As first reported by Rick Chandler at NBCSports.com’s Out Of Bounds, at least three Clear Channel radio stations in Asheville, North Carolina, are claiming this morning to have an excerpt of Tiger Woods’ apology to be read on Friday. Star 104.3, 99.9 Kiss Country and Rock 104.9 in Asheville have posted this statement on their respective websites:
Here’s the text that’s being leaked of Tiger Woods’ speech scheduled for Friday, 2/19 at 11AM.
“Directly to the point there is no one to blame but me for the mess I have put my wife and family through. I accept total and complete responsibility. My wife and I have been trying to work things out but sadly things have not worked out.
Again all the blame is upon me. We have decided to live apart with me having mutually agreed upon times when I can be with our children. I know that the world wants all the details of what transpired in our marriage but that is between my wife and I and will remain that way. I have to get on my life and that means playing golf again.
I have contacted The Masters and have informed them that my plan is to resume The Masters and they have said that they would welcome me with open arms. For that I am most grateful for I deserve nothing. Finally I want to thank all my fans around the world for standing by me when I let you down horribly. I failed all of you about as badly as a person can.
I apologize to everyone of you. I promise all of you that you will see a new Tiger Woods, a better Tiger Woods and I will not let you down. Now I’d like , by the grace of God and with His help, to get back to what I do best and that is playing golf. See you all at The Masters. God Bless you all. Tiger Woods”
I’ve got an email into all three stations to attempt to confirm that the “leaked” statement isn’t some sort of gag or satire. There’s no indication of that on the page where the statement was posted.
In checking other Clear Channel Stations, it appears that the Asheville stations are the only ones to claim to have secured the “leaked” apology.
Before you completely brush this story off, Asheville happens to be the site of one of Tiger Woods’ new golf developments.
Nothing surprising here really; except for Tiger playing the God card so heavily. It’s pretty much what was promised in a statement on his web site on Thursday.
Agree. Though the text is clunky and may well have been written by a promotions dept. assistant at one of the radio stations. We’ll see what the response of the Clear Channel stations is to my email. (If any.)
I wouldn’t be surprised if the statement is soon pulled off all the Clear Channel sites without comment. Or perhaps the stations will confirm the alleged veracity of the statement.