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Tiger Woods Press Conference: The Apology from Paper

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'  (Photo by Lori Moffett-Pool/Getty Images)
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Matt HunterCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2010

Today, many people, whether fans of golf or any other sport, as well as those who have been following the downward spiral that is Tiger Woods' life these past three months, had the chance to watch for 14 minutes as the top golfer in the world apologized and went after those who have been bothering his family.

A lot of sports television people have said they felt the apology was sincere and from the heart, and that it was just the first step for Tiger to get back on the right track with his life.

I, on the other hand, completely disagree.

Tiger stood up in front of family and friends and read off a piece of paper (which he did write), and simply just read.

From time to time he would make sure that after he said something that was important he would stare at the camera to give it more effect.

I felt like I was watching a terrible acting audition. Tiger had written that statement who knows how long ago in rehab and had a lot of time to practice his mannerisms and movements.

The worst part of this apology was the ending. How planned was that farewell?

He made sure that he hugged his mother, and everybody else that was sitting in the front row, and then did a Nixon-like walk-off behind the curtain.

If Tiger wants to gain back the respect of his peers, family, friends, and fans all around the world, he needs to throw the pre-written papers away.

Do not just allow your friends and family at the event either.

Allow anybody to attend to come and fill the room up with young kids who idolize you and want to become a golfer because of you.

Look into their eyes and say you are sorry, but do not do it by looking at a piece of paper and reading from it.

Make eye contact with those people the entire time, speak from your heart, and mean what you say.

Anybody can write words down and read them, but someone who is truly sorry should be able to speak those apologetic words with nothing in front of them. Those words would sound a lot more sincere than the words you spoke this morning.

If you can do this, Tiger, you will gain back a lot more respect from people in the sports world, as well as those who are just wanting to see what you do next.

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