February 19th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Tiger rules in a Woods world

Tiger Woods stated the obvious. How could he not feel ashamed, selfish, irresponsible and foolish over his behaviour?

Tiger Woods hugs his mother having given his scripted speech (Getty Images).
Tiger Woods hugs his mother having given his scripted speech (Getty Images).

If he had said otherwise he would have shown even more disrespect to his wife, fellow pros and those who administer the game.

At least he faced the public, rather than hiding behind his website where he has apologised before. But this has done nothing to rebuild his image.

He is asking the media to leave his family alone because he brought this all on them but he is choosing to spoon feed the public what he decides they need to hear. Is he still entitled to do this? I don’t think so.

You can’t have it all your own way, yet he wrote in his statement: “I was wrong, I was foolish, I don’t get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone else apply to me.” Judging by his actions today, Tiger still plays by Tiger’s rules.

Questions like: What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back? The list of questions goes on.

I applaud the American Golf Writers’ Association decision to boycott the event and not succumb to the demands of the Tiger camp. Their desire to control everything is arrogant and disrespectful to fans who want the hard questions asked.

I hope that he faces an unrestricted press meeting. By not doing it now the circus will take another hiatus as he goes back into rehab only to start up again when he returns.

I am not saying this because we all want the gory details of what he was up to in his private life but for the benefit of moving on from the whole drama.

This week at the Accenture Matchplay the players’ focus has been drawn to Tiger once again and they are frustrated by it. The next episode will add to their frustrations.

Tiger admitted during his speech that after 45 days of rehabilitation (exactly what the rehab is we don’t know because we are not allowed to ask) he has a long way to go.

Judging by that, he is a long way off from returning to the game that quite frankly was carrying on just nicely this week in Arizona until he stole the stage.

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  1. Cindy G

    Is this affecting anyones sleep???? When something affects your sleep then worry about that person or persons. What goes on in his bedroom should be none of our business. He does not owe any of us nothing. The man said it right when he said its between him and his wife. Let it go, geez people find something better to talk about and view to us. Leave the man be!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  2. Bill

    I don't feel any of the questions you seem to think need answers are anyone's business. This is between Tiger and his wife. If the public does not like it root for a different golfer.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  3. Pat

    "Their desire to control everything is arrogant and disrespectful to fans who want the hard questions asked."

    Are you mad? Why can we not move on? Don't you think he really does want to move on and focus on fixing things in his own personal life? I mean everybody has problems, I know people who split up because the husband cheated on the wife and it never made news headlines. Their are so many other things to talk about these days that everyone will read and probably enjoy reading a lot more than this tripe.

    Just move on, he wants too why can't you.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  4. jamdice

    Give the guy some credit. He has demons just like the rest of us. As for the questions that you say we – the public, the media – "deserve" to know answers to: The car crash details are the business of law enforcement, not us. The details of the affairs are the business of the people involved, not us. Does he have the same hunger as a golfer? What the heck does that even mean? And can he be as intimidating as a player if he comes back? How can he tell? He will play golf and the other variables will sort themselves out.
    Get a life. It is what it is. Quit your whining and let the guy move on!

    February 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  5. deb

    I don't think he owes it to anyone to explain what was behind the crash. As far as apologizing to his mistress like her attorney is saying, he doesn't owe it to her either. She is the one that keeps herself in news. Get over it. Who keeps hundreds of emails or voice mails unless they were planning on using them down the road?

    February 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  6. Keith Broughton

    You have got to be kidding me. We have men and women dying on the other side of the world and you people have the audacity to cover a consensual sexual free for all between one man and several women and then we he gives an apology to everyone who is not even entitled to one, you criticize the manner in which he gave it.

    Whether the media in this country can handle it or not, it is between him, his wife, his family, and the women he was involved with. Those are the ONLY people entitled to any kind of contrition from him. Your network is now becoming nothing better than a supermarket tabloid.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  7. Sharon

    I was so hoping that Tiger's speech would be more emotional. You do not expect him to cry or break down but there were not even any TEARS in his eyes as he apologized and mentioned the hurt that he had caused his wife and children. I am not even a golfer fan but was on Tiger's side. I am not sure that his speech was emotional enough to gain respect and empathy from others.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  8. CV

    Applaud the AGWA? For what? 950 of these (mostly guys) have been following Tiger for a decade or more and none of them, zero, nada ever broke a story about Tiger's infidelity, when it apparently has been going on for a loooong time. Where were they? They were too worried about getting frozen out by the guys club that is professional golf.

    And now they take a principled stand? Please.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  9. Diana

    He didn't owe the pubic an apology. This is his own private matter. All those questions listed in the above article I hope you never get the answers, because they, CNN are known of your business. It is between him and his wife. This is part of CNN I dispise as well as other medias. As we all know with so many in the lime light, the majority has said he isn't the only one. Doesn't make it right but it IS what it is. So each of us have to leave this the way it is and move on. Enough people have said what they think. Bottom line leave it rest.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  10. Tim

    Of course he can spoon feed the media. I am so sick of this "story". It is an issue between him and his (future ex?) wife.
    the media aren't entitled to any more than he wants to give.
    Neither are nosey fans. I would think most people wouldn't care about this anymore.
    I think, as a person, he is a piece of garbage. He's also a great (the greatest?) golfer. So...golf. Deal with your personal issues in your own time.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  11. PlymouthHT

    These are the questions you would ask:

    Questions like: What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back?

    No wonder he does not go in front of the idiotic press.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  12. GQ

    For crying out loud, leave the guy alone. He has suffered enough being ripped to shreds and is now trying to get on with his life. It doesn't mean that he has to answer to any media questions although he felt the need to read his statement to the public. As curious as we all are, I don't need to know what kind of rehab he is having or what was behind the car crash etc. That is a private matter and if he chooses to release that information that is for him to decide and not something the media says that he has to reveal. We all know how the media can be. As famous as he is, he is still a human being and I can imagine anyone in his position right now would just want to be left alone to try and heal the rift between him and his family.

    As for some golfer's comments on Tiger taking away the focus from the tournament. Well, get over it ... I'm sure it wasn't intentional. People will still go and watch the tournament, no one is going to sit around stunned and just talk Tiger 24/7. Show some compassion for a person who's task is even more difficult by having to do it in public in a matter that you or anyone else would want to deal with privately and yet have no choice but to go and make a public statement anyway.

    I don't agree with what he's done but just give the guy a break and this public statement may be part of his rehabilitation and shows he's trying to do make some amendments.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  13. joe

    Why don't you as a media member leave him alone/ He needs to say nothing to you nor answer any questions. As he stated this is between him and his wife. I did not see any of you media membwers hound David Lettermna like you are dong now why not?? Because he is one of yours?? He is a man and desrves his privacy and does not need to go infront of people and answer your stupid questions. I di d not see any of you hounding Letterman. Again why not because he is one of yours and his public apology on his show was enough for all of you. Tiger Woods made a mistake. He gave his apology, that is the end of it.....

    February 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  14. A.Chandler

    Not exactly sure what it is you want from the man. I mean is it necessary we know "how many times" he had an affair? And what is so important about what happened in the car crash? Is it that hard to get your head around the fact they had a fight and he somehow lost control of the car?

    I sometimes think the public's "need" for details can be as bad as the original crime. We sometimes show our callousness and lack of tact by "demanding" details intended to do nothing more than drag the individual through the mud, which we so richly enjoy, making US feel better in some way. And do I dare suggest the rightious indignation you would display if this was about your life and we demanded more "details" ?

    Let the man try and straighten out his life. In the end you can choose to be a fan or not, but the bottom line is he owes nothing to us and everything to his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  15. PC in DC

    "Carrying on quite nicely" you have got to be serious ratings are way down across the board, The PGA, Accenture, even the players got more air time because of this and they will all benefit. Also " am not saying this because we all want the gory details". That is all the media wants. Most people know that he doesnt owe anyone anything, just like you dont owe him anything. I would guess the majority just want to see him back on the course, winning hides alot and that is all anyone wants from sports heros. The media can build them up for more than they are but when it boils down most people like to watch winning and greatness in sports that doesnt mean the average joe expects it off the course.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  16. Hubert Lopez

    "What was behind the car crash in November?"
    "You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions?"

    Other than Gossip, what is the point to these questions?

    I hope Tiger keeps the media in the dark. This is a matter between him and his wife. Period.

    He let down a lot of people that saw him a role model, for that he apologized for. Thats the only thing he can do along with never doing it again.

    You guys just want gossip.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  17. Mike

    I don't think he needs to say any more than he want to. Why do you think he owes us anything. This is part of his private life. If your story has something to do with golf fine, otherwise leave him alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  18. Marcus

    I disagree that he should answer questions like "(w)hat was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions?" I understand that lots of his money come from his public image (publicity and stuff) and he knows how bad all that was for himself, but I believe that private matters should remain private if he wishes so.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  19. Mike

    Why should Tiger submit himself to the press and other gossip mongers in the media. What does he owe them? Why must he or any private citizen be forced to share intimate details of their lives. He apologized to all the right people, no crime against the public was committed. He hurt himself and his family and those with a financial stake in his continued success. Others perhaps were surprised or disappointed but essentially its none of their business.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  20. Greg

    How about minding your own business? He may be a figure who participates in a sport that has global attention, but his private life is his private life and he can choose what he does with that. He is not 'owned' by anyone other than his family, and he only has to answer to them.

    He certainly has no obligation to journalists who only want the latest scoop and who feed on the misery of others. We are too used to people pouring their hearts out to the public after similar problems, which simply shows a level of servile hypocrisy on their part and an extreme naivete those who choose to believe an act. I would much rather see someone conduct themselves with something like decorum and sort what really is a private matter out privately with his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  21. Annamaria

    Tiger does not owe the world one damned apology. He needs to make things right with his wife and family. Hypocrites; golf is better because of tiger. All these self righteous people who act as if they never did anything wrong need to get real. You without sin cast the first stone. You are as good as good could be until you get outted. He is not the first and he sure will not be the last. When your neighbor's house is on fire throw water on your own because you never know when. These media people are such vulchers; Tiger has enough money to take care of himself for many years if he never plays the game again – what about you poor guys. Crticis, go get a life.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  22. Tim

    The media needs to get a grip – the man apologizes, and "holier than thous" like O'brien, Armsden et al clamor for details and demand mea culpas ad nauseum. His responsiblity is to his family : it's no busy- body's business to grovel for more.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  23. Geliabeth62

    Your list of "hard" questions is stupid: "What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back?" The answers are: "Who cares!" and "Time will tell."

    February 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  24. M.E.

    Tiger DOES NOT owe you, or anyone else, answers to any of the questions that you mention in your article. He really doesn't. What is the purpose of knowing about the crash or knowing about how many times he cheated? That's just tabloid nonsense and not news worthy. As for still having it as a golfer, just let him get back on the tour and those questions will be answered. Any other questions would only be for gossips sake. GET A LIFE!!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  25. MRM21

    Justin,
    The reason Woods is in control is because the media (and that includes you) continue to engage in predatory reporting – as opposed to what you agreed to do when you took on the profession of journalism: unbiased reporting of the facts.
    As long as you and the huge masses of 'reporters' continue to look for the glory of having asked that one question that was so shocking or expose some unbelievable story - or worse yet, publish only a part of a sentence to sensationalize the story ... Woods and others will hold you at bay to minimize the harm you will do by twisting the truth. When Ray LaHood said to 'park the cars and not drive them' all the media outlets published that ... but few said he immediately indicated he misspoke. When Steve Wozniak spoke against the Prius everybody wrote about it ... but when it was discovered the moron had no idea how to use the cruise control and then formally went on TV to 'take it back' nobody covered it.
    There's no mass hysteria that can be generated by a famous person like Steve Wozniak admitting that he didn't read the owners manual to his car and that he assisted in tarnishing the reputation of a great company - and when he tried to make right none of you media folks cared to cover it.
    So, if you want to continue to sensationalize the news and have an open press meeting with Tiger so you can ask him questions that are none of your damn business – know this, the American public is smarter than your smear campaigns and we don't give a hoot for your intrusive predatory reporting.

    Leave Tiger alone, let him fix his mistakes. He's the greatest golfer of all time and nothing/nobody can take that away from him. Your request for an open press meeting is only designed to further slander and destroy his reputation – what the did off the golf links can in no way change how we all came to admire and respect him: He plays golf. That's it, and we want to see him play golf.

    Move on with your life – when he comes back to play golf, focus only on his golf game. Report out to the public on his statistics, his determination, the final score of the round ... and don't feel the need to include any of the affairs or marital problems he's had ... we don't care. Just like we have been thrilled ot see John Daly on the links and don't need any other colorful commentary ... they're golfers. Report on their golf game.

    Stop predatory, intrusive reporting ... it is really unbecoming of all of you.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  26. cherie

    Tiger is a great golfer and I'm not sure why everybody needs to know about his personal life.If the media was allowed to ask questions,I'm sure they would ask things like ,how many girls did you sleep with ,when ,where, how is Elin taking this, when did she find out .Don't think that line of questioning would really help him or his family. I know some people will not trust him anymore .But he is good for the golf game.Everyone made money off of him.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  27. Hakeem

    I really do not know what else is Tiger Woods needs to do. He just apologized publicly and said he was sorry for his " selfish and irresponsible behavior". Let he has never sin cast the first stone. It is easier to see the speck in other peoples eyes than seeing the one in ones eyes. I am pretty sure with this public apology, the public will forgive and give him another chance.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  28. Emmanuel

    Frankly, I see no valid reason why we need any more details about his private life and your argument to the contrary is inadequate.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  29. MC

    "Questions like: What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back? The list of questions goes on."

    The sports-related questions are legit. The others (details on how many times he was unfaithful!!??)...why do you think you're entitled to that answer? You're not, and we - the public - are not. We don't even get such answers from our elected public leaders. Why should Tiger tell? And what does that have to do with golf anyway?

    As for what the fans want, go to any message board and see. They want to see Tiger play golf again. They (we!!) are sick and tired of hearing about the affairs. I suggest you re-assess your news judgement.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  30. Mark Reagan

    Who in the journalistic community is the expert on apologies. He was horribly wrong He stood like a man and admitted infidelity. He said "I cheated." He said it to the world and apologized like a man to his wife, family, friends, those who had admired him and to the golf world. He did not and should not share the details of his sexual behavior and wrong doing. He admitted to the hubris and arrogance that came with success. What more can he do but change as he has promised his wife. Who among all of us watching has not been guilty of some errors we would never want to admit to in front of family, friends and the world? Who does not know some friend or relative who has not experienced such a sad series of unacceptable mistakes. He confessed. All good people will understand and accept that . Those with an axe to grind or some anger they need to vent will never find or know forgiveness or understanding. Let's all move on to the far more urgent matters in life. I personally know any number of high profile public figures, including in the golf community and in the media, who have transgressed. Let us all forgive and begin to accept that we all have flaws.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  31. pegus

    Tiger does not owe anyone an explination except his family. Can we move ahead with something worth while and important to our daily lives

    February 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  32. Get a life

    Why do you feel you are entitled to ask the "hard questions"? Tiger has done aggregious harm to his wife and family and they have the right to demand answers and they have the right to judge him. To the best of my knowledge he has not been unfaithful to you or embarrassed you, so what right do you have to be sanctimonious? The world at large created the Tiger mystique not because of his moral character, but because of his skill as a golfer. Many people, including myself, will no longer support Tiger, but neither I or anybody outside his family is entitled to an apology, explanation, or the sordid details of his and his family's private life. If everybody concentrated on bettering their own life instead of having this morbid love/hate relationship with a great but flawed athlete, the world would be a better place. Get a life everybody!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  33. Sancho

    No one thought that his reading of the apology/statement was pretty lame? I would have liked to see him speak his mind a little without having to read it word for word. Definitely think that was very poor on his part.

    His statement was actually ok, I don't need to know all the details, and I don't think everybody needs to know either. All of your questions are so obvious and pretty silly; what makes them even tough questions??

    Woods is a public icon, so everybody thinks the public is owed explanations. This is an overcooked idea. Aren't we all public icons, just on our own scale? We all go to work publicly and have coworkers, and many of us work directly with the public and interact with customers every day. So if a Bank Teller cheats on his wife and does all sorts of transgressions is he supposed to call a meeting with every customer of the bank to apologize and tell them he is getting help?

    I don't think so.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  34. 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 8:09 pm | Reply
  35. Really?

    Leave him alone! You just want the details. He has a right to privacy. He cheated on his wife and that is wrong, but you have got to be kidding me. Let the man mend his mistakes on his own terms You don't have the right to demand anything from him. You are neither his friend or his family. Fans do not have the right to demand anything from him either because they can choose to not be his fan anymore.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  36. Peter Lichtblau

    Hey Mr. Armsden
    Why don't you get off your high horse. It is not any of your business nor anyone elses business about Tiger Woods' private life. He does not have to justify anything to you or the public. You media people think that you own the world and can intrude into everyones' life. Tiger Woods made some mistakes and he apologized for it. I hope that he disclosed nothing about his private life or any other stupid questions you may have. You people need to start learning to report and by that I mean report and nothing else. We don't need your analysis or comments because thats not your job. You think it is because you love to make it your job. But it really is not. You are to report what you see or hear without your personal comments. That would be something that would make sense. We (the people) can think on our own and make up our mind without your dumb and bias comments. We really don't need you to think for us. It's sad that this is what you think is proper reporting.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  37. rolandom

    Who cares. It is embarassing that people are given this much attention, money and adulation for hitting a little ball with a stick when the world has so many other things of importance to deal with. Why should we waste the electrons on the escapades of Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  38. Sandy

    Why is this anyone's business besides Tiger's?? Why do you care what was "behind" the car crash? And what possible interest–other than prurient–could you have in how many people he had affairs with?! Can you not think of ANYTHING more important to be concerned about? Your comments are a classic example of what is wrong with our society and our culture and the sadly skewed focus that so many Americans seem to have about what is important and worth being concerned about.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  39. Paul Steele

    I am fine with the way Tiger handled the event today. I don't think he has any obligation to answer reporters' questions. Even though he is a public figure, this is a private matter and should be handled privately. When he's ready, I'll look forward to seeing him back on the golf course.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  40. frank cantu (Vietnam Vet)

    I have no problems with Tiger, I don't like golf and most of the people I know all lead double lives..the things is they like me, are no bodies and no one really cares...just leave the guy alone unless he made a pass at your wife?

    February 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  41. virgil chisholm

    I think we all know enough about his errors in judgement and he now has learned what a pack of wolves the media really can be and the insensitivity the media has for anyone's family. The wolves want their pound of flesh at all cost. Too bad we don't have a bounty for the wolves.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  42. trina

    i am not a golfer nor a fan of tiger woods because of comments made about he being half black, but i have to admit i do have much respect on how he has handled this situation with the media. he is absolutely right, this is no one's business but he and his wife. media is too involved in these people's lives, they need to report on stories that motivate people and not tear them down. what really kills me is when they (media people) want the public to be hands off and they go under cover saying they were only doing their job. go tiger – get help and return to golf. those media people go find good stories to show so i kids won't continue to grow up thinking that fame and fortune is the only way to be happy. it is media's fault for providing to much info which is changing the world and trust me all of us will pay for it.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  43. Scott Pilgrim

    If Tiger doesn't get to play by different rules, than neither does the media. If tthe average guy crashed his car into a tree and his wife beat the back window with a golf club, and then we found out that the guy had an affair, it would end up on an episode of "Cops". Nothing more. No front page headlines, no drama over "is he really sorry", "when will he return", blah blah blah.
    Please leave him alone and let him get his life in order. It's the least you could do. Find a different story, one with a positive spin and report on that. It might not be more interesting, but it would certainly be more meaningful.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  44. James

    Justin, you suggested, "I am not saying this [sic] because we all want the gory details of what he was up to in his private life but for the benefit of moving on from the whole drama."

    Really?! For example, I think the question of "What was behind the car crash in November?" has been answered. Oh, and you need an answer to, "You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions?" Why do you need to this information, and what might the information contribute to your knowledge of his golf game? Nothing, and you know it! Yes, and of course you, as a reporter, feel entitled to knowledge of his private medical information! Oh, and should Tiger feel entitled to ask the media to leave his family alone...? Arrogant, disrespectful, self-entitled, and self-absorbed? Look in the mirror!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  45. Michelle

    Absolutely agree. It's like stealing your dad's Porche for a joyride, coming back with the entire front end crumpled, and expecting your "sorry" to preclude you from explaining the how, why, when and where. He needs to show enough of his human side for us to really feel sorry for him and thus forgive him.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  46. Someone

    Irrelevant.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  47. Matt Wallace

    Its about time everyone gets over this and pays attention to the Olympics. Whether it be Clinton, Paterson, or Tiger, this happens every day with adultery. Tell the media to get over it and move on to something worthwhile.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  48. BRG

    I completely disagree with this article...."Their desire to control everything is arrogant and disrespectful to fans who want the hard questions asked." Really?? It's not like he broke the law and he is not even a politician running on a platform of morals and family values. He is a man who plays golf. Yes, as a public figure he has to endure some scrutiny but this is a little much. The most important thing is his family – his wife and kids – so as a woman, I think his number one concern should be them. Fans are fickle. They will get over it. This has just gone to far....

    February 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  49. Sarah Jones

    What business is it of yours what Tiger Woods does in his private life? He does not owe you or anybody else apart from his wife and his children an explanation. Tiger is a phenomenal golfer, probably the best that there ever was. His obligation to the public stops on the golf course, his private life is his.

    You say that you do not want the gory details, but I think you do and the gold writer's boycoting his press conference is even more proof of how rabid the press can be.

    Leave the man alone. He is a great golf player, better than anyone out there, get over it.

    He messed up, he is human, let his wife be the final arbiter of this whole situation, he owes you nothing more than the apology he just gave.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  50. sidney hassell

    I DO NOT CARE HOW MANY WOMEN TIGER DID OR DID NOT SLEEP WITH WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD I HAVE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO THINK ABOUT THAT IS BETWEEN HIM AND HIS WIFE AND NONE OF MINE OR YOURS BUSSINESS WHY DONT ALL YOU LOW LIFED LEACHES IN THE NEWS MEDIA FIND SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT AND FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT FEED ON THAT KIND OF STUFF YOU ARE EVEN WORST THAN THE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE STOP AND TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT YOUR ON LIVES I WILL BET YOU HAVE DONE MUCH MUCH WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE PLEASE PLEASE GET A LIFE AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSSINESS FEEDING ON THE HURT OF OTHERS STUPID STUPID AS WELL AS DUMB GET A LIFE PEOPLE

    February 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  51. Mr. Golf

    if you couldn't tell that Tiger was honest and sincere in his apology and if you couldn't see the hurt in his eyes, then that just makes you another person looking to throw stones at something.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  52. Realistic in KC

    I used to be a HUGE Tiger fan and watched golf regularly because I thought he was the kind of person/athlete we could admire. Although I am extremely disappointed in his behavior/choices, both as a fan (but more importantly) as a Christian, I do not feel entitled to an apology or explanation! This is a private matter to be dealt with by him, his Wife, and God – NOT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OR PRESS!!! Get over yourselves and make sure your own house is clean before you start worrying about how dirty someone else's house is! As an American, I have the choice whether or not to watch Tiger... because of his actions I now choose not to and you can do the same. However, our freedoms in this country were not created so you could expose the private lives of people just because they choose a profession that is public. He is simply an athlete not a politician! He is not accountable to us for his actions and I have no doubt that you or I would want our private lives splashed all over the media no matter what the issue. Americans, in general, need to let go of their own misguided sense of entitlement before you ask anyone else, Tiger included, to do the same!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  53. Mary

    Why does this need to be a topic of news? Exactly why do fans need the hard questions asked and answered? Why should we care?

    February 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  54. brenda sheppard

    Tiger's fans do not have right to know his personal business. The fans who want more need to get a life, perhaps they should go golfing. The sports' writers are the ones that are arrogant. Tiger Woods' apology was excellent and he needs to tell everyone to "kiss his club".

    February 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  55. Brandon

    I'd actually have more respect for Tiger if he hadn't made this apology. He owes an apology to his family, friends, and business partners. That's it. No one else. You have to have some nerve demanding any explanation about personal matters from a man who doesn't even know you exist. The general public has no right or need to know if he was unfaithful on multiple occasions or what was behind the car crash. It's also quite stupid and pointless to ask the man if he still has the same hunger for golf or will be just as intimidating. Only time will tell those answers and Tiger can't even know the answer for sure at this point. Asking them now is only an exercise in the media making themselves feel self important.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  56. Mary Bernal

    I do believe what Tiger said, what happen in the marriage, has to stay in the marriage.

    Besides, he is only human.

    Tiger go ahead and get help so you can get your life and the life of your dear ones on track. And come back to the golf game, we really missed you, not to mention how ancious your fellow players are waiting for you!!!

    Grettings from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  57. Edouard Chretien

    Poor Tiger,
    He has a long way to go before his behavior is forgotten. Too bad but I have no respect for him whatever he does in the future. He will have to live with the reputation he has acquired. I have the greatest respect for the former President, Mr Clinton, but I cannot forget that he was involved in an affair which will always be part of his life. For our friend Tiger, its the same thing. Whatever he does will always be "tainted" by his past.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  58. Joe

    I don't understand what you are looking for him to explain. He messed around and now is paying the price. What more do we need to know?

    It's seems, since you're so morally superior, that you actually do want to hear the gory detail for whatever sick reason. He's a great golfer. Period.

    Let him sort his own personal life out.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  59. rjm

    Get a grip. He doesn't owe you answers about his private life. stop whining.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  60. Peter Cash

    I find answers to your questions in his speech:

    What was behind the car crash in November?
    It remains unclear what exactly happened as it is usual the case with most accidents, but it does not really matter. He said that it was not the result of an attack by his wife.

    You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions?
    He admitted himself to a sex addiction rehabilitation center. Make your own conclusions.

    Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer?
    He wants to go back to golf, but first he has to take care of his private life.

    Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back?
    Im not sure if he can answer that question because it should really be directed to his competitors.

    Now if the "hard" questions have to do with details that are private then Tiger Woods is right in insisting that they remain unanswered.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  61. RS

    I think we need to try to understand that when a person is in intensive therapy, that process needs protection, and the person in therapy needs boundaries. I think it is entirely reasonable and appropriate for Woods to keep the open media exposure at bay for now. He is probably very emotionally vulnerable, and it he is serious about succeeding in his treatment, he needs to stay that way. I think we should give him the space now, and also hold him accountable down the road. I agree with what he said that the "apology" is measured in changed behavior over time. Let him do his work.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  62. Charles

    To Justin,

    Hmmmm, obviously you've never been in rehab or you are fortunate never to have had any "issues" in your life. Maybe you don't have a family, and if you do, I hope you would do everything to protect them. I appreciate you saying you don't "want all the gory details of what he was up to in his private life", but at the same time, do you really expect that he owes you any information? It sounds like you have a Tiger fetish and hold some kind of grudge for not being in his inner circle, or maybe your just mad that no one wants to be in your inner circle. I'm not a golfer, not really even a golf fan, or Tiger fan. But this is all the news today, and I happened on to your review. My advice to you, is get out more often, and give the guy a break, after all, without Tiger Woods, would you have much of a job in the golf world?

    February 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  63. Nathan

    What makes you (justin) think or even asume that he owes you an appology or have to answer questions of how many times he was unfaithful, or even whether he will be intimidating, is he psychic. Get over it he messed up and you want to gain news mileage out of it. Since when did you become judge juror and executioner.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  64. Rob Betts

    I think that Mr. Woods has done more than anyone has a right to demand of him. It is wrong for any person or group to demand that he continue to hold open this self iflicted wound to allow them to continue to suck his blood. I'm amazed at the sense of entitement that the media is expressing regarding their right to grill him. Mr. Woods owes the media nothing. The media owes him. They are riding on his wagon. Without the blood, swear and tears of people like him, they would have no reason to exists.

    I don't understand how a person standing in front of a camera with a microphone gains the right to become chief inquistor and judge of any ones personal life. I'm a news junkie, but I am sickened by the sociopathic ghouls that want to dredge up all of the personal pain of others, to give them a way to justify their existance. The media would be better used to report on matters that will affirm positive actions rather than focus on the personal mistakes of the past.

    I'm happy that Mr Woods is overcoming this moral failure that he caused in his own personal life. I hope he overcomes it.

    He is a golfer, not a spiritual leader or moral leader. Anyone who is let down by his personal sins are not paying attention to their own.

    I hope he gets back on the golf course soon. His job is to inspire and entertain us on the golf course, not to be our standard for rightousness, God made his son to do that. He made Mr Woods to play golf.

    If we are going to count sins, they should be our own.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  65. tom spurrier

    I am so glad that CNN has to know everything there is about what happened between Tiger and his Wife and Family ..

    Too bad those people in the press wont stand up and take the same probing questions etc that this family has to take on now that

    CNN has to know everything about everybody ..

    hmm that sounds so much like a Big Brother issue only this time CNN is the Big Brother

    Questions like: What was behind the car crash in November? Who Cares if he has a fender bender

    You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions?
    Did you think about asking them

    Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer?
    Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back?

    Did you ever think that he may never come back

    "I applaud the American Golf Writers’ Association decision to boycott the event and not succumb to the demands of the Tiger camp. "

    What demands were made .. or was it a case that if the press cant ask questions they wont show up.

    I believe he explained he was making a statement and not a Question/Answer session

    February 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  66. Eric

    Hi Justin. After reading your post I have a few questions for you and everyone else. First, are we as a society being hypocritical of Tiger? Let me explain. First, we as people do everything in excess. We super-size everything, drive the biggest vehicles, spend money before we make it. Those that are wealthy want the toys. The boats, the cars, the houses, the vacations, the bling, the VIP attention. A large part of our population, our youth in particular, are living in a hip-hop and sports driven world. When we have "artists" such as Jay-Z, Kanye, and Usher flooding the airways with lyrics that promote womanizing, cheating, and pimping how can we expect anything other than that message being acted out. When we as a society put such an emphasis on sports figures and make them gods of the pop cultural media, how can we chastise them when they error like all humans do? Shows like Desperate Housewives, Jersey Shore, 90210 all rule the ratings because we feed on that type of entertainment. Yet when something like Tiger happens we feel betrayed and seem to put him on trial. The media is largely to blame for this frenzy. They put it on our tv's, on our radios, in our magazines. The thing is people like you saying "I am not saying this because we all want the gory details of what he was up to in his private life but for the benefit of moving on from the whole drama" is a lie. The details is exactly what you want. Other than the gory details what else is there?? We as a society want the details so we can see if it lives up to what we hear on the radio and see on tv. We want the details because we feel we are entitled. We tend to forget we are dealing with a human being not an actor. He deserves his privacy more than we deserve to be nosy. Honestly, if I cheated on my wife would I need to apologize to my manager and coworkers? Would I need to explain why I lost control of my vehicle? Would anyone in this world other than my family give any thought to it? NO!! Fact is the only reason we know so much about Tiger's story and all other Celeb's is because of our society demanding our media to entertain us. All at the expense of the people that are involved. The only people that need to know what happened behind the wheel is law enforcement. The only one who needs to know what kind of therapy he needs is his doctor. And anyone in the public who wants to hear anything other than "I'm Sorry" is just as selfish as Tiger was. Shame on us. Yes Tiger was wrong. Yes he made mistakes. But in doing that it does not give you or us the right to demand answers from him. He is a Golfer, a father, and a husband. Golf is what he puts out there for us to see every week. Nothing else!!!

    My last question is why do we keep blinding ourselves with celebrity gossip? There are so many REAL issues out there in this struggling nation that doesn't get near the attention Tiger got today. Is that Tiger's fault? Absolutely not! You think he wanted to be up there?? Maybe we should wish the best for our fellow man, hope to see him on the course again soon and move on to real issues!!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  67. Sahari

    I think, in the end, that it is up to each person to choose how to 'see' Tiger, and every person's choice will be unique. Whatever level of betrayal a person feels in relation to the actions of another, is in direct proportion to the beholder's level of consciousness. If one feels Tiger owes them 'more' then one is holding Tiger responsible for work that is really belongs to him/her.

    Tiger's 'unveiling' was a wonderful opportunity for all of us to better adjust the perceptions and expectations that we carry in our own lives, toward a state of balance.

    Just ask Cesar Milan!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  68. jack jacobs

    This is exactly why Woods has to control the setting. You and your journalist brethren can't wait to tear out your pounds of flesh and enjoy the spectacle. The man is still in rehab, and you're already judging his actions. But you can't simply wait and see what occurs once he completes his therapy. He probably appeared before the cameras to try and gain his wife and kids some slack from media vultures like you. But the keepers of the holy golden calf of the press must bellow "truth". It is all a crock and you should be ashamed of yourself. Hold him accountable if he screws up after rehab. And, by the way, he has no duty to talk to you or any other member of the fourth estate. The public will judge him in the marketplace. You are, at best, a commentator who wants to be important. Trust me, you aren't.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  69. Mark

    I share many of the sentiments of this blog. I personally don't care WHAT Tiger Woods does in his personal lie but apparently his sponsors do and if he is going to give a public statement that attempts to deceive and distort than I say get lost.

    It seems to me the only people he should be apologizing to are his wife and children – apologizing to his mother doesn't count since mothers will forgive just about ANYTHING there sons will do.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  70. Don

    Hold on! He apologised and faced up to his behaviour and is hoping to carry on with his life. What do you want him to do.....shoot himself! Your article smacks of vindictiveness and underlying prejudice....I wonder???? You talk about 'Tiger camp' and 'their desire to control everything'......is this journalism? (oh, it's a rhetorical question)

    February 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  71. Paul

    Mr Armsden:

    Cut the pretentious BS.

    You most certainly are interested in the "gory" details of this affair. And your mock offense is just that. – fake

    Tiger woods is a professional golfer. Nothing more nothing less. Both he, and you and the American Golf Writers Association may think he is more than that – in the reality outside your column he isn't.

    All I expect and hope from Woods is to once again be what he is – the very finest golfer ever to live. Aside from that if he is compliant with the law he's OK with me. And -by the way – golf would never be the same without him – never – and its not getting along "just nicely" without him.

    You or anyone else making him a "role model" or anything other than what he is (a golfer) is a symptom of a lot thats wrong with our society when we make sports figures out to be more than they are. Its very American to do that – and very stupid.

    Tiger Woods is a womanizer who got caught. That's it. Whatever effect it has on people who watch golf is their problem (if it is a problem) and they will cope with it in due course – young and old.

    What was "behind the crash" that night is none of your or my business – even if you say it is. But you will make it your business in print – that's what you do- Heres a news flash – no one who has a life cares.

    If he is getting help for a sexual addiction thats great – the only apology he needs to make is to his family and friends.

    Both you and he have a grossly exaggerated view of his importance to anything or anyone other than golf. And golf will get over it too – as soon as he puts on another green jacket.

    And he will.

    Paul

    Chicago Illinois

    February 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  72. marc

    > hope that he faces an unrestricted press meeting.
    So much hypocrisy in the american medias, and so politically correct !
    This atlet is just like any other human beiings when it comes to its private life. Leave him alone, and let him do what he is best at.
    Those who needrehabilitation are media people looking for quick fixes trough easy, crusty under the belt stories...

    February 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  73. CharlesDP

    Although I am usually very satisfied with CNN's news products, I feel compelled to criticize the journalist who wrote this article. You see, readers, like me, can become irritated when sensationalist news angles are revealed.

    News should focus on "information about recent and important events" (web definition), not on issues that the editorial staff thinks sell most. Its not about push strategies.

    Armsden writes: "What was behind the car crash in November? You admit to being unfaithful but was it on multiple occasions? Do you still have the same hunger as a golfer? Can you ever be as intimidating as a player if you come back?"

    Woods is a golfer with personal problems. Report the golf and personal information as it becomes public and available. And don't persevere in trying to dig up dirt on the guy. We really don't need to know how many times woods was unfaithful. Neither do we need to know the reason for his car crash, since the accident did not harm anyone other than Woods.

    Learn a lesson from Woods, who, with all his problems, is still smart enough to identify the dangers associated with unscrupulous investigative journalism. Please maintain the level of integrity CNN has, on most occasions, been known for.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  74. Michael Morrell

    You writing is retarded. Judge not, that you be not judged. With what judgement you measure, you will be judged. (bigot)

    February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  75. Mark

    One last comment about Tiger's mother's remark that "Tiger hasn't done anything illegaL" I THINK adultery is still technically illegal but obviously rarely prosecuted. Same goes with prostitution, taking drugs without a prescription (Ambien), reckless driving (for which he was already ticketed), etc.

    Not saying Tiger should be villified for all these relatively minor illegalities but I also think it's kind of lame for Tiger to have his mom go on national TV to defend him....

    February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  76. ade

    Mr. Justin Armsden, are you saying you've never done something wrong in your life? and when you did, did you have to tell the whole world? what more do you want from this guy? the only reason anybody ever cared about him was because of his golfing skills and nothing more!! so why not hold your judgemental opinions to yourself and let the man be! and if any golfer was offended by him sucking the air out of the room.... well maybe they should concentrate on there own skills and improve on the golf course and then maybe they'll get thesame attention!!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  77. David Mallehan

    How arrogant are you to think that he must account to you for his actions. While I feel that his actions are wrong I would not presume to think that he ows me anything. leave him alone! It is between him and his family...nothing more. You have absolutely no right to demand anything from him. Those of you in the press make me sick with your holier than thou attidtude. You are just a bunch of locusts munching your way to perceived fame. Get your own life and leave Tiger and his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  78. CharlesDP

    Oh, and this post is far too brief for its level of judgmental and condemnatory content (Armsden: "How could he not feel ashamed, selfish, irresponsible and foolish over his behaviour").

    By the way, I'm not a golf fan, and much less a Woods fan.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  79. Roland

    Hi

    I disagree with you.He does not have to face any questions about his private life because that's just it,it's his private life.What the media want to ask is details about even each women and that is not what the public want to hear and he does not have to aswer that at all.

    Yes I also was hirt by his actions because I admired him.But it's between him and his wife and nobody esle.What questions do the media really want is to make this a gossip story.When he does take questions from the media,he should only answer the questions about when he will return and how he plans to change his ways for his fans and his indorsements.You are wrong,the media has no right to ask him questions about how he cheated and all the women.Again that is between him and his wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  80. John Baisey

    Tiger doesn't owe us, the public and fans, an apology. This is between him and his family. We need to look at ourselves and see if we really can truly criticize him and others when so many of us have done something ourselves that we would not want to become public and certainly not stand in front of cameras giving the details of one’s mistakes and having loved ones replaying it over and over. The first step in healing is telling the ones you have hurt that you are sorry and taking the steps to correct one’s fault. He has done this. Leave him and family alone to hopefully move on together.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  81. Jin

    Why on earth do you think Tiger owes you anything? He doesn't have to answer your questions – "hard" or not.

    You don't need any details to "move on from the whole drama", you just need to decide to do so. You have to figure out that there are more important things in the world to focus on (e.g., Haiti, The Olympics, Healthcare). All things that have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people.

    And, quite frankly Justin, I don't think the game is carrying on really well without him. I think it's rather boring and uneventful.

    When are you going to learn that we are all flawed?

    Please put down your stone, that's reserved for someone who is without sin. And after reviewing your condemnation of Tiger, that aint you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  82. James

    This sounds completely bitter. All the way through you write as an self entitled reporter.
    In my mind it is his life and if he chooses to play the media the way he does then fine. It is up to the media to give him air time. So if you don't like what he does then do the same as American Golf Writers’ Association and boycott. But you can't do that can you? All for your piece of the mighty money pie.
    It is the media that is not moving on. To all those questions above are basically known and I sure from this scripted media event today you can beat your horses that you know the scripted answers to the questions you are asking. So this basically makes you next line of:
    "I am not saying this because we all want the gory details of what he was up to in his private life but for the benefit of moving on from the whole drama."
    It is clear who wants the drama MR CNN Sports Anchor.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  83. Enough Already

    Really now...

    Does the American public really need to be privy to anything other than the fact that Tiger was unfaithful? Is it anyone's business except his and his wife's?

    There is no need for Woods to go into the gory details, but the cry for such exposure highlights clearly that some journalists are merely hungry for the publicity that comes with writing tabloid-type articles.

    This incident is the Golf Writer's Association members' dream, but they all need to wake up and get over it. Are they golf writers or personal lifestyle analysts?

    I hope that Tiger's camp sticks to their guns on this issue and that he blasts the competition out of the water when he gets back. Only then will we see how quickly the general public will tire about this useless harping over his personal life.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  84. CGustavson

    In a recovery program, I believe one of the 12 steps is to take responsibility for your actions. I fail to see how airing dirty laundry in public accomplishes anything other than satisfying the voyeurs quest for scandal and filth. Let the man try to save himself and his family. We'd all be better humans if we judged less and attempted to forgive.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  85. guest

    This post just shows the frustration of the media at not being able to get all the gory details. He has apologised. Give him time and space. As for the current Accenture Matchplay, no-one outside the golfing world really knows the rest of the players. Its a fact that Tiger has brought about mass appeal to the game, and I speak for the rest of the world, not just his country. The rest of the players should be grateful for Tiger's professional capabilities (only his professional ones), for the amount of attention and money golf gets now.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  86. Rosaly

    Are you Tiger's wife? Has Tiger been unfaithful to you? Leave him alone!! He has already played the game that people like you demanded. He is the one, together with his family, that is entitled to rule his life and make his decisions. Let's stop this hypocrisy of making believe that Tiger is the only one to have side love/sex affairs. Go to the polls. See the numbers for both married men and women who do. Let's stop being the Big Brother into celebrities' lives and move on to what really matters.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:25 am | Reply
  87. jeff

    Do any of us really care what the media thinks? The only question he didn't need to answer is when will the play. He'll get to that when he thinkshe is ready. Obviously now or in the very near future is out as he works to gain his wife and our trust. All the media wants is a crack at asking a set of questions they have no right or reason to ask. So what if the egodriven can't ask an intrusive question for the benefit of our titillation ? ! Love him or hate him He is still a self-acknowledged flawed human being, and he will become the greatest golfer of all time.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:31 am | Reply
  88. George

    I really think the press and the experts commenting on Tiger's actions today is nothing more than a reason to create sensational journalism. I was a journalist for 30 years, and the reason this is happening to Tiger is his past arrogance with the press.

    Remember, Tiger wanted the PGA to pay him an appearance fee for playing in tournaments, Claiming if it weren't for Tiger, the PGA would not have that many followers. The PGA seems to be doing fine without Tiger playing. And he also tried to regulate and restrict what photos sports photographers where taking of him while he played a PUBLIC event.

    Tiger was only apologizing to his family, friends, sponsors and employees. I think it took a lot of guts for Tiger to allow his apology to be televised. He allowed the world to see a private side of him. And that is what the press is having problems with.

    I understand what this apology was – to put his sponsors, employees, family and close friends at ease – he made a mistake and is working on correcting this – this was not meant to be a public apology.

    And the actions of the paparazzi is appauling and making it difficult for true journalists to do thier jobs. In Tiger's eye, all press is lumped into a small group of bad apples.

    If people really feel that Tiger has wronged him, they can boycott PGA televised tournaments, not buy his sponsor's products, or write nasty e-mails.

    As far as an apology to his wife and the women he hurt with his "entitled" behavior, that is private, and is none of our business. All we need to know is that these apologies were made.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:50 am | Reply
  89. sheshe

    Tiger does not owe any of the alleged mistresses who have come forward an apology. They KNEW he was married when they got involved with him. What does he have to apologize to them for? They were just as much in the wrong as he was. Did they really think he was going to upset his life for them? How foolish they were. And having your attorney arrange to have the press watch you while you watch his statement is a pure gasp for another 15 minutes of fame. How pathetic.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:03 am | Reply
  90. Shareef

    Hey Armsden

    Why are you being so personal with Woods? Did he have an affair with anyone you know??
    Read all the comments. I think you should look at doing something other than media.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:04 am | Reply
  91. fernan

    The media should really look for important , relevant things to do in benefit of the people. All they want to do is create havoc and frenzy chat..Who really cares, they should find a real job!!.

    I am one that thinks that whatever tiger wants to do now is Ok. He does not need to open to the media, that nevertheless is always a monster of two heads.

    In a marriage between two people, the third one (media or whatever) is excess and non-relevant. The media people should really look and find a "Real Job"....We are tired of their nonsense!!!!!..Like this writer, he is just full of baloney!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 1:07 am | Reply
  92. sheshe

    I also wanted to say that I hope all the holier-than-thou golfers who have made negative comments had better have snowy-white pasts themselves. Could they stand up to the scrutiny now being laid on Tiger? Maybe the media could better use their time going after the other golfers and investigating their pasts to see what they can find. I believe that what goes around, comes around. Tiger has addressed all the issues that I believe we, the public, have any right to know (and then some). Leave the guy alone and let him try to get his life back.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:17 am | Reply
  93. Desiree

    Tiger collected $1 billion in endorsement money. That's why his life is open to dissection by the media. Name 3 other PGA golfers. You CAN'T! Because they did not get the opportunity to become billionaires and public heroes at the same time. Tiger can't have the money AND the privacy. He can walk away from the money and I promise you, no one will write a single article about him. But he WANTS the money and the fame and so he will keep up the press conferences and the apologies and if you don't understand that, then you are just plain dense.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:24 am | Reply
  94. Bart

    I think enough is enough. He apologized. Move on.

    This weird interest in someone's personal life, who happens to be the greatest golf player in the world, is neither helpful nor appropriate.

    Would you like this type of scrutiny? Are you perfect? Would you want reporters to know about a fight you and your partner have had recently?

    Lets focus on golf.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  95. Hauman

    I think Tiger is being given too much credit for his infidelity. I think it's time that people start moving on to much more important issues that need to be addressed. This all appears to be Tigers hour in an never ending drama, power puffed into a soapless opera. Looks like mother and son depicted out of a scene from "GONE With The Wind." Come on now, lets get back to real. Enough is enough!

    February 20, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  96. Cat White

    This is an extremely rude story. Not only does it only point out all of Tiger Woods flaws. It also shows an unusually large amount of arrogant opinion. Tiger Woods has made a lot of mistakes, so does everyone. He is a role model and already admitted wrongdoing. The media just criticizes and criticizes. Tiger Woods is a great golfer, we should all think of that as Tiger Woods instead of thinking that Tiger Woods is a guy that ruined his family.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:13 am | Reply
  97. Brandi

    The man did something wrong. He's working it out with his family. When I saw this press conference on the news today, all I could think was "why?" Why is he, why are his family and these issues being paraded around, dragged out to air in front of everyone? Tiger is accountable to his family for these deeds, not to the media.

    Let him have his privacy, people. You'd want the same.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply
  98. Dick Dawson

    Well, Tiger did it again! He truly made a spectacle of himself. It was extremely obvious that he had some big PR firm prepare his presentation, have him go through numerous rehearsals, set up a phony stage and then invite only his family and close friends to his “show”. The concept of his bringing Buddhism into his “sermon” was ridicules. He has never practiced Buddhism and now he tries to fall back on this mighty religion that teaches one to be humble. He certainly has never been humble and, in fact, has been rude and arrogant, even when he spent some time in Thailand. Yes, Tiger is a great golfer but he is just one nasty, arrogant individual that will never change his stripes. It’s time that his story falls off the world scope and the news return to something that is worthy of discussion. I personally believe that he is truly sorry …sorry for getting caught!

    February 20, 2010 at 2:50 am | Reply
  99. mec

    What happened to CNN??? It has become a harlo! It sounds like tabloid all the way! its photo editing is similar to the post and even its language has changed! there´s red all over its page! I am sure CNN is getting more ratings but is it worth it? Come on! I am moving to another news provider, one that is still interested in real news which there´s still a lot of out there. See you never.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:51 am | Reply
  100. Vincent Tan

    I am not a big Woods fan but I followed and played golf because of him, Camilo, Poulter, Ogilvy......people who made golf less boring.

    What are the questions that people wants answered? Aren't those questions why he cheated, who he cheated with, how many times he cheated, is his wife leaving him? All these questions are not answered but the answers are obvious...and all you guys want is for him to repeat what you want to hear too.

    As much as we advocate freedom of speech and freedom to release information, I agree with Woods that these questions are just between himself and his wife.

    So let it slide. I do no condone what he has done. But let him return to golf, let him rebuild himself. I am sure he is smashed 100000 different ways as a character right now and his mental state is definitely fragile. Let the true champion come back, just as the greatest golfer we all know he will be.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:04 am | Reply
  101. LeiLanie

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??? THE "MEDIA" SHOULD & COULD" LEAVE THIS ISSUE ALONE. THIS IS WOODS & HIS WIFES' PERSONAL BUSSINESS!!!!! CNNA' REQUEST FOR MORE ANSWERS FROM TIGER WOOD IS NOT TIGER WOODS PROBLEM BUT THE "MEDIAS'" SINCE THEY WON'T LEAVE THE ISSUE TO REST. THERE ARE "MUCH GREATER PROBLEMS" IN THE USA THAT WHO DID WHAT TO WHO & WHEN, WHERE, ON & ONNNN

    February 20, 2010 at 3:08 am | Reply
  102. Jo Ann

    I'm not hearing any of the women that Tiger was cheating with apologise to his wife and fans for screwing around with a married man. Maybe Tiger should try his hand at pimping women, they are so stupid, and will fall for anything. I still say Tiger's wife is the only smart one in this whole scandal. Elin has the whip and chair that can tame this Tiger now. The other women have what they deserved, NOTHING! Elin don't listen to these stupid low class women who says you should leave Tiger. They just want you to be like them. A VICTIM, LONELY AND RAISING KIDS WITHOUT A MAN AT HOME. LOVE YOU TIGER AND ELIN!

    February 20, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  103. Aubrey D'Silva (Toronto)

    You are utterly disgraceful. Tiger Wooods has been generous in the way he conducted himslef to-day. He owes nobody anything except his wife and family. He has apologised and I don't really see how all the gory deatails that you are after would serve any purpose at all except satisfy you your own hideous curiosity. It's people like you who should shut up.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:50 am | Reply
  104. Nii777

    Well, I think the most important thing for him to do was to publicly apologize to his family first and foremost, his funs all over the world and fellow golfers and that's what he did.
    He needs to sort things out as quickly as possible and get back on his feet and to the game. If you ask me about his religion, I would say it's about time he switched over to Christianity and accept God as his Lord and Saviour and that's the best thing that could ever happen to him, his career and future.
    Anyway, I wish him the best.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:17 am | Reply
  105. hannah

    tiger has said enough for now. we all think we own him due to his iconic image but this is his private issue mainly to be addressed properly once and for all with his wife and children. if we are to see more of him as a golfer, we need to give him and his family space to heal, breath, contemplate and most important of all, be.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:18 am | Reply
  106. robert maes

    fact is , there is arrogance here from both sides. Tiger Woods for not t all being sincere in his regrets, just sorry of getting caught. And of course the press, assuming and demanding rights they don't have. Persecuting people in the public eye under the guice of freedom of the press. 99 % of the press has turned into tabloids without any sense of ethics. Socalled tv news channels are nothing more than trill, scandall and sensation seeking propaganda machines ( and i include CNN, BBC world in that list ).
    Sean Penn is on trial for loosing his patience with one of the bloodsucking paperazzi. He should'nt be, the paperazzi must be called to a stop, before a celebrity really looses his cool and grabs a nearby gun. Yes, I agree that to a certain level they seek that publicity but i make a difference between cat. I empty barrel celebrities-because-dad-is rich alla Hilton, Ricchi with no talents other than gettin drunk in public and showing off some body parts on one side, and non talent starlets alla Spears and cat II, the real celebrities, people with talent that should only belong to the public for their work not their private lifes.
    Robert maes

    February 20, 2010 at 4:29 am | Reply
  107. 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 .

    February 20, 2010 at 5:20 am | Reply
  108. mayette

    I pity you, justine.

    "Tiger Woods stated the obvious. How could he not feel ashamed, selfish, irresponsible and foolish over his behaviour?"

    justin, it is YOU who should feel ashamed, selfish, irresponsible and foolish over YOUR behavior.

    may i know how young or old are you? for i might take considerations on you.

    change yourself for the better justin, it's not yet too late.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:23 am | Reply
  109. Enyinnaya

    With Tiger's apology to the whole world yesterday, February 19th, I think that is brave of him and his fans and the press should give him a second chance to gather his life again. That humility he exihited should be encouraged, other role models should emulate that but above all they should be careful with their public and private life because it affects our younger generation.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:41 am | Reply
  110. Muraly

    People make mistake. That is why we say We Are All Human.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:11 am | Reply
  111. KC

    Fully agree with Cyndi G, what in the world we care about his personnal life? How many men or momen are cheating every day?
    What media care is selling stories to avoid addressing the real issues of life. Do u thing they would have made so much noise if Tiger Woods was just a common being??

    February 20, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  112. David

    Sure, Tiger does owe us some answers, after all it is us Joe public who have helped him achieve the wealth he has accumalated.
    At the same time, we where never really that interested in his private life before, lets keep it that way, lets give him a chance to sort out his own list of priorities and wait for him to re-join the game. The only real question is when will he back on the circuit, everything else is just a crazy desire to criticize and delve into his private life, lets play/watch golf instead.
    There are some great players out there, watch them, they very good!!! Tigers not just going to walk back in, the rest of the field are very good competitors ..... can he do it again?...wait and see!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 7:43 am | Reply
  113. Josh

    I'm not a huge Tiger Woods fan, but have followed his career and enjoyed reading about his success. However, constantly reading about how much the media really wants to know more about his private life makes me sick; not because he hasn't said anything, but because people continue to question him.

    It's none of my business. I don't want to know. I really don't care. Many people are claiming they can't even view him as human anymore...I mean, come on. This is something that happens everyday with loving couples, and people learn their mistakes and move on.

    Tiger Woods is moving on, learning from his mistake, and trying to find "a balance." As fellow human beings, we owe him the same respect, MOVE ON, REALIZE IT WAS A MISTAKE, and TRY TO BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE.

    That's all we can ask of anyone, and with all this gossiping, we're worse than the actual act because we refuse to recognize the mistake and just move on. That makes any of us still perpetuating this story that shouldn't have even gotten this much coverage anyway.

    If this were your best friend, or neighbor, you wouldn't continue to bug them, ask them questions for all the details, or judge them. Hopefully, if you were a good human being, you would be trying to help them recover, provide assistance, and try to move on so that it doesn't affect other parts of yours or their lives, such as their children.

    You, MEDIA, are not a victim in this case and don't deserve an apology. I don't deserve an apology...and for that same reason, we don't deserve the "right" to know everything in that situation. It's not our business.

    So leave it at that, MOVE ON, try to be a helpful voice in the situation rather than perpetuating it for your OWN GAINS. Anything other than that, would be less human than any mistakes Tiger has made in private.

    I hope he solves his marriage problems, grows and learns from it, and allows that to make him an even better, more humble golfer, so he can continue to entertain us and show us just what kind of person we can be if we learn to move on from failures and continue on with our goals.

    That's something Tiger Woods can do, and something the media won't let him do because they are too busy judging him, without looking at themselves and the mistakes they've made first.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:46 am | Reply
  114. joey croci

    big deal he cheated..yeah it was wrong but he didnt need to appologize to the entire world..its his life get over it...he only needed to say sorry to his family. cares what his mom whispered in his ear not everyone in the world needs to no.....

    February 20, 2010 at 8:38 am | Reply
  115. Jim Pleasant

    He was a scumbag when caught...therefore I feel he can't erase this from his rich elite private profile which he wants to maintain.
    He should have thought of this before.
    Question: Why would he have wanted to be so private? Could it be to hide his issues?
    I believe the gig is up.....this guy has fallen to the bowels of hell I think...is just my feeling?
    He should have kept his love life private and shared it just with his wife.....you set the rules Tiger....live by them!

    February 20, 2010 at 9:35 am | Reply
  116. yckwong

    Hmm... is this guy a reporter or a tabloid writer?

    Thought I was reading CNN. Guess not... ;-)

    February 20, 2010 at 9:54 am | Reply
  117. Raymond

    Justin
    what self-righteous rubbish. you bottom feed on the distress of others. who cares what you want? let the guy and his family get on with their lives. and if he never plays golf again, so what? golf is not life.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:00 am | Reply
  118. Noel Mannion Ireland

    Why does everyone have to apologise to the world for their affairs, surely a person's affairs is a matter for them. There is always hurt, that;s part of life. If anyone of us hasen't experienced hurt at some stage, well we havent lived. Somehow it's unsavoury to be peeping in through somone else's curtains. If we believe we are better than others let us show the world how and not spend our time trying to break the spirit of another. Put your energies to the good of your own house, if you feel you are beter than Tiger. If I had to choose between a person going through a bout of infidelity and a hypocrite, I would probably go for the stray.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  119. Mike

    I am so sick of the US media thinking that they are owed an answer to their inane questions. It is not your right to know every licentious detail. In fact, it is not your right to know any of the details. The fact that this is a story at all is a testament to the sorry state that the US media is in.
    Justin Armsden, I'm sure you can hold yourself to a higher standard than this.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:12 am | Reply
  120. Foxxy

    The media is something. It's always best to kick a man when he is down. The man has apologized to the world when the people he really needed to apologize to are his family.
    Tiger will be able to move on and from the looks of things he has learned from his mistake and its time he goes back to work. No one here can say they have never wronged a loved one. Give us a break!!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Reply
  121. hksupcal

    Justin Armsden
    your article totally disrespected Woods and yourself, reading your article makes me feel like I'm listening to a bunch of gossip people hanging around the coffee shop who even want to know what brand of underwear tiger is wearing when the car crashed that day

    As a public figure, he demonstrated the courage to speak in front of the public, as a sportsmen, he still maintain as one of the best golfer ever, as a husband, he disappointed his wife and he apologized

    what happens and what's going on is none of our business, it's all up to woods and his family to decide. All we see is woods from golf, and what we want to see is woods playing golf.

    Finally, as a CNN staff, I think you have to think twice before writing something, how about this...let me ask you the same question..what will u answer? it's none of my business. get it?

    February 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Reply
  122. USSidney

    Mr Armsden may think he speaks for the media. However, he certainly does not speak for the masses.

    The gory details need not be aired in public despite Mr Armsdens arrogent, insensitive and self serving comments.

    Tiger has single handedly succeeded in practically annahilating his own world, that of his spouse, children, family, friends and professional associates. Is that not enough? Would Mr Armsden now prefer to see a public crucifixion, with the press corpse driving in the nails and erecting the laden cross?

    Leave the man alone. Public figure or not, his wife and children deserve none of this, nor does anyone else close to him.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:43 am | Reply
  123. Neo Geo

    The vast majority of people here are leaving comments to the effect that this is a private matter best left to Tiger and his wife. I tend to agree. It's got too much of a tabloid feel to it all. Likewise, I've got no room to preach given my own similar past history. But I like to play Devil's Advocate, so here goes: Tiger is filthy rich, and he didn't get that way by laying low, by privately running a business from behind the scenes... he willingly became a public persona, with the support and adulation of his fans and other professionals in his sport. He publicly endorses products for other companies. Go to his Tiger Woods foundation dot org website, and look under "About Us." Look at the picture of Tiger there with all those young kids. You can't have it both ways – if you choose to become a zillionaire as a public figure, and especially if you're making yourself out to be a role model for youth, you don't get to just "act" the part, you have to live it (especially here in a country where you just KNOW there's a free press with a voracious appetite for this kind of dirty gossip.) If we don't think he's subject to public scrutiny, we're free to ignore these stories. 'Think I'll go see how our olympic athletes are doing...

    February 20, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  124. why

    What he does, has nothing to do with the world. I understand he's suppose to be an idol, but I'm pretty sure everyone has done wrong in their life. Everyone's personal life has nothing to do with the next person. Let that be between him and his wife and family. There are more things in the world to worry about then to worry about who's cheating on who.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  125. Peter Huang

    This article makes me angry while Tiger Woods' unfailthful episodde only makes me surprised and have pity for him. Mind your own business and ask if you were in Tiger's position will you behave something else more respectable and can take more courageous action to make a comeback? I really doubt it and I do not believe you can.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Reply
  126. Jim Neumann

    Okay, I have to make a couple comments in response to not only this article but all of the recent news about Tiger Woods. Let me just say at the outset that I believe what Tiger Woods did (having affairs, etc.) is very wrong. Personally, I'm a follwer of Jesus Christ, and find such behavior to be unfortunate. However, Tiger Woods has not done anything wrong to me personally, or to the vast vast majority of the rest of the people in the world. Why is this our business? Why do we need news articles that analyze whether or not his apology holds weight, or whether he is changing his ways? That is between Tiger, his wife, his kids, and God. It's not our issue, and how did any of us become his judges? I wish Tiger the best. I hope he gets his life together, works out the issues he has, and I hope one day he can return to the golf course and amaze every person watching once again. I find the media's focus on a man's pains and struggles and mistakes to be most deplorable of all. Let's give it a rest and give Tiger some peace.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply
  127. Feysal

    I think tiger should be given a chance to prove his innocence and i guess thats what he did. I mean almost everyone of us has run into such a situation and tried to dodge its repercussions in one way or another. Just leave the lad alone and let everyone mind their own business

    February 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  128. Hans

    Mr. Justin Armsden; I thought CNN had only good journalists working for it... I looks you had to write about your own frustrations.
    I was quite impressed by the way Tiger gave his apology. It seems that most "journalists" are afraid to give him some complements. Pitty.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:53 am | Reply
  129. Barnabas Collins

    This is much ado about nothing. The only people that Tiger has to apologise to is his wife and God. Fans, Golf Writers Association, my dog, the media and all porn queens do not matter. We have to stop worshipping mortals. Tiger is a guy who hits a little ball in a hole and makes millions......thiere is only one perfect person and it aint Tiger.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | Reply
  130. a reporter

    The comments here are SO refreshing! I am so sick of celebrity news and why the public is entitled to know so much. We really don't care or shouldn't care. It boggles me why a lot of top news items on even serious media like CNN, BBC etc are about celebrities, big and small, for no other reason than that they are famous or infamous. It's just not NEWS. As a reporter myself, I am so pleased to read so any comments here that no one cares as much as some media seems to care. There really are more issues in the world worth the print space. Can we get back to reality please?

    February 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  131. JER

    Why does the author think he has the right to ask questions about somebody's private life is beyond me. That he is frustrated about the fact he can't get the gory details is his problem.
    Yes Tiger is in some ways public domain and in many aspect he is still a private person with every right to his private life.
    Leave the guy alone, I would say.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  132. Guy Ladley

    The fact that the media is feigning we have a right to know, is in my opinion even more selfish than Tigers behavior-

    February 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  133. Christopherrrrrrrr

    CV has the right idea.

    I'm sorry, but what is the PGA without Tiger? Besides diehard golfers. most people don't have the time or money to play, let alone sit and watch golf. I'm a sports fan but I could only think of say Phil Mickleson, John Daly, the guy that looks like Sanjaya, and Tiger Woods. Those guys I'm sure knew, probably watched, threw a hand in here or there and kept there mouths shut because Tiger was there messiah. Now they are trying to step into the spotlight, be the moral crusaders and act like they don't need Tiger Woods but the PGA will see the impact.

    They have nobody that they can have a Ryan Seacrest-type shove down Americans' throats like Tiger. Golf needs it's poster child and I haven't heard of any neat little cnn bios on anybody coming in to be the next big thing. Or even what is going on in golf. Only what is going on in Tiger Woods' bedroom.

    Once Jagr retires, he should join the PGA tour and pull a Happy Gilmore. That would spice the golf world up and help it spreads it eggs around a bit, instead of all of them in Tiger's basket.

    February 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  134. Paul

    Of course it matters what Tiger has done. His behaviours totally contradict the clean, superhuman image he created backed up by many millions of dollars. There is nothing private about public stardom that is intentionally sought after... it's the price you pay for the spin. His persona was about perfection, dedication, and discipline for immortal respect as the greatest athlete of his generation. Doing what's right at that level of stardom goes hand in hand with respect; it's a direct social responsibility that comes with the rewards. Tiger is a huge cultural story because of the implications of a false image compared what is actually happening. Go ahead and have an affair tommorow if his story doesn't bother you. Why have social rules at all? The point is we want to teach our kids that it's everything to be what you appear to be, that you can be a great person without a holy ego ...can't you? When a role model destroys that trust we have a right to know why it happened, if for no other reason than learning how to avoid the spins from these arrogant and narracistic superheros and have a more grounded society. I don't give a hoot about the details, but I do care about the process and all I see is spin and spin and spin. To forgive and forget because he apologized in yet another form of manipulation? Are you kidding me? There is so much money in this apology that it makes me sick.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  135. Sameer

    Does Tiger need to tell us about his indiscretions. I think not. He is not running for the American presidency, he is a golf player. His personal life is his personal life, this holier than thou hypocrisy of the CNN sports anchor is nothing but a desperate attempt to get more people to look at his postings, nothing more. I am interested in golf, not extra marital affairs. No public apology required, apologise to the people he has affected and that is it.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  136. whocares

    Leave him alone. He was man enough to admit he had a problem let him rebuild his life.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  137. CharlesDP

    Now, can we please get a nice, big, public apology from Mr. Armsden?

    February 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  138. Mike in Angier NC

    This article was written as if the author was the one Tiger cheated on. Too much desire for sensationalism – not journalism.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  139. Pockets

    He's only a shill for Nike and Gatorade and anyone else who will pay him a buck.

    Next time you buy Nike or Gatorade or anything he gets paid for, think of the 14 women he was in bed with....that might affect your buying decision.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  140. Nick

    ..Bravo..Bravo..what a performance...i dont think Jimmy Swaggert
    could have done a better job..How pathetic was he to bleed his soul
    on national tv to the world like he was some sort of sexual freak..He
    made a fool of himself because he knows its all about the money..And
    .then to end it by huging everyone was a brilliant broadway performance..encore..encore...Tiger have you know shame..All because of sex....big deal

    February 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  141. Judi

    What possible questions could the media ask that was not intrusive and private between Tiger and his wife? The public has grown tired of innane questions asked by the media, such as the over-used question asked of someone who has suffered a huge trajedy or catastrophe in their life – "How to you feel?" Every time I hear a supposed intelligent member of the media ask someone this question, I have this overwhelming impulse to scream at the TV reporter – "How do you think they feel, idiot?" We have grown tired of questions being asked about things we have no need or right to know. Being a celebrity does not give the media the right to know private and personal information about a person.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  142. Kerger

    Why on earth do you think it is any of our business or concern that you feel the need to ask questions as to whether had multiple partners or not, etc... I think you have a thing for Tiger in that you don't like him, because this article is not logical.

    Give me a break and let's all move on as a previous reader said.

    February 21, 2010 at 12:12 am | Reply
  143. David mwangi

    I seriously don't think that Tiger woods’ marital issues are everyone's problem. He was man enough to admit to his mistakes and apologize for them. Leave the matter alone and let the man and his wife concentrate on getting their marriage and together. I think the media and the bloggers ought to concentrate on objective reporting while leaving and respecting the privacy of citizens. Just because someone gets highlighted on the media, he/she is not a superhuman. We all make mistakes, and that’s human.

    February 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  144. Jayaram

    Hi Justin – I read over 100 comments – and – all of them – all 100% of them – ask you to shy off the man. Let him be and let him lead the life the way he wants. Hope you and CNN get the message and retract with a nice apology to Tiger.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  145. Chris

    The media is just ticked off that they couldn't turn this into a circus and ask him a bunch of embarrassing questions that are none of our business. He answered all of the main points. When is he coming back? He doesn't know, maybe this year. Where has he been? Rehab. He's sorry, he's working on his marriage. Why did he do it? Because he had the opportunity and he felt entitled. Its all there. Stop being jerks trying to turn this into something more. LEAVE IT ALONE.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  146. jorgen friis

    as i've said before, enough is enough. Tiger has apologized to all and sundry although, in my view, only his family is entitled. Whatever transgressions that happened are between him and his family as are the corrective actions he is presently undertaking to emerge from this as a better person. The downside to all this making a bad situation worse is the way the media is hounding him wanting its pound of flesh. Surely, there must be more important things happening in the world on which the media can report than keep on kicking a man thats already down and out.
    That, in my view, is totally disgusting

    February 24, 2010 at 5:02 am | Reply
  147. Seppo

    "While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him," the statement says. "He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss."
    The issue of private sin is an epidemic in America. The story of Tiger Woods is tragic but it is not unfamiliar. A public figure, at the height of his career, is caught in moral failure. However Success without grounding and accountability is failure as well as Money and Fame are not equals to character and honor.
    Public performance and private life are not exclusive of one another – good judgment is the common thread. How wrong Tiger could be, if he feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife. Yes, he is the very most guilty of betraying his wife, his children, his mother and other relatives even the legacy of his father, but also everyone else, who has ever been following his life in TV and media as well all those, who bought services and goods from his sponsors. All these people have used money and time and Tiger has greatly been benefiting of all this. How could all this be only fundamentally a matter between him and his wife?
    Few things command greater respect than a person accepting full responsibility for his actions. America has become a morally schizophrenic nation.
    America has lost its moral compass. We don’t know anymore what is right or wrong, and what is morally acceptable. We have turned our backs on all our parents and grandparents have been fighting for in the past.
    The hope for Tiger and America is the same…humble yourself, repent and return to the world of moral accountability. We all have our own responsibilities not only for ourselves and our own family but also for our “neighbors” and society as the whole. It is never too late to start doing what is right. Give your children the greatest legacy of life and stand up for what is morally right and the corner stone of all civilizations through the history of mankind.
    Tiger – the greatest comeback is not found in the golf course, but in your heart.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  148. Paul de G

    Couldn't agree more with the extremely well-articulated comment above. The point about moral schizophrenia is well taken. Tiger willingly participated in the symbiotic relationship that exists between all public figures and the public. He has benefitted enormously from this relationship. His hypocrisy I don't think can simply be glossed over. While it is true that his life has little direct impact on the rest of us, it is nevertheless a sign of a certain malaise in our society. Is it not easier to simply say "move on" than to make a legitimate judgement call. Is this not a way of exonerating ourselves from all our failings? While he is entitled to forgiveness ultimately, he certainly, in my opinion, has to earn it–and not only from his wife. Moral accountability is surely the right standard to hold ourselves to, is it not? The abdication of all such accountability will hold nothing but moral chaos for our society. Such chaos, in my opinion, has already made inroads

    February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  149. Andrew Bright

    Society only wants to see the bad in people...the fall and failure of modern day heros.No one remembers the good in Tiger anymore.Get real people,his affairs are just that.....his affairs

    February 26, 2010 at 7:05 am | Reply
  150. Lora

    The guy has low self esteem.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
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