Instead of devoting his appearance today to contrition for his sins and a change in character, Tiger Woods reinforced previous perceptions about his personality.
Part of sincerely admitting a problem is recognizing that your approach to life is broken. Legitimate recovery means giving up complete control over your life. It certainly doesn’t entail the kind of conditions Woods demanded of the media and public for his appearance today.
The most telling comment of the speech was Woods noting specifically that he wanted to thwart the paparazzi by self-publishing photos of his babies. While I understand and don’t disagree with what Woods did in that instance, why is he emphasizing that during what was purported to be a speech devoted to his personal sorrow?
UPDATE: The Clear Channel news radio station in Asheville, WWNC-AM, is also reporting the “leaked” Tiger Woods statement. I now have an email into them.
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. Read more…