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The Tiger comes crawling with his tail between his legs

Courtesy of Entertainment Spotlight

“I’m sorry.”

Looking squarely at the camera, those two words poured out of Tiger Woods’ mouth over and over again.  Woods held a news conference today where he delivered a 16 minute scripted apology.  The golfer admitted that he felt that the rules of marriage didn’t apply to him.  He said that because he had worked hard his whole life, he was “entitled” to his temptations.  Woods confessed that he was “deeply sorry” and he had “a lot to atone for”.

He refuted any speculation that his wife Elin assaulted him, and made it clear that there was and has never been any domestic violence in their relationship.   Tiger went on to state that Elin showed tremendous grace and poise throughout the difficult times.  With a shake of the head and a faltering voice, he continues that Elin “deserves praise, not blame.”

Yet the cause for his accident that spurred this whole ordeal remains a mystery.  Woods says that he and his wife have begun speaking about the future of their marriage, but the details of that will stay between husband and wife.

The golfer acknowledged that there have also been implications that he uses performance enhancing drugs.  To those claims, Woods answers “that is completely and utterly untrue.”

Woods let us have a glimpse of his childhood when he explains that he grew up as a Buddhist.  He recited that “Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security, and it teaches me to stop following every impulse and learn restraint.”  He said that he forgot what he was taught and that he will be looking to Buddhism for guidance.

Among his apologies, he highlighted the fact that he does have a good side.  13 years ago Tiger Woods and his father started an organization that is dedicated to “helping young people achieve their dreams through education.”  He says that despite all that has happened, his dedication will not waver.

Then Woods criticized the press for their persistent coverage of his family matters.  He said that the press shouldn’t be following his two-and- a half-year-old daughter to school and reporting the location.  Woods proclaims that despite his faults “it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight.”

This press conference did not accept questions at the end, but he did address what all the sports fans of the world really want to know.  Although he was vague about an exact date, he didn’t rule out a come-back this year.

He ended the session with hugs and a plea for help from his fans to “one day, believe in me again.”

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