Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tigers comments on current events - is that what they're calling it these days...

First of all, I love the the little "By Tiger Woods" at the top of the page. It kind of lends it the feel of a letter of apology written by a naughty schoolboy, saying sorry for breaking the window of the old lady next door. Cap in hand, looking up doe eyed as he hands it over, he knows he made a boo boo. It's what we've all been waiting for - no not a blow by blow account of what went on, an apology to those deserving of it, his family. About time.

Here's the statement in full.

Tiger comments on current events

By Tiger Woods

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

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. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don't share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.

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

The main thing to be said is that whilst still pretty defensive, and not entirely forthcoming, at least he's made a public apology and acknowledgement that he has made "transgressions", which I think is about as sordid and detailed an insight into what Tiger did from his own mouth as you're ever gonna get. To me that's enough. He's put his hands up, said he's done something wrong and that he wants to work that out with his family.

Again I don't think it's going to be enough to stop the salacious rumours from flying around but what sort of statement ever would - at least he's taking a humbler stance, rather than making out it's entirely the medias fault. What struck me about his first statement was that while attempting to take the heat off Elin, there was no hint of an apology, just an unrepentant lash-out at the media for trying to piece together a particularly odd event in a superstars life from scraps of blurry information at a time of intense speculation about his personal life.

This statement changes the tone, something which definitely needed to happen as commentators became increasingly unsympathetic to a silent Woods. They might not appreciate his complaints but I think with his acknowledgement of blame and appeal to be let deal with this with his family may things may now cool off a little. Some will still hanker for the sackcloth and ashes humiliation in the street but this should sway public opinion into letting it die.

I'm just surprised it didn't come sooner - what has he said that could not have been said two days ago? Other than perhaps "I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means"... But I think when someone offers an apology, you're obliged to take it at face value and at the end of the day it's his wife and kids he has to make this up to, not the tabloids and not us.

Tiger, you have let the side down a bit, but I think in the coming days as far as the fans are concerned, you'll find your apology accepted.

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