Tiger Woods on Wednesday issued a statement apologizing for “transgressions” and “personal failings” after another report surfaced that he had been having an extramarital affair.
The world’s top golfer, who has been under heavy press scrutiny since an early-morning car accident last weekend, did not specifically address reports that he cheated on his wife, model Elin Nordegren, but acknowledged he had let his family down.
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart,” Woods said in the statement, posted on his Web site. “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family.”
On Tuesday, the magazine US Weekly reported that a Las Vegas cocktail waitress claimed to have a 31-month affair with Woods. On Wednesday morning, the magazine released a recording of a phone message from Woods asking the woman to change her voice mail message to avoid detection by his wife. Last week, the National Enquirer reported Woods was having an affair with another woman in New York. That woman has denied any affair took place.
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Woods was cited for careless driving after crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree outside his Florida home early Friday morning. Tabloid reports suggested Woods had been arguing with his wife over the reports of infidelity, and that he may have been attacked by his wife. In his statement Wednesday, Woods called any suggestion of a physical altercation “utterly false and malicious.”
Woods has been known to closely protect his privacy, said he would continue to try and do so, despite heightened media interest.
“But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy,” he wrote in his statement. “I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”