Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tiger Woods apologises to family for 'transgressions'

Tiger Woods has apologised to his family for recent "transgressions", in a statement that alluded to "personal sins" and the forced exposure of "intimate details" of his life.
He apologised today in a statement that alluded to "personal sins" and the forced exposure of "intimate details" of his life.
The 33-year-old billionaire was cited yesterday for careless driving and told he must pay a fine of $164 dollars (£98.57) in relation to an accident in the early hours of Friday morning outside his home in Florida.
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Since the incident, speculation has mounted over the golfer's personal life, with tabloid allegations that he had an affair with a New York nightclub hostess.
Recent tabloid rumours have linked the world's number one golfer with three women, Rachel Uchitel, who denies claims of an affair, Jaimee Grubbs and Kalika Moquin.
Grubbs, a waitress who claims she had an affair with Tiger Woods, has alleged that the golfer sent her a message warning: “My wife has been through my phone and may be calling you."
In a statement posted on his website he said:
"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 behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour 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 realise 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 realise 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."



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