This morning, golfer Tiger Woods made his first public statement since the revelation of his multiple affairs and indiscretions. As it relates to his family and the process he has been through in recent weeks, he said,
The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.
I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.
I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me. . . .
It's hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go. But I've taken my first steps in the right direction. . . .
In therapy, I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me -- my marriage and my children. Read Tiger's full statement at his website.
I was impressed with Tiger's apology and the steps he has taken to address the issues that have caused so much pain in his family. As I have mentioned in an earlier post about the whole situation, it is not easy to rebuild a marriage and a family after unfaithfulness. But with time, help and improved behavior, families can recover from infidelity and lost trust can be regained.
For Tiger, his wife Elin and children, we can all hope for the best.