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THE QUESTION

Why do apologies matter?

From Tiger Woods to Plaxico Burress and Michael Vick, why is the mea culpa a necessary remedy beyond on-field performance?

Posted by Matt Brooks on February 19, 2010 6:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Time to tee it up

With his rehearsed apology now behind him, Tiger should be judged on the course.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on February 19, 2010 3:49 PM

We're talking about cheating?

Athletes shouldn't carry the burden of perfection. We're talking about cheating here!

Posted by Robert Littal, on February 19, 2010 11:57 AM

Humanizing Tiger

The public fallout of Tiger's infidelity fast-forwarded his stages of change and recovery and forever changed our perception of him.

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on February 19, 2010 11:19 AM

Actions speak louder

Rehearsed apologies mean little compared to actions following transgressions.

Posted by Dawn Knight, on February 19, 2010 8:41 AM

Apologies mean nothing

Mea culpas by athletes mean nothing to me.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on February 19, 2010 6:21 AM

Tiger Owes Us Nothing

Tiger and other high profile athletes don't owe the public anything, but that won't stop us from picking apart every word of their apologies.

Posted by Michael Kun, on February 19, 2010 6:12 AM

The Tiger Woods apology

Well, I guess the thinking behind it is that he's got to start somewhere.

Posted by Liz Kelly, on February 19, 2010 6:05 AM

Fearful symmetry

If the child in us needs heroes, why does the adult in us needs to see them torn down? I'd argue it's the same impulse.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on February 19, 2010 6:05 AM

Do public apologies matter?

Do public apologies from prominent athletes matter? Weigh in.

Posted by Reader Poll, on February 19, 2010 6:01 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

IIntgrty: He misbehaves, loses his status, apologizes to me? It's misguided. It's HIS fall from grace--it really does not affect me. He is in complete...

B2O2: That's THIRTEEN (count 'em) pieces in the Post during the past 24 hours on this completely irrelevant tabloid story. Gosh, where's the cove...

3101crites: I am dismayed at the judgmentalism, cynicism and lack of compassion of the sports pundits and others in response to Tiger Woods' apology. C...

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