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What did you think of Tiger's apology? Was he sincere?

By Andrea Caumont  |  February 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I'm certain that he sincerely regrets getting caught.

Posted by: familynet | February 19, 2010 12:40 PM

Yeah, he wasn't sincere at all. I agree with Familynet. He regrets getting caught. He's embarrassed, not sorry. That's why he's going back to therapy. Elin probably told him, "You are not ready."

Posted by: SickofMikeBaisden | February 19, 2010 12:58 PM

Of course he's sorry he got caught. Who wouldn't be? But here's the clue... He's a private man who stood up in front of everybody and blamed nobody but himself and made no excuses. If he had made a knee jerk reaction type statement in November, you probably would have gotten something like that. He needs to go back to rehab because, frankly, it takes time. There are no miracles and there's no shortcut to changing your way of life.

Posted by: DCTom1 | February 19, 2010 1:32 PM

Who cares if he was sincere or not? He hits a ball with a stick for a living. I could care less what he does. The media coverage of the whole thing baffles me.

Posted by: dfbovey | February 19, 2010 1:40 PM

and I'm certain it's none of our dayum business. Are we serious? did anyone apologize to Tiger when they cheated on their wife or husband? Tiger does not owe the world an apology for cheating on his wife. That's between him and his family, enough already move on.

I heard a lady say - she doesn't accept Tiger's apology - someone else said - he wasn't sincere - NEWSFLASH - It's not our business,SO NO ONE CARES WETHER YOU ACCEPT HIS APOLOGY OR NOT - IT'S NOT YOUR CALL. MOVE ON.

If everyone dealt with their own mistakes and what they need to apologize for instead of focusing on judging others, this world would be a better place.

Posted by: love2much SE | February 19, 2010 1:51 PM

It's difficult for me to feel much sympathy for a man who slept with as many as a dozen women or more, many of 'racy' backgrounds -- especially knowing the potential health problems that may pose for his wife, no matter how 'careful' he may have been.

I was a tremendous fan, who wrote about him several times as perhaps the most dominant athlete of not just golf, but of all sport. I now dislike that hero of mine, and am sorry I was so seduced by all those nice photos of him and Elin, then one, then two little kids.

One 'indiscretion' maybe -- but a pathological pattern of flying off to Vegas and other places to sleep around? His many apologists can rationalize that behavior, I cannot.

And we have no idea what the real count of 'scores' were. Probably much more than a dozen. His number of 'holes in one' was in double digits.

Posted by: JPMcC | February 19, 2010 1:55 PM

Tiger has just completed the 9th step in the Steps to get rid of addiction. Step 9 is "Make a public apology to friends, family and all who are connected." Now he gets to go back to Rehab to complete number 10 and the rest of the steps.

Posted by: SameDifference | February 19, 2010 1:55 PM

It took him all these months to swallow his pride, get his ego in check, edit the apology, hide his anger at getting caught and to deal with the very public outing of his sexual peccadillos.

HIs fans will defend him, his detractors will continue to vilify him. Golf, is not my spectator sport of choice, but for all the corporate sponsors and others whose livelihoods depend on a golfing Tiger Woods, I sure hope for the best. I think it would be wise however, to prepare for the worst. Tiger looks shaken and sounds like his mental state is not good.

To Mrs Woods and family, I wish you peace.

Posted by: 2belinda | February 19, 2010 2:12 PM

I'm sick of all the arm chair psychologists who know EVERYTHING about why the man said what he said.
I thought he did the best he could; and who cares if he pleased you?
IF he is sincere, then let's give him a chance; and if he isn't, we'll know in due time.
In the mean time, practice a little of the love you expect for yourself.

Posted by: easysoul | February 19, 2010 2:24 PM

Just asking: Why the concern over Tiger's transgressions? The same whiners were not concerned over a President getting bjs in the Oval Office. Why now? Who cares? This horse is literally out-of-the-barn. Thank you Bill.

Posted by: SimmertimeDC | February 19, 2010 2:27 PM

I really think that for the public to "expect" an apology from Tiger is absurd. The public only knows him from a TV box. If he is truly sorry, he will make amends to his family and his supporters (sponsors, etc.)for destroying what they built together.

The public and the media needs to step back and consider the quandry "let ye without sin cast the first stone"......

Let it go... he's not that important and it's his family matter.

Posted by: skinfannomore | February 19, 2010 2:47 PM

if that wasn't the most practiced speech of all time, including the extended pauses and deep breaths. How totally insincere. And who could miss that little sniffle he gave after he finished speaking and turned to walk away. Puhleeze. What a spectacle completely worthy of missing.

Posted by: dcborn1 | February 19, 2010 2:51 PM

I love Tiger Woods. He clearly is the best golfer to ever walk this earth!!The only true apology he owes is to his family and the Lord. Tiger go hit that little ball as soon as you can. I and most people love watching you play and wish we had the God given talents that you have displayed over the years.

Posted by: nickyfree44 | February 19, 2010 3:12 PM

Everything he did wrong only had to do with his personal life. In fact, if he were single none of this would have mattered. The fact that he even has to get up there and apologize is ridiculous. He owes nothing to anyone but his friends, family and loved ones. Professionally he can deal with his endorsers/sponsors separately. But we are the ones who put him up on a pedestal.

Regardless, he is in rehab and what he did today was appropriate. Anyone who has paid attention to him for the past 15 years should recognize that this is emotional for Tiger Woods. He is not going to be like Sally Fields at the Oscars and burst into tears. Of course it was sincere, why else would he do this? Money? The guy is already a billionaire, I don't think he has to worry about money for the rest of his life. Why so many people want to judge him is ridiculous to me. Glass houses houses.

Posted by: happydad3 | February 19, 2010 3:17 PM

Who cares! The Country is going to hell in a hand basket-jobs are being lost daily!!! The Media is worried about Tiger and if he is sincere or not!Just play golf! The PGA needs you!
I'm sure he is crying all the way to the bank!

Posted by: gg77 | February 19, 2010 3:19 PM

I can't say whether Mr. Woods was sincere or not, but I felt that he gave an excellent speech. His discussion of Buddhism was moving and I hope that he lives up to the hopes expressed in his speech. I wish Tiger, his wife, his mother and his family the best.

Posted by: ANetliner | February 19, 2010 3:21 PM

When I first heard about Tiger's lifestyle, I was in denial, no not him. Then I began to see it was true. Now, I can see that his life has caught up with him. He wants his family, he want to change to make his family a success. I wish him well.

People are funny. They take this all so personally. It's not personal to you people. It's personal to his wife, his family and his true friends. He doesn't have to apologize to me or to you.

All of this has been totally overblown. Not by his family and friends or by him in he quest to improve his life, but by strangers.

Strangers begin strange are those who think they are owed something from Tiger. Get over yourselves. He's a golfer. Don't watch him if he repulses you. Geez, I just don't get this.

Posted by: KPaige1 | February 19, 2010 3:30 PM

He looked like every other cheating husband who is so sorry he got caught, and resolves to improve (his cheating techniques). I have no doubt that he will never be caught again, and that his golf career will regain its momentum

Posted by: padre1957 | February 19, 2010 4:36 PM

He looked like every other cheating husband who is so sorry he got caught, and resolves to improve (his cheating techniques). I have no doubt that he will never be caught again, and that his golf career will regain its momentum

Posted by: padre1957 | February 19, 2010 4:36 PM

What the heck is the point of including the "Not Sure" option in polls like this? Who in their right mind would read an article, take the time to click on the link to the poll and then publicly state that they can't make up their mind? It's insane... Force people to commit to a stance... YES or NO.

Posted by: SUMB44 | February 19, 2010 4:37 PM

By definition a scripted apology is scripted. Why should I believe it, however hard he appears to find it to recite it? A follow up question would be if I care, and I can't say I do.

Posted by: HardyW | February 19, 2010 4:55 PM

How can you all believe in this guy's word?! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Y'ALL! Take this, the guy lived a double life for (at least) 3 years, cheated on his wife with 13 women (at least), and... just because he stages a fake press-conference you all believe him?!
All one can hope right now is that Elin tested negative for the rainbow of STD that this guy made her a potential victim of. For the rest, all I can say to Mr Woods is "Shut up, zip up your pants, and maybe later i'll listen".

Posted by: ileschinder | February 19, 2010 4:55 PM

I'm with you on this. What was the use in the show today?

After all, this fellow is:

1. a golfer
2. a philanderer
3. a corporate wienie
4. a moneymaker

Now ask yourself, which of these facts interest you the most (and the least) about this man.

The last two are the most interesting to me. I could care less about the sport of golf. His appearance today was nothing more than to continue his little rich world of corporations and their "charities" - the golf swinging kids who bring in the bucks. If I ever saw this man in Haiti, I might change my opinion of him, but he lives in Orlando, and like the rest of the Disney crowd, he lives off the power of his own illusions and his millions.

But imbecile America just loves him anyway.

I never gave him a thought before all this, and he gets little more than these thoughts from me now.

To me, Mr. Woods is, in a word, useless.

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 19, 2010 5:15 PM

The amount of media coverage that this event received is completely unjustifiable given the subject matter. In the larger scheme of things going on in the world at the present moment, are Tiger's affairs really that important? For that matter, even when the world is right and all things are going well, would this warrant such attention? This coverage interrrupted regular programming on major networks, generated tons of coverage here on WAPO and every other media outlet large and small . Given that there are serious issues facing this Country both domestically and abroad, the coverage given to this is ludicrous, and would be ludicrous at any other time. So what, the guy fooled around on his wife, big deal, it happens all the time. So what if it was Tiger Woods that did it. Tiger is a great golfer, that is for sure, but his extra curricular activities are really not that newsworthy or noteworthy. He just engaged in the type of behavior that wealthy and/or powerful men, and for that matter, the less powerful and wealthy, have engaged in for thousands of years. Why our increasingly prudish society becomes so titillated by these goings on is beyond me. Tiger's real transgression here is that he has always projected a certain "image", carefully managed and nutured that image, greatly profitted from that image, and got caught in a position totally contrary to the crafted image. If anything, Tiger is a hypocrite, and all of this "rehab", contrition, etc. is an attempt to salvage that image and the attendant rewards. The whole Tiger cheating frenzy is unimportant in the larger scheme of things and serves as a testament to the lack of focus in this Country on real problems and solutions. Rather, enormous time, energy, and resources are devoted to the trivial affairs of a single athlete - pathetic.

Posted by: fwillyhess | February 19, 2010 6:12 PM

I completely agree:

"...Are we serious? did anyone apologize to Tiger when they cheated on their wife or husband? Tiger does not owe the world an apology for cheating on his wife. That's between him and his family, enough already move on.

"I heard a lady say - she doesn't accept Tiger's apology - someone else said - he wasn't sincere - NEWSFLASH - It's not our business,SO NO ONE CARES WETHER YOU ACCEPT HIS APOLOGY OR NOT - IT'S NOT YOUR CALL. MOVE ON.

"If everyone dealt with their own mistakes and what they need to apologize for instead of focusing on judging others, this world would be a better place."

Posted by: JasynL1977 | February 19, 2010 6:42 PM

Somebody wrote a great apology for him to read. It really sounded canned. So i am canning the apology! and anyway, who cares!

Posted by: Ruffles1 | February 19, 2010 7:03 PM

I think he wants to be sincere but his head just isn't there yet. It takes time.

Posted by: richs91 | February 19, 2010 7:20 PM

He sincerely wants to keep his money and sponsors and glamorous lifestyle. Oh, and the wife and kids too.

Posted by: gce1356 | February 19, 2010 7:27 PM

He's just a golfer, not God. Who really cares?

Posted by: misterbumbles | February 19, 2010 8:47 PM

The only forgiveness Tiger needs is from his wife, children, mother, close friends, and business associates. He didn't say anything that couldn't have been said 2 1/2 months ago. I don't know if this is part of his therapy, first you apologize to your family and intimate circle of friends and then you do a public mea culpa. But to me it was a day late and a dollar short. Hopefully, it made him and his family feel better for making the statement and getting it out there

I hope he is genuinely sorry and not just doing a PR spin. I guess time will tell. He needs to get his act together and decide who and what he wants in life.

I don't know what his relationship with Elin is like and don't need to know. I do know that he has 2 beautiful children and should do everything he can to keep them in his life.

Posted by: catlady6 | February 19, 2010 8:57 PM

Who cares? He doesn't need to apologize to me. I watch him play golf. He is a good golfer. He can be the biggest scumbag on Earth, but if he is still good at golf, then I'll still watch and so will all the other golf fans.

In fact, I think he should embrace it. "I am Tiger Woods, and I am coming to your town. Lock up your wives and daughters." Shatter the stereotype of the boring golfer.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | February 19, 2010 10:25 PM

Tiger doesn't like public exposure, for now more obvious reasons. He stood in front of cameras and exposed himself (yeah i see the double entendre). Enough said.

Sometimes how (or why) you say things reveals just as much what is said.

Also, his speech seems guided by rehabilitation. His decision to continue therapy shows he admits to himself is wrong. Doesn't part of proving you are sorry involve trying to correct your behavior?

Posted by: dikdik2002 | February 20, 2010 7:00 AM

The fact that half of respondents say that Wood's apology was sincere and the other half say it wasn't says more about Americans in general than it says about Tiger Woods. We have become a divided country. Half of us make a choice to be cynical and believe that to be realism. The other half chooses to see the world in a less cynical way. Why is it sophisticated to be so negative. I think that there is no down side to accepting Tiger's apology and then watch what he does in the future. That is really the only way to know if he's sincere. For the record, I watched his face and he seemed sincere to me. Beyond that, I don't think that any human being should have to be so thoroughly flayed in order to appease the American people. This is a matter for Tiger and his family.

Posted by: karela | February 20, 2010 11:00 AM

Why should Obama apologize to anyone except his wife. Unbelievable B.S. Over 50% of married couples cheat. So what?

Posted by: chicagostanford | February 20, 2010 11:16 AM

Those of us in the golf community who have watched Tiger over the years, and other astute observers of human behavior, witnessed a very emotional and depressed man who is going through a painful divorce speak very candidly about his faults and his desire to make amends.

To the rest of you who did not see it that way, I just hope your not in charge of any important control panels......

Posted by: gwatt08 | February 20, 2010 11:20 AM

I don't think it's any of our business, nor do I care. As DFBOVEY wrote 'he his a ball with a stick.'

It’s not as though he has positioned himself as a moral authority and has proven himself to be hypocritical with his actions. I’m thinking Sen. John Ensign pontificating on the floor of the Senate about honoring the oath sworn to uphold the Constitution, while disregarding another oath to which he has sworn and other alleged acts showing disregard for the law.

Posted by: ntilzha | February 20, 2010 2:43 PM

I cannot imagine being a mother and having to sit in the front row as my son apologized for his sexual transgressions to the nation.
I don't think I could have shown the poise Mrs. Woods did. If you noticed, she didn't look at Tiger when he was speaking........

Posted by: avahome | February 21, 2010 9:03 AM

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