Tiger Woods has broken his silence.
With his mother in attendance, a visibly changed Woods stood behind a podium and addressed the select media invited to his Friday morning press conference.
Woods did not stand or speak with the confidence or swagger that he has over the years. Even in a controlled press conference Woods seemed uncomfortable publicly speaking about his downfalls and terrible choices.
Many thought Woods was going to use this press conference as an apology and a public relations spin in a more positive direction. In reality Woods did just the opposite, but that may be just what he needed to do to begin to reestablish a better relationship with the community.
Tiger was forthright and up-front about his mistakes. Here are the most notable items Woods talked about (in no particular order):
- Woods admitted to his affairs saying, "I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated." It does not get much clearer than that, and woods went on to say, "I thought I could get away with anything I wanted to... I thought I was entitled... I don't get to play by different rules."
- Tiger spoke of he and his wife Elin's work going forward to save their marriage, "As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time."
-Tiger apologized to all those in attendance and his fans, saying "You have reason to be critical of me... I have bitterly disappointed all of you... I am so sorry... I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."
-Woods took all the blame on himself. He called his behavior "irresponsible and selfish."
-He spoke of his plans to return to therapy, saying "Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and therapy."
-Woods also spoke of wanting to get back to his Buddhist roots.
-Tiger went from sincere and humbled to angry as he defended his wife Elin and his family. "Elin didn't hit me that night or any other night... Elin deserves praise, not blame... Leave my wife and kids alone."
-The most notable thing Tiger Woods did not say was when he will return to golf. He simply said, "I do plan to return to golf one day, but I do not know when that will be."
-Upon completion of his prepared speech, Tiger went down and hugged his mother, and then he one at a time hugged everyone in attendance.
In the end, Tiger Woods did what he had to do. He stood in front of a camera and said to everyone out there who wanted to hear it, that he was sorry.
He took blame for his poor choices, and he hit on just about everything people wanted to know from the night of the car crash to his current therapy—without going into juicy details.
Tabloids and paparazzi will likely want more, and continue to hound Woods and his family, but for the sensible people out there that were once fans of Woods, this is likely what they have been waiting for.
Now that Woods has publicly talked the talk, it is time for him to walk the walk. This is what he alluded to about Elin's advice. It is his actions over time that can show Woods truly is sorry.
This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.
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