Tiger Woods emotionally apologized for the scandal that destroyed his reputation at a press conference underway in Windemere, Florida. He told reporters he is “deeply sorry” for the pain his behavior has caused.
“For all that I have done, I am so sorry,” Woods said, as he looked away from his notes and directly into the TV camera. “I have a lot to atone for.”
Woods blasted rumors that suggested his wife may have attacked on Thanksgiving night, “Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage. ”
Woods admitted to his affairs saying, “What I did was unacceptable, I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong ”
“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 mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me,” he said.
Woods says he was in rehab for 45 days and had “a long way to go.”
Woods said that he never used performance enhancing drugs.
“Please leave my wife and kids alone, ” he told the press blasting photographers for following his wife, kids, and mother.
Woods said that he drifted from the Buddhist faith that he was raised with, “Buddhism teaches that the craving for things outside of ourselves causing an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught,” he said.
Woods says that starting tomorrow he would leave for more treatment and more therapy.
“I need to regain my balance and be centered, so I can save those things that are most important to me: my marriage and my children.” he said.
Woods thanked those who reached out to him and his family.
“I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again, thank you,” Woods concluded as he left the podium and hugged his mother following his 15 minute speech.