Tiger Woods: I have let my family down

Tiger Woods has released the following statement regarding the recent affair allegations. 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.
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