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Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Posted on: February 17, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2010 11:07 pm

There will be no appearance on Oprah, no chat with Larry King, and though the subject matter would certainly fit, no screaming from Jerry Springer's couch, either.

Three months after his solo car crash started a chain of events that precipited the biggest fall from grace of any prominent sports figure, Tiger Woods is going to beg forgiveness -- on his own, tightly controlled terms.

What, you're surprised?

Making his first public comments since before his long-running sex scandal began, the world No. 1 will make a press statement before a small, mostly hand-picked group Friday at 11 a.m. outside Jacksonville, Fla., where he is expected to offer an apology for what he recently characterized as "transgressions."

Woods won't field questions and will appear before a contingent of friends, business associates, PGA Tour personnel, corporate types and a group of six reporters. His comments be broadcast live via a video feed from inside the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, a few yards from tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Before the press conference was announced, Woods' publicist spoke with the president of the Golf Writers Association of America, who helped select which reporters would be allowed to attend. Woods' publicist said Woods mostly plans to explain himself and fall on his sword.

"That's it," said Vartan Kupelian, the GWAA president. "He just wants to come out and tell his side of the story. Not even so much that, but to mostly apologize and to see if he can start making amends."

How much illumination will be shed on the state of his family life, his playing schedule or his extra-marital activities of the past few years will be left solely up to Woods. The attendees were screened and could include Woods' mother and Nike officials in the group of approximately 30 that will be allowed to listen in person, Kupelian said.

The Golf Channel will broadcast the Woods statement live, beginning at 10:30 a.m., which conceivably could produce the highest rating in the network's history.

Woods, who has been romantically linked with more than a dozen women, including a couple of porn stars, has been on an indefinite break since the scandal began with a mysterious solo car crash outside his Orlando on the morning after Thanksgiving. His only comments have been made via his website and he hasn’t said anything since Dec. 11, when he announced he was withdrawing from tour competition.

Reporters from three major wire services have been green-lighted to attend, and Kupelian said three other pool reporters will be granted access: Kupelian, formerly of the Detroit News; Bob Harig, a writer from; and a third reporter from a national golf magazine are expected to be admitted. Kupelian invited Mark Soltau of Golf Digest to serve as the magazine representative, but hadn't heard whether he could attend. Golf Digest pays Woods a fee to write instructional articles for the magazine and Soltau, a member of the GWAA board, is employed by Woods to write stories for his website.

In typical Woods fashion, he didn't seem too concerned with other issues in golf, namely that the richest tournament of the year to date is being held this week in Tucson, the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Then again, Accenture was the first company to drop Woods as a spokesman in the aftermath of the sordid scandal. The timing of the announcement was entirely Woods' call, the spokesman told Kupelian.

When Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, was asked if the news conference could have waited until after the Accenture tournament, Steinberg told the Associated Press, "No."
"This is all about the next step," Steinberg told the A.P. "He's looking forward to it."

Steinberg characterized the invitees as "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates," so pretty clearly, Woods won't address any issues he isn't comfortable with.

If he addresses many at all.

Woods posted the following on his website Wednesday afternoon:

"Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior.

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss.

"His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is not a news conference."

That much is pretty clear. This is an exercise in toxic cleanup and finally getting in front of a story he has avoided for parts of four months.

Steinberg issued a press release noting that other reporters excluded from the session would be allowed to watch from a nearby room ... located a mile away at the Sawgrass Marriott. It read: "As a courtesy, there will be a room made available at a nearby conference center for credentialed reporters."

The bolded type was supplied by Steinberg himself. In other words, TMZ, Radaronline, the National Enquirer and the other tabloids that have been breathing down Woods' neck since Thanksgiving needn't bother coming.

In another curious development, PGA Tour Commissioner Finchem seemingly confirmed Wednesday that Woods had been in sex rehab, which had been reported by various tabloids, but few mainstream media outlets. Of course, given the multiple issues Woods has been wrestling with, rehab is a term that could have several applications.

"I don't know what his plans are in terms of what he's going to say," the commissioner said from the press room in Arizona. "I don't know what he's going to do after he finishes his rehab."

Players in Arizona wondered whether Woods was being vindictive -- hardly an unknown character trait for him -- with his timing. He had three months to stand up and account for his actions, and he picked this weekend.

“I suppose he might want to get something back against the sponsor that dropped him,” Rory McIlroy told reporters, though Golfweek reported that the comment was magically edited out of the tour's supposedly verbatim transcript.

Ernie Els was even less magnanimous, as players in Tucson felt the life being sucked out of theior tournament by Woods' ego.

"It’s selfish," he told Golfweek. "You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday.”

Category: Golf

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:35 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Maybe I am an old fashioned romantic but I don't think 90% of married people cheat on their spouses.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:57 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Oh how we love to put our idols on a pedistal, and do everything we can to knock them down. 

You read too much my little cyber friend.   What you said above is what Tiger backers have gone public saying.  It's nothing new and it's certainly not anything you came up with.

If you are going to back Tiger, then at least use your own words and thoughts.  The above quote is getting really.. and I mean REALLY old.....

As fans we don't knock anybody off that pedestal you spoke of.. they do it on their own by making retarded and selfish decisions.

I've said it a million times and I'll say it again.  If Tiger Woods wanted more privacy and the ability of destroying his family without the public being this involved then he should have stuck to just playing golf and making money that way and in no other way at all.  When he chose to take on the world and every single endorsement deal he could get his hands on he chose to let everybody into his life.

90 percent of Tiger's net worth has nothing to do with his income from playing golf.  It comes from endorsements and from the public and the fans purchasing the products he endorses.  Because of this everything he does is everybody's business.....  But that was always Tiger's choice.. nobody elses.

You can't profit off of everybody else and then tell the people you profit from that your life is not any of their business...  life just doesn't work that way.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:58 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

I can't believe your lack of comprehension. Of course young Sam Woods doesn't know what's going on yet. It's a simple concept that as soon as he's old enough to understand things he's going to hear all about it and ask his Dad if it's all true. And Tiger won't be able to hide from it.  Come on, Dude. Follow along. You've got to keep up Here's the thing, Tiger's kids aren't going to be going to regular public school's where you would expect that kind of low grade bullying.  This means that his children will be around a much higher class of children.  And, as much as you have stated that you will teach your kids to be honorable as you state you have been, they should also then be respectful and mind their own family business rather than intrude on someone else's privacy.  I would expect this from a child that has proper upbringing.

Now, to say that his children would be "teased" or asked questions about their father, is also saying that the children asking these questions, have the same rudeness as their parents.  Rather than perpetuate the cycle of ignorance, if everyone tended to their own household, Tiger would not have had many opportunities to have encounters with other women and no one would be questioning his morals.  I don't seem to recall any of these women being raped or forced to have sex with him, and with him being the most recognized Golfer AND Husband in the world, it still takes two to tango.  None of those women went into their relationship with Tiger expecting the House with a white picket fence and 1.5 kids.

So there you go.  There are as many skeletons in people's closets out there as there are people who claim to be righteous and repulsed by Tiger.  If you can stand up here and cast stones at him, then you can also take a higher ground by saying that even though what he has done is wrong, the judgment is not for you to make upon him.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:09 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Who cares!!!!!!!   Don't need my forgiveness or anyone else's not named Mrs. Tiger Woods.

Oh how we love to put our idols on a pedistal, and do everything we can to knock them down. 

Wouldn't care if he had 100's of women on the side.  Wouldn't care if he was unfaithful 10 minutes after his meaningless press conference.

As long as I can watch him play golf, I could care less what he does. 

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:54 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

First who cares, I mean other then the sports media people who need story's like this to survive ... what ever happened to reporting on sports.
However, if Tiger is to speak I think a relevant question to be asked is if he has ever used performance enhancing drugs ... volatile temper on course, erratic personal behavior that has now been discovered, and finally his physique as it compares to others within his sports is certainly differentiated.
I'd like to hear the honest answer to this ...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:33 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

jbrugs.  Copy and paste my post so you never, and I mean NEVER forget it.   First of all with all of these distractions Tiger will not win even ONE tournament this year.  I mean tournament.. not major because there isn't a chance in hell he's winning a major this year at all.

As for his personal life that you say most people are integrated in, you don't understand what a lot of others don't understand.  Tiger CHOSE to be in people's personal lives.  If all Tiger would have done was play golf... just PLAY GOLF all of these years then he could have been caught beating his wife across the head with a club and wouldn't have gotten as much bad p.r as this.     But he didn't JUST PLAY GOLF... he chose to make every nickel he could from every sponsor possible.....

Tiger Woods wouldn't be much richer or famous then Ernie Els or Phil Mickelson if not for his greed and marketing himself like he has.  He used his so called clean reputation before this to make hundreds of millions of dollars.  Remember that 90 percent of his net worth is not earned on the golf course at all.... it's endorsements.

So you think saying all of that he can just run and hide after he does what he did??

Not a chance.  Oh and by the way, a message to the Tiger lovers that say golf isn't the same without him.... grow up.   Golf survived the loss of very big names that at the time were just as big as Tiger was..... and golf will be just fine if Tiger was to never play again.

There isn't a sport on the planet that  would be affected to the degree some of you buffoons think just because one guy disappears....

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:05 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

I really think you are the idiot. Tiger, as typical of him, is trying to upstage accenture and the tour. I could elect to have his so called press conference on a Monday or Tuesday when there is no golf, but instead does it on a Friday in the middle of a tournament to draw attention to himself. He is not fielding any questions to a small elite group of reporters. He might as well just have his agent read the statement and save everybody the headache of having to listen to him. Knowing Tiger he will come back at The Masters to make a mockery of the game knowing the media will be a circus act. If Tiger had any integrity he would come back in another tounament before a Major to get the circus over with. Elling has hit it on the head. Most of the tour players are being polite when they speak, but are appalled at his actions. He may be the future of the game, but he has no respect for the game that has made him rich.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:04 pm

Interview breakdown

First the interview will be to set things straight with what has been going on in his personal life.  He has been at whatever facility getting help with his sex addiction, im/was an addict, and that is going to be in the past.

Now, I am here to say that I am ready for the golf season and will be making my debut the week before the Masters, where I plan on showing up and winning, just like the rest of the majors that I will be in throughout the season. 

The guy is going to show up this season and be lights out because he is going to be driven to show he should be known for his spectacular golf ability and what he has done for the sport, and not for the personal life, that most people are so integrated in. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:55 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

He did a little more than mess up. Is that what he'll tell his kids when they come embarrassed because all the kids are making fun of their Dad.
Oh wait, Tiger will control that as well. He won't let them ever speak to other kids.
But eventually they'll hear about it. As a father, he's lost the respect of his children. Maybe that's OK in your world

IU554.  Great post, but here's the thing.  90 percent of the people on these boards are either single, cheat or have cheated on their significant others.  Most of that 90 percent also comes from broken homes and most of them don't have a clue of what business is all about.  All they do is where their Tiger Woods shirts or endorsed products and cheer on one of the biggest losers in all of sports.

Tiger did not "cheat".  Tiger led a double life for many years.  Tiger pretended to be something he's not to the public and to his sponsors so he hurt them as well.   Tiger's fortune doesn't come from golf as only about 10 percent of his net worth is from the money he's earned playing golf.   His fortune comes from sponsors.  Sponsors  generally speaking don't choose to put their reputation on the line for a buffoon like Woods.   Unlike Tiger, ALL of their money comes from reputation... not part, but ALL.... they don't get to take a few swings of a golf club and make some money.  They have to sell product and are judged based on who they use to promote their products. 

Tiger Woods is a disgrace to mankind.   He's a disgrace to dads all over the world and should be harassed and followed by the paparazzi and the press for the rest of his career and/or life.   I would love nothing better then to see Tiger suffer for a long time for what he did.

I'll rot in hell before I hurt my kids the way that idiot did.... they mean a lot more to me then having sex on the side with every slut imaginable.   Oh that's right.. the poor guy is "sick" and he has an "addiction"..... hahahaha  right !!!!!!

He can keep his money.  I would much rather my kids grow up and look up to their dad and respect me as a person.  That is worth a whole lot more then a billion or even a trillion dollars to me.

Peace out fellas... and enjoy your little Tigger playing golf again soon...  I for one will pray he starts missing some cuts and gets destroyed by the press as it happens.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:01 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Who really cares what he says. He is simply one more moronic jock that thinks he is entittrled to act out his fantasies without consequence.  Being a ego maniac, he probably does not feel a need to apologize because of his transgressions but rather for expediency. This in the attempt to regain his exulted status. I for one prefer to root for John least he is honent and not an elite worshiping cur.  

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