It was only about 15 minutes long, but Tiger Woods’ public statement Friday gave us plenty to chew on.
— He apologized, repeatedly and profusely, blaming himself throughout. Near tears, he said he is “deeply sorry for my selfish and irresponsible behavior.” He apologized to his friends, sponsors and family. He admitted to having affairs and cheating on his wife, and living with a sense of entitlement, afforded to him by fame and fortune. Woods said he now understands he must live by the same rules as everyone else.
— He was adamant that his wife, Elin, never hit him on Thanksgiving night, as was widely reported. Woods said there has never been any domestic abuse in their relationship. He added, “Elin deserves praise, not blame.”
— Woods said that he has become recommitted to Buddhism, the religion he grew up practicing. He strayed from Buddhism years ago, but has recently returned to the values the religion teaches throughout this whole ordeal.
— With anger in his voice, he pleaded with the media, and public, to leave his family alone. Specifically his 2 1/2 year old.
— Finally, Woods said that he will promptly return to rehabilitation and made no timetable for return to golf clear. He said he has not ruled out returning to the Tour this year. Woods also said he intends to be more respectful of the game once he comes back.
Stay tuned for more reaction and analysis here throughout the day.