As a storm of controversy continues to cascade down upon him following his unexplained Thanksgiving night car crash and rumors of extramarital dalliances with multiple women, the world’s greatest golfer and one of the most iconic athletes of all-time is finally addressing the multi-front PR nightmare.
Tiger Woods has issued a statement confessing to “transgressions” and apologizing to his family and his fans.
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart,” Woods says in the statement, which was posted Wednesday morning to his website, TigerWoods.com. “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.”
Woods goes on assert what he refers to as “the right to some simple, human measure of privacy” as his family deals with the media feeding frenzy.
“I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means,” Woods writes. “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.”
Obviously, he’s referring to reports that his wife, Elin Nordegren, was responsible for some of the injuries he sustained in the bizarre Thanksgiving night car crash that left him briefly hospitalized.
In the days immediately preceding and following the crash, Woods has been linked romantically to at least three different women other than his wife.
One of the women, Los Angeles cocktail waitress Jamie Grubbs (pictured here), claims to have emails and text messages documenting her affair with Woods.
“I will wear you out,” Woods allegedly wrote to Grubbs in one steamy text message.
In another he asks her to “send (him) something very naughty,” prior to instructing her to go to the bathroom and take a picture.
Woods also is alleged to have told Grubbs to “keep quiet” in the wake of a National Enquirer story alleging that the golfer was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York club promoter.
“I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves,” Woods says. “For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”
UPDATE: Oh man. There are voicemails. Ruh-roh …