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Tiger Woods: 'I have not been true to my values'

Cypress native issues statement amid rumors of affair with Los Angeles waitress.

BY ELI MILLERPublished: December, 2009

In a statement issued on his personal website Wednesday morning, Tiger Woods expressed regret for "transgressions" and apologized to his fans.

The statement comes on the heels of a story in the latest issue of US Weekly in which 24-year-old waitress Jaimee Grubbs claims to have had a 31-month affair with the Cypress native and world's No. 1 golfer. In addition to the article, US posted an audio clip of a voicemail message Woods allegedly left for Grubbs.

Full text of the statement follows (taken from

"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."

Readers Feedback:

Oh, poor entitled take no reponsiblity billionaire. I think the true question here is why do we as a society allow the O.Js, Kobies and Eldricks off the hook for their socially damaging behavior and continue to see them as "role models"? Why should they be paid such enormous amounts of money fo playing a "game" when millions in this country are starving and unable to find work. Eldrick will get away with it because he is entitled, rich and like those others who have gotten away with rape and murder, a minority.
Comment at 12/5/2009
I feel that a person in the public limelight, such as you, has to believe that if they stray from their vows of marriage, it will come to light. I also will agree that these are very personal things and have no place in the public tabloids. You are admired by soo many people it is absolutly impossible to live up to their standards, but you still have to think of your family, they are the most important things in your life. I dearly hope that this is a lesson well learned. One of your fans. Jack
Comment at 12/5/2009
I'm a fifty one year old african american male who is glad that Tiger has finally agreed, or decided to end his silence. However, unlike Mr. Johnny Miller who on national televison made the most ridculous statement I've ever heard. He said" that Tiger has damaged the game golf with his personal behavior. and that golfer's don't engage in such behavior." First of all, is there something innate in Golfer's that prohibits them from certain behavior. I think not. Personally I believe those who never liked him in the first place ,now have a platform to express their true feelings regarding him, Tiger gave them the fuel for their fire. But let us not fool ourselves, Tiger is absolutely not the only Golfer who has made poor decision in this area. The time for him to comment about this situation is his to share, those who believe he owes the public an explanation is sadly mistaken. He will stand before God as we all will, and presently must answer to his wife. Outside of the two afore-mentioned he DOES NOT OWE US ANY THING. It's time for him say whats on his mind and then answer the Billion Dollar? When will he return to the PGA.
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