Tiger Woods gave a press conference today in which he apologized, multiple times and in many different ways, for his "irresponsible behavior," which has been a "personal disappointment." He apologized to his family, his fans, his business associates and anyone who believed in him. "I have bitterly disappointed all of you," he said.
He began by acknowledging that, "Every one of you has good reason to be critical of me." He continued, "I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior."
Much of the speech focused on his wife, Elin. He said that while he knew people were wanted details, these are "issues between a husband and a wife" and that he would not talk about them to the press. He praised his wife and blamed himself:
Elin has shown enormous grace and poise. Elin deserves praise not blame…I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame…I stopped living by the core values I believe in… I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply…I ran straight thru the boundaries that a married couple lives. by. I felt I was entitled. I was wrong, I was foolish.
The best part of the speech was his acknowledgement that, "My real apology to [Elin] will not come in the form of words. It will come in my behavior over time."
Tiger admitted he had been in therapy. "As I move forward, I will continue to receive help...that's how people really change." He also said he would re-devote himself to Buddhism, the religion in which he was raised. The famous gold player said he did not know when he would return to the sport. "I don't rule out that it would be this year," he said, but first, "I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me: my marriage and my children."