Woods says he let family down

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 10:34 AM
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — 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.

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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."

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 her phone on Nov. 24, three days before his middle-of-the-night car crash outside his home in Florida.

Woods did not offer details of any alleged relationship.

"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."

Woods has been subjected to more media scrutiny over 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.

Transcript of Tiger Woods' statement

This is a transcript of the statement released Wednesday by golfer Tiger Woods on his Web site. It ran with the headline "Tiger comments on current events."

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.


Recording of voicemail Woods left for 24 year-old Los Angeles cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs (obtained by usmagazine.com)

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RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 11:37 am
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Yes Tiger, personal

Yes Tiger, personal transgressions should not be available for public derision. Welcome to the Sarah Palin club. Because you're a "protected minority" I'm sure you'll get a pass. I for one believe you're a hypocrite.

chel
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chel 12/02/09 - 11:41 am
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@RIP: You hit the nail on the

@RIP: You hit the nail on the head with your comment. I was thinking that exact same thing.

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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 11:42 am
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Given the choice of a $500mil

Given the choice of a $500mil divorce settlement or defending Elin, I think I'd handle it the same way.

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/02/09 - 11:42 am
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Masters is going to be off

Masters is going to be off the chain this year.

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 11:43 am
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yeah, this is what i wanted

yeah, this is what i wanted to hear him say all along. too bad, someone else had to write it for him. hence, the 5 days that have elapsed. time will tell.

jaymay12
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jaymay12 12/02/09 - 11:50 am
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What does being a minority

What does being a minority have to do with anything? Palin was running for a public office, Tiger plays a game. He only owes fans his performance on the golf course he does not have to tell us about his personal life. That is between him and his God.

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/02/09 - 11:53 am
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Who cares, it's his family's

Who cares, it's his family's business!

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 11:54 am
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What do Tiger Woods and baby

What do Tiger Woods and baby seals have in common?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/02/09 - 12:07 pm
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Tiger tell me it ain't so,,,

Tiger tell me it ain't so,,, you are human & not a perfect person.. Still a great golfer though.

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 12:12 pm
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Sorry about that. I guess I

Sorry about that. I guess I don't dare share the punchline to that joke.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 12/02/09 - 12:33 pm
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Watching the mighty fall has

Watching the mighty fall has become our national passtime. I think we've forgotten about glass houses.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/02/09 - 12:39 pm
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Exactly right,,,, We live in

Exactly right,,,, We live in glass houses,,all of us, not just the great & well known..

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 12:41 pm
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If Tiger lives in a glass

If Tiger lives in a glass house, I'll bring the Windex.

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my.voice 12/02/09 - 12:44 pm
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Mr Woods: You make us hush

Mr Woods: You make us hush when you swing. Can we not express our utter disgust when you act like an idiot? PLEASE tell me you arent going to deny being a role model. Im sorry, sir, but NO PASS FOR YOU! Erin should take it all and leave your sorry butt in the street. CHEATER CHEATER CHEATER. I hope the PGA punishes you. all you have to do is be rich, cant you do that with your supermodel wife? Stop trying to prove to the world you are God. Get over yourself Mr Woods!

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 12:44 pm
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What does being a minority

What does being a minority have to do with anything? Palin was running for a public office, Tiger plays a game. He only owes fans his performance on the golf course he does not have to tell us about his personal life. That is between him and his God.
Posted by jaymay12 on Wed Dec 2, 2009 10:50 AM ....hmm, so where are Obama's college records? Using your standard, we have a RIGHT to investigate every aspect of Obama from birth to today, yet HE has received the same pass which is being endorsed for Tiger. For the record, I don't think the personal lives of our public servants should be dissected any more than I think Tiger's should. The double standard is what is heinous, in my opinion.

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mommie2 12/02/09 - 12:46 pm
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I'm sorry....but who cares?

I'm sorry....but who cares?

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 12:50 pm
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mommie, I missed out on

mommie, I missed out on Brooke Gordon, I'm hoping Elin will be available soon. Datz why I care!

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pet person 12/02/09 - 12:52 pm
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Wonder if he was sorry before

Wonder if he was sorry before he got caught.

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LMS2005 12/02/09 - 12:54 pm
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busted

busted

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UrbanMeyerHater 12/02/09 - 01:00 pm
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Mess w/ fire you get burned.

Mess w/ fire you get burned. He should have known this stank ho wouid have done this (or his friends/advisors should have warned him).

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 01:04 pm
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Something tells me her days

Something tells me her days of having to work as a cocktail waitress for financial means are over.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 01:08 pm
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Wii? You'd tip her

Wii? You'd tip her generously?

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butler123 12/02/09 - 01:12 pm
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His character has nothing to

His character has nothing to do with playing golf, he doesn't hold a public office, so everything in his life shouldn't be public. I feel sorry for his family who hasn't done anything wrong, but has to endure this public scrutiny. I'm just glad his problems aren't illegal. So many of our kids role models are getting in trouble with the law. Other than himself no one was hurt in this accident. I think we should let the family work it out in private.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 01:15 pm
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His character has nothing to

His character has nothing to do with playing golf, he doesn't hold a public office, so everything in his life shouldn't be public. Posted by butler123 on Wed Dec 2, 2009 12:12 PM ... are you saying, as I am taking it, since a person holds public office, everything in his/her life SHOULD be public knowlege?

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FRUIT 99 12/02/09 - 01:16 pm
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I don't feel sorry for the

I don't feel sorry for the great tiger ! cheater, cheater. If you weren't ready to call it quits with your fantacies you should not have gotten married and started a family. now everyone pays for your outside nasty pleasures. deal with it! your'e not exempt from the press.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 01:17 pm
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Seems Tiger is in the deep

Seems Tiger is in the deep rough due to his errant drive Thanksgiving night. Will Elin give him a recovery shot?

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onlynaugusta 12/02/09 - 01:20 pm
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Tiger doesn't owe the pubic

Tiger doesn't owe the pubic nor the media ANYTHING. This is a personal and private issue, and I think he and his wife need to handle this in a private manner.
We should treat celebrities just like normal people.
Whether you're rich are poor.....there's problems in every household.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/02/09 - 01:22 pm
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I understand Oliver Stone is

I understand Oliver Stone is already working on a film about Tiger's mishap. The working title is "Crouching Tiger, Crunching Escalade."

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smartie 12/02/09 - 01:24 pm
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i love seeing him all humbled

i love seeing him all humbled and embarrassed. i think it's awesome. he looks like a kid needing affirmation. he's weak! pathetic. that's right you defenders. your idol is weak and pathetic. come to think of it, that's probably why that little short korean fellow spanked 'em in the pga championship last year.

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InChristLove 12/02/09 - 01:31 pm
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Beware, your sins will find

Beware, your sins will find you out!

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