Apology is defined by Dictionary.com as a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another.
We as a society have expected celebrities to be forthright towards us, acknowledging that they screwed up, and telling us how sorry they are.
Sometimes we receive just what we wanted to hear, a contrite, heartfelt statement that really makes us believe it will never happen again. Sometimes we don't.
We go from one athlete, politician, actress or rock star gone astray to another. Whether it be a congressman playing footsies with another man in a public toilet, or a basketball player apologizing for the death he nearly caused because of a moment of madness.
Our latest hero-turned-villain is Tiger Woods. It all began with his automobile accident in his driveway on Thanksgiving of 2009.
His wife apparently took a seven iron to the rear window of his Cadillac and demolished it. We haven't heard a word out of Tiger's mouth since.
We have heard painful accounts, one after another, of his cheating, philandering and lying. Had it all been disclosed at once it perhaps wouldn't have appeared so treacherous.
As it were, it resembled death by a thousand cuts. Seemingly each day another female would come forth with sordid details of her sexual relationship with arguably the greatest golfer in history.
It probably would not have been so painful had he not been presented to us as the all-American family man. He epitomized family values, he was the flagship of the American dream.
It has now been nearly three months since we have heard his voice. Sure, he released a public "apology" several days later after damage control had been assessed and thoughts put in order.
That was merely a plea for privacy on his behalf. Bleeding from probably 300 of the thousand cuts by then, he needed us to know he was still alive, loved his family and was sorry for letting us all down. Give me bull**** for $2000 please Alex.
He had a press conference today without taking questions. Does that really make it a press conference or just another PR statement, this time in the flesh?
Although it looked to me as though he was serious, I can't help but think the little guy in his head was begging for it to all be over. I can picture the little fellow in his head lying in the fetal position rocking his head.
His apology was decent but not great. Not one of the best, nor one of the worst. He talked too much about the good things he has done. He read the statement instead of speaking from the heart.
He spoke too much about the privacy of he and his family. Surely, they are to be afforded that same privacy we all are entitled to. Nobody tuned in to hear him bitching about the press.
We wanted to hear contrition, which I don't feel was totally sincere. Anger was near the level where it becomes visible. He also denied the fact that his wife hit him then, or ever. He denied the use of steroids. It was a shotgun apology that needed work.
That being said, here are five of the worst sports apologies in my opinion only. The offenses aren't rated, only the apologies.