my friend.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  25. MJ Bruce

    He doesn't need to appolize to us. But, he does to the people involved in all of this. He went for a couple months for some therapy. No way can 2 months help an addiction. But, was he really addicted. Just the idol that the public puts upon these stars. Then they think they can do anything and the public won't care or thing twice about it. These athletes, they are looked upon by children as their heros. For some reason they never think of that. Human or not they are in the lights all the time and need to adhere to a higher standard than most. In a few more months as soon as he wins another title, people will forget all about what happened anyway.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  26. Ellis Wayne

    Please allow me to hear what Tiger has to says and decide for myself if it satisfy my "desire to know" without trying to have me use your predetermined false barometer as the key to beleive him or not.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  27. kelly

    He doesn't owe the public anything – it is between him and his family so all you do gooders out there need to look in your own closets.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  28. Thomas

    He doesn't owe anyone but his wife an apology, although I would doubt the sincerity of it after all the women he had. He betrayed her and the public with his clean cut image, but her most of all.
    Undoubtedly, his wife grew suspicious and started checking out his phone.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  29. audrey jones

    I do not approve of what happened, but this is between tiger and elin, i love him as a golfer and he brings much to the sport if not for him I would not have taen up golf or watch it on tv, I weill not go anywhere when he plays, my life is mine and so is his. the sponsers got what they wanted out of tiger he did nothing that should concern them, they wanted advertisment to sell sell and this he did, so what they did was use poor judgement, he was signed to sell a product not to put his life on the line, sorry, If I was Elin I might feel different, but I am not and god bless her for sticking with him, maybe the money or I like to think maybe she really loves him, but then dont we all, the other golfers do things that are shameful and who is to say what the most shameful thing is not me not you. walk exactly in his shoes and then say what you would do.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  30. DP

    Tiger owes none of us an apology. What I do hope is that this experience has motivated Tiger to completely obliterate the rest of the field when he plays, much like he did in 2000. That was fun to watch and I cannot wait for it to happen again! I suspect all of this gossip will go away when he returns to winning tournaments by double digit margins again.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  31. C. Ricard

    Dear Tiger,

    Would you please just play golf again. Most of us don't really care about your private life. Please just return to the game and give us those great shots and comebacks and dominate performances. That's what most of us want from Tiger.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  32. Wolfithius

    We put these people on pedastals. Likewise, the media and sponsors. There are embarrassing weakneses in most peoples lives. The Tiger issue boils down to him being he most famous athlete in the world who had a squeaky clean rep. Then he gets knocked off. So the fall is that much harder, the disappointment that much painful, the hipocracy on the part of fans and the media that much deeper.

    If I want a hero, I look to Christ. Seriously.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  33. Trashboy

    Tiger owes his wife, family and friends an apology. Which he can do in private. Other than that he owes no explanation to anyone.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  34. Hagen

    Tiger doesn't owe me an apology – he owes it to his wife, family and friends. The thing I don't understand is why did he get married in the first place? A guy with this type of behavior seems to be a poor example of a family man. Did IMG push it to make him more marketable?

    February 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  35. Sharon James

    The only person Tiger Woods should apologize to is his wife. People all over the world are cheating on their spouses, & significant others. As far as the sponsors go, how many of them have cheated on their wives or significant others. This is a private matter, no matter what anybody says. He apologized for the affair. Everybody needs to let this go.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  36. RK

    agreed!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  37. Cthrough

    If Tiger wants to apologize for whatever reason and to whomever, it is upto him Nobody has any right apart from Elin to demand any apology. Bottom line is, the whole world wants to see him lifting the trophies again!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  38. Cthrough

    After the announcement tomorrow, everyone is going to say again, "Well Played Tiger".

    February 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  39. Lyle

    I realize his personal life is his personal life. But when he calls a "press" conference, surrounds him self with just his inner circle, invites only a select six reporters and tells them they can't ask any questions, he is just showing his arrogant, controlling personality.
    If he won't allow the reporters to to their job, why invite them? If he won't treat his fans and the game of golf with respect, then why should he be treated with respect?
    My solution? Ignore him. The 6 reporters should not show up, no media should cover what he has to say and he can just speak to the ones he wants to, his entourage.
    Then he gets what he wants, privacy, because the paying public owes him nothing.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  40. brenda

    Dear Tiger,
    My Husband and I are praying for you, Elin and your family..we know we you are truly sorry for doing this to your family and that you will spend the rest of your life trying to make things right for everyone. As for us, we are and always will be your fans, you are in our hearts and prayers daily. Enough of the media and all the women coming out of the closets, they have all had their 15 minutes of fame now, they can go back in their closets and leave your family alone. People should really consider that if you were guilty of even a tenth of the things being said about you in the news media, you would never have had the time to play golf, much less practice...All I know is this..we each pay for our own sins...you owe me nothing...you just owe your family and your God...and my blessings and best wishes are with you all... NOW LET'S PLAY SOME GOLF...getting tired of looking at your old golf tapes.. lol

    February 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  41. David U

    Please lets just leave Tiger World alone, we all screwed up in one way or the other, nobody asked for an aplogy.
    ALL I WANT IS TO SEE TIGER PLAYING GOLF AGAIN. SHAME ON THOSE THAT ENCOURAGED ELIN TO MOVED OUT, TIGER and ELIN relationship is getting stronger than ever.....Above all, Tiger is coming back like never before... I"ll keep him and his family in my prayers.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  42. Wondering

    Wow our culture really has come a long ways. We are no longer accountable to our community (whatever that consist of fans, neighbors, etc.) and are only accountable for our actions to the people we want to. Life doesn't work that way. His affairs impacted, whether by choice or not, many people around him including the women involved. I believe he should be real and stand up as a man and take responsiblity for living a double life. Funny that asking the man to take responsiblity for his actions is throwing the first stone. I thought that was not taking responsiblity for our own actions and faults and then telling others to take responsiblity. I guess that the individual who knows the 99% of people in the US missed the many men & women who take responsiblity for their actions everyday through out the US. Quite sad situation we find ourselves.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  43. eileen

    who cares. He's boring, and certainly was never the role model I'd want for my kids. The golf community can have him.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  44. Kirk

    Ironically it appears that we have forgotten that Tiger is human no different than all of us, except those who think they are perfect – oh... I forget is there such person or more likely an inanimate. With all this exposure, you would think that Tiger had literally killed someone, and not even those who had committed such unspeakable crime would not have gotten such exposure. Therefore, I say his apology is not deserve to anyone, but his family, and true friends. Remember, we judge all we want, but look into the mirror and say you have never done anything to be forgiven, regardless of the situation.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  45. dhastagir sheriff

    Tiger Woods- My Hero for He Represents a Sporting Hero with a Normal Human Fallible Mind
    "Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially of respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires."
    (Betrand Russell, On Marriage and Morals.)

    When in the digital eye of the media, Great Humans whether in public life or in sports or any other arena become extreme examples of human personalities. They are taken to be totally extraordinary both in their professional activity and personal life. The sudden outburst of Tiger Woods personal life giving vent to his personal instincts clouding his superhuman effort with golf make him the human eye of human’s fallible nature. Those who promote him to promote their products and endorsing agencies including the professional golf association president become moral agencies to decide what is he as a human. They know Tiger Woods as a Golfer of par excellence. They do not know the golfer as a human. Adversity throws people to accept the challenges to prove to the world with what mettle they are made off. They to overcome their social shortcomings they take to an activity which comes to them naturally or is inbred or lies dormant as a talent. Such talented people do have inherent follies. All of us are humans. Sex is an instinct which no one could conquer but could control.
    Oaths are straw before the fire in the blood- said Shakepeare long ago in one of his plays. Any sports personality or Hollywood celebrities or Rock stars or otherwise brew in the culture of wine, women and temptations. People volunteer to give themselves to their heroes even to get a glimpse or a touch or a signature.
    Therefore, the respect for Tiger Woods does not diminish for we respect him for his sporting talent and his personal preferences of life is his own. We know he stands tall as the best sports person of the decade. Let us understand sometimes instinct takes precedence over reason.
    Sex is a subject that has to be approached with some caution; it is a taboo subject. First, it is important to understand that the subject of sex is based on an ethic arising from ancient prohibitions propounded by those of past societies, societies that are wholly unlike the modern society we now live in. To suggest any innovation in the area, one runs the risk of, like Socrates, being one who is out to corrupt our youth.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  46. CB

    Tiger's simple apology should be enough for the public. How he handles the situation with his wife is of paramount importance. They need to move on and let Tiger and wife resolve their relationship. I hope Elin stands by her man!
    Love you Tiger. Please get back to golf soon.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 am | Reply
  47. Melissa

    Tiger Woods has only his family to apologize to and nobody else! He did not embarass the golf world as Reteif Goosen likes to think. This is his personal life issue. Just because he's the best golfer that ever lived, does not mean he is public property. All those other golfer envy him and would like to see him fall, but he will rebound from this and go on to be the greatest golfer that ever lived. Be strong Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:51 am | Reply
  48. GolferMike

    I can honestly agree with what I have read in other comments, but it all goes back to the "let he who lives in a glass house cast the first stone". None of us are perfect. Tiger's only real problem was that he did not use common sense and that cought up with him. Tiger owes nobody an appoligy with exception of his with and family. He has been kicked off his high horse, and rightly so by his sponsors, and many of his fans that he will never get back, and for us who have made errors in our lives, we should all forgive, forget, and if we were Tiger fans a year ago, we should be Tiger fans when he returns to golf. As far as his marriage to Elin goes, you better believe that I think that he truly owes her a real deap and heart fealt appoligy. Tiger was not a real Tiger, as he was not thinking of his family when he made these poor decisions. Since all this happened, I have often wondered how the conversation would go between Tiger and his father, if his father were still alive to see all this. I think that Earl brought up a much better Tiger than this. As for golf, get out there and get in the game–back to the top of the money list Tiger...I'm rootin' for ya, just appoligize to Elin, for your good and the good of your family.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:00 am | Reply
  49. hector

    immediately when tiger utters the biblical verse, "he who has not sinned, cast the first stone"..the media will automatically disperse..for among them are no angels...

    February 19, 2010 at 1:58 am | Reply
  50. maryann

    Dear Tiger,

    Don't apologize to anyone, but you're family & friends.
    all I need from you is to cameback and revive GOLF CAUSE IT'S BORING WITHOUT YOU.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  51. Dave

    Even Tiger Woods cant live up to the public profile he's worked relentlessly building over the years. If he admits this, hes genuine. If not, he's a phony. Simple as that. Your move Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:48 am | Reply
  52. LH

    Yeah Tiger just be civil and on the level and then play I think you'll find peace there. I think you are forgiven. We all are human. You know now I'm sure separate private and public life is best for you and all involved such as family etc.,but of course be honest ...........! Others do....but remember this "you live and learn"....... you don't need to aspologize just stay true to family as much as you can, follow your heart.........

    February 19, 2010 at 3:28 am | Reply
  53. Leslie

    Truely, between he and Elin. Let him return to golf unscathed,

    February 19, 2010 at 3:37 am | Reply
  54. Shaun

    i couldn't be happier seeing so many people express the fact that tiger DOESN'T owe any of us an apology. He knows he messed up and its a private issue, and I'm sick of hearing The Joy Behar shows panel criticizing him because he doesn't want to answer press questions especially ones such as did you catch an STD or did one of the women have 2 abortions. Get a life and stop making this a family matter when he NEVER brought his family into the public spotlight and until recent issues you never heard of anything about Tiger outside a golf tourney. I'm tired of panelists thinking that him keeping to himself is such a bad thing. I hope with all my heart Tiger says" I'm sorry to my family and to the sponsors that stuck by my side but to the rest of you take a hike. I accept the shame i caused to my family, but I didn't shame golf in any way and can't wait to come back and drum you disrespectful pricks." If he says that or something similar to that I'll gladly love him just as much as before, oh wait I never stopped looking up to him adultery or not. NOBODY is perfect.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:19 am | Reply
  55. Marvina

    Tiger is a golfer. I watch him to learn something on the sport of golf, not to find out how to make a marriage work. He is only human. Like every other person in the world, he will make mistakes. It's not up to me or you to forgive him. His private life should stay just that. Just because he has something you dont have, doesn't give you the right to look for something to bring them down. Welcome back Tiger! SO SO sick of it.. They just look for dirt because there own lives are so petty the have nothing else to do but bring someone else down

    February 19, 2010 at 5:22 am | Reply
  56. Vicky B

    Come on, people... do you really think Tiger owes any of us an explanation or an apology? He was in sports and was dang good at it.... but his personal life was just that.... PERSONAL.

    I don't feel he owes me, or any one else on this earth outside his immediate family, anything at all.

    Leave him alone. Let him say whatever he feels he must, and then get back to reality. Tiger is outstanding in golf and thats what I, you and the rest of the world should be focused/concerned about.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  57. Lisa Loooo

    This is a pathetic and arrogant move. I wont watch.
    He didnt just have a "transgression". He acted in a low life fashion. His problem is that he has never had to deal with things he has done wrong before. He pays people to make it go away and is now realizing money CANT buy everything. He is paying photogs to release controlled photos of him in his Nike gear (gag and an eyeroll on that). He is having a brief one-sided forum (another eyeroll). So...basically all he is showing me is that he still cant deal on his own. He doesnt have to deal with the media but I think he just needs to not speak, but..talk. Dont say arrogant words in a Clinton fashion such as "transgression". People know what you did..you CHEATED with SEVERAL WOMEN..so just say it.
    I would rather him NOT make this orchestra. If he just cant speak from the heart,..no thanks Tiger. You are as fake as they come and will remain that way. I feel bad for his kids. He never thought once about them as he was bumping and grinding. He got famous because WE made him that. CORPORATIONS made him that. Yes hes got talent, but so do many others and they DONT act like that. He lacks the ability to just be candid. He is just out of touch with reality and how sad is that.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:22 am | Reply
  58. tom

    Personally, I hope it just becomes another train wreck. That's really what we all want to se – right? That's what makles it interesting.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply
  59. Bead Wallach

    Go Tiger grrrrrrrrrrrrr

    February 19, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply
  60. Jorge B Segui

    Why Tiger has to apologize for his PRIVATE life?
    It is ONLY HIS business.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Reply
  61. Jolly Jackson

    Some say that Tiger made himself a "role model". Some say he owes us an apology. The media thinks it's wrong that he wants to make a statement, but does not want to answer questions.
    WHAT??? Yes he did wrong, but he isn't President Clinton; he isn't a priest. He didn't take an oath, nor pledge to anyone except his wife.
    It would be nice for him to say he is sorry to his golfing peers, because he brought a lot of good attention to the game. He should apologize to the companies who paid him to represent them. He doesn't owe anyone else, but his wife, any apologies.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply
  62. bill

    People he does not owe anything to us so please leave the guy alone

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  63. tony b

    what a bunch of holier than thou phonies. apologize to the game indeed. apologize to your wife first, then your family and tell the rest to get stuffed.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  64. SDP

    Tiger is a "typical" male! Why give him so much attention? If you gave "regular" men that have affairs this much attention, there wouldn't be enough time for "real news"!! Personaly I watch CNN for "real news" not to hear about Tiger Woods!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am | Reply
  65. lakshman Dalpadado

    Tiger does not owe the public an apology – but he does need to apologize to his wife... and all the other women he lied to. Having sex with a lot of women is one thing but telling lies to them to get them into bed is another.

    He is undoubtably a great golfer but utter failure as a honorable man.
    And I am shocked by the lame excuses- 1. we are all human 2. nobody is perfect 3. We all make mistakes .. etc- Sounds like Madoff syndrome.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Reply
  66. Frank

    I once loved him now i hate him. Tiger should sack his management team straight away. Mark steinberg you must go.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  67. Rudy

    Tiger, I think you are doing the right thing the right way! Tell them all nothing its your family business not the public. Folks always want to get their noses in grown people business when their own house is not clean!

    Tiger, keep it short, and move on let others say what they wish take your fustrations out on the Golf Course. When you start beating their ass on the course all your jealous golfers will start to shut up again.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  68. D. Forster

    OH PLEASE – Leave it alone!! Let his family heal!! It's not all about Tiger – It's about his family!!
    He doesn't owe us ANTHING but a good golf game. He owes his FAMILY everything, which is none of your business or ours!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  69. Teresa

    Did Tiger forget about what happened to "Magic" Johnson. Did we learn nothing?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  70. Tucson

    Tiger owes an apology to his wife and kids. If the public thinks he owes them an apology, then the die-hard fans will probably disagree; especially since most of them are males they are thinking he is now what they expect.
    As long as men have testosterone they will forever cheat: mentally, visually, physically...and secretly, that is just the way it is! So, people need to face the reality of it and get over it. Leave the man alone since he is NO different than any other. Sad but true!

    Peace! : )

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  71. GaVion E. Chandler

    I don't blame Tiger at all maintaining control of his statement, the media has already had enough to say about this, too much in fact. This is between him and his family, and his mistresses who feel like they were dubbed, please.... it's not like they didn't know he was married or he kept it hidden! They were jealous that they didn't have what his wife had, and just like the rest of the world who is ticked off that they aren't Tiger. This just shows that he is human that's all and that he screwed up.
    Why not focus on something like Haiti, and the needs there or isn't as trivial or entertaining.
    Think we all need to take a long good look in the mirror, and realize that no one is perfect, and wonder how we would feel if our personal life was splattered across the media.

    Gavion E. Chandler~

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  72. frank

    DONT DO IT TIGER, dont opologize to the media, just your family. media is not your family, there out to make a fool out of you, and destroy you. think tiger think. your family is more inportant. no one is perfect tiger.we all have integrity. dont lose it.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  73. Barry

    News has reported relentlessly on Tiger's off course actions; and now is condeming him before he speaks? The news industry decision in part to boycott his new conference proves he is not getting fair and accurate reporting by some of the news reporting industry; viz. Tiger is wise not to allow questions. It should be the news responsibility and buisness to comment – so just report!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  74. Cea

    Who really cares about what Tiger Woods has to say? He's just another man who cheated on his wife. He should apologize to his wife and children about what he did, not to us. There are a great deal of problems in the world. Keep the zipper up Tiger and you won't have any problems.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  75. james sturgis sr

    he doesn't owe me an apology ..... the only ONE he owes an apolgy is his wife ... what he did happens every day. his life as everyone else should be private. the world put people on cluods that too many of them can't float on. we put our faith in them for standards even we can't uphold. his only statement should be. " i'm sorry the world found out about the misgivings"

    February 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  76. Rick Hotaling

    A friend just said to me that he can't wait to watch Tiger play golf, but that he CAN wait for him to speak. Kind-a summed it up for me too.....

    February 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  77. SYSass

    If we've watched Tiger through the years we have learned that he a shark the way he plays the game,so, the timing of this conference is strategic and brilliant! Trust and believe he has been apologizing 24/7 to Elin, Mother... in his inner circle. Since I'm not a part of that circle, he owes me no apology. The way the association's audience numbers have taken a significant drop & the press has behaved – they need to apologize to Tiger!!! Such arrogance...

    February 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  78. Canadian Fan

    I have no idea why Tiger owes anyone other than his family, friends and sponsors an apology. He certainly doesn't owe a bunch of gossip hungry clowns who get their vicarious thrills from reading about the mistakes of the great and near great. Instead of reading the gossip tabloids, read a dictionary, look up " LIFE" and get one.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  79. carla coleman

    There is a name for women who have sex with many men, it should be used for men who have sex with multiple partners too. Tiger is like many men, stupid and thinks with the part of his body below his stomach.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  80. FJR

    Why have such a controlled and limited "media day"? Tiger should text or voice mail his statements. He has a lot of experience with that.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  81. tj

    "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone" Time for Tiger and us to move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  82. Gavion E. Chandler

    Oh the reason he has too do this is because we won't let the man alone, so he is going to maintain control so it doesn't become more of a circus than it is already. The man swings a club for a living and folk like to watch him play the game, so focus on that. And I'm not into golf! I just know about because of all the noise that is being raised by others for rating and "how much better I am than this fellow" because it's easy to point the finger and ignore the reflection in the mirror.
    I'm not defending what he did, but if he was Joe on the corner block, we wouldn't hear high or low of this, because we wouldn't really care, unless it affected us directly, like it was my daughter who he wronged, then I would take it personal because it would be.

    Gavion E. Chandler~

    February 19, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  83. Marc

    Why do we care? We create egomaniacs like Tiger Woods and every other "celebrity" by worshiping them for no reason other than the fact that they are more well known than us or that they are simply in the public eye. These people are no better than any of us as people. The fact that they simply excel at a sport or perform in movies and TV does not make them a better person yet for some reason the public puts these people on pedestals as if they are bettering our lives. I think in Mr Woods 'case he started to believe all the crap his father used to say, that he was in some way a superhuman. He isn't. He is nothing more than a very good golfer. But the press and public turned him into some sort of demagogue and he actually wound up believing it. We, as a public, create these narcissists and then when they behave below-board we chastise them. We can admire someone for excelling in a sport or entertaining us but this worshiping is pathetic. Seems like one of our greatest pleasures in this world is building these people up to superstardom and then knocking them off their high-horses. i personally don't care that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife and neither should anyone else. But we will because our own lives are so meaningless that we have to focus on someone else's. Grow up America.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  84. Cthrough

    Show me one man/woman with monney and fame leading or led a life with "NORMAL" statdards we set for the society. Tiger is famous for the GOD given GIFT he displayed. That will never go away. Regardless of what happened the whole golf world – PGA, players, viewers and fans – is very much looking forward to his return on the golf course. Why are we running away from the reality? Let us not get into his private lfe!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  85. Carole

    Sherrrrry you said it well. Simply he set him self up as an "example" , a clean cut good family man, something this country could surely use and needed, that's why we put him on the pedestal he fell off. Then WHAM, he turns out to be another closeted sex addicted guy who now thinks an apology to whomever will change the outcome. An apology he has "controlled" , so Tiger like. To those who thinks he does not owe anyone an apology, wow, must be nice thinking you can do anything in this lifetime no matter who you disappoint or hurt because it's your life. He has millions of young kids pursuing him, wanting to be the next Tiger Woods and you think this is a good example for them to see..... It's time this country stopped putting over payed athletes, who can do anything and anyone they want, up as an example and start asking more of ourselves.WHO do we, at the end of the day, think is an example of a good human being? Then allow the children of this world to follow them.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  86. delaware bill

    enough with the tiger thing.. his wife is who he talks to... not the press

    February 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  87. Cthrough

    People say Tiger is having an arrogant press "conference" with limited access to media, reporters and people with no questions. People, it is called "GAME CONTROL".

    February 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  88. Gail from Canada

    What is really wrong with this man? What does he mean, I will say what I have to say and you the media and my fans will ask no questions.. WHY are we giving him this opportunity to even speak to us then? Shut his statement out then. This man needs a REALITY CHECK. He needs to be told that he is the one that is looking for forgiveness and not act like we need his forgiveness. Yep. he is breaking his silence and wants the rest of us to stay silent and ask nothing of him.... I would never watch his games again...Good luck wifie

    February 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  89. ds

    i am disappointed he is apologizing publicly and i cannot fathom reporters being able to ask him questions. This is his private life. He's not the only man to cheat on his wife and if he has to make a public apology, then the rest who get caught should as well.
    Tthe fact that he is a public figure has nothing to do with it. He owes the public NOTHING. it's like the columnist said yesterday, golf needs Tiger, Tiger does not need golf. The boycott because he is not taking questions makes me sick. His personal problems are between he and his wife, not him and the rest of the world. I am a middle aged female, by the way.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  90. Rodney

    In Gods eyes what he did is wrong, but Tiger does not owe me, you, or no one nothing the only ones he need to apologize to is God first and then to his wife and kids.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  91. SGS

    There's a handful of media slamming Tiger for his controlled press conference this morning. And while my opinion of TW has changed, and I find his infidelity deplorable, I don't think I'd be answering questions either. His past behavior is between he and his wife. Could you imagine some of the questions that would be asked? I just don't think all the marital issues are for public consumption.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  92. Raven

    GROW UP. AMERICA.
    I wonder what would happen if we investigated everything every journalist did wrong in there personal lives.Wow! who would we watch?
    Remember people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Find something else to report about.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  93. pulse

    Who really cares? The matter is of a private nature of Tigers life. This obsession with what the man does is clearly indicative that people have nothing better than to do than be busy-bodies.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  94. Charles

    He is a golfer and a good one. A a moral person he is a loser. Dump the bum, Elin.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  95. Rock

    Come on tiger....Enough allready just play some golf get your big money back that you lost from being human and get on with your life...its your life live free and enjoy life and play golf...

    February 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  96. Amex

    I was going to write my thoughts, but it looks like everyone is on the same boat.
    Let the man play Golf and handel his private life on his own. No apology needed.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  97. Mark

    So let me see. Private person, private apology, public person, public apology. Just why does this man have to apologies to anyone but his wife, kids and sponsors. I've even read he needs to apologies to the women he had the affairs with, what a joke. Majority of clear-thinking, sensible people are saying the man owes nobody anything.
    So people go on about him taking millions in endorsement, wait a minute, have you stopped to think how much those companies have made by using his image? Or do you think they just gave him money because he was popular? Get real. The sponsors that can handle this have stuck with him, the ones that haven't have dropped him, let's see them find another sportsman who is an angel.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  98. Pam Kyle

    Please don't apologize to anyone other than your wife first and then your mother. Then get some help so your ego doesn't get in the way of your life again. These big boys seem to think they're invincible...they're selfish, self-centered partly because we put them up on that pedestal

    February 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  99. alehandro

    I am so tired of the "No-one is perfect. Let he without sin cast the first stone" mantra. How would that work in general life then? We would need a judicial system staffed by saints.. and not the ones from New Orleans either....Tiger fell below the standards he set for himself, or led us to believe he aspired to. He's admitted as much, and now wants to say sorry. Therefore, he's accepted judgment in the court of public opinion so why should others fight back on his behalf? Especially when most criticism of the media and the public is based on a schoolboy's knowledge of a bible quotation? As the for mode of the apology - it's controlled and cowardly, and not what I'd called confronting the issue. Same old Tiger, then, playing the media and public in the manner he plays golf - with cool calculation and no heart.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  100. cb

    Tiger owes no one but his wife and family an apology! Period!
    I think its about time the press starts to worry about issues that effect us all instead of butting into someones infidelities.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  101. Anne

    I have been thinking about this for a long time. We all expect Tiger Woods to be perfect but look at his life. Since he was a child, he has been expected to be perfect, with no time to work out all of those things that teenagers and young adults do, that is, make mistakes and figure out how to grow up. Instead, he's been 'handled' for most of his life, leaving him without a real sense of how to make good decisions and assess his own behavior. I really hope that Tiger learns who he is and how to be real. Perhaps his biggest problem is that he's been a brilliant golfer all his life and never given an opportunity to be less than perfect, just normal.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  102. Vincent A. Moseley

    Tiger doesn't owe me a thing but a great golf game. Other than that I'm not looking for anything else I got my own problem and issues to deal with. What he does in private in his off time has nothing to do with me or anyone else. What he did is not going to help or hurt my life at all and neither other person who watches or enjoy the game of golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  103. Trisann

    The persons who needs to be apologizing are the women who willfully went after him for their personal satisfaction knowing he was married and had children. We applaud the women and demonize the man. Why?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  104. laurie

    Many have commented that none of us is without sin and of course this is so true, but then the vast majority of us have not become obscenely rich from endorsements because we presented ourselves as the All American, clean cut husband/father/athlete. I don't need an apology from Tiger, he owes that to those closest to him, but I also don't need a controlled media scene where it seems the only thing he's sorry about is that he got caught. So far it appears his therapy has not touched upon HUMILITY, which is the foundation of true repentance. Those who seek control, control, control do so because deep inside of themselves they are totally out of control. Tiger has proved this already. I truly hope Elin does not stand by Tiger until Tiger REALLY deserves the priviledge of standing beside Elin.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  105. Enufalredy

    Who cares what others think Tiger should do. Who cares what you and I think Tiger should do. What matters is what Tiger and his wife agree he should do. Enough publicity; enough tabloid stories and of those who would want to pontificate and philosophize about what Tiger should or shouldn't do, and enough of all those who would use this unfortuntate set of circumstances to grab their 15 minutes of fame or try to exploit this for some sort of monetary gain. Tiger is doing what he thinks he needs to do. Let's stop analyzing it and the associated tendency to read too much into it. If it helps him and his family move forward, good for him. We all have far better things to concern ourselves with in this world than Tiger's life and decisions.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  106. Bob

    Tiger needs to get back to the game of golf. He does not owe the public any apology, only his wife and family. His personal life is not my business or anybody elses.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  107. Scott

    Who cares?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  108. Dennis

    The last paragraph says it all.....

    February 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  109. richard

    Tiger Woods owes no one an apology except for his wife. It's solely
    between the two of them. The pedestal on which people put him,
    just another ordinary person, was never there in the first place.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  110. T Jones

    Will Augusta allow Tiger to even play? Remember they kicked out at least one broadcaster years ago for referring to the greens at Augusta to be as smooth as "bikini wax". Seems like what Tiger did was much worse than that.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  111. D Frost

    Who cares?! The day of professional athletes being role models – other than playing the game well – is over, dead, done and has been for years. It's why I stopped following professional basketball years ago and subsequently football and baseball. I will not go to any professional sports games even if given the tickets. College sports and the Olympics are where it's at for me. Way too many people – those who live vicariously through others – will forgive all just as long as Woods can hit a golf ball. Disgusting.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  112. Greg

    The PGA tour is better with Tiger on it! Let him play golf and leave his personal affairs out of it!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  113. John

    I bet Tiger Woods was set up by someone, I am sure he grew up as as an unpoplular guy and someone had this woman hit on him. It worked it got him out of the PGA tour bravo not cool though.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  114. Gary

    I really don't care if Tiger apologizes or not. I loved him and I still do. This whole thing is his personal life. I 100% agree, he will not answer any questions.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  115. Snovalley

    Who really cares, his Private life should not be a Media event. Leave him along.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  116. Robbie H

    He owes the public nothing but a good golf game for all the money they spent on products he endorsed. A "transgression" would happen once or twice, not hundreds of times during a several year period. He should apologize to his wife, whom he never should have married, get a divorce, and bang all the escorts and porn stars he wants. It's none of our business. But of course, when you choose to be intimate with women who make a living having sex in front of a camera, what in the world would you expect? They will suddenly find their moral compass and keep quiet? His poor wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  117. Gail

    Hopefully Tiger will read your last paragraph before his "staged" conference.
    I agree completely!!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  118. play4round

    Tiger don't owe apology to anybody, not much less to your fans..and I am one of them. We are all humans and there are a lot more INFLUENCIAL people that did and make mistakes and have gone through the same thing, BUT just wondering why THESE people who criticizes you don't even see that? You made the game of golf a legend and to the people who are associated w/ Golf: the players, journalists, media....do you now know that Tiger was the one who made you all popular?? Anyway, just a word of advise to Tiger...we learn from our mistakes and I hope you did....but you're still my hero in golf...be cool and hurry back...play golf again..pleeeaasssee. i stop watching PGA tournaments when you stop playing :-(

    February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  119. Fuzzy Z.

    We are watching karma in action. Karma does not look upon people like Woods with much kindness. To Woods I say "Go away Woods; you're a loser".

    February 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  120. rick

    OK so he doesn't get husband of the year for stepping out on Elin. We (the public) made him larger than life and fell short of remembering the man is, as we all are, human. The one he owes response to is his wife and those endorsement companies for his contractual obligations but that is about it. Sadly he's not the first nor the last. The last time this much was made of an extramarital affairs it cost the country $40 million ( think B.C.) I say now what I said, then get a grip. The wives/ children suffered the infidelity not the public. We expect perfection from celebrities and expectations are nothing more then a resentment waiting to happen. Move on, there are much more important newsworthy things we could be discussing, I don't know, maybe like the crises facing the country on every front sans Tigers sexual prowess.

    ELIN our prayers are with you, for the strength to carry you through this time and beyond...

    February 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  121. John B

    Why should Tiger have to apologize or address anything else about what really happened; The act has been admitted to. So what is so important about who, why, when and where, now? Tiger is responsible to himself and his wife and family. No one else. Good for the media boycotting the press conference. what did they expect? He didn't give them anything before because he doesn't have to. I think if he wants to salvage what ever he has or had is up to him and he should do it the way HE believes it should be done. If he ends up with nothing left but his wife and family he is a winner. They are the biggest fortune to lose. God Bless You Tiger, Elin and children; be strong for each other and give it to GOD with him you can overcome anything.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  122. rae

    The only opology he should make is to his family. This is a personal dilema. We all make mistakes, that is not excusing his actions, but why should he apologize to the World. One of our x-Presidents had an affair during his Presidency and lied about it on National TV, that's an apology that should be made to the Country because he is representing our country. Tiger Woods is just a normal human being who just happens to be a successful athlete; No reason to apologize to nobody except his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  123. kph33456

    One would have hoped more of Tiger, however, I agree with the previous comment. Tiger really only owes his wife and family an apology. I can see how fans may have lost faith in the golf super star, and make one wonder can he really ever change?

    February 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  124. Joan Mitchell

    You know; the fact is this; Tiger did a bad thing! Most pros do the same thing and never get caught; he did; he apologized to his fans (and doing it again) and will have to face the music with his wife and family. The bottom line is that, the infedelity is he and his wife's business!!! The only reason why the golf community wants him back is because without him, they can't make the big money they want. The media just want to sell papers and get ratings (sorry, but you know it's true!). We as American's just want you all to move on..... there are more pressing things to talk and read about. Leave the man alone! Enough Is Enough!!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  125. Annarannie

    It is such a pity to be married to such "Big Man"as Tiger! He is just to big for one woman and if I were the wife, I would simply buy him dozens of Condoms and put them in his car and suitcases.; and expect regurlar apologies whenever I get lucky enough to catch him...

    February 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  126. Mary Pevehouse

    Tiger, 90% of men would like to have your problem.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  127. Roy

    I think that all of this is rediculus. His appology should be to his wife and family. Him being forced to attend "therapy" is just an attempt by his camp to hold onto sponsorship. He is not much different then many men out there, he is just one that has money and status which has allowed for opportunity that many men and women would take advantage of. Lets stop being a hipocritical, because so many have done the same, and put this to bed....pardon the pun.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  128. Mary voiles

    Tiger only owes apology to his wife and family and me because I was unable to watch golf since he was not there. Will not watch golf until he returns. I sure hope news media goes to church for all the crap they put out on people – they need to check their own closets/bedrooms.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  129. Rob

    Tiger only needs to apologize to his family and I believe he may have already done that many times over. He need not apologize to anyone else. A lot of these people who are looking for Tiger's blood are themselves in affairs with others. Let them come out and apologize NOW and not wait until they too are caught. Just play golf, Tiger. You don't need to apologize to me.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  130. Jonathan Kennedy Williams

    Finally, people that I can identify with. Tiger should not apologize for anything or to anyone with the exception of his wife. He is a "Golf Pro" not a super hero or a holder of public office. I am a fan because of his charity and talent. He didn't lie to me, mislead me, or injure me in anyway so why apologize. These so called fans or media commentators are more of a problem than Tiger's conduct. The "expectation" that anyone would have to explain their marriage to a public stranger is absolutely ridiculous and hypocritecal. I wonder if any of the critics would do the same. The notion that celebrities have no "reasonable" expectation of privacy is ridiculous.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  131. michelle

    Leave Tiger alone. This matter is between him and his wife. Anyone who does not want him to advertise their product does not have to hire him. Go Tiger-Get back to kicking butt.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  132. Stephanie In Milwaukee

    He owens no one anything other than his wife and family. What he should of done if smarter is paid the to keep their mouth shut. We all have done bad in our lives he's in the lime light and got caught. Oh well, he is the one that has to meet his maker for his faults, not I.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  133. Elisabeth

    Agree completely Terry – this is personal – certainly however – he owes nothing to these other women – certainly NOT to Ms former porn star who is merely – as so many have done, trying to use him for publicity and money. As for Gloria Allred – there was time when I had respect for her... that time is long gone.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  134. Anna

    He does not owe the world an apology. The need to just leave him alone. The only one he needs to apologize to is his family. He isn't the first or last person who will or has cheated on their spouse. We need to focus on living our own lives and not on tiger woods' life. He is a great golfer and that is that! His personal life is no concern of ours!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  135. julianbc

    I have another idea. Why not just go "Hey, I rich and famous and like women so I'm going to fool around. sorry if anyone (including my wife) has a problem with that or if they're surprised about it." The reason he's losing respect is NOT because he fooled around, but because he seems so uncomfortable with himself. Totally unmanly. It is like the kid that gets bullied in school - it is their discomfort that people play on. Be comfortable with yourself Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  136. Andrew

    This is great, good for the media, businesses, economy and help keep people nosy. More news to come why not huh? Most of us without much control love to gossip one way or another. Yeah, if you have control kudos to you. So keep the comments going this is interesting and keep the world go round and round until we decide that this is no news anymore (highly unlikely haha) Enjoy the moment but do learn from the lesson given.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  137. Miss Lala

    Tiger wants to propose 'protection' of his family by telling the press to leave his wife and children alone...hmmmm. But, it was quite alright for him to destroy his family by cheating and deceiving. Where was his protective instinct then?

    Tiger, PLEASE, you are only sorry that you got CAUGHT.

    Pretty lame.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  138. Michael Ewing

    Tiger
    Be yourself it shouldnt matter to the world what you did.You are the best in your game and please stay that way.
    What happened should stay in your home and not for the world to judge you,

    February 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  139. mathis

    Tiger, while I listen to your apology, I have to tell you. you don't have to apolgoize to anyone but God, the very ones that are pointing finger have some skeletons in their closet too. they just have not gotten caught. So hold your head up high, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get back to doing what you do best. You are not the first and you definitely will not be the last. Seek peach with God and not the so call scholars who study to destroy other people dreams and analyze situation that they have no real idea about. their opinions are just that, their opinions, real true believers will not judge you. We will lift you and your family up in prayer. Now put a smile on your face. You have openly confessed your sin that is all God ask you to do. He has already cast that act into the sea of forgetfullness. You do the same. God Bless!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  140. MLH

    A person whom does not his lord and savior cannot fully apologise.. Tiger remember it is never too late.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  141. Golf Fan

    The only individual's that Tiger owe's and apology to is his family. Not the women that had the affair with the married Tiger. Not the porn star that is crying because she quit her (job) because she fell in love with him. Get over it people. I would bet that there are alot of athletes with ghosts in the closet that are worried that their issues might one day rear their ugly head. Leave Tiger alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  142. Blackdog,

    Tiger only has to answer to god and his family. He is not a public servant,he does not dip is hands into the public pockets for his earning a living like soooo many crooked politicians that do so much worse. Leave the man and his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  143. Ken

    The ones he certainly does not have to apologize to are the "women" he cheated with- He was certainly wrong but they knew who he was, maybe a no from them would have prevented some of this but now they feel harmed and slighted that he did not apologize to them....... give me a break

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  144. Pat Dunn

    Tiger, I am a fan, always was, always will be.Your private life is yours,I watched and you brought me to tears. You are so courageous blaming only yourself. I agree whole heartedly that your family needs to be left alone. Back off media and let Tiger return to golf, the sport he loves so much and the thrill he gives us all when he pumps his fist in the air when he achieves his goals. He is the number one golfer in the world, and golf is not the same without him. His fellow golfers that have criticized him are just jealous, and I hope their closets are squeaky clean. I want to very much to see Tiger and Steve get back on the circuit and prove that yes, he is human, but is also the best golfer. I look forward to the day when I can start watching golf tounaments again.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  145. James W

    GIVE ME A BREAK, PLEASE!!! Interrupting every network just for this?? Maybe he's apologizing to thoe who helps him get paid, but he definately don't have to apologize to me or I think to noone else – except maybe his wife. Here I am waiting to enjoy my favorite TV program; suddenly, I'm startled because a "Special Report" interrupts..Are we at War again? Has there been another disaster? NO!! It's Tiger Woods apologizing to everybody. Who cares? Kepp that between you and your wife. Why does the public wants him to apologize to them. What gain will come to the public. Leave Tiger alone and let him handle his own private affairs!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  146. Sharon

    Tiger doesn't owe anyone apology except for his wife and family. Too many times celebrities are held at higher standards because they are on tv, but they are just like everyone else human. They are not free from error! So what he has done in his personal life is really no one else's business. I'm sick of people who always judge others The media always blows things out of proportion. He's not the FIRST person to cheat and definitely will NOT be the LAST so please just let it GO!!!!! All of these women who are doing interviews saying what went on when they were together are doing so for one important reason MONEY!!!!! They are at fault just as much as he is because the knowingly had an affair with a married man. So that doesn't make all of these women much better than him. They were basically common people who became famous from having sex with a famous married athelete... So who cares!!! We shouldn't!!! Anyway, he just needs to come back to the game of golf.. He's the best at it right now! All of the people in the golfing industry are hating on him and hoping he does'not return so they can possibly win!! Please!! Let it go people!! Bill Clinton did it, Governor Mark Sanford did it, John Edwards did it, the list can go on and on and on.... Everyone makes mistakes but people need to stop looking up to celebrities and expect them to live differently because they are famous because they all are HUMAN and just as common as we are the only difference is they have lots of MONEY and are on TV and we are not!!!! Just let it go!!! If his wife decides to stay SO WHAT, that's her choice!!!!! The media is wrong for following his kids and people think if the media hounded our kids the way they do his we would be angry and checking them on it as well!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  147. Carol Bales

    As a grown woman living a normal life, I think Tiger did a great job. He let us know that he is like everyone else who screwed up and that he is truly trying to get help. He apologized, said he was getting more help, and asked for help from those around him. He knows that his movements in the future will be watched closely by others. What I don't like is the media picking apart his statement-what he should've said, what he should not have said. Let the man go deal with the pain of what he's done and learn to change in peace.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  148. Patrick

    I think it was great for Tiger to appologize to the world. I CANNOT BELIEVE what CNN played immediately following the live stream coverage. Very disappointing!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  149. Rose

    I think Tiger did a good job with televised statement, after all it is a private matter, we should all learn to see the good in him and stop analyzing every word in the statement, as what ever was said would have been a problem.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  150. Chaz

    I totally agree with 6LittleOnes. He doesn't need to apologize to the public for the affiars, he needs to apologize for defrauding all of us and misleading us into believeing he was somehting that he is not even close to being.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  151. mdjohnson35

    As far as I'm concerned, Tiger has apologized to those who matter the most, his family , his peers and his fans and I think that is enough. He is and always will be a great golf player and I look forward to him returning to the sport he loves and doing great things in the community.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  152. Lindra Best

    All we can expect from each other is that we do the best job we can in life. Tiger did not live up to his own expectations. At the exact moment of his speech, he spoke from his heart. And who are we to judge him? Take his words as he spoke them, and please don't comment on whether he should have "said this" or "said that." It doesn't matter how many issues he talked about in his speech. He said what he needed to say; and isn't that what everyone was waiting for?. He can only judge himself. Enough. Done. Thank you.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  153. Patricia

    Tiger,

    You owe no one an apology only Elin, your mom,and your children. Finish your rehab and lets get back to golf.
    God Bless!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  154. bhop

    Tiger owes us nothing! We made him that superstar. We, the public, should realize that he is nothing more than human and he got caught up in the pitfalls of stardom. If you are that narrow minded enough to believe that wearing a Nike shirt or shoes will improve your game, then its you who need help. As far as role models, parents need to be their own childrens role models. Step up to the plate and be your own childs role model.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  155. Dakota

    Tiger does NOT owe ANY of us an apology – that apology should be to his wife and be a private affair. IMHO, the NEWS REPORTERS owe us an apology for making this such a big deal of this whole incident.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  156. Gil

    Great apology, very sincere and heartfelt bu really not necessary to gain his fans back. His real fans agree that him cheating and having affairs is between him and his wife. We just want to know when he is coming back on Tour.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  157. Curt

    What I would like to see happen is that every reporter, papparrazi or motor mouth suffer enormous backlash for hounding this man and his family to death.

    Then after Tiger has made amends to his family and the healing continues, I would like to see him get back on the golf course, tear it up by winning every tournament and then tell those sponsors who bailed out him to stick it.

    Return when you are ready Tiger, your real fan base is still here!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  158. Bill

    Tiger owes nothing to the press, they have nothing to talk about all day so they are mad because he alowed none of their stupid question, he apoloigized to the only ones he needed to his wife and kids.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  159. justme

    Only his wife and kids need to be apolagized to. People and the media need to understand that what they thought of Tiger was not and that they created that not Tiger. Tiger is who he is. HUMAN!! A man no different than any other. Not the first to have an affair and certainly wont be the last. Go back to playing Golf Tiger...That's who everyone loves the Golfer...Tiger Woods. This should never have become anyones business, but your own!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  160. Reality

    Have you all lost track of the fact that sports stars are bombarded with gold-diggers, bimbos and boob jobs t at every blink of the eye?? There are very few men who would be resistant to the kind of "candy store" that athletes and celebrities, etc. (lets not forget ex-presidents and our state leaders) are exposed to. Tiger doesn't owe me anything. He needs to get his house in order, but he doesn't owe golf anything anymore.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  161. Joanne

    He apologized who cares. Its none of my business.

    bottom line, he got caught, that is why he sought therapy. Most likely this has gone on for years and escalated to what it is today.

    Who cares? Tiger I don't believe you for one second. Therapy is the right path.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  162. Bob

    People get over it! He has no reason to answer questions. Basically, who cares! He's a human being. Just like the rest of us.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  163. T

    First, NO HE SHOULD NOT HAVE APOLOGIZED TO THE PUBLIC.
    Secondly, my response to Sherrrrry's comments: I think if we as Americans (mainly the media) demanded HALF as much performance integrity from our inapt US Congress as we did from our athletes, America would truly become a greater nation. The American media cares too much about athletes sexual escapades.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  164. Jackie

    I don't think we needed the public apology...it's between him and his wife and his sponsors. It'll take a lot more than this to rebuild his image and it's all about business and the money. Tiger is full of his own SELF-IMPORTANCE. And then the crying on Mamma's shoulder!!! UGGH to the whole affair.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  165. Angie

    You are the reason I watch golf, I will be looking forward to you back on the golf course.
    aa

    February 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  166. Colette

    The only person TIger Woods is accountable to is his wife, Elin! They have to deal with the issues – we don't. We are not here to judge each other. Everybody including media – get a life!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  167. Mark H

    Why did he have to do this at all? I guess now everyone who ever cheats needs to get up infront of the company he works for, his church etc. and apologize.

    What he did was between him and his family. If your life was impacted by him cheating on his wife, you need to get a new life.

    Leave the man alone, let him deal with his life and you go figure out your own lives.

    Besides his family, friends and business associates, has his behavior really affected anyone elses life significantly?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  168. Nancy

    As I stated before this is none of our business and Tiger should be left a lone. Wonder how any of the media would hold up to such scruntizing?
    You would not like it and want your privatcy so why can not celeb's get the same privacy?

    Tiger, you owe none of us anything. You owe your family.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  169. Caroline

    He who is without sin cast the first stone.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  170. mtrought

    the last time I checked its human to err and I think Tiger is a human being and as Nick faldo said play golf that how we knew you tiger – so keep on playing brother

    February 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  171. Stephanie Davis

    Yes, Tiger probably sounded "robotic"... But have you ever heard an interview with him before? He ALWAYS sounds that way! Even when he angry! Given the guy a break... he just admitted to cheating on his wife and letting down his fans to THE WORLD. Could you do that? The media wants to rake him over the coals, but he is doing what he needs to. Getting his family back to #1 priority and making amended to those he hurt. The media needs to back off. Yes he rehearsed the speech no smart person would scratch a speech on toilet paper 5 minutes before hand and deliver it to millions of people. So put yourselves in his shoes. He knows he's got a long road to travel. He did this so we and the media would leave his family alone for awhile.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  172. Shawn

    The only people he should have had to apologize to were his family. If the media had any morals themselves, and not over reported it, if they would have left him alone and let it be a private matter. The sponsors and fans would not have been affected near as much.. He has every right to be upset with the media. Now they say the whole apology thing was scripted. Well sure it was. Do you think anyone would actually step up in a national news forum and not script what they want to say. Especially when you are forced to lay your problems out for the whole world to see.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  173. Miss Lala

    You all are right, we all have made transgressions. It's way too easy to point fingers at someone in the public eye. Let's all pray for his family's healing and as far as him, that's between him and God. Hopefully we can all learn something about cause and effect, and how to make choices considering the consequences of those we love.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  174. WhoCares

    Do we really have time to waste minding ANYONE'S personal business in this country. Seems to me that finding jobs for people and rebuilding our country should be our priority. This is all about jealous people who cannot achieve what this individual has.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  175. fifi

    Please make it stop. No apology neccessary. You are NOT that important. Just play golf already.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  176. Lance Cole

    Tiger Woods didn't do anything to me or anyone other than his family. He doesn't owe anyone else an apology. All of these people ripping him up need to look in the mirror.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  177. Jerry Cummings

    What pains me about Ernie Els comments and others that feel like Ernie does is that they have no problem spending the money gained from the huge purses that Tiger, by himself, has created for these golf tournaments. The major networks an the minor Golf Channel have lost millions in advertising dollars because Tiger is not playing right now. Those of you who have said Tiger does not owe us an apology are absolutely correct. His apologizes are for his family and his sponsors. I will never endorse Ernie Els for anything again.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  178. Ashley

    I find it simply silly that anyone needs to apologize for their transgression. If that is the case, then we should have a 24/7 CSPAN dedicated to people apologizing for all their mishaps.
    It's really something for him and his wife to work out; it has nothing to do with me or anyone else. We don't own him, and he us; let's move on...

    February 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  179. Ann

    Wow. Rich, handsome athlete cheats on wife.

    This is news?

    February 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  180. rocky

    he never claimed to be an angel and holy man. he is like any other man who can be tempted and in his case he felt for temptations. Coming out to apologise is good for him which is difficult but as much as some want private details, his private life is his. and he has promised to become a better man and if his wife accepts that then it is not business of others. People just want too many details and some want to sell the news.

    Move forward Tiger and let your golf game do the talking from now on

    February 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  181. alehandro

    I think Elin got it right when she said that words alone won't heal the situation. Instead it will take time and a sincere change in his behviour for them to adjust to their new reality. I think the same applies to Tiger's relationship with the public and the media. This is a new Tiger, who,by his own admission, has been knocked off his pedestal. So we'll have to get to know him all over again and then decide if he's worthy of our attention.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  182. A

    I would just simply like to start by saying, cheating and/or affairs are not illegal. These things happen all. the. time. Tiger owes NOBODY an apology except his family. He doesn't need to explain himself to his fans or anyone else.

    To whoever claimed that Tiger used the "good boy" image, that is not his fault that we gave him that label. He may have had sponsers that helped push the label but in the end it comes down to how gullable you are. Keep in mind that commercials all involve acting.

    I am a Tiger fan and I wish him the best during this rocky time in his life and hope to see him playing golf very soon.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  183. Keith901

    This is all a great tragedy. The tragedy is that one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport is not playing golf. Not because he has suffered any injury that restricts his participation in the game, or any direct insult to the sport on the course. For so many years this athlete has built a reputation as a great golfer, not by carefully crafted marketing, but by the titles he claimed. The man is a great golfer; he even changed the dynamics of the game. However, any other insinuation as to the content of his moral charcater is unsupported. He makes his living as a golfer and because he is a good golfer is compensated nicely. Just as a carpenter, an electrician, a doctor or pharmacist is compensated for the work that they do, a golfer is compensated. If he were Tiger Woods the carpenter...or tDr. Woods, would anyone have cared about his "transgressions". In this day and age, when we have politicians that pay prostitutes, living secret lives as homosexuals, and even worse secrets, who knows what secret the people pointing fingers are holding themselves. Let's just expose everyone's dirty laundry, all the embarassing one-night stands, college experiments, frat party escapades, and ask everyone to explain it all.

    I hope that Tiger can get it altogether, get beyond this, and take his rightful spot in golf again in no time. He owes an apology to no one except his wife. He messed up, and as a man, he will have to fix it one way or another. Yet, what he does to fix that situation, or how painful the situation is to him is nobody's business but their own (he and his wife). Moreover, to all those people on the bandwagon jumping on his back, as you point and shake your head try not to speak too loudly, because the next big secret just might make you the next big star.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  184. Rick Harris Jr

    So What! why are you guys so concerned abou Tiger's infidelity? The only persons should be concerned is his family. Then when he makes a statement you wanna crucify him. He who is wihout sin cast the first stone. Dont judge

    February 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  185. dee

    Tiger was an all American boy, but then he became a man that was freakin famous and rich.. it's like a Lindsay Lohan story or Superman falling prey to Kryptonite, or, becoming bad like in sequel 2. Superman came back though.

    Hey, It's lonely at the top, he has people upon people laying/sorting his life out for him, when does he get to control himself other than on the course? It's like Michael Jackson growing up into a man-boy- he never grew up normal. Tiger isn't normal by any means, what is normal?

    I support you Tiger. Get well for your come back to the game.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  186. Patti

    EVERYBODY! STOP.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  187. susan

    He doesn't have to apologize to me. I could care less one way or the other. Should he? Yes, to his fans who made his rich lifestyle so accessible and excessive. .

    February 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  188. chuck

    well i dont get it when ever someone thats a celb cheats on there spose its big news but when an avg person does it no big deal i say leave them alone its none of your dam bis do you want all of your life mistakes out there well would you hell no you would not lets worrie about fixin the U S A and get are people back and help the people here homeless unempolyed

    February 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  189. tina

    Please: I wish the PGA would get over Tiger and concentrate on all the good respectible players out there. He has totally disgraced the Tour and hurt many people. Does he think he is the only one that the media follows? He is still egotistical! He is still a controlling person and a spoiled brat thinking everything can go his way. Elin would have to be a fool to take him back. I hope she is more intelligent than that. I can't imagine her accompanying in public and smiling. Too bad more of the tour players can't speak their minds!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  190. Dolisa

    Tiger, please come back to golf. Hurry, because I miss so much the joy watching you playing and your talent. Please, leave your personal affairs out of it. ¡Please hurry!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  191. Bill

    There is one overriding point in this human circus that I am repeatedly drawn back to. Tiger Woods has been scaling the heights of arrogance for some time now. Over the past few years I saw a gradual erosion of acceptable behavior. He behaved like the rules did not apply to him, and that we all owed him something. His escalating tirades toward the public, was embarrassing and infuriating. In short, he acted like the spoiled brat he had indeed become. Now, in his own words, he has admitted to this behavior. His interview seemed a little staged and insincere to me, but time will tell. I am sitting back and letting time and actions dictate how I will regard Tiger Woods in the future.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  192. DS

    Leave him be – he said he was sorry. It's between him and his wife not the rest of the world!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  193. Katy Heys

    Frankly, I think that Tiger's private business is is none of our business. Why should he apologize to the general public? He came to "greatness" because of his golfing/athletic skills. He earned every golfing trophy. He doesn't owe me an apology and I personally think that anyone outside of his family that feels he owes them an apology is out of line.

    Really, what does his fooling around got to do with golf? Either he is a great player or he's not.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  194. Tony

    Tiger does not owe the publc an apology. He owes his family one. He does not owe the women that he was with an apology either. They knoew who he was and that he was married. They could have said no, but didn't. Now they just want to get paid just like the majority of the money grubbing public. Leave Tiger alone. I, for one will not watch any golf until he comes back.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  195. None Of My Business Or Yours

    You all keep forgetting that even though he is a public figure, some parts of his life are not any of our business. A brief explanation is all we are entitled to. You don't like it then don't watch him play golf, don't buy his products and don't support his sponsors. Why he crashed is car is none of our business. How many affairs he had is none of our business. What kind of treatment he is receiving for his problems is none of our business. Golf has suffered in his absence and I know that every golfer who had something negative to say about him will benefit financially from him resuming play.
    Leave the guy alone and let him play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  196. DaBills

    Woods is doing this all wrong. He should take questions and got it over with. This will dog him untill he does. His sponsors may accept his appoligizes but the public doesn't. Remember, the men that buy his stuff have wives that won't allow it. The brand is finished until he acts like a man and takes and answers the questions no matter how much it hits him. It wont be worse than it is now in two weeks.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  197. Ryan

    Lets get realistic here... Tiger Woods is a golfer. As such he has no responsibility or obligation to apologize to the public for his personal actions. These are between him, his wife and whomever else is directly involved. He would do best to return to golf and refrain from giving us a elaborate song and dance about how he is sorry.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  198. owen o'sullivan

    But Tom Watson said more. He wanted the new Woods to behave on the golf course in a diciplined and courtous way, not swearing and throwing clubs around and showing respect for he playing mate and the game and be a role model for the wonderful game of golf!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  199. Charee

    Tiger's infedelity is a matter between him and his wife. I truly believe that the media is lucking in real news and a personal misfortune set a stage for media circus. Gloria Allred should also be ashamed of herself for her role in this circus. If there is an affair, it is between 2 people, why doesn't the media demonise the women too.
    Tiger did not invent infedelity, for those who are using christianity as their bases must remember the story of king David and Uriah' wife Bethseba. I am sure other religions have their examples too. So if divorce happens are you all going to be there for Elin. This is the time for everyone else to back ff and leave the couple to makeup or end it.
    Media and all of us have no part to play in this!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  200. JJ

    Tiger Woods has hurt a lot of people, mostly those close to him. THEY need his sincere apology more than anything.

    Would it work? Only if he's sincere and actually feels sorry for what he did. Any parrot could just utter the words, "I'm sorry" in English or any other language, but it wouldn't make a bit of difference if the FEELING
    wasn't there – with the promise to never do it again.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  201. cub

    that was sad. he is a multimillion golf player. he is a hero,motivaor,etc. and he does this cheesy speech about what we already know. I think he was basically begging his exsponsers for a job back. he won't play again until the media is overrun by people wanting to see him. if you beg him he will return( if he is paid well). look, the guy is rich forever. if he wants to be a dirtbag and cheat on his wife that's his choice. If he is a true golfer and only does it for the love then he sjould drop sponsers and tour as tiger only and earn back the respect and the money will follow.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  202. Emy Mbonu

    I am sick and tired of people criticising Tiger. After all he just cheated on his wife. Nobody died. He owes no apology to anyone except his wife. His fans and sponsors dont matter one little bit. I am sick and tired of this hullabaloo. Sponsors like Accenture have proven that with friends like them who needs enemies. Whereas others like Nike have shown that a friend in need is really a friend indeed.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  203. Golden

    I am glad to see Tiger taking steps to repair his life. People are complaining about the controlled environment. I think it is absolutely necessary at this point. Many of you fail to realize how much the media totally ripped this guy and his family to shreds. He is absolutely correct in saying these things are a private matter. I am quite sure he's apologized to his wife, children, extended family, friends, and business associates on more than one occassion.

    Tiger, I wish you and your family the best as you guys attempt to recover from this devastating experience. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as well. I challenge you to remember how your family has stood by you and supported you through all of this. She is your queen. Remember that young man. Treat her with the same respect that you would treat your mother with

    February 20, 2010 at 12:44 am | Reply
  204. Puh-leeze

    And the most selfish act from Tiger Woods? Drawing attention to himself even more during the Oympics!

    He couldn't wait? Was another sponser / paycheck about to be cut?

    So much for Tiger Woods; just another selfish athlete that thinks he's more important than anyone else.

    You're not, Mr. Woods. Get over yourself.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:37 am | Reply
  205. CLEON

    Tiger doesn't owe any of us anything except some more good golf. It's totally amazing how much power the media has. They can make you up to be something and if you disappoint them they break you down to nothing. And right on cue mindless people tend to follow their lead. THINK FOR YOURSELF! Most of you including some of his golf buddies wish you were as talented as him. You could care less about his transgressions you just hate him for what he has achieved. Now some of the skanks (led by ambulance chasing Gloria Allred) wants an apology. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I would love for Tiger's wife to give everyone of those women that came forward for their 15 min of fame the apology they seek with a lawsuit of alienation of affection. It's obvious that none of them are married because ambulance chaser hasn't filed that charge yet. TIGER OWE US AN APPOLOGY PLEASE TIGER OWE US NOTHING BUT GOOD GOLF. And if I were him every sponsor that dropped me during my darkest hour in need would never get my business again. Thanks Nike for understanding the difference between personal and business matters. I am willing to bet everyone of those companies that dropped him that their CEOs has some skeletons also. Don't get me wrong I don't condone what he did I just feel that it's a matter between his wife and him. God bless you Tiger keep your spirits up.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  206. Littledi

    The way Tiger read his statement sounded “like a statement”. There was no emotion, sensitivity, regret, or remorse for what he had done. Personally, if I were up there, I wouldn’t be reading from a piece of paper to apologize. It sounded too cold, not genuine, and not from the heart. This was not an apology of any kind, but more or less, it was as if he was reading a book to everyone.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:25 am | Reply
  207. Green

    This should be good!!! Can Tiger beat Jack now or is he just like all the other athletes that blow a good thing. Tiger will be second guessing what the gallery thinks. Now he will deal with his own mind game. Good luck Mr. Woods. It is up to you now. If you beat Jack then you'll be the best but if you fall short you have nobody to blame but yourself.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:11 am | Reply
  208. Bell Gis

    Tiger Woods is such an hypocrite... he just makes my skin crawl!
    It seems that since we started to watch all these reality shows, all we admire is garbage, mediocrity and deplorable behavior. It seems that we pay more attention to garbage than to excellence.
    However, words don't count . I just hope that all the companies that made him so much money, just keep doing what they are doing and that is keep their distance from Tiger Woods until his brand goes bankrupt because this guy is simply disgusting. He reminds me of that ridiculous Swaggart guy that went on TV one time and cried his eyes out, apologizing to God and to all the sponsors to forgive him. They are not sorry, they are sorry that they got caught , so please he should keep his hypocrisy at home and not come out in public .The world has enough hypocrites.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  209. Robert Essendon Vic

    If Tiger was a rock star would we be having this discussion?

    February 20, 2010 at 6:20 am | Reply
  210. JRR

    Who are we to judge the guy.

    Besides he never told anyone he was perfect. That was ur'll perception of him. Blame yourselves for that not him.

    Blame those women "Veronica and the rest" for making themselves available to him.

    I can't stand this woman crying on TV saying she deserves an apology. Tiger should next time be careful who he sleeps with. Seems like she had the idea of the relationship with Tiger all in her head, because i dont think she expected him to be her man, The world knows he is married and has kids.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:59 am | Reply
  211. BfloGal

    I certainly don't approve of Tiger's behaviour. I have however, become a little nauseated hearing that the women Tiger was with want an apology. Apology for what? They knew the man was married. I think its time they begin to accept responsibility for their part in this and maybe they need to begin apologizing for their behaviour. They are owed nothing and they certainly should be ashamed of themselves. The public cannot give them the self-respect that they are lacking. They need to look for that within themselves.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  212. Pockets

    He is clearly mentally ill. He is getting the help he needs. Money obviously did not buy him happiness, just sex. Those women he was with also deserve 13 minutes on TV to tell the public the impact this has had on their lives as well. Or perhaps a book written by all of the them, a chapter dedicated to each one of their on going affairs with him.
    It would be a good time to know all the details about what went on and to clear the air. They to are owned that much. Some of them truly believed that he loved them. He told them this over and over.
    Its obvious that his mental illness took over and is in control of his mind. Its time for him to hang up the golf clubs and to get a real life with his family. Perhaps a move to a foreign country like Sweden, to spend the rest of this natural life.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  213. Debbie Lee

    For months the new media has hounded Tiger he made a mistake enough is enough. What about these women did anyone make them sleep with Tiger?They knew what they were doing no synpathy from me everyone move on please . No more coverage of this, you act like he invented aldutery. Do these women have anyself respect? It's horrible enough to have been apart of this but to parade in the media poor me you need to ask forgives from your family and friends. Instead of seeking 2mins. of shameful flame.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  214. Sharon

    Tiger was wrong for his infidelity, but so are a lot of other people. Now there are some indviduals who are saying that Tiger should give another statement and allow reporters to ask questions. The only thing that the reporters would lke are the "Juicy" details of Tiger's infidelity. In my own opinion, if they would like juicy details of someone cheating on their spouse, pershaps they should take a look at themselves or their own family members. This is a private matter between he and his wife and no one else's business.

    Even one of his mistresses held a press conference and would like for Tiger to apologize for what he has done to her. Excuse me! But she should be apologizing to Tiger's wife and taking part of the blame.

    Oh, and when Mark Sanford, Gov, cheated on his wife with a reporter in another country, did the reporters demand that he hold another press conference so that they could ask him questions?

    February 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  215. Anon

    L O S E R!!

    I am so sick of ppl saying he's just human....close to 20 women!! That's not human people, that's a slap in the face with a wrecking ball! And for those who keep calling these women he slept with whores – the ones that fell in love with him (not the star screwers), the ones that believed his lies...he does owe them an apology. They owe Elin an apology, so it's a cyclical gross run around. Some of them were absolutely just in it for the attention, but the honest pain with those of the girls that had been with him for years thinking they were the only ones...stupid or not. There would have been no other women, no abortions, no pain....TIGER DID THIS! He deserves all this crap...I hope it hangs on his chest for the rest of his life. To all of you who say this is just him "being human"....girls and guys of the said posters, you'd better check their text messages, and email.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  216. fred jasmine

    I wish Tiger would find the intestinal fortitude to tell everyone to stuff it. He should get back on the golf course asap and "no comment" any questions about his personal life.

    February 21, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply
  217. zareena

    Tiger, Just go back to golfing... That's what everybody is waiting for...
    Settle your private matters in private.. that's none of anybody's business.. For god's sake you had affairs, not murder someone !!
    You dont owe us an apology, but you do owe your wife, children and your family a HUGE apology and you better work hard to amend things with your family especially your wife.. All the best..

    February 21, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  218. Shaun

    blah blah Tiger is still my role model and kids of age who know better not to put private life and sports icon in the same conversation will still look up to him.

    February 21, 2010 at 6:16 am | Reply
  219. rick

    Last Friday afternoon, in front of a world-wide microphone and a host of catatonic, muzzled reporters, Tiger Woods had a golden opportunity to get one step closer to victory in the court of public opinion. To pull it off, he would need to put away his well-scripted game plan, and risk hitting a gut-check 3-wood over a whole lot of trouble to get home in two. In short, this was go time. The times you listen more to your heart than your caddy. Times that require more raw courage than skill or creativity. A perfect time for Tiger to summon up his seeming endless supply of gumption and add one more thrilling episode to his already bulging highlight reel. Just them you remembered that Tiger was not inside the ropes- where he's fearless and daunting. This time, he was on the ropes – and not looking the least bit comfortable. And then he did the unthinkable. Instead of going for the win – he laid up with a gap wedge. For some twenty-odd,
    awkward minutes, the best athlete on the planet sounded and looked like he was reading a dead stranger's eulogy. I wanted it to be different. I wanted Tiger to stand before half of the free world and say,
    "After some serious soul searching, I've decided to not read my
    (their) prepared statement.. Instead, I'm going to take the next few minutes and just share with you from my heart the best I can."

    Then, just pick a place to start, look the camera straight in the eye and
    tell us what a idiotic phoney you've been. Tell us that you had no idea
    how selfish and disloyal you could be and that you don't expect us to understand why because you don't even understand it yourself. Tell us that your inflated ego and bullet-prooof mentality has hurt those you love more than you can say, and that by the grace of God, they will forgive you and offer you another chance that you don't deserve.

    Then before stepping down, tell us you're not coming back to play until you get your head on straight and mend 10 miles of broken fences.

    You could have went for it Tiger and won us all. But you laid up, and now we know you even less than we did before.

    .

    February 21, 2010 at 8:30 am | Reply
  220. Lou

    What is it to you if it's not sincere. He did not break the law and owes the public nothing. The same ones voted NO (they do not think he is sincere) probably had more women or men on the outside as he did. Take the plank out of your own eyes. He didn't claim anything, you did. To the negative people stop being so nosey and get a life.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  221. dm

    I am a Tiger fan. That being said I do believe there are far more important things we should be concerned with. How about literacy and an education? Has anyone else noticed how many people have commented with their concerns as to whom Tiger is apologizing when they cannot even spell the word apologize?

    February 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
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