The entire transcript that appeared on Tiger Woods' Web site. The headline read "Tiger comments on current events."
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
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