I’ll be live blogging the Tiger Woods “Media Event” at 11:00.
Watching it again, I think he’s sincere, and my initial reaction of skepticism is likely wrong. He didn’t make excuses, and he kept saying that I’m totally at fault. Not a bad performance.
I still think, however, that it’s a mistake not to take questions. The questions are still going to be asked, but now it’ll be at some future, less controlled event.
The one thing I think that Team Tiger has done right: He’s not coming back any time soon. That’s the only real sign of contrition that anyone will believe. I’ll believe it when he sits out the year.
11:01 (running commentary here)
Shots of the thirty or so people there. Notah Begay, Tim Finchem, Kitulda Woods.
Tiger is out. Tieless.
Many of you in this room are my friends … many of you know me, many of you have cheered for me or you worked with me or you supported me. Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you that simply and directly I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in. I know people want ot find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People; want ot know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person there are some things I want to say.
Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage done to our relationship by our behavior. As Elin pointed out to me my real apology to her will nto come int he form or words but from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss, bowever what we say to each other will remain to the two of us.
What they are discussing is the size of the check.
I am also aware of the pain that my behavior has caused to those of you in this room. I have let you down. I have let down my fans. For many of you especially my friends my behavior has been a personal disappointment. To those of you work for me I have let you down personally and professionally. My behavior has caused considerable worry…
More apologies to various groups. Now he falls back on reminding people of the good work his foundation does.
He really does seem to be struggling.
He absolves Elin of having hit or attacking him.
I had affairs and I cheated.
Now apologizing to wife, mother, kids and the Foundation. Brings up the Foundation again. Hey, I cheat, but I have a good Foundation!!
Achievements on the golf course are only a part of what matters.
Apologies to parents of kids who admired him.
He’s been in inpatient therapy for 45 days. Rehab is the first refuge of the scoundrel.
These are issues between a husband and a wife
Denies performance enhancing drugs.
Says it is right to shield his family from the media. That is, unless releasing photographs of his kids fits his financial objectives.
Tells the media to lay off his kids.
I recognize I have brought this upon myself
No kidding. And now your family pays the price.
Now telling us that Buddhism is his refuge and that he has drifted from the teachings.
Says that he will continue to receive help. He will return to more therapy tomorrow.
Thanks “My Friends at Accenture” for their understanding as to why he had to say this today. Nice touch. I’ll bet that line was added at the last minute.
I do plan to return to golf some day. I just don’t know when that day will be. I don’t rule out that it will be this year.
That’s the line everyone was waiting for. Sounds like he’s going to miss the Masters, at least.
Thanking Finchem, the Tour and the Players.
Now asking people to “find room in your hearts to one day believe in me again.”
Now goes to hug mother. I don’t see Elin there.
Hugs some other blonde women. Don’t know who they are.
Handshakes with Finchem. Hug from Notah Begay.
The Golf Channel is recapping the entire series of unsavory events.
So Tiger’s “excuse” for the timing of the media event is that he’s on release from rehab, and this is is only opportunity. Right.