Woods says he let family down

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he let his family down with "transgressions" he regrets "with all of my heart," and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors.

Tiger Woods

In this magazine cover image released by US Weekly Magazine, the Dec. 14, 2009 issue of "US Weekly" featuring Tiger Woods, is shown. The issue is available nationwide on newsstands on Friday, Dec. 4. (AP Photo/US Weekly)

His statement Wednesday follows a cover story in Us Weekly magazine that reports a Los Angeles cocktail waitress claims she had a 31-month affair with the world's No. 1 golfer.

"I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves," Woods said on his Web site. "I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."

Woods did not offer details of any alleged relationship.

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," he said.

"I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves," Woods said. "For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology."

The cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs, told the magazine she met Woods at a Las Vegas nightclub the week after the 2007 Masters — two months before Woods' wife, Elin, gave birth to their first child. Grubbs claims to have proof in 300 text messages.

About three hours before Woods' statement, the magazine published what it said was a voicemail — provided by Grubbs — that Woods left on her phone on Nov. 24, three days before his middle-of-the-night car crash outside his home in Florida.

Woods has been subjected to more media headlines during the last week than when he first won the Masters in 1997 and set off the first wave of Tigermania. He has spoken only three times through his Web site, although this was his longest posting.

"Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means," Woods said. "For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives."

And he continued to say accounts that physical violence played a role in his Friday morning car crash were "utterly false and malicious."

"Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect," he wrote.

His statement came one day after the Florida Highway Patrol closed its investigation into the accident — without Woods ever speaking to state troopers. He was charged with careless driving, which carries a $164 fine and four points on his driving record.

The story soon shifted from a patrol investigation to sordid allegations into his personal life.

In the voicemail released by the magazine, a man says to Grubbs:

"Hey, it's, uh, it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Um, can you please, uh, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, uh, may be calling you. If you can, please take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voicemail, just have it as your telephone number. That's it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye."

The Associated Press could not confirm Woods was the caller.

 

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RAYMOND FRECHETTE's picture

To Candiceanne, please

To Candiceanne, please remember that it takes two to tango as the saying goes. For a man to cheat, there must be the other woman (women). In this case it appears to be the plural women and (single) man. This is not meant to absolve him or make it less bad. It is an unfortunate happenning in any relationship as our society demands partners to respect and honor one another and be monogamous. That being said, this couple is entitled to their grief and privacy. Hopefully they will get past this indiscretion and their marriage will continue. If not, hopefully they can go on with their lives.

Audrey Alcala's picture

I agree with everyone...he's

I agree with everyone...he's no different from any of us. Being famous and rich doesn't make him perfect. BUT...why is it when these famous and rich folks are unfaithful...they all come up with the same line..." I'm not perfect". Since no one really is perfect...does this make it okay for us all to cheat on our other halves? I don't see why it must always make headlines when these people cheat...because they all do it. They're money and power goes to their heads...(apparently not just the head on top of their shoulders) But find another excuse then you aren't perfect. Just admit you're a piece of crap!

Glenn Aho's picture

Why is this news? He is no

Why is this news?
He is no different than you or I and
he deserves to have his privacy.

*I'm not the Auburn City Manager*

Glenn Aho's picture

Contrary to what your

Contrary to what your experience may have been not all men act in that manner.  

 

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