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Tiger Woods accepted responsibility for his reckless actions Friday, apologizing to a global audience and telling the media to leave his family alone.
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"I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. I am the only person to blame," Woods said haltingly in a 13 1/2-minute speech in the clubhouse of the TPC Sawgrass golf club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., headquarters of the PGA Tour. "Please leave my wife and kids alone." The world's top-ranked golfer asked his friends and fans to believe in him.
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Tiger Woods apologizes for "irresponsible and selfish behavior" in Florida
The world's top-ranked golfer asked his friends and fans to believe in him. "Finally," he said at the end of his talk, "there are many people in this room, and there are many people at home who believed in me. Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."
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Tiger Woods apologizes for "irresponsible and selfish behavior" in Florida
Woods, wearing an open-collar shirt, sports coat and gray pants, said he and his wife, Elin, had begun working on repairing their marriage, telling listeners that questions and answers about his behavior are "a matter between Elin and me. ... I still believe it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They didn't do these things -- I did."
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Golfer Tiger Woods kisses his mother, Kultida Woods, after he apologized for "irresponsible and selfish behavior". "I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior," Woods said, apologizing in some form several times while he delivered his statement in a tightly restricted setting. "For all that I have done, I am so sorry." UPI/Joe Skipper/Pool
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