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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.”

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Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:20 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Tiger Woods is bigger than the PGA.  He owns the PGA.  He brings the PGA an actual audience outside of die hard golfing fans.  I'm sure the PGA is counting on Tiger's Statement to boost poor ratings.  Ernie Els can thank Tiger later for boosting his TV time which will translate into more money for him.  Tiger will be granted forgiveness when he wins and he realizes his personal life is his image.  Everybody wants to see him with his family as he wins tournaments.  He tried to say this is a private family matter but he knew all too well that his image drove revenues.  So Tiger better acknowledge that his portrayed image is the same thing as his personal life.  Then I believe that he is on his way to redemption.  If he says that this is a personal matter then he will fail his fans again.      

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:22 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

KORNAEK predicted Tiger return to competition between 17Feb-7Mar without a win, using Thai astrology. Posted on Twitter 26 Jan. Prediction turns out almost right, instead of competition without a win, he returns to pubilc stage.


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Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:01 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Did anyone really like Tiger Woods because they KNEW, unlike any other person in the world, he had no faults?  If they did, they need to get a life.  Tiger was, is, and likely will be forever, the greatest athlete in his sport EVER.  NO ONE, not even Michael Jordan, was such a distant first in their sport as is Tiger.  This is why EVERYONE liked or respected him.  That and the fact he spent more money than any of us could fathom on worthy causes, all the time.  It would be nice if the man had no faults, but you know what?  In the end, none of us really care.  Many like to pretend they do, but when all is said and done, when Tiger gets back to demolishing, no OWNING, the competition no one will care whether he is sleeping with every porn star around.  And everyone will cheer him on, or not, just as they did for the last 14 years.

Want some more proof??  Anyone see the article this week on JFK's long secret Swedish romance??  He met the woman three weeks before he married Jackie, and one would assume they didn't pass the time playing checkers.  What's more?  He continued the "romance" for two years after he was married.  Yet because he is dead and Jackie is dead, the news report portrayed him as an individual to pity "for the love he had to forsake."  Now someone needs to explain to me why what JFK did and what Tiger did is any different??  JFK became President for God sakes!!  And not ONE person has condemned the media for how it has glorified JFK.  This tells me WE REALLY DON'T CARE!! 

MORE PROOF??  Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl.  And everyone is pissed because we still want to bring an old man to justice for his CRIMES 35 years ago.  I guess time does heal all wounds!!  All Tiger did was cheat on his wife.

Tiger is right that the issue is fundamentally a private one between he and his wife.  The fact that HE is controlling this situation is one reason to like him even more.  And Ernie, if it weren't for Tiger's ego and his dad's TRAINING, YOU wouldn't have made the money you have over the years.  You, Phil, and many others were playing and winning before Tiger came along, but the money in golf materialized ONLY because of Tiger.  There was talk of the 20 somethings (you, Phil, and David) and Sergio having a rivalry with Tiger that would drive golf to a prosperous future, but it never actually happened that way, did it??  Tiger was a rivalry only to a golfer he never competed against, Jack Nicklaus.  He would probably appreciate it if you and all the rest of the golfers (except Jesper, cause even Tiger knows he vouched for him) just said "thank you!"

If he was really selfish, he would just take his toys and go home.  He has enough money to live several lifetimes.  You better hope he comes back!  You better hope his ego drives him to break Jack's record!  You better thank someone HE has an ego.  The fact he has scheduled his conference on Friday during the Accenture tourney, is his "subtle" way of telling everyone to kiss his A**!!!  He owes NO ONE but his wife an apology!!  NO ONE!!  He obviously made the company a ton of money advertising for them and is a bit indignant they dropped him.  Sort of judging someone on their last at bat rather than on their batting average.  He is doing it because HE CAN!!  The fact that his announcement is going to disrupt the tourney sort of proves the point, doesn't it??  The people DO NOT CARE!!!!  I really wish Tiger would say nothing, nothing!!!  And at some point just start playing golf again.  When everyone began to pull for him again, where would this leave the self-righteous?

None of us were ever in a position to judge his morals or fidelity or the like (good or bad).  This was never the reason people followed him, nor should it have been.  We ahould have liked him for what he did well, not because we thought he did nothing wrong!

Tiger, I can't wait for your return.  I want to see you dominate again, and I will point to you as an example to my son and daughter as to what a person can possibly accomplish if they work as hard as you and if they have a parent like your dad who drove you to succeed.  I will also tell them they shouldn't cheat on their spouses.  But most of all, I will raise my own children.  I appreciate that many people want you to raise mine, yours, and theirs, but I have that covered on my end and will lead them by my example.  And you know what, I won't lead them by my every example, cause I have fallen short as you did and hope they never find out. 

Good luck!! 

P.S.  I need you to come back strong cause I have a pretty substantial investment in your 1st year golf cards.  Thank you in advance for your concern for my situation.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:28 am

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Woods mostly plans to explain himself and fall on his sword.Well, that HAS been the problem-
All of those others he has let "fall on his sword!!!" Surprised Wink

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:46 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Amen!  I get so tired of people saying, "I don't care what he does off the course."  The fact is, he's just as much of a jerk ON the course and he absolutely DOES get special treatment, as far as I can tell.  To the extent that any athlete presents a persona that they are more important than anyone else and deserve anything more than I do, I have no time for them.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:31 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Eventually Tiger is going to wind up in a situation where he can be asked questions in a press conference. And out on the course where people will be able to say things to him directly.  Those situations will be far more interesting than this PR statement.  Can Tiger control his anger and think on his feet when he gets hit with the unexpected comments?  I doubt it.  I think he has a lot more ugly moments coming.  Hope I'm wrong.

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:21 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

This is a non-event.  Tiger owes no one an apology except his wife, Elin.  He's not an elected official embodied with public trust and his life is his own.  I would rather he just come out and play golf!!

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:04 pm

Shut Up And Play

I'm trying to figure out why so many people care what Tiger has to say.  If Sam the Butcher cheated on his wife would you stop buying your deli meat from him?  Dan the barber?  Your auto mechanic?

Maybe yes, maybe no.  But at the end of the day you'll make your decision and move on.  Tiger is an entertainer.  He is an athlete.  If you enjoy watching golf and watching him play then you still should.  Why do we hold people up so high for just playing a sport. 

Let's look at what people do to better their communities and the world.  If they are doing that then great.  If not, move on.  I will make sure my kids' heros are making the world better, not putting a ball in a cup.

I don't need to hear Tiger saying he's sorry or offer any explanations about "transgressions."  Save those for your wife, deal with your life, shut up and play.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:31 pm

Tiger Tanks At Rehab...

Tiger did not take the rehab seriously and bascially set his own schedule. Same old Tiger in the end- no hope for the marriage but perhaps that's how it should be. Elin will find better company down the road....

Any chance the rehab can get him to stop dropping "F-bombs" and throwing clubs all over the place?

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:22 pm

Woods to ask forgiveness Friday

Youre right...because he does not have the money to quit if he did not want to.  He will be who he wants to be.  If he wants to continue to play without harrassment, then he will be better.  If he feels that he can not get it done, he will quit which would be incredibly bad for the sport.  So, for the fans and the media's sake, you may want to leave the man alone on the course.  He is a better man than I am.  I would have retired after my first $500 million.  That would have been around age 25?  Oh yeah.

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