Tiger Woods released a statement on his web site today apologizing to his family and fans and pleading for a measure of privacy in the wake of published reports of his infidelity.
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of
my heart," Woods said. "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"
The statement appears the same day US Weekly published reports of Woods's alleged affair with a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. US Weekly's web site also has a recording of a voice mail, which the magazine claims is a call from Woods to the alleged mistress. Since his mysterious car accident on Friday morning, Woods has been at the center of a media maelstrom, and in his statement he pleaded for people to respect his family's privacy on the matter. He added that reports of physical violence prior to the car accident were "utterly false and malicious."
"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," Woods said. "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," Woods said.
In the end of his statement, he acknowledged his fans and apologized for disappointing them.
"For all of those who have supported me over the years,
I offer my profound apology," Woods said.
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