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February 19th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Tiger Woods' Statement: Your Thoughts?

What did you think of Tiger Woods' statement? Was it enough? Or do you just want to move on?

Share your comments below; we'll use some of them a little later in the CNN NewsRoom.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs • Tony Harris
soundoff (999 Responses)
  1. Star Padilla

    He sounded very monotone and robot-ish just reading off the apology script. I mean I commend him for giving an apology but it was just sooo bland.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  2. Barbara

    I,I,I, me, me, me, my, my, my.... must have been said 200 times. It's still all about himself.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think Tiger should apologize as much as Hugh Hefner should the media has turned ito one great big National Inquirer .

    February 19, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  4. Janet Roberts

    I thought he was very real. Rick Cerrone is obviously so mired in PR b.s. and thinks the media rules everything that he doesn't realize the average person or fan needed to hear him speaking like a sincere, real person, not a PR packaged, slick athlete.

    People are sick of listening to athletes read what their PR handlers give them as oppposed to an honest, candid response.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  5. Andy

    Obviously it was a well orchestrated media conference. But saying it was a "disaster" is ridiculous. Saying he is making the media angry!? Media just needs to report the story and that's it. Regular people will watch this and get his message. He did what he needed to do. With the attention span that people have today, they'll forget, forgive and he'll be back to playing golf and making millions in no time.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  6. Krys

    Tiger cannot win. For how long can he be faithful? He has no sex addiction. He signed up to be a golfer and NOT a role model for your child.

    It is his personal life that he dissed. He was not "doing" the golf balls or "doing" the golf course. Was he?

    !

    February 19, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  7. Colin Dean

    Script keeps him on track, makes him speak slower and clearer, and emphasize points. Tiger Woods is no orator. I wouldn't expect an animated promulgation or sob story.

    He said what needed to be said. He's right about the media portion. The best the media can do is just ignore him until he returns to golf. Details are between him and Elin and /no one else/. Unless, of course, the mistresses keep talking, but even then, if they respect him at all, they should silence themselves (unlikely).

    Now it's time for him to rebuild, and I don't doubt he can do it. His newly-reminded Buddhist principles will guide him to becoming a stronger man than he was before.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think Tiger should apologize as much as Hugh Hefner should the media has turned into one great big National Inquirer .

    February 19, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  9. Krys

    Tiger should have come out and be himself and say sorry only if HE wants to. He should not be forced. The women threw themselves at him because that is what they do!

    The women owe his wife an apology!

    Tiger was not sincere. It was a facade. He need to shut up and play golf! Let the media talk because at the end of the day, they all need him.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  10. GA

    I was surprisingly moved by Tiger's statement. I'm not a golfer nor do I generally follow celebrities of any stripe. I have to say that the commentators on CNN right now with Tony are awful. I have to switch to MSNBC.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  11. Andy

    I think Tiger's comments about the media a legitimate. I think it's ridiculous how the media makes a circus out of everyone's private lives. The media shouldn't be stalking his family just to get a story. Tiger screwed up but in the scheme of things how important is this news story in our lives right now? We have the economy, health care, failing politics system, Iran....let's focus on the real news.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  12. Gloria

    can you please take out Rick Cerrone and the other guy who ison now it is utterly embarassed that CNN have these two commentaries

    If Rick will turn to the other Real Sport stations they all reporting postiive feedback

    February 19, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  13. Alina

    In my opinion It was not sincere at all.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  14. Jim Jones

    Tony your getting a little heated, cool down buddy.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  15. alfred wade

    Tony, can't you find any mails under 40 to do a response to what Tiger said. Those guy's you had are old and from the old school!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  16. Sara

    Did he even once say he loved Elin?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  17. Ann

    How different is Tiger's life to many of those in Washington? There are countless people in America and the world who are cheating and being cheated on everyday. I do not support it but what is the big deal?

    Tiger, I guess that now you are "forced to look at yourself for who you really are". There was a time when you did not know. You are half black, half phily. Be that!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  18. Angela R

    Rick Cerrone is not the people! Tiger problem is with his FAMILY & not the media. The Media & Rick Cerrone is mad because they are not going to make any money from Tigers FAMILY Issues!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  19. David

    I didn't see that one coming from Rick either! But he's right I think.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  20. Kerwin S. PA.

    Funny how Michael Vick can drown dogs but then throw a touchdown pass and he is cheered, while Tiger Woods just cheated on his wife (which happens a lot in celeb marriages), and the media portrays him as the worst person in the world. GO TIGER!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Tiger Woods girlfriends, over a dozen of them, came forward to the media and exposed his behavior.

    Then suddenly we didn't hear much from them.

    Question the media couldn't ask: Did they get paid to shut up?

    Tiger Woods lectured the rest of us on how we have committed transgressions against him and his family! That is the message I got today!

    What he came out to say is part of Twelve Step programs.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  22. Double Standards

    I say he who is without sin cast the first stone. He is a man!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  23. Doreen Savoie

    He is only sorry he got caught, and getting caught is the only reason he was at that news conference. How much simpler can it be. I hope his wife enjoys spending the money.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  24. Joan

    Who were those two talking heads you had on? I totally disagree with them. I liked his statement and he is justified in lashing out at the "media" for trying to protect his family–and especially his kids. I would like to see him get back to playing golf. Leave he and his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  25. D. Vance

    I want to move on!!!! He should have gone on Oprah with his wife. It would have been received much better.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  26. kalix

    I am sad that Tiger was compelled to make a public statement. Tiger's failings were of a personal nature and should have remained private. He has a public obligation to play golf without the benefit of performance enhancing drugs. In that respect, he has not abrogated the public's trust.

    His private obligation is to his wife and family. As such, this should not have become a matter for public discourse. Tiger doesn't owe an apology to the public, the media does.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  27. Charmaine

    Gentlemen, you have not seen anything yet. The outrage that will start to pour out from various women, regarding the fact that there were no apologies made to the women he professed his love to, is going to be larger than life. I can't believe none of you commmented on this.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  28. mogul4x

    All you media outlets ask the same questions about Tiger. And you seem to get the same response from your viewers. That response is, "Who Cares". Move on!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  29. Dave H

    Tony, Please talk less and let your guests finish there statements.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  30. A J

    TIGER – Way to show up and be accountable and be an example for everyone of the pain that happens with hurtful choices and the positive freedom of honesty.

    Rick cerrone – you are coming off as a selfish, staging person, who has created all of this false imaging that YOU want us to see. YOU and this attitude is what is the problem with the news and media in America today.

    Will the these consultants who are guests on CNN and want to build false images get over it already, Tiger didn't do this for you. He did this for himself and his family. This was honest, not falsely staged as you would have wanted, his fans LOVE his honesty.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  31. Dick Lind

    Tony,

    Tiger did what he believed he needed to do and he seemed to be sincere to me. It was his time, his show, his place to speak and what and how he said it is his to bear.

    We can carp and criticize, but we're not in those shoes.

    This was tough. He did what he had to do.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  32. Chuck F

    Tiger's statement was to the people, not to professional PR people. Why not have regular folks give the post review?
    I believe Tiger's words more than I believe the PR folks who seem to be showing how smart they are.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  33. Brenda Leclercq

    Tiger is Human, yes he made a mistake, but he is asking for help, so we should pray that he receives the help that he needs, and learn that we all have to forgive him.
    B.Leclercq

    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  34. J Blackburn

    Too bad Tiger did not go off script and talk from his heart more. "Tiger Talk" too scripted

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  35. Barbara

    Tiger Woods did what was right for him. He apologized to the people who mattered. If the press can't deal with that, maybe they need to seek help. So sorry they didn't have the chance to get between us and the story.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  36. dave steinley

    There but for my total lack of fame fortune ant talent, go I

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  37. Liz

    You have to give Tiger credit. You didn't see Bill Clinton making a statement after his affairs. It's time for him to move on and play the sport of golf. Hopefully this all comes to a rest.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  38. James

    First, Tiger did NOT say he would never cheat on his wife again.
    It was all about past behavior and apology.
    Secondly, a prime principle of Buddhism is moderation in everything. So, does that mean he just cuts back on his cheating?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  39. joan

    Tony, you have ants in your pants to defend Woods. I thought his presentation was ok and I empathize with him but you could not even let your guests finsish you were so anxioius to defend him. A good journalist is objective. Is this racial? Wilmington Delaware

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  40. Eileen

    Oh please! Tiger Woods did not arrange this huge press event to apologize for anything. He needed the face time to chastise the press for inconveniencing his family. The Press did not create Tiger's personal problems.....HE DID!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  41. Mike...Toronto

    Enough said....leave the rest to Tiger and his family and lets move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  42. Raymond Colombo

    Since he apologized to everyone eveywhere why was there no apology to those women whose lives he sullied? If he has a sexual addiction then it is presumed that he went after them. This whole staged "press conference" was self serving.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  43. Barber Dave

    Hey Tony, this is totally a privae matter but when the media start high liting what Black althele does something they blow it way out of the planet.....Mean media get a life

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  44. Jon OK

    I thought the speech was well done. Tiger head on acknowledged his infidelity. Why does the media need to question every aspect of the situation? He did it, it's not like he needs to put out a list of names.

    And he was right to ask the media not to follow his two year old to school. Whether or not it "wasn't the place", no one should have a two year old going through that.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  45. Gordon Smith

    Tony,

    I did not buy any of Tiger's press conference. There was very little emotion. I'm not quite sure it wasn't some robotic clone speaking. So monotone. How about the Clinton finger point? WOW!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  46. Jennifer

    Your guests commentators are exactly correct. Tiger's display and anger certainly did not win over me or other fans. But i would remind you that his anger is a HUGE issue. Tom Watson said it best recently...Tigers display of club throwing and cusing on the golf course is unsportsman like is not representative of the game of golf. He has never been a gentlemen and his current behavior is true Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  47. Margaret Bailey

    RE: Tony Harris
    That was the worst interview (Post Tiger Woods Statement) that I have ever seen!
    Why did Tony Harrris interject his own opinons? Whose opinions matter? His guests or his? Such arrogance!.
    Tony should be an interviewer or else interview himself. But no one cares what HE thinks.
    He should also know when to keep his mouth shut and his opinions to himself.
    Too often he is expressing his own opinions.
    This is really poor journalism! He comes across SO ARROGANT.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  48. Barry Ruhl

    Ok at the start but then to lash out at the media for following child etc. turned me off!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  49. Julio

    Tiger's infidelity and speech have been advertised to no end by CNN. This is no more than a vested interest for CNN, and it makes me sick to watch it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  50. Lisa

    I think Tigers speech was great. I don't think he owes anyone an apology except his wife and family, he hasn't done anything illegal. He has hurt is wife and family and we the people and media need to stay out of it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  51. Gary Grant

    Tiger's speech and sincerity were right on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  52. william ryals

    tiger did what he did and I am sure he wishes he hadn't now. It is between him and his family so the media should let it go as it is old news. If he does it again it will be new news. He should resume doing what he does and move on. The public can make him a hero or villain but his job is to play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  53. holly

    to tiger & take note cheaters...now that is an apology when you cheat and break your partners heart soul sense of self and even reality... it is more then just hurting your partner you need to own it and he he did ..thank you from all the people who have been cheated on , who have never heard a real apology... now he just has to walk the walk for his family...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  54. MichaelZ.

    Tony, your guest were WAY off, Tiger came across as sincere. Just goes to show you how far off pundits can be from the american pulse.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  55. Scott Pittman

    I can honestly say that I am not a particularly big fan of golf or of Tiger Woods. What amazes me is that none of this is our business. The issues between him and his wife are theirs – not ours. I accept his statement and respect his desire for privacy.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  56. Rc

    I think Rick had no idea what he was watching. If Tiger took Q & A Im sure Rick wanted to delve into his personal life which is guess what, NOT WHAT HE WANTED! It would have been longer than it was. He said hes sorry more than anyone has ever needed to. He has done what the media wanted, which was talk. Its not OUR business. Can he please get back to golf becuase without him is like Chicago when Jordan left.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  57. Gloria

    My openion is that the media has crossed the line with "freedom of the press" and should be controlled. CNN is becoming a tabaloid. PROFESSIONALISM IS DEAD!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  58. JeffreyH

    What a disaster. Combative, arrogant, utterly contrived and phoney. Frankly, I don't care if I ever hear this guy speak again

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  59. Rick Solo

    As an avid golf fan I am disgusted by the media's presumption that we, people who are not members of the Woods family, are entitled to any more than he has publically stated. Mind your own business!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  60. Jamie

    I think he said what needed to be said. He is a very private person and always has. I think every one should just let him keep focusing on his family and treatment. As for the media reporting Elin not there, she could have been in the back the whole time.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  61. Keith

    I am in the military. If I commit adultery, I get to spend the next 25 years of my life doing hard time in Ft Leavenworth.

    Yet, Tiger Woods does it, he is treated like a victim. He does not deserve special treatment or anyone's sympathy.

    Treat him for what he is. A rich spoiled brat that believes he can do whatever he likes and get away with it. And CNN treats him like a hero. Some hero.

    America is sick in what it defines as a "hero."

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  62. Jo

    Why is it when a white person critiques the actions of a person of color they feel as though a heart felt apology is not enough? Tiger is a human being, a man. He is in therapy and this is part of his treatment that he shared with the world. He was apologetic and humble. He had every right to ask the media to stop putting his wife and children at risk to get a story. This was his first public acknowledgement; there will be more. How about a little empathy? It is incredible to me that Whites are so unforgiving of others but expect the world to open up when they give a half baked apology. I commend Tiger for his first step.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  63. Just Forgive

    I think Tiger did an exceptional job. I believed he was sincere. Frankly in this salacious society, no matter what Tiger said people would be critical. I wish everyone would have to stand before a camera to apologize for their sins and indiscretions. What a fiasco that would be. Leave Tiger alone. Let the man heal and heal his relationship with his wife and kids. I still love Tiger unconditionally and it doesn't change that he is the greatest golfer that has every played the game.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  64. MBJ

    It's time to move on. Woods has apologized to his fans and friends. He is in therapy. Whether his relationship with his wife survives is his problem. As long as he does not let his personal problems affect the game, that is all the world needs to be concerned with.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  65. Caz A

    Jeeezzzz Tony, take a chill pill! Really got excited there pushing back on your guest's comments about T.Woods huh? Not obvious that you wanted it to go in Woods favor was it ???

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  66. Lurae Bakker

    Redundant was my first thought after the two minutes of Tiger Wood's overly rehearsed insipid speech.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  67. ML - Bowie, MD

    Wow – i think the comments on Tiger's apology just highlight the gap between the media and their need to continually invade privacy and what normal, average Americans believe and see. I thought his apology was dead on – and he was right to ask the media to stop stalking his kids. Poor media – wa wa – they wanted to ask questions. Sorry, you don't have that right and I'm glad he drew the line where he did. And shame on you for making fun of the 'staged' hugs at the end. His mother sat there and listened to her only child do this and I was touched by the hug. Pretty funny because if he had just walked out, the media would have talked about how cold he was. This is not for you Tony – at least you seemed to be empathetic, but the pompous pals (one pumping up a book and the other more worried about the media rights) are not in touch with Average Joe. Let the boy move forward in private now.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  68. Jim Texas

    What Tiger has done is irresponsible and selfish. However, only God knows his heart as to whether he is sincerely repentant of his actions. What I find interesting about the critics out there is how they set themselves up as "judge." His actions were not against us, but rather his family. For those that want to throw stones, remember this, "he/she who is without sin, cast the first stone."

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  69. Bindu, CT

    Tony, loved your take on that. I wish there were other media folks that are as objective as you. That said, I think Tiger said what he needed to have said, nothing more. It is his personal business, and in fact I think he actually did a favor to the media today that has been hounding on him like hawk ever since this scandal broke out. One way or ther other people will complain. Was it structured, yes – But I am sure it was structured, because he didn't want to miss on any point that he wanted to address. Also, I thought it was extremely sincere. He has apologized whole heartedly, and if people are not happy, it is their problem. I think people should forget about this very human mistake, and if people say they never strayed or intended to one way or the other, they are all being hypocrites! Lets admire him and respect him for what he is – A great golfer!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  70. carolyn

    I am so glad that he finally gave a statement. His apology is enough for me, he is only human like all of us, and we ALL make mistakes. I wish him a positive return to golf, but first of all, I believe everything else is between he and his wife. Keep your head up high, Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  71. Diane

    Give me a break, the man's been broken, humiliated, done horrible damage to his marriage, family, reputation, has asked for forgiveness, continues treatment indefinitely: WHAT MORE do you want, people? Do you want Tiger to crawl on glass and get dipped in the River Jordan?? America's media has lost its heart, and we need to offer forgiveness and support to anyone who asks for it. Who are we to judge his "arrogance" and "lack of humility?"

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  72. Carolyn

    Give me a break, could Tiger have done ANYTHING RIGHT, his news conference? I think he did well, of course he had to script it or risk winging it and getting sued for something. He has been dragged through the mill, as has his family, and he was just trying to address all the insinuations in one swoop as he didn't want to wing a question period. Who would in his place? As far as challenging the media, come onnnnnnnnn, he was simply trying to protect his family and stop all of the lies. I don't condone what he did, of course, but listen – he is a great golfer – leave it at that. It's up to Elin and Tiger now. Period

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  73. Oliver

    Tiger was speaking to his freinds and family in the room. He should have m,entioned the fans much more. Too little too late.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  74. Bob Fabo

    Was watching CNN until your two guests started to opine. One was selling a book, and the other was an air bag. They made me change the station.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  75. ILEANA MENDEZ

    I disliked what tiger wood did, but I really though his apology and comments were appropriate. I am just wondering were you found those two male chauvonist "p" who were on the show. I was expecting to dislike what tiger had to say but instead i believe you did your self a disfavor by choosing those two.
    Thanks, ileana

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  76. T

    I think it is ridiculous how it is felt that Tiger should not have spoke about his family and the media. Tiger needed to touch all bases and answer as many questions that most people might have. I believe it was courageous of him to protect his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  77. Jim from Pennsylvania

    Your guest psychologist is wrong when he says that Tiger's infidelities are a private matter. Tiger makes hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements. Sponsors have moralilty clauses that can cause termination of compensation. Public image is critical. Public persons lose privacy, especially when they derive their wealth based on a projected image of fidelity for which they are compensated financially.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  78. Beccy Hinkel

    I want everyone who's criticizing and going on and on about his statements/press conference to SHUT UP!! Just let Tiger Wood's actions speak for him!! Then you'll know that he meant what he said. Or didn't.
    Thank you! I'm so tired of listening to everyone with their negative comments/commentaries who don't happen to be Tiger Woods!!
    Sorry, but please SHUT UP!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  79. Caroline

    Tony got a little angry. Very professional!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  80. donna

    I can't believe anyone watching that painfully made statement Tiger made would walk away saying that he didn't accept responsibility for his actions and needed to be more contrite. Incredible response from your commentators! It was clear to me that he was incredibly sorry and fully acknowledged everyone he had hurt. As for being angry about the media following his 2.5 yr old to school....or following other family members...I didn't see it as angry, but instead a plea for the time and space they all deserve. To my mind....he has done a wonderful job of starting the process of healing his public image and showing responsibility for his actions. I simply cannot imagine anyone watching this and not seeing the same thing. It brought tears to MY eyes.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  81. Cheryl in Texas

    Tony, you interviewed the wrong guys after the Tiger Woods conference. What idiots!! How many ways can a man say he's sorry? Seems as if it would never be enough for them

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  82. Stephanie

    Tony:

    You are absolutely right. He apologized and it appeared to be sincere, so who are we to judge? His private life is his business. The last scene of hugging, I agree, did seem to be a plea for sympathy for the public, but it's still part of the game in PR. He may have been better leaving that out.

    He has a right to demand privacy as a citizen, so those who want blood and are quick to judge, need to take a look inside themselves. What is their private life like behind the cameras and public.

    Everyone loves Tiger and want to see him win more tournaments. It is good for golf and the economy, but more important it will be good for Tiger to get his confidence back and move on with his life. I don't think he should prolong getting back into the tournaments. It would be good therapy for him. Take the pot shots and criticisms; it won't last forever.

    We love you Tiger and Elin!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  83. Sally Moser

    He seemed sincere, contrite, and ashamed to me. I wish him well strengthening his marriage. I especially appreciate his apology to his mother; I know that as a mother, I would be very ashamed if my son engaged in such blatant misbehavior. Forgiveness is a virtue, though not an easy one.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  84. LINDA WARNKEN

    Terrible. he is not sorry. Just sorry he got caught. He is a pig. Sex therapy indeed! Why is it that all these men never say they are sorry to their families until they get caught?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  85. Sandy Naatz

    Tiger Woods is at the beginning of some longer term therapy, a point which he candidly shared with the public. For the Psychologist to say that he "doesn't believe in sex addiction" is a disgrace to the profession of Psychology. As a Sports Psychologist, he can comment on athletic performance but he obviously knows very little about addictive behaviors. Tiger does not owe anybody any details, especially the media!! I thought he did a great job.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  86. Lyndsey

    I thought his statement was very powerful, and he said more than he had to. I have a little more respect for him now than I did before.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  87. Sylvia

    Tiger showed contrition and said exactly what he should have said. He was right to set the record straight about media coverage. He should be given privacy to get his life in order.
    Sylvia, Psychologist

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  88. ANONYMOUS

    It is obvious that his "therapy" does not follow a 12 step program. Step Nine is not about saying "I'm sorry" it's about making amends. I don't think he ran this self-serving statement past his sponsor!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  89. Ken in NC

    Tony you asked how many times Tiger has to say he is sorry. Well he has to say it until his wife accepts it. As far as the public is concerned, he has demonstrated that he is no different than any other professional that has the stature he has. The tone of his voice was not convincing.

    Last is the fact that he is of the opinion that he is somehow different from others with respect to the public and media is concerned. He is going to be treated just like any other pro that screws up. His speech left me feeling that as far as he is concerned, the case is closed. He fails to understand that the media and public will not let it end and to be honest about it, I think he will come to the point of being verbally combative with the media thinking that he can control them and that will cause him and his career great harm.

    In a nut shell, his speech/apology was an empy shell of words without meanings or feelings.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  90. James

    The news media think they are God ans are trying to break him cause he hasn't bowed before them. He owes them nothing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  91. Fred Meadows

    I think Tiger was sincere in his statement and I believe we should allow him to go through the process of healing the addiction that he has admitted. This is between he and his wife, his family, and his faith now. Your guest who doubted his sincerity was way off base. His comments show how eager our world is to make people pay. Allow Tiger to reform his attitudes, his actions, and his heart. We have cheered him on before in golf. . .let's now cheer him on to victory over the addiction that has plagued him.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  92. Joan

    He said all the right things but it just didn't sound sincere. The ending was bizarre – like he was the president giving a speech and needed cudos after. The tears were laughable (who was the woman on the right of his mother??). The only one who should be crying is Elin – as she is in a terrible predicament. And the whole Budhism thing???? Where did that come from? Not very believable....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  93. Charlotte Katz

    I felt that Tiger had many things he wanted to say, having kept his silence all this time. Some commentators wanted more, some less, etc., etc. But, this was his message, and it brought tears to my eyes at some points. It appears that he is still in the process of waking up to what he has done and how his value system changed, given fame and fortune. Let's let him get on with it and accept what he was able to do at this time.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  94. Dan

    I have been critic for Tiger ever since I have known him. I support Tiger with full faith in him and Also want him to come back to the game as soon as he can. Personal matters should kept personal. Media has so much to cover other than this thing unless they want to knowingly pee in their pants.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  95. Joy

    I think that no matter what he or his team says this was a publicity stunt. I think that no matter how hard he tired he could not make a written statement sound real. if you want to get back into the good graces of your fans get out there and speak from your heart. Let us know that you don't still think that you are above us. Actions speak louder than words.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  96. Dwain

    Tony who were those two clowns you had on after Tiger's statement. They were so off base in my opinion especially that biker at the desk with you.I hate to say it Tony they took some credit away from you in my book.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  97. Edward

    He did absolutely fine with his speech. The fact that it was private just showed that he wanted to address to his family and tell them he is sorry. These types of issues are directed towards the family and no one else. The media first off shouldn't of exaggerated this story when it was "Hot." It was a family matter not a public one. Find a story that matters to the nation and get off celebrities backs when they go off the deep end. Power corrupts.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  98. Ralphkwan

    This world is a cruel place. I think that Tiger's apology is what he wanted to be and is not to be judged. All I wanted to know is if he's apologized to his wife and she accepted his apology. If so, my prayers are with him. I don't want to know details because I have my own life to live. We're looking for the best in you Tiger. Hope to see you soon back on the course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  99. Sharon

    I thought Tiger did a great job, I could see the hurt in his eyes and know this had to be hard for him to do. He is not the first famous person who has had affairs and he will not be the last. The media is only upset because they did not get to be there, I agree this is personal between he and his wife and children. This comes from an ex wife who went through the same thing. Give him a chance to make amends and go on with his life

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  100. Hamish S

    I do not agree with your colleague from the Yankees on his assessment of the apology. His premise is that this was a rebuilding exercise for Tiger. I believe he is at the wrong starting place. My inference and read is that his priority is his wife and family. He was FAR less interested in rebuilding the Tiger brand as he was getting his wife and family out of the limelight. In this, I believe, he believes that "picking a fight" with the media will be worthwhile, and ultimately, successful. His wife will see him (finally) defending his family, and potentially taking a bullet for the family. The media will fall all over itself to praise him in a few months/years if he returns to golfing greatness.

    Tiger has years to re-build the Tiger Brand> If Elin returns, as soon as Tiger wins the next tournament, his image will be re-complete.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  101. Jeffret

    Tony Harris show did a poor job when they allowed the so called sports psychologist discussing Tiger Woods to say that sex addiction is not really an addiction. Sex addiction is very widely acknowleded in the medical field and thousands of people have restored their lives, their familys and the marraiges thru treatment. Proper journalism should have insured that the audience heard BOTH sides of this issuse. Of course addicts have to take responisbility-that does not mean that they don't have an addiction. Shame on you Tony.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  102. TaWanda

    Tiger cheated on his wife, not the world. He doesn't owe anyone but his wife an apology. He needs forgiveness from God, himself, and his wife. This is a private family matter and should be kept within the privacy of his home. He's not the only person in the world to have cheated on their spouse, he's not the last, he just got caught. His affair shouldn't be a huge media issue like no one else's affair is. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  103. Lee Dochtermann

    Tiger Woods is a once in a lifetime sports figure, like Michael Jorden and Babe Ruth. People expect greatness to play great. Unfortuneately, it is difficult to seperate the sportsman from the man. When you are THAT great in what you do, people expect you to be great in everything. No one is perfect in everything, not even Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  104. Elizabeth Brooks

    Hi Tony,

    I hope you will have a guest or two on your show who will talk about recovery using a 12-step model because what Tiger said this morning sounds like a 12-step model to me. Anyone who words that kind of program will tell you how hard it is in the beginning of recovery to make a list of personal transgressions and then share them out loud with another person. You have to leave your pride outside when doing that. Imagine how difficult it would be to do that in front of media cameras. Tiger gets a thumbs up from me. –Elizabeth

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  105. Sally Barrows

    Here is a legitimate gripe with the media and Tiger had every right to say so. Your commentators feel he wasn't humble enough and 'how dare he take a swipe at the media.' Well, if they followed my children around I'd be angry too. Let the man say his piece and quit giving us 'your' idea of how we should feel about it. We have brains and hearts too. Quit shredding and tearing at every word.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  106. Mark Werre

    Your Dr. guest has no idea about the addiction treatment process. He is not trying to rebuild his image he is making amends to the ones he hurts. He also has been in treatment and this is probably the first time he has been together with his family and friends away from a treatment environment. This is not about sponsors or golf this is about finding himself. If you can't love himself he can never love others. Please consider having an addiction specialist review your coverage of this matter. Mark Werre Chairman of Substance Abuse Services and Treatment

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  107. Amalia

    There's nothing else to be said. He said it best: leave him and his family alone to work out their private matter. Why doesn't the media go find real stories to print? Tiger's infidelity like anyone else on the planet's infidelity is no one's business.

    The man said he is sorry; enough is enough..move on with another story and analyze issues that matters to the american people

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  108. Moto

    I think Tiger did a good job. Rick Cerrone is an idiot. The media and speculative reporting lead to rumors and lies that, thanks to todays social media, got spread at the speed of light. I think Tiger is justified in being angry with the media stalking his family. It is his personal business. He did what he needed to do today. Lets not sit here and analyze every minute detail and try to make it another story to get more ratings. Why don't we focus our attention on things that are actually important?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  109. Roger in F.W.B

    Tiger Woods gets paid to endorse products.He gets paid to play golf.He does not collect a check for being a good husband.I'm completely against cheating but his personal business is none of mine.The media needs to stay out of his.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  110. Mike Moore

    I think the idea that Tiger's statement was a disaster is ridiculous. Rick Cerrone spoke of the arrogance of Tiger, but what about the arrogance of the media? No individual is "required" to discuss anything with anyone, especially the news media who tends to build up individuals only to gain financially in providing firsthand accounts of their destruction. If the media had been stalking my children, or causing my family any additional distress, I would have mentioned it as well. Give me a break. Tiger is a man, flawed or not, and he is entitled to manage his like with bumps and bruises just like anyone else. I would like the media be scrutinized in the same way and see which of them would be so "open". Now go cover "real" news please.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  111. Jennifer Lee, Ontario Canada

    I believe he was as sincere as someone can be with a whole team of people behind him telling him what he needs to do to start repairing his image. I don't believe he and his wife will ultimately stay together, I think it's beneficial to publicly state right now, that they are working on it, but again it is only to further the agenda of his image recovery. How would it look if he came out and said I made a mistake, but my wife can't forgive me... can you, please?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  112. Lynn

    Tony and CNN,

    There will always be people who make their lving trashing others, especialy those that they cannot touch financially, spiritually and talent wise that will never be satisfied no matter what Tiger or Obama or Oprah or Clinton etc., does. Unless of course they are pandering to them and their causes.

    I would not have said anything on this very personal subject. However, seeing that thousands of people make their living off this one man, he had to say something. And if his talent and money has bought him anything, it has bought him the right and priviledge to say it when, where and how he wanted to. To all of the naysayers, go crawl back under your rocks until the next person makes a mistake and they can come back out to be the bloodsuckers that they are. I wish that CNN and other media outlets would not even invite these people on their programs. And don't forget to promote your book while you're at it!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  113. Kathy

    Tony, I agree with some of the comments made by your commentators, but if Tiger is such a private person, why would he put himself in so many compromising situations that were anything but private?
    Also, I do believe he is remorseful, although not yet done with his self-improvement journey.
    Lastly, I was ok with him hugging his mom at the end, but he should have walked out at that point. The other hugs, kisses, & handshakes felt more like he was at a press conference.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  114. Robert

    I think Tiger should have hired me to write his come back speach and to advise him while delivering that speach. To read from a piece of paper that their was no domestic violence on the night of 11/27. Yeah right. I would have advised him to look into the camera and state that fact without Reading From a piece of paper. That way it would seem more believable.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  115. Adrienne

    Tony,
    Tiger does not owe me– or the rest of the public– an apology. What he did just now was heroic. He asked for forgiveness. That could not have been easy. He did the right thing by NOT taking questions.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  116. Jo

    I should have directed my comments at RIcki Cerrone. In addition, just for information minorities are a passionate people. Passion and anger are two entirely different things. Stop accusing minorities of anger when they are merely expressing their views.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  117. gary

    He has made his statement whether u want it or not, that's your problem. He is sorry. He is sorry, is all he owes you. When it comes to family matters, that's his private. Now, leave him and his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  118. mike

    Your 2 guests discussing Tiger Woods have made riduculous comments......they have know idea what they are talking about and I hope you never have them on the show again....

    I thought Tiger did the best he can.....he is upset and wants things private...this is america and he can do what he wants.....I am sick and tired of the media always and big brother trying to get into all of our lives....I did not like what Tiger did....but he deserves privacy and to work through this on his own......

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  119. E.V.Gouge

    Started out with a sincere apology, but quickly began reading what sounded like a speech written by Outside Advisers.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  120. Wayne

    He apologized........... his futrue actions will show if he was sincere or not. Just what are these "burning" questions they want to ask of Tiger ?????? Please ask the golf writers what these questions are. Maybe a nice at home setting with kids, puppy and wife would have been a better setting. Ok leave the Man and his family alone and let him try to heal the wounds,rubbing salt in them will not help anybody.

    Tiger, go play golf , it is good therapy....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  121. Jim

    Tony is right, Tiger has a right to keep his personal life private. Tony is wrong, however, if Tiger (or anyone) thinks that they have that right while they expect to make millions endorsing everything from soup to nuts. If Tiger is going to make his money hitting a golf ball, he can behave how he pleases off of the golf course. If he is going to inform us of which brokerage firm we should trust our retirement savings to (and be paid millons for doing so), he needs to earn his image the 'old fashion way' by living the image he is selling!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  122. Mike

    He would have been better keeping silent. His private life is what it is private.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  123. Larry Welsh Ottawa Canada

    Here is a clear case of arrested development.

    Throughout this very unfortunate tragedy, Tiger has shown emotional immaturity, and difficulty understanding how he fits into the bigger world around him.

    All the expensive spin doctors in the world are not going to help Tiger do what he needs to do most - Grow Up !

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  124. sean

    I am still trying to grasp why this is news worthy. No bigger Tiger fan than me, but seriously? This is what's important at 11:00am on a Friday when you have people burning their houses to the ground and flying planes into buildings? Kyra presented a story earlier about a man knocking down his house to prevent a bank from having it after foreclosure. Why are people taking such drastic measures to make a point? Because nobody is listening to what's really bothering us.

    Tiger admitted that he thought there was a different set of rules for him... and why not? We do make different rules for atheletes, movie stars, and musicians... but no more than we do for politicians.

    Can someone PLEASE make these people accountable? I would have no problem hearing that a senator gets his/her lifetime pension... if one they would have accomplished SOMETHING worthy of it.

    I sound like a rambling idiot... and why not? That is how I would be portrayed when i don't have a speach writer making me sound smarter than I really am.

    Have a great day!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  125. Cheryl in Texas

    He came off as very sincere to me. This was a great apology.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  126. mike du mond

    i thought tiger's apology was genuine and i don't believe he's trying to spar with the press-only to try to diminish the harm to his family that questioning from strangers might bring...remember "to err is human,to forgive is divine"

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  127. Anna Marie

    I feel Tiger Woods should have apologized to the women he had affairs with because he lied to them to.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  128. Clifton Earle

    I liked Tiger's statement. But, who am I. The media is the problem. They pushed this story up for "content"-cause that is what they do (their job ). But, it is a hurtful job. The media seems to have made this a personal affair. It ain't about them!!! Let Tiger get back onto his life. The media has used him enough for "content"!!!! .........C Earle

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  129. Diane Keichinger

    What is wrong with hugging your mom and thanks your friends for standing by your side. The two people that you had on your show
    were the only two people with negtive commens. Msnbc, Espn. Golf.com all had a different oppinion as did. I though he was
    very sorry and belivable, and he does only owe answers to his wife,
    get a life everyboby any move on.

    Diane

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  130. Barbara

    Tiger's statement was exactly what a patient of Dr. Carnes and many other sex addiction specialists would encourage him to make. People with this problem need to first understand the affect of their actions on others, and to begin to make amends. I quick study of the basics of Carnes work will show you the basics of the needed progress. Understand that while the PR people think this was a bad idea, it's the best idea for Tiger's recovery. Of course he could have spun it in a cynical way, to win back the media. Instead he chose to stand up and admit he's messed up, needs more help and is going to get it. For Tiger this was likely horrific, shameful, humiliating. But also his one chance to become just what he spoke about – a healthy, moral, centered adult.
    Sadly most sex addicts never get help and those that do can't even get as far as Tiger and admit it's their own fault. He may actually succeed.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  131. Shines

    This is a private matter between Tiger and his wife. Why are we talking about this.
    Now that Tiger have apoligized to the world will all you pedifilers come out the closet and give yourself up to the police?

    Golf needs Tiger more than how Tiger needs golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  132. Lue

    I thought Tigar was totally sincere in his apology this morning...
    Thought he kept referring to it as' having a problem' as laying the blame upon himself and no other.... I believe this is his way of saying, its my problem, its what I did....its me that needs the help, becuz if its not a problem, then what is it,
    Lue

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  133. Becky Forrester

    Tiger Woods, as well as other celebrities, need to realize they set themselves up for this kind of criticism. He has how many endorsements? He said yes to them all. I see him on tv all the time because he wants to be. If he so values his privacy, then go play golf and then go home. But he doesn't. He goes makes commercials for several different companies. Driving a Buick has nothing to do with golf or a charity. It puts more money in his pocket and it puts his face on another endorsement. You, Tiger, have made yourself public for the media to lurch onto.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  134. Marcelino

    To be sorry is to look in one's eye and say it from the heart, not read it from a prepared statement.

    Also, the public made Tiger who he is, and he is finding out how they can also take it away.

    Aside from details, it is our business. We all bought his bill of goods.

    He even feels this, otherwise he wouldn't have had the news conference today.

    GO VIKES!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  135. Karen from Maryland

    I think Tiger said it "he thought he could get away with anything" with fame and fortune and he lost his values thru this process. I also thought he was sincere when making the statement – ask those that are critical if they could have gotten up and did that! And I think the rest is between him and his family – the media needs to start realizing this.

    I pray thru his therapy and maturity his future with Elin and their family will be solid. I have watched tiger for over 25 years and followed him down the golf courses. This will not change if I have the opportuntity.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  136. Gerri

    Tony,
    Rick Perrone is what is wrong with the media. I don't know what news conference he was listenting to, but Tiger took total responsibility for his actions. Rick Perrone is among those Americans that feel that Tiger should allow the media to control his life and image. Tiger had every right to tell the media to leave his family alone. Rick Perrone felt that Tiger was picking a fight. Tiger doesn't owe the media anything!!! Maybe Rick's life should be looked into to see his discretions and hound him. This may be ugly but if I was Tiger, I would pull down my pants and have the media kiss where the sun doesn't shine.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  137. Richie D

    Just leave him alone the media are pathetic.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  138. Chris

    He did it, I believe he is sorry, now it is time for all to move on. Come on..this guy was a geek growing up, got married what at 25 and then
    all this "easy stuff" came barrelling in his life.

    He was wrong, I do not agree with what he did, but for him this was a HUGE step.

    Let's move on and let Tiger, his family, friends and US, his fans move to again enjoying his great talent and his great humanitarian endeavors.

    Leave Tiger to work out the issues he discussed. I wish him the best.

    Chris

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  139. Jan

    I'm so sick of the media picking Tiger Woods apart for an issue that has nothing to do with his sports career. What he did was wrong and he has only to apologize to his family and not the world. Tell Cerrone that he all wet because I feel that Tiger did do what is right. He was humble and sincere. But it's none of his or any other medias business. As for him saying something about the media stalking his 2 yr old daughter, HE HAD EVERY RIGHT, to comment on that. The media is wrong for following this child. Leave his family alone. They have nothing to do with this. Tiger has stood up as a man and did what is right and now everyone is picking him apart. Shame on all of you!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  140. john

    Tony,
    I have never blogged anything before to anyone, but I am beside myself to jump into this debate. I totally agree with you and listening to the two "pundants" that were guests on your show enraged me. Tiger Woods was both gracious and remorseful in his statements. He answered the questions everyone had, and doesn’t need to give the others involve more ammunition to make money off him (i.e. Rachel and others). The sports physiologist you had in studio pimping his book not only dismissed his credibility but I almost threw a brick through the television. I strongly back Tiger for what it’s worth and the way he handled it was classy and right on

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  141. Sue Fleming

    I think he was very sincere, and he's right, most of it is no ones business but his and his wife's. As far as seeming to be angry at the press, he should be when they stalk his children, wife and mother.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  142. Judith

    Tony, wake up – YOU are the media – YOU are negative on this matter of Tiger – how can you do that?? And on top of this you have those two men who have no idea what it means to get lost inside – that white-headed guy does not believe in sex addiction???? Can he spell ignorant???
    He is writing a book???? God help all of us!!!
    PLEASE forgive this man – let him live as you would have him let you live – and get on with trying to be human beings!!
    I am a senior citizen of 66 – I am not a golfer- I am upholding Tiger and his family with my wishes of health and happiness in every way.
    The media has never failed to disappoint me to the point of being ashamed of its behavior and spin all of my life – can any of you study what true humanity and love really means – please?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  143. Lisa Hassman

    Come on guys..... you all wanted Tiger to speak now you are angry because he did not say what YOU think he should have said.
    This is news but my gosh...isn't there more important news like unemployment and people losing their homes and our guys losing their lives overseas???

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  144. Debbie Kleinendorst

    I can't not believe the comments on the news already. The end when he hugged his Mother looked awkward! Of course it did, the whole thing did, this is not something people do everyday. I commend Tony on CNN. He is one hundred percent right. Tiger shouldn't have to play the media game. It's not my business what he does in his private life and the fact that Elin is still around shows that she thinks he is trying to change his behavior. I just love watching him play golf and will continue to do so. Also I don't feel sorry for the Accenture people one bit, they dropped him, so they are lucky in my opinion that tiger's camp even contacted them.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  145. Sandra Davis

    Tiger Woods statement is enough. At his age the atmosphere does not matter. What matter most is what actions he shows from this day forward. As a parent protecting his two year old makes really good sense. Advocacy for that baby should not be confused by the relentless need to make him pay publicly. He is articulate and today for African American men that equals to some arogant. I say play golf Tiger, play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  146. rose crains

    Tiger Woods was personal, impressive and appropriate and very much reflected the Buddhist perspective which differs from American Christian based culture but is valid and self transforming. Tiger regained my respect. I will watch golf again.Your two commentators negatively reacting to Wood's personal statement are one who shamelessly plugs his book and one who builds PR for a living – they stretch the boundaries of credibility and intent. Maybe, they will be watching this tape to learn a bit about a presentation not geared toward
    money and fame, but personal process.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  147. Yvonne McFadden

    I thought Tiger did an awesome job, my thought were how many of us could actually stand before a camera and admit to mistakes. I did not have a problem with him reading from a script because for me it take away from being afraid and forgetting what I want to say.
    Maybe because of the fight that I am a Woman of God and I beleive in forgiveness I truly accepted his apology and very proud to say that his his remarks were pleasing in the sight of God and I know this will help him to move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  148. Eva

    The commentators you had on your program sounded like the man who became upset when Tiger won the master in Augusta. You know that many talking about collard greens, and fried chicken. One of them claimed to like Tiger and considered himself his friend. Those two men were not Tiger's friend and seem upset because they were involved in the speech that Tiger was making. Nobody is prefect less of all Tiger. He is hurting and trying to make things better for his family. Give the man a break and hope that all he is doing will indeed help him, because so many jealous humans will not.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  149. Peter

    I think Tiger woods did the right thing today I saw a very sincere and apologetic man today. I also think he has every right to be angry at the media for doing the shameful things some of them have done to his family. Tiger has every right to be angry at the behavior of the media and to do all he can to protect his children. I also think that the two sports writers you had on the show today were complete fools in the things they said.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  150. brien

    I listened to your guests and read all the comments. How many times must a man be embarrassed and have to apologize before people, including the press and PR, accept that maybe, just maybe, he IS truly sorry. OF COURSE the speech was "contrived" and "scripted". BUT, if you know the history of Woods, he has always been private about his family and here he was, standing up, and holding back some potential tears to appear less stressed and less anxious than he usually is. At least give him credit for adm issions of his infidelities, how he intends to try and recuperate through counseling and what he hopes to achieve in terms of his wife and family.
    I wonder if WE would be treated in a similar fashion if we were in his shoes: oh! we're nhot! He's Tiger therefore he must be "greater than any other man! What a pity that the press are more worried about getting their stories than helping a man and his family to find restoration and peace of mind.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  151. Giles, Troy Page

    He was sincere, apologetic but still wants it both ways. He wants privacy but accepts all the money, fame and vip status. If you keep the money, the fame, and the celebrity, then you assume the public role that this status requires. Otherwise, just play your club course and be annonymous.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  152. Heather

    I don't believer Tiger owes anyone except Elin and God his apology or comments. I hope he realizes he is a Black man in a white mans sport and the only reason they are angry at him is because they are losing money with him not being there. He is human and we all make mistakes. For everyone to to downgrade him is wrong, it is a private matter and should be left so. Instead of tearing him down, they should have kept their comments to themselves and offered to be there for him if he needed help. Some colleagues you all are. Yes he is a public figure but we need to stop making athletes role models and make ourselves as parents role models. Our children would be better off and we would have a lot less problems in our society. we should be watching him because he is the greatest golfer in the sport today and not because of what he did.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  153. J. scala

    Tiger Woods, what a joke,reading from a scripted paper. "Don't blame Elin" What a crock. And who was the person off camera who told his mom when to stand up. He's a disgrace and he'll never change his spots..

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  154. Melissa Ricks

    Tiger is a professional athlete. Not a public speaker. Leave him alone. His matter is personal and private. I am sick of the media airing famous people's personal issues. It is simply rude and distasteful. Leave him, his family and his mistresses alone. Can we return to the news, please?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  155. Alan

    I think Tiger made another great step towards recovery regardless whether the media agrees or not. I believe his fans and the golfing nation believes his appology, so now hopefully everyone will leave him alone so he can mend his relationship with his wife and family, so maybe he can get back to the golf coarse sooner than later.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  156. Collette

    Hey Tony, Do us a favor and ask Rick Cerrone if he's ever made a mistake????? I thought Tiger was very sincere. This is a very private matter that should be within his family not with us the public. I wish them better days to come.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  157. David B

    I think Rick Cerrone who commented after Tiger's statement is an ASS! It seems that he was trying to fit Tiger's situation into the stereotype of the apologies of the politicians which have been caught in a similar situation. Tiger seemed sincere even though he had to partially read his script. Most of us know how hard it is to stand in front of a crowd and speak. How would you handle this situation? Go Tiger! I think you are a great athlete and I have all of the best wishes for you and your wife to work out your problems without outside interference.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  158. LeRae Merritt

    I have never been a huge golf/Tiger fan however this ordeal has thrust it in the forefront. I feel his apology was as sincere as could be. He constantly mentioned "I" and "me" not because it's all about him but because he is accepting blame and is taking sole responsibility for his actions. The other point I want to mention addresses him not taking questions...and there was no need. He spoke to the things he was willing to talk about and questions to be asked if he was going to say "no comment' would have been pointless.

    Finally, I think we all need to realize even this statement was more than what we were entitled to and or deserve. We (public) feel as if our stars/public figures owe us something. Just like when Michael died his family had a public funeral for the FANS!! It was a nicety not that was due us...likewise Tiger only needs to make amends w/ God or his Spiritual Force in his like and Elin. We all should appreciate that he made this statement and let him go back to playing GOLF!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  159. Betty Raymond

    Tony, where did you find these guys – the psychologist and Ric Cerrone?! They are so off base – one (Ric) really REALLY mad because Tiger did not take questions – and the other overanalyzing Tiger's motives.

    My opinion – as valid as theirs – was that it was sincere, honest and
    apologetic – and gave us as much information as we are entitled to.
    We (my husband and I) accept his apology and look forward to seeing him back on the golf course. But before that – we are hoping and praying that he gets and accepts the help that he needs and comes through this ordeal a better man, husband and father.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  160. win werner

    why is TIGER picking a fight with the media when he is telling them to leave his kids and mother alone –

    the media should act responsibly and professional – his little kids had nothing to do with TIGER'S issues –

    WIN

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  161. alonzo

    I agree with your guest Rick, it was a disater not saying he wasn't sincere, but it seemed fake and robotic, and what was that at the end with the hugs...strange.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  162. Erica

    Tiger Woods does not owe the media ANYTHING. I felt his apology was sincere, but in reality none of our opinions really matter. I can't wait for him to return to Golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  163. Reggie

    I think Tiger Woods was sincere. We will have to wait to see his behavior. I saw a broken man that is taking steps to mend himself and his family. Your commentators seemed cruel. Let's hope that they never make a public mistake and have to apologize. In order to receive mercy you need to be merciful.
    I am glad he said what he said about his family and the media. This was the time and place to say it. It was not pride that led him to do this but it was to protect his children. It was the right thing to do.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  164. ronnie patrick

    I had tears in my eyes for Tiger for this must have been very painful for him. I am really not interested in what and how he did what he did. It is his business and we should move on from Tiger Woods. African Americans are very proud of what he has accomplish in terms of golf , however we are not interested in him as a person, for he disconnected himself from the African Americans many years ago, and we are okay with that. May God bless him and case close.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  165. Scott

    I think it is time to move on. Tiger will come back to play golf. As soon as he does, and starts winning again, this will nearly be forgotten. Look at Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis, Alex Rodriguez, and most recently Mark McGuire. All of these professional athletes have at one point or still are the faces of their respective sports and have all faced similar troubles. With the exception of McGuire, only because his is most recent, all the others have continued their careers and from what we can see on the outside, have cleaned up their reputations.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  166. Robert

    To the NY Yankee spin doctor you just had on your show (and I am a Yankee fan from the early 196s) I say, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". We all have a balance sheet.

    The gentleman was more concerned about Tiger showing "arrogance" to he and his image spinning industry and the media in general. As far as the general media goes, the tune "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley comes to mind.

    Besides, what right does anyone in the media have to demand anything from Tiger, no matter what is status as a public figure? Tiger owes "the media" nothing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  167. Charlotte Muroski

    Tony
    I believe politians ,movie and TV stars, and sports figures have a right to there private lives. In this country it seems everyone feeds on others sorrows.....I FOR ONE WILL NOT WATCH ANYMORE GOLF TILL TIGER IS BACK...he is legend he has don't more for golf than any other players....Thanks Tony for letting me vent....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  168. ken

    Orchestrated desaster . Should fire all of his PR people and handler. Speak from his heart (human) not the robotic heart, " I screwed (!) up and I'm sorry and hopefully in time I will demonstrate it". Media is not to blame (this time) nor his wife, only Tiger...... He is still a disappointment. Unless he changes, we should boycot his return to golf.....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  169. Jay Soule

    There you go, Tony. You are the Tiger Woods cheerleader for CNN. No matter what this guy has done you would be supportive of him. You are so biased it is despicable. You got too strong in his support in your interview following Tigers speech. You show your bias whenever you have something like this on.

    Go check the recorded interviews and your response – it is obvious you are not neutral. You arent. I thought you were going to jump out of your chair and wave a flag in support of Tiger and you essentially attacked the person you interviewed.

    Bad interview and reporting-it is not the first time.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  170. Richard Manelick

    The media should let Tiger move on with his life and not keep making up stories that are not true. Tiger was sincere and must go on with his life.
    The two guys on the show, one former media person for the Yankees, were eggheads. They want to ask questions which are very personal that would make the situation much worse.
    Everyone please let Tiger get along with his life and best wishes for him. Let us get him back to golf. Gold needs him more than ever.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  171. Kate Donegan

    Totally staged and rehearsed – self agrandizing; the sad picture of a very successful business man trying to save his business/endorsements. I don't believe he even heard himself – it was just another tough match; a game.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  172. Sharon

    I am so tired of you guys in "news" going on and on about Tiger's issues are a private matter. You are the one's most guilty of not making it a private matter. When he has a skanky ho coming out of the woodwork every day and you keep giving them their 15 minutes of fame, you are to blame.
    And I find it interesting that the opinion of Tiger's behavior fall down male/female lines. What you guys do not seem to get this is a reflection of his moral compass. What his wife is going through is distressing. And what will his children go through when they can "google" their dad in a few years. He is making remarks today because he is a brat, he knows exactly what he is doing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  173. Jay

    RE: Tiger Woods

    The man publicly apologized and did appear quite humble and genuine. I'm the "public", I forgive him and wish he and his family all the best. "Professional Critics", like Mr. Cerrone need to get over it and find a "real" job!
    Jay

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  174. Robert Flutie

    Marketing 101 – KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid. That dog and pony show should have been 1 maybe 2 mins long.

    "I had multiple affairs, I thought that the rules do not apply to me and I was wrong on all counts. In the process I hurt my wife, my children, my friends and my fans. For that, I am truly and deeply sorry. Please accept my apology and I hope that you will, in time, see that I am sincere. Please find a place in your heart to forgive me for my insensitivity. Thank you."

    Why didn't he take any questions? Shutting down an open exchange and dialog withe the public, through the media, shows that he still is playing by the "I'm special and get to play by different rules" mindset that he claims should not exist.

    While he may be sorry, I found his presentation and jab at the media to make him short of contrite.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  175. Angel Y

    Angel Yanagihara When did Americans become so pathologically voyeuristic? Why are the press so pissed to be shut out? How is this our business? Why is this on CNN? Is this World News? The press has gone utterly mad chasing his 2 1/2 yr old and publishing the location of her school.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  176. dina martin

    I think he would've been better off not sayin anything at all instead of that sham of an apology!! As far as privacy goes he lost that when he became a golf superstar!!!The media goes along with the territory.I know I will never believe in him again nor will he ever be a role model for myself or my children.Good Luck Tiger I think your only sorry cuz you got CAUGHT!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  177. Donna Bitely

    Just listened to comment from Rick Cerrone. I couldn't disagree more with his comments. I believe Tiger took responsibility for his actions over and over during the conference. As he stated he now wishes to work on what is important to him, his marriage and family. Not worried about his golf image at this moment; but saving what is important to him.
    Marriage and Children.
    Give the guy a break and keep the media out of it!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  178. Audrey

    Tony, This was painful to watch, and I do believe he is truly remorseful. It seems to me that some who feel that he needs to do more, say more, etc. want to see Tiger suffer more. If he had continued to play and if his presence was not so central to all in the golf world– players,media, sponsors and consumers–would those critics be more accepting and forgiving? I think so. The underlying driving factor here appears to be financial first and foremost. These critics couldn't care less about Tiger, Elin or his family–only about his impact on the game. And that hurts too..

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  179. Art

    Still a lot of anger and not much genuine contrition...I think he has a LONG way to go to win back any real sympathy from fans. I think he took the cowards way out by not taking questions...at some point, he is going to have to respond, either to the media or on the golf course. He can't hide forever. Also...Tiger mentioned "atoning" for his transgressions...which means complete restitution and contrition. How does he intend to that? And to whom?

    I feel sorry for his family and the fact that the media is watching them, but, Tiger is the reason it is happening and he needs to be realistic about it and stop whining about it. Notoriety comes with a price and if he isn't realistic about that...well, denial ain't just a river in Egypt...!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  180. Monique

    I would like to say I am not a golf fan, nor am I a Tiger Woods fan. However, I watch CNN, I did see his apology, and it brought tears to my eyes.

    As a parent, son, husband, the safety of his family should be his first priority, however rich white men do not put family first, money is most important. Tiger was sincere, and hugging his mother, whom he disappointed or others that have supported him is normal to everyone except the media.

    Tiger's golf skills are not in question, however, for him not to check the paps would make me see him as less than a man!!

    I admire his courage. No white public figure that committed adultery ever made a true statement, looked into the camera and say, it's my fault, and my fault only. That is brave, no strange stories, etc... Minorities are screwtinized so closely, it's just sickening and unfair...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  181. Dan

    Media has not made Tiger Famous. Tiger has earned with very very hard work. Tiger is the one media depends on. Tiger apology accepted and we welcome him in his new life.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  182. Donna B.

    Just listened to comment from Rick Cerrone. I couldn't disagree more with his comments. I believe Tiger took responsibility for his actions over and over during the conference. As he stated he now wishes to work on what is important to him, his marriage and family. Not worried about his golf image at this moment; but saving what is important to him.
    Marriage and Children.
    Give the guy a break and keep the media out of it!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  183. Sue Germain

    When he does not talk the pundits complain. When he does talk the pundits complain. What do they want? One of the pundits commented on the venue where Tiger gave his speech. Where did want him to do it, Carnegie Hall? I thought it was a very well thought out speech and he said what he needed and wanted to say. I found his apology sincere and I was glad to hear what he said about his wife. I cannot blame him for asking the media to lay off his kids. They are babies, for goodness sake, leave them alone. Follow Tiger around, but leave his children alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  184. Janet

    Your commentators are totally off-base. The press should indeed be chastised for chasing after Elin and two small children - they are not part of this mess and should be left alone, period. And why should he take questions? He said what he needed to say.

    Tiger had to cover as much as possible in his statement, simply to counteract the "news" that's constantly filled with so many false reports. Perhaps now that we know he's still in therapy we won't hear daily updates that he's on his yacht, partying with one of his girlfriends.

    I'm not a golf fan or a Tiger Woods fan, but do admire his willingness to apologize in such a public and sincere way.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  185. Jos

    Tiger Wood's statement is part of the process of redemption of self and apology to others for the hurt and suffering you have caused them. It is not about PR, as one of your contributors would have it. Nor, is it about sports psychology, as your other guest would have it. It is about beginning to atone publically for your behavior, and to begin facing those who you have wronged with sincere apologies. Sex addition is about power, control, and a belief that the rules don't apply to you. Addicitive behavior can take many forms.
    Why not have commentators who understand how addictions impact people who allow them to control their lives? They would have another view on what Tiger Woods was beginning to do in this appearance.
    Tony, I sense that you have the more appropriate slant and understanding on what this appearance in front of the media was really all about...beyond PR and image...and what role it plays in Tiger Woods attempts to reclaim himself.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  186. amna alwy

    I dont think Tiger woods needs to apologise to any one, this is his private life, every marriages have issues we dont know his family life, any way he did wrong to his family by cheating I think he needs to solve his private life, there are two side to a story. but it is not publics business honestly .we have to understand him, he is a human, aman and with a family. lets respect his privacy and give him a chance to put himself together so he can play at his best as a champion!!!!!!. definately he know he blew it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  187. Gary Melrose

    I think what Tiger had to say today was enough. He will continue to suffer for a long time without everyone picking apart what he said today. What's more, at this point he only really owes his family the commitment they deserve. Let us have Tiger on the course and his actions going forward will speak the truth.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  188. Pam

    I don't think this was about the media or his image, it was about "working the program" to heal. Admmitting that you have a problem is the first and most important step. Who cares what the media thinks of him or what happens to his image? Tiger Woods needs to heal and this may help him do that.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  189. Ladyj

    Who cares!!! I can't believe TV was interrupted for this non-sense. Tiger likes sex..got caught..now he's trying to save face...he'll be back to golf soon...that's all everyone cares about anyway...if he took questions..you all would say he didn't answer the question good enough...so either way he's never going to win...

    He gave you all a statement..cause that's all you all have be talking about...now it's not good enough..and lastly..he is not a sex addict...if a woman had done what Tiger did..you all would have given her a different name!!!!! Tiger is no different...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  190. Liz

    Tiger said "sorry" too many times. He rambled and switched back and forth too much. However, all that led me to think that he wrote it himself and it is probably part of his therapy. Enough now, lets discuss topics that affect regular peoples lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  191. James

    The news media think they are God and are trying to break him cause he hasn't bowed before them. He owes them nothing. People use a script to make sure they cover all points the gods require.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  192. Donnie

    Tony, Tiger's apology was set more for his family/friends moment. I think when Tiger is Supported by the public, he has the media and the public to deal with the aftermath of his actions

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  193. Cliff

    Tony,

    Tiger is learning that a cost of being a celebrity is that he has become the property of the public. Performance in sports and personal behavior are linked; he cannot have it both ways. I believe, however that Tiger's apology is sincere. If his fans truly love him, they'll give the room he needs to atone for his behavior.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  194. Gerry Donald

    I am not a golf fan but, perhaps because I am African-American, am always both keenly aware of, and generally supportive of African-Americans in successful arena's such as Tiger is. I felt his apology was heartfelt and moving. I feel that the whole situation is extremely private, and that Tiger owes most of his apology and life-style change, obviously to his wife, family, and friends. The comment Mr. Cerrone made that the apology was a "disaster," is a prime example of why Tiger avoids the press. Instead of having these professional "talking heads" provide analysis, you should have invited "regular people," who are capable of being moved emotionally by issues such as these. Cerrone has an idea that everything should be done according to his own plan. But obviously, Tiger is his own man. And thanks goodness for that. Yes, he had done wrong and he has a ways to go in terms of saving his marriage and family. Can we give him that...?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  195. Jo

    tiger doesnt need to apologise. its his and wifes business. keep it out of the news. i personally don't give a dam,. report the news, stay out of peoples lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  196. David Smith

    Tony where did you get those num-nuts? Tiger was sincere. Enough about how he didn't crawl enough. Leave the man alone. I can't get over how people are so willing to throw stones and revel in the misery of someone else. Tiger is a professional golfer he is not Jesus. Before you pick up the next stone, try looking in the mirror and ask yourself when you last did a fraction of the good this man has done in his short life.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  197. Trevor

    tiger has returned to his religion to find guidance – so he can move forward
    What more can you ask for from a man who says he has sinned.

    I think his public address was noteworthy, considering that he never had to do it.
    The Media – ala Rick C. think they have a right to the rebuilding Tiger Image platform.
    Tiger just went by them on that score.

    There are millions of people who heard his message and apology – and the upset Media can now spend the rest of their ego trying to convince them that they could have scripted a better apology, ask better for forgiveness, say a better prayer than the man who says I have sinned againts my family, my community, my moral upbrining.

    Thank you Tiger.

    I hope have the opportunity to mention my comments.

    Trevor Smith
    Atlanta, Georgia – by way of Jamaica.

    Apology accepted.

    No Problem

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  198. Ada-Mt pocono

    Tony Tony Tony
    Tiger Woods DOES NOT owe any of us an apology. The only people he owed an apology to was his wife Elin and his mom for the pain and embarrassment he caused them.

    The rest of us should NOT judge him or care about what he did in his private life. We all should only judge him on his golfing ability.

    Those commentators you had on were totally off target- I wonder how their private life compares to Tiger's??

    His speech was really very generous of him since he doesn't owe us anything.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  199. Cynthia

    TIger's wife was right. His actions need to match his words. We all heard his words. Now only time will tell. His responsibility right now is to himself and his family, NOT the media, which, by the way, includes former PR reps for major leaque baseball teams, which of course have not had any problems of their own, now have they? (!@#!).

    Leave Tiger and his family alone. He did this for himself and for them, not you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  200. nancy damoose

    I believe that this is not just a private matter. For many years Tiger posed as a role model for impressionable children, and was remunerated handsomely not just for his athletic prowess, but also for his presumed character. Millions of mothers (I am one of them) encouraged their children to pursue the sport of golf because of Tiger – and spent even more millions on the products he promoted. So, while I do appreciate his desire to protect and reconcile his family, I believe he needs to take a similar stand on behalf of the children whose lives he impacted. Many of those children (including my own) have been deeply hurt by his revelations. I appreciate that he apologized to those families and children, but I believe at this point he needs to make that more of a focus.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  201. Denise

    Who cares that Tiger did not answer any questions? He gave a statement that included the answers to the questions that everyone seemed to have. What questions should he have answered? What were you thinking? Did Elin hit you with a golf club? Are you coming back to golf? Umm...I think he answered all of those...the "media" is just mad that they are not getting the opportunity to jeer and mock him in real time. That's it – plain and simple. He answered the questions – they just want the chance to make him angry so they can have another headline to write – "Tiger Woods Erupts at Press Conferece". Please!! the man said what he needed to say. PERIOD.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  202. LeRae Merritt

    My god..enough already. A person can only apologize so many times what does the media want him in sackloth & ashes? Give it a rest!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  203. Saturn5352

    That was a hot mess...he should just leave it alone and play golf. No wonder he is so private, he's not at all good with the media. My opinion is he's just made his situation worse, because now they're going to loop this mess to death and criticize him even more.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  204. john

    Morning;
    tis human to error, to forgive devine; judge not or you will be judged, etc... Let us remember St. Peter will judge at the gate and his "union" is a hell of alot stronger than ours.
    jt

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  205. Drew

    Tiger find peace with your High Power and your family,you won't gain most of the public fan base back.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  206. R. T.

    The comments made by that Rick fellow were very unfeeling. I just wonder what Rick's background says about him. No one is perfect and you cannot remove a speck from your brothers eye when you have a plank in your own. Rick you were totally wrong. I call that character assassination. I feel Tiger was emotional and I believe anger, empathy and sorrow are feelings as well. Follow my kids to school and I would probably be angry as well.
    Mr. Rick I am going to do a background check on you and make it public. Ticked off in Texas.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  207. telstar

    We that are human must realize that we are all a work in progress. I accept Tiger Woods apoligies and believe him. Remember love believes all things and will never fail. There is not one of us in this world that are innocent. Let us have mercy not judgement. Let the healing begin.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  208. Barbara Parkinson

    I don't know much about golf, or even Tiger Woods, however I have just watched his speech. My feeling is that the extended manner in which he addressed the problems was for those who had criticized him for not taking questions this morning. I think he explained himself and problems thoroughly to attempt to answer questions not allowed today. I say.....give him and his family the space needed. He will turn out allright with his family and all the public when he can, and be a better man for it..

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  209. Nancy, Kinsman Ohio

    I have never believed the public had any right to Tiger's private life, but as a public figure he is not allowed to be anything but perfect. I thought his statement was thoughtful; he took complete responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that he mistakenly thought his wealth and fame allowed him to act any way he wanted, and in doing so hurt the people he loved most. All he owes the media and the public from here on is to do whatever it takes to get his life together and get back to playing golf in the spectacular way we have learned to enjoy.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  210. Brian Montano

    I think he man up and apologize to the people that most matters to him, he doesn't need to play Mr. Nice to the media who are the ones making the situation worst.
    I'm sure been away from what he loves the most (his family and golf) is enough. hopefully the media wont make this situation worst and we can all go back to enjoy watching this outstanding Attlee.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  211. L

    Everyone is being so critical. "He who is without sin cast the first stone." How would you respond if your secret indiscretion was made public and you had to apologize to the world? We all have them the difference is no one knows ours.

    I saw no arrogance just the arrogance from the so called anaylst who attempted to comment on his speech.

    He has every right to ask the media to back off.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  212. kent

    Tiger did no show any humility instead he appeared to be angry and blammed the media for his problems. There is no privacy when you are a celebrity. If he wants privacy then he should not have a press conference, don't play golf, and don't do anymore endorsements. I think the words "I am sorry" have become a simple way of avoiding any consequences for unacceptable actions. If we allowed everyone to just say they are sorry we could empty out all the jails and end all wars.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  213. Sandy

    Tony:

    I agree with Rick, it was a disaster, he didn't seem sincere and did seem angry and this was because of the way it was structured. The way this was conducted and his demeanor made him seem above and entitled even more than before. He should have taken questions rather this made him look forced to do it and so dramatic.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  214. Minnie Estelle Miller

    I watched Wood's "apology" to his foundation, sponsors, family, etc...
    It was painful to watch. The anger is still there. He does not like being called out for his actions by anyone. I think the entire show was set up for the media–"leave my daughter alone." Well, it's a bit late for that. The rest of the talk should have been done in private, especially to his wife.

    Tony, I am glad you lead this report, anyone else might have been too...media, (for lack of a better word).

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  215. Penny K from Ft lauderdale Fl

    Oh my goodness first of all who ever wanted him to do that I would fire them.......Second of all I thought he looked liked a robot, no emotions at all ....and also found it to be very commical I was waiting for him to draw a heart on his shirt when he was saying with all my heart.....SNL should have a great time with this.......

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  216. Ada-Mt pocono

    Tony Tony Tony
    Tiger Woods DOES NOT owe any of us an apology. The only people he owed an apology to was his wife Elin and his mom for the pain and embarrassment he caused them.

    The rest of us should NOT judge him or care about what he did in his private life. We all should only judge him on his golfing ability.

    Those commentators you had on were totally off target- I wonder how their private life compares to Tiger's??

    His speech was really very generous of him since he doesn't owe us anything.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  217. JH

    I agree, actions speak louder than words. He should have apologized to all the other women he sexually & emotionally abused during his misbehavior. he led all these women on to believe there was a tuture. I don't believe in sexual addiction-it's an excuse for misbehavior of famous celebrity types. I hope this is a lesson to others that are conducting themselves in the same manner.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  218. Josh

    What i don't understand is why do we as people deserve anything from Tiger Woods? He didn't cheat on us he cheated on his wife. This is a family matter not a societal matter. I think the problem isn't Tiger Woods the problem is us as individuals for putting so much emphasis on Athletes, Actors, Musicians to be the role models for our children and not take the responsibility of being the ones to set the example for them. I'm so tired of the media playing this game where they feel that every time a celebrity does something that may be personally inappropriate they decided to chastise them. At what point do we say enough is enough? This isn't just about Tiger Woods, this is about us. We have all done things in our lives that we regret, but at the end of the day we learn from our mistakes and grow.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  219. George from Fayetteville, NC

    Tiger only needs to find the way to makre it right with his wife. The media is the one that keeps saying he owes everyone else an apology. The media needs to back off.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  220. D J Pfab

    Who-ever compared this to A Saturday Night Live skit hit it dead-on!!!!
    since it was only played -live- to an extremely limited audience and wouldn't take questions, prove just how much of a coward he really is!!!!
    'Nuff Said!!!
    D.J.
    Iowa

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  221. John

    I thought he said the most "ignorant" thing he could. He said that all answers are "between Elam and myself". His golf performance is public and he should be willing to answer questions on his negative behavior and not just his positive golf actions.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  222. Ann

    Tiger's mom sits there looking like she thinks that he is still a teen...??!!

    Hey, his dad made him a golfer so stop sitting ther eready to steal his dad's hard work!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  223. Barbara

    I was a little disappointed in Tiger Woods statement, because number 1, he didn't apologize to his wife and children, first & foremost and secondly, he didn't show any emotion or humiliation. It was as though he was in a big tournament at a staged event. Yes, I believe that he has a long way to go in therapy as he stated. He appeared to be so programmed before the camera and the world. I am a big fan of Tiger and really hope that he has a change of heart in how he presents himself to the public when he returns to the game of golf. His arrogancy is a big turn off and he needs to learn that people are human beings and true feelings come from the heart and not by fortune or fame.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  224. Bob Trombley

    Hi
    Good coverage Tony,but your guests,especially that Ex PR fellow might want to check out the golf channel thoughts.....They thought he did well and to quote..."A home run"
    Bob,Canada

    ps
    maybe we can all move on now (except we will have put up with Johnny Miller's ripping comments for his 15 min of fame)

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  225. Carolyn

    Tiger did well. Answered all the questions anyone would want to ask – he didn't have to. Now the media is saying he said 'too much', there is no pleasing the media. This idea of him ticking off the media COME ONNNNNNNNN, he is just protecting his family by telling them to lay off and yes he is ticked for all the 'lies' that are bound to happen and wanted to address that. Here is the bottomline – HE IS A GREAT GOLFER – now it's between Tiger and Elin – LEAVE THEM ALONE. Of course no one condones what he did personally but it's not our business – give him some room and let's hope he gets back on the course soon. It was a good press conference but simply saying that ISN'T ENTERTAINING NEWS RIGHT?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  226. Ellen Wiesen

    I thought Tiger Wood's statement was truly meaningful and sincere.. It was not meant to court the press or reestablish his image. It seemed to be a statement of what he was feeling in his heart and a painful but honest attempt at reconizing and taking reponsibility for the people he hurt loved ones, fans, young people who looked up to him as a role mode. .It is wrong to have talking heads disecting the speech and one, in particular, claiming it as a disaster. This is a time to report what he said and not to analyze it or try to shape opinions of the hearers. We can form our own opinions. CNN should be setting a higher standard than using this story to its advantage Tiger Woods took a major step toward coming to terms with his behavior and problems and shared much more than I thought he would. He has every right to protect his wife and family and to resent many of the comments made or implied to titilate listeners. Time will tell as he himself admitted, but I feel he deserves full support at his attempt to rehabilitate and redirect himself.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  227. Dawn Coleman

    I accept his apology but more importantly I hope his family does. I just want Tiger "to do what he does best" to quote my favorite anchor man. Let's get back to watching this sports great do his thing and let him and his family have their privacy.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  228. LJames

    The only thing Tiger can do to please some people is to go jump off a bridge! Leave the guy alone. He owes his wife and family apologies, but not anyone else. He has the right of privacy that all Americans enjoy. Were he not a famous golfer, no one whould even be aware of this flaws, much less care. Thanks, Tony, for being open-minded and forgiving, not that your forgveness is even required in this case. Some people need to work on improving themselves and not knock others just because they can.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  229. Selvin

    Sex addiction, what a joke and what a looser of an individual to NOT have the self confidence to pick his sorry ass off the floor and get back to doing what he does best, play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  230. Susan

    I cried hearing Tiger's gut wrenching apology. The media and the general public don't have a monopoly on the private details of his life. I for one will find it in my heart to believe in him again.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  231. Duke

    His private business is his private business. Man is not put on earth to judge man only God can judge man. One can sin repent and atone for his/her transgression and be forgiven by God and still receive salvation! Who on Earth has a right to point a finger, as the Bible says "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"! I found him to be quite humble and remorseful and accepted the responsibility of his actions!! I love me some Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  232. john carson c

    i thought he was sincere , only 1 thing i would have did different
    include his wife when he was banging his babes , and made a 3 some of it , and he would not have all these problems , he would have dreams
    from john

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  233. Turnerbird

    Enough said – apology accepted. Leave him alone. Can't wait to have him back in golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  234. Kristen-Reno

    Im sorry but I dont believe him, if your sorry you wouldnt have done it in the first place...no one is invincible!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  235. Matt McCary

    We are in the middle of two wars, a recovering economy, tens of thousands of unemployed Americans, a financial crisis recovery, and a historical national debt problem we are trying to fix. Why is this front page news – and who cares what he did in his personal time. If he wants to get up there and talk about fixing our national problems, then I'm all ears. What he has to say about his personal life and who he thinks he's hurt – I could care less. (Matt M. Biloxi, MS)

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  236. Jo-Anne Cutler Toronto

    I totally believed him! He has never been that animated when speaking, so his monotone delivery was no surprise.

    I think he was as emotionally connected as he knows how to be and he was probably nervous...let's face it, the long span of time between making a mistake and taking full responsibility has allowed huge speculation, judgment and criticism...put yourself in his shoes!

    I thought the spiritual aspect and knowing he needed to get back in balance was very real and something that all of us could work on!

    I'm an awareness coach and at the onset of this whole situation last year, the first thing that came to me was that his ego was in need of a humility check and that's exactly what is happening...he'll be back...a better version of himself...and will be a great role model as a result!I

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  237. Matt Brown

    I'm glad Tiger came out and got this over with. I feel he said the right things and made the right appropriations for the future. He needs to continue to deal with these issues privately. I look forward to seeing this ordeal end and seeing him back on the golf course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  238. Mia Tucker

    I am so proud of you Tiger, just watched your press conference. Keep your head up. No one goes through life without making errors and there is no need for anyone but you and your family to know your personal business. Just know there are people who you will never personally know but we have your back..today and always. For those with negative comments, I hope YOUR home is not made of glass

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  239. Michael B.

    Hey Tony,

    Happy Friday to you!!

    I think that it is always easier to say what you would or would not say, do or would not do, when you are the one in the "situation room"

    Tiger did an excellent job, far better than what I had anticipated and in time he will do alot better because more so than ever he has realized that he is "Human".

    The media will always have they're point of view, That's just how it is and that's how you guys get paid

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  240. Mark Werre

    Your Dr. guest has no idea about the addiction treatment process. He is not trying to rebuild his image he is making amends to the ones he hurts. He also has been in treatment and this is probably the first time he has been together with his family and friends away from a treatment environment. This is not about sponsors or golf this is about finding himself. If you can't love himself he can never love others. Please consider having an addiction specialist review your coverage of this matter.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  241. Rick

    I find it rather frustrating that you would have negative feelings about the way Tiger handled the public apology to the fans and his wife and family.
    I am wondering how any of you would have handled this situation, or if in fact any of you would even have what it takes to face the nation with the courage he had to admit his wrong doings and ask for help. I did not hear him ask to be forgiven, just our help in being a better person.
    Felling better about Tiger.
    Kind regards
    Rick

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  242. Tyrone Adams

    Ok seriously, money and power corrupt the very human heart. I don't believe ANY of this is our business. I do, however, give props to Tiger for being a man and admitting his faults. Tyrone Hattiesburg, M

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  243. G Reeves

    That's it. It's done. Now he has the rest of his life to behave as a man of integrity.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  244. DRG

    Tiger is truly sorry for his actions. Even though he is at fault for everything that has taken place in his private life since Thanksgiving, he does have a right to ask the media to leave his wife, children, and mother alone. They are suffering enough without being followed and placed under surveillance.

    Even though the guest that joined Tony do not feel that there is such a thing as sex addiction, Tiger is doing what he feels will help him mend himself and mend his relationship with is family. Llewellen and Cerrone were extremely critical of him. They have obviously never been placed in a situation like this, because THEY DIDN"T GET CAUGHT.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  245. Kellie

    If he really meant what he said, why did he have to read something someone else wrote? I did not see any real remorse.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  246. James Cheetham

    I want to personally thank Tiger Woods for seeking therapy. Having a billion dollars and a penis is no easy task...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  247. ann

    First of all I am sorry I don't remember the gentleman's name on your show that does not believe that Tiger has an addiction, and that it is an "excuse" for his behavior. What do you know about addiction? I am a recovering alcoholic, I also have an addiction to prescription drugs. If not for treatment I would not be in "recovery". I needed to be educated about the disease of addiction. I believe there is not enough education in this country about addiction. I believe that we would save many children and adults if we took away the stigma of addiction and became more accepting of someone seeking help and or treatment. I believe if we became aware of what addiction looks like we would find it easier to approach a family member or friend with our concerns.
    I would also like CNN to look into the amount of education our Doctors and medical students receive pertaining to chemical dependency.
    Thank-you for considering my remarks. Peace

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  248. Nancy Shehata

    Okay, we've seen the mea culpa. Now, can we please get back to our lives? I feel sorry for the whole family, not just for the situation, but that it gets broadcast worldwide. Those who would show contempt or Schadenfreude, think about how YOU would have to have your sins publicly broadcast. My prayers are with him and I believe in the power of repentance, though it saddens me that he does not believe in God. I pray that he is guided to understanding that there is a God. Without that, none of the rest matters.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  249. DeeDee

    It was heartfelt and believable for me. He showed that he is human. He appeared broken and humiliated, which is often required before the public vindicates celebrities.
    It is now time to move on and let his comeback begin.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  250. A Palmer

    I really thought Tiger was very sincere and sorry for his actions.
    I felt hurt for him, the way he opened up

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  251. Jim Treadway

    Yuck. A great ad for Bhuddism, huh? Give me a break.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  252. Abiola

    You know I used to think tiger was boring . You know what , now I wanna hang out with tiger. I just hope the media leaves him alone now. He doesnt owe the public nothing!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  253. abe

    Let Tiger move on with his life. Everyone makes mistakes. Who are we to judge him..

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  254. Harold In VA

    I've said this before, and I'll say it again. This is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS! This is between Tiger and his wife, and the only one who can judge his sincerity is his wife. Anyone who thinks differently needs to take a step back and ask themselves what are they missing in their lives that makes them attack another person and judge them.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  255. Linda Stankovich

    I felt Tiger Woods' apology was deeply felt and well said. Why can't we understand that we are undermining our own people and our own country by being so critical and unforgiving of each other? It makes me sad to see what has happened to us as a people. Have you never needed forgiveness and grace from and from God and from others? I have!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  256. Candy T.

    Tiger doesn't owe me an apology. Tiger's personal life should be private!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  257. SJ

    It was enough for now. True contrition and humility will become evident as time passes. He has fallen from a very high perch. Give him time.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  258. Kim from AZ

    Tony...for a minute, I thought the commotion/noise in the background was Gloria Allred trying to break in with one of her clients!!! LOL! Honestly, though...religion, NOW, Tiger? Give us all a break. Cheap PR stunts are what the writers at SNL live for! It was all too staged and really lacked sincerity. Ugh.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  259. Pati

    I agree with Tiger. His public life is golf. His marriage and family life is private and really none of anyone elses business.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  260. Rose Bandura

    Boy oh boy, get that guy off the tv that is just trashing Tiger's speech!! I could tell you were shocked at his comments just listening to that guy, WOW!! I was the biggest Tiger fan and turned my back on him once I heard what he had done....but I gotta be honest....he got to me, I felt his apology was genuine and wish he and his wife and family nothing but the best......I hope they can make it all work out!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  261. Moses Ngugi

    Why apoligize over what is natural to every man who produces testosterone? We all fantasize. The only problem with Tiger is that he chose to execute his fantasies. Men are polygamous by nature but we society has tried to make us monogamous without much success. So we stick married but have little escapades here and there. Woe unto you if you get caught and worse if you are famous. Tiger needs to relocate to Kenya where one can marry as many women as his money can allow. Sex therapy will not remove his excessive drive. What he needs is several women to dry him up! Or, his wife to devote extra sessions to keep him dry. In real sense, Tiger fell in between his ego and a wife who could not keep up with his sexual drive.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  262. Stephanie

    I think he did fine. Sure, it was a bit monotone, but I'm sure it was a very uncomfortable time for him. And he's right to ask the media to leave his family alone. Sure, his wife bought into his fame when she married him, but his kids deserve to be left alone. These guys on the follow-up program who are overly criticizing him are just wrong.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  263. Misha

    Eldrick's oh I mean Tiger Wood's 'apology' was read with the depth and emotion of a high school child reading a report on geriatric hygiene routines.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  264. Lore Delluomo

    None of it is really our business. It is between him and his wife. I believed him, felt he was sincere and am just anxious for him to return to the game of golf!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  265. NewOrleans47

    As someone familiar with a 12-step program, I recognize that Tiger Woods' statement was shaped by the principles of a 12-step recovery process and is authentic to those beliefs. Thus viewed, it is neither arrogant nor self-serving. I commend his courage and wish him well on his journey of recovery.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  266. PJ

    My thought is once a cheater always a cheater but then again what business is it of ours? He owes his wife an apology – probably everyday for the rest of his life! And the women he cheated with owe her an apology too!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  267. Marisol Martinez

    I don't condemn Tiger for making the same errors that many people make. Here is my problem, there was absolutely no sense of sincerity in his speech/script. It was a joke, the way he read the speech!

    It is a personal issue but he waived that right when he decided to become a pro golfer. You are held to a standard.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  268. Roberta

    Tony,
    Mr. Wood's statement, while viewed as some as being a PR nightmare, was for him and his family. The media will move on to the next topic, this family has been rocked to its core and should be allowed to heal in private.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  269. Bea

    Hi Tony:

    I do not believe a word Tiger said. He is doing it just for PR and to prepare his re-entrance into the golf world that he so mistakenly left. Well, he failed on the PR portion.
    Who cares for what happens between Tiger and his wife? He did not cheat on the public, did he? He violated the trust his wife had in him. Only his wife will have to deall with that issue.
    People should stop giving two cents to these atlhetes. He is not different from other men. I watched his statement because I watch CNN and you have to show these types of stuff, I guess. Who cares for Tiger? Who is Tiger anyway? Thank you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  270. T. Tate

    Ok Mr. Tony, who is this Rick Cerrone guy. I am so very distrubed by all these people who think that Tiger or anyone else owes them something. He said he felt entitled to do what he did and they feel entitled to probe into his personal life and demand he explain himself them. Who are these people who expect more from others than from themselves? Who is he to say that eh was humbled enough? So what he used a prepared script – don't most people who give a speak use a script to stay on point and focused? Would Rick or anyone else (the white hair guy) who thinks he should have not mentioned his children and the media – wouldn't u take the opportunity when u have the floor to touch on all points – what is on mind?

    Lord I pray that EVERYBODY who has so much critism and judgement that they never do anything (or at least it is not exposed – because some of them have committed adultrey and done others things – maybe even worse) that causes their name and character – their dirt, indiscretion, sin – to be brought b4 the public and before their friends and family. Some are living in glass houses.

    And to all those who keep telling his wife to leave him – may I say shut up – who are u to tell that woman to leave her husband – if she desires to work on and out her marriage and stay with her husband – that is her business and choice – it is your all trying to make her feel stupid for wanting to make it work that makes it hard.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  271. Earl L. Kerr

    Hi! Tony,
    Just watched your program w/Tiger apology. I had a tear
    in my eye for this man I've watched for years. He made in my
    opinion the most necessary statement anyone can make.
    He is the only one who can give him absolution. He can't
    change the past; but he can promise himself, as he did, not
    to make those mistakes again.
    So, I say: " Go forth Tiger and be the promise keeper you
    can be." May the Force be with you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  272. Tyrone Adams

    Ok seriously, money and power corrupt the very human heart. I don't believe ANY of this is our business. I do, however, give props to Tiger for being a man and admitting his faults. Tyrone Hattiesburg, Ms

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  273. kwadwo Appiah

    Tiger is a golf player not the pope. Please live him a lone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  274. Ken Vickery

    I can not believe that two supposed professionals would cut down another person's handling of their own public statement of contrition. The was Tiger's first statement and perhaps last statement. Could he not say what he want to say to everyone? Can he not defend his family from the media? Is not what he has done to his family between him and his family? Why does the media (and public) want to know and spread the dirt about someone else's life? Would they want their own mistakes publicized and rehashed over and over again for weeks and months and publicize EVERYONE'S opinion about what occurred?

    Tiger tried to be open, honest, apologetic in his own way. Why do people have to say - he did it wrong, said the wrong things, should have, could have - just because HE didn't say what they would have said - and if he HAD said what 'they' wanted, others would have found fault with that as well.

    So many people are using Tiger to express their own anger about their own lives. Let's all learn from his tragic mistake and learn to solve our own problems without putting them on him.

    When a person is down, help him up, don't keep putting him down to just lift yourself up and feel better about yourself. EVERYONE has their own skeletons and should work within their own lives and let others be responsible for their lives.

    The public does not have a right to know the details of a person's life if it does not directly effect their own well being. If a person feels they have the right to know the details of another's life, then stand up publicly and tell everyone about your own mistakes and what you are dealing with. Then look into a mirror....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  275. Barbara Lampley

    Tony, You said it! The NY Yankees guest would not have been pleased with anything Tiger said.The media feels slighted; like Tiger owes them something. Get Real!! For most of them Tiger made their careers.If you are in a state of complete chaos, why would you open yourself to the media who only want the solacious headline. A scripted statement is the only way to do this.Would you face the press and speak unscripted about such a private matter??Would you?Move on; it's so hypocritical.All of us have behavior issues we're deling with.So everyone can identify except the Sports/Media writers.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  276. Carol Harris

    As a woman, I'm discusted with his behaviors. However, he appeared to me as very nervous, stumbling with his words as if; had they not been written he could not possibly speak at all.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  277. Vanessa Mitchell

    All I have to say is APPAULING. This whole saga with Tiger Woods reminds me of the adulteress in the bible who found herself in front of Jesus without the adulterer, but a line of men ready to stone her. When Jesus asked them "who of you is without sin" they all disappeared.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  278. Santos

    Incredible. a man apoligizes and takes responsibilty for his actions and all i could hear is that he didnt do things properly because he excluded the media from asking questions. I do feel that his message should have been more personal if it came from the heart and not prewritten. But then again i have never had to apoligize on national television.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  279. Donna

    Since when is having sex outside your marrige a scandal. What does this have to do with Tiger being a great golf player.Absolutely nothing. Man America we are all human!!!!! When will we learn Athlete,Actors, are all just regular people. When will the woman who disgraced themselves by sleeping with a married man get their turn to apologize to the world?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  280. angelina smith

    honestly tigers speech convinced me to start believing in him again evryone makes mistakes the world needs to get over it and let him deal with his problems privately. and the mark that guy made about tiger looking mad he should be because the media is just all in his buisness and his family leave them alone imagine your family in this situation dont just single him out because he is a celebrity!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  281. Floyd Randolph

    I like most America and Tiger fan accepted his statement. Tony finally agree with you THIS IS A PRIVATE MATTER. But the media needs to make money. Trust me the media can be mad and try to crucifiy Tiger but we the fans and America will be there and support. Ty NIKE for staying the course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  282. Dee

    Totally disagree with your 2 guests. Their crtique was way off! This was a sincere heartfelt apology. Im not easily swayed by made for TV phoney apologies. I felt Tiger's pain.Was in tears for him.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  283. Barry J

    To Rick,

    Maybe it wasn't meant to be a PR event but rather a real first step in the healing process. Think you were way off to the mark in your critique of Tiger's statement. So many public officials could learn from making a full and forthright public apology. Not a fan of what Tiger did but happy to see him contrite.

    Barry

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  284. Frank

    Tony, thank you so much for professionally "pushing back" at your guests, especially Rick Barrone. It is shameful that the media wants to neuter Tiger Woods – break HIM all the way down primarily to make a dishonest buck. I wonder if this is being done ,in part, because Tiger is non-white (not to mention married to a white woman), he has power, authority and most painfully for the media, control.
    For some reason I don't remember the media wanting Mark Agwire to apologize multiple times as Tiger did today. And of course, it's never enough because Tiger is not apologizing on THEIR terms. Amazing! The more things change, the more things stay the same... Great interview, Tony.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  285. Mary

    The guests that CNN had commenting about Tiger's speech were a "disaster!" The "psychologist" said he didn't believe that "sex addiction" was a legitimate diagnosis and the Yankee guy, he was an idiot!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  286. Jayvee

    Tony,
    I'm glad Tiger didn't apologize to the dozen or so women. They got what they wanted and now have had their fifteen minutes of exposure. They should just go away. For the porno queen whose lawyer said she deserved an apology, glad you didn't get it because you don't deserve one..

    Tony, I agree with your comments, not those of your guests. They're the reason Tiger is leary of the media. There is no way he could please any or all of them, so he's right to just worry about himself

    Tiger has issues that probably stem from a very controlled and public upbringing; so it's going to take time to heal from it. When he's healthy and the beast inside of him settles down, his golf game will be stronger than ever.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  287. Franco from Windsor Ontario

    Was that really Tiger or a Robotic Clone?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  288. radish

    He apologised. Amen. Let go and let God be his judge.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  289. Ada-Mt pocono

    Tiger doesn't owe any of us an apology! The only people he had to apologize to was Elin and his mom for the pain andembarrassment he caused them.

    Your commentators were totally off base. I wonder how their PRIVATE lives mesure up?

    The only thing that fans should be concerned about are is his golfing ability.

    He was nice to do this publicly, but frankly it wasn't necessary.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  290. Moe

    Wa Wa Wa

    No one will argue that he is a great golfer.
    But as person he has – is – and will continue to be
    above us all. Looks good on him

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  291. jeff grocky

    Two steps back Tiger... Terrible.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  292. Pat Moran

    Good for you Tony, defending Tiger. He doesn't owe the media anything, they have made plenty of money from Tiger. The media's problem is they think they rule the world!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  293. GeoffD

    Rick Cerrone, was too agressive for a first comment after Woods apology. I think people want to move on , forgive Tiger and appreciate his candor – staged or otherwise.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  294. Realistic in New Orleans

    Are you kidding me? This is a private matter between Tiger and his family. Yes his actions were disastrous. This is just another case of a child prodigy that was lacking normal childhood freedoms. Why are we surprised? Come on people get over it and get a life.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  295. LA Steve

    Tony,
    The "experts" on your show are way off base, as they're only looking at the golf/sports issues. Tiger has done an outstanding job of taking baby steps toward healing HIMSELF. The next steps will be private (with family), and eventually he'll be ready to begin his golf/PR campaign to get back into the game. He'll only be as good as he was after his internal healing is complete.
    Get a good Psychiatrist on your show for better perspective.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  296. Matt

    He had everything and threw it all away. His apology was rehearsed and obviuosly ingenuine and merely a media boost he thought would help him. In my book he is complete garbage and doesn't deserve to be associated with golf. He is finished. If ur reading this Tiger...... Give up... U blew it and showed ur true colors.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  297. Cheryl

    This man has such arrogance about him, but I do believe he is sorry. This was a huge slap off of that pedistool of his and maybe now he'll realize he isn't above the natural morality. However, I think he should have allowed a few questions. That would have been interesting.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  298. Judy

    I thought Tiger's talk was very sincere and he seemed very humble. I have been in recovery from an addiction for over 28 years and I think he is doing the right thing by concentrating on his recovery and his family's welfare.
    I thought the two people you had on for commentary were clueless. They wouldn't like it if some selfish person was following their family for a few photos.
    I wish Tiger Woods well and hope he returns to golf as soon as he feels healthy enough.
    I wouldn't want my private life splashed all over the news.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  299. Pat

    Unfortunately, Tiger's comments came across as legal diatribe, rather than personal acceptance of responsibility for the situation in which Tiger finds himself. It is no coincidence that his statement made no apologies to the women he misled and lied to for his own selfish purposes. Certainly, some of these women, with whom he had affairs, deserved a public apology. But of course, that's where the lawyers step in and advise against accepting any responsibility for his adulterous actions. Doing so could open the door to more civil suits, if he acknowledged fault for misleading them.

    Overall, Tiger's comments were completely self-serving and superficial. The controlled environment he made his comments in was not the real world. Tiger continues to live in his own world and wants to keep the rest of the world from entering it. His handlers have to explain to him that he can't profess to be contrite and apologetic to his fans, while continuing to block them out of his world.

    Very disappointing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  300. Rebecca

    So, when is it an appropriate time to ask the new media not to follow your 2 1/2 year old to school and open her up to being abudcted ect.? What are those guys thinking?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  301. rey ramirez

    Who were those two angry old men CNN saddled you with to discuss Tiger Woods comments. What a couple of losers!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  302. Ginger Riggs

    I have listened to many apologies lately and what in the world is the public thinking???? He has apologized with his heart and soul. He is concerned about his family now and wants some privacy. It should be obvious that he wants to put his family first and put golf on the back burner. I did notice his mother very rarely made eye contact with him, she has alot of shame. But you know, I feel he is deeply mentally damaged. It has hit him hard. An addiction is a hard thing to overcome and he is facing his problems head on. Good job Tiger!!!!! Keep up the good work. The other famous people in world should take note and ck their closets as well. We all have webs, so go on and live your own life and keep your noses out of others!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  303. philippe

    Tiger Woods.....Who cares?

    We are in the middle of two wars, people flying in IRS building, Haiti forgotten, Iran building nuclear missile. Health insurance bill unachieved, People losing their jobs, and you think we care about a greedy golfer?

    Come one ...get real

    philippe

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  304. Jtime

    I'm wondering if he even read the statement before hand, it was uncomfortable to watch and never want to see it again

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  305. Julie Kogutek

    Tiger is sorry.....sorry he got caught, sorry he crashed his vehicle, sorry the media got hold of it. He has no right to be mad at the media. These are the things he did. Public figure... public property

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  306. Terri

    What is it that people wants from Tiger. First they were saying he should address the public. Now that he has done so, some think it wasn't enough. I agree with Tiger, this is between him and his wife, Elin. Please let them alone and let it be! Tiger said it all, when he stated, It's a private matter.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  307. laurie

    Tony, I think he is truly sorry for what has happen, he is right that it is a private matter. There are some people who say he should apologize to women, why? He didn't do anything to me. He is a great golfer that is what we should focus on., I won't watch golf until he does come back. You go Tiger!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  308. Scott Beard

    whoever the guy was on CNN, saying that Tiger was picking a fight with the media is an IDIOT. Tiger was expressing his disgust at the tactics used by some of the media. Following his mother around. Following his wife around. Following his KID to school. I don't blame Tiger one bit for being upset about that. Everyone would be.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  309. De Nell Lester

    I believe it took a great deal of courage for Tiger to bring his co-workers & friends face to face while he apologized. Those who continue to criticize him for the way he apologized are out of line. Who are you to judge whether his apology was correct or not. What he did was wrong & showed a lack of respect for women & himself. He should be able to deal with this privately now, in his own way, without the judgement of others. You can either choose to support him or move on! So, let's all move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  310. malcolm

    Tony,
    This whole episode is ridiculous. But not as ridiculous as the comments of your commentators. Enough is enough, we all need to move on...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  311. ray thomas

    Enough is enough the man has apologized. What do the media want him to do now beg them for forgiveness. It ironic that the same media that worshipped him are now unforgiving. These people should hold themselves to the same standards journalistically. He who is without sin let him throw the first ston....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  312. Paulette

    The media is clearly angry because he won't give them the dirt. The man fell, let him get up with grace and dignity. Respect his family and let him figure out his life. If the tables were turned, I am sure that some of these same reporters would want some grace. Do unto others as you would want them to do to you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  313. Cynthia

    It's still all about TIger. I was offended by the strong self serving tone PR He just doesn't get that he doesn't get it. It was painfully obvious how scripted and rehearsed this was.
    He's sorry all right. He wasn't sorry though until he got caught.

    Mom looked traumatized. Like she was reliving a personal humiliation of her own. To her credit she did genuinely show her love for him when the cameras were trained on her at the end.

    How dare he lecture the new media. He still can not take responsibility.

    He's asking for our help?! How about he help me $$$

    I just hope he doesn't wear Elin down into thinking he's changed. .

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  314. German Martinez

    The speech was done, he said what he had to say. So what if he was talking about himself, he did it right? So it was still about him! He is trying to change & say sorry but nobody cares they want tiger to say sorry to them! What did they do tiger? Nothing! What? Just cheer because he hit a ball, stupid just stupid. He said what he had to say so leave him alone & let him do what he has to do. If people still hate them then they are wasting there time hating because he wouldn't care because all he cares about is getting his life back on track, but fans isnt letting him because they still MAKE HIM LIKE A JERK! Okay he slept with another chick! So what everybody did it when they were in high school or even do it now. Its life

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  315. Neol Green

    Tony that joker who thinks that tiger owes the world an apology need to look inside firsrt. Tiger did fine and only needs to get back on the golf course and make the money he has lost over the past 3 months. The first role model should be a parent and those who depend on Tiger to their children's role model is simply because they cannot be.

    Tiger fan.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  316. Ed Gulfer

    Myself.. I wished the apology wasn't read off a script. Seemed the whole event was staged.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  317. ml

    This guy can't win – no matter what he says he is criticized. Cut him some slack – unless you have been in his shoes you have no right to criticize. I feel that he is doing the best he can, and doing the right things such as therapy, making ammends, putting off his return to golf. I am sick of everyone always being so critical of everything.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  318. Andrew R

    Tiger Woods has a right to condemn the media for their actions and I think he should have focused on that a little more. Sure we all are talking about him, but the media needs to be responsible for their actions too. Stalking his family is too much.

    I support Tiger Woods, he does not owe me, his sponsors, fans nor mother an apology. He should save it for his wife and children. GO TIGER.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  319. Jim

    For almost three months now, Tiger has taken the exact right steps in dealing with his family's very personal matter. A public apology is, and has always been, unnecessary. The public cannot provide him the foregiveness he truly needs. Tiger's public/televised comments provide nothing more than a reminder to his family of their pain.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  320. Denise

    To all of the people who can't believe that Tiger would cheat on his wife – those threatening to boycott him/golf....get over yourselves! I'm sure you are not boycotting Charlie Sheen's TV show and threatening his sponsors...nor are you boycotting Robert Downey Jr's latest projects...these people are "serial" offenders in MANY different ways. Get real -sometimes people cheat (may not be right), but it happens. Stop putting all of your faith in these public figures and start looking to God for guidance.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  321. Moto

    @Raymond Colombo
    An apology to the women whose lives he sullied? For the women HE went after? Give me a break. Last time I checked he didn't rape them. They made a decision to sleep with a famous athlete. It was also their choice to come out to the public about their affairs. I have a sneaking suspicion they went public in order to try to improve their lives, either through publicity or monetary gains. They don't deserve an apology for being an idiot.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  322. ree

    My Lord, why talk about it at all, he was starting to fail on his game anyway. He doesn't owe anyone an explanation but himself. He is the only one that is gonna be hurt, along with his family. All those excuses just don't cut it, man fess up you were controlled by the devil

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  323. JLIZ

    why did he find it necessary for the world to know he does NOT use drug enhancement medications???? is he letting the next batch of women know that he don't need drugs to perform?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  324. Ryan Poole

    Man ~ Tiger Woods had the media on lock (counted like 9 stations) Why we as a society require that a man be stripped of all of his humanity and dignity for mistakes that he makes, is very interesting. O.k. Que all the analyst blood hounds to figure out whether he was sincerely sorry or not What a disappointing society we have become.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  325. robert

    the arrogance of the sports reporters is unbelievable
    i do not believe that tiger will ever recover from this
    tigers apology should have lasted less than 3 minutes
    once again the media acts without regard to the consequences

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  326. Georgia

    We say we love him, and he messed up and we who say we love him put him under the bus. ok he made mistakes but hes is not the first and will not be the last.................

    this is really between him and his wife and family. he owe us the public not. leave him alone.

    God Bless you Tiger and family!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  327. andy

    I just listened to your discussion with 2 analsyt. Not sure about their names but the one from the Yankees is a hypocrit. Where was he when ARod got called out on cheating in baseball. I saw no deep felt bring the news into my life apology. I saw ARod running to the hills. So is clear cheating not as offensive to a sports fan as a off the court infidelity? Great show Tony, suggest you find guests that are clean of faults to be a good judge.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  328. kevin

    I think Tiger said what he wanted to say and nothing wrong with writing down your thoughts. If he wanted this to be a public matter he and his wife would be all over the media. A private matter should be private and left as that. another question.
    If this was a woman would we see her giving a public opology?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  329. Dena

    Tony... Tiger honestly just needs to grow up!!..... I think it wasn't necessary for him to have to make a statement..... his time would be better spent putting his life with his family back together. -Dena (from the Cayman Islands).

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  330. lb

    Tony that guy Rick is way off! You should have had regular people (fans) to discuss how the apology played. I THINK TIGER WAS GREAT. He was sincere,contrite, and sympathetic. I FORGIVE HIM! Rick and others wanted Tiger to grovel. Tiger won't kiss butt nor will President Obama. Get over it Rick and other haters.

    lb

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  331. Michael B.

    Hey Tony, REVISED 2/19/2010

    Happy Friday to you!!

    I think that it is always easier to say what you would or would not say, do or would not do, when you are not the one in the "situation room"

    Tiger did an excellent job, far better than what I had anticipated, and in time he will do alot better because more so than ever he has realized that he is "Human".

    The media will always have they're point of view, That's just how it is and that's how you guys get paid

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  332. Angela R

    Let's move on. The same thing that Tiger did happens to the average Joe or Jill in this world. Just the average Joe is not a high profile mark. Rick Cerrone is proof the media is GREED for ratings & money!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  333. John from Long Island

    Tony,

    The gentleman that said Tiger's statement was a disaster is a real Jerk. The only one that Tiger has to apologize to is his wife and family.
    He is the best golfer in the world and this is what the media and fans should worry about. His sex life is nobody's business (just him and his wife).

    The world is just jelous that they are not as successful, and that they are not getting any.
    Shut up and think Golf, because him not playing now is a true loss.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  334. Lil Gervasi

    Many were critical of Tiger's statement and demeanor, but how else could he have come across? I felt the apology was sincere, yet a lot of the media crucified him. Wonder how they would have handled it if they were in his shoes???? Why does the media always want to ask personal questions that is none of their business?! Give him a break, for goodness sake!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  335. Sheri

    Hi Tony, Tiger Woods only owes his wife, children, mother and family an apology. This is a private matter between him and his wife. I agree with you and many others....he should not play the "media game". Why would he stand and take the same stupid questions over and over from the media (i.e. Hey Tiger, why did you do it???) He answered it....because he could (like most other people who cheat....because they can until they get caught). Let's leave him alone to heal and hopefully repair his family first, then get back to the golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  336. Jackie

    What your media experts and the boycotting golf reporters are ignoring, Tiger Woods does not need the media. When he returns to golf additional sponsorship dollars will return to him. When you are the absolute greatest at what you do, you don't need commentators to like you for your rep to rehabilitated. Tiger will be fine, the people who left his side will be the ones scrambling to get back into his good graces.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  337. sharon mcgraw

    Tony, Tony ,Tony,, I personally fell Tig was given a great diservice by your show having 2 white men judge his press conference. they obviously can't be fair to him with all those white women falling out of the closet, I personally don't even beleive some of those women are telling the truth, especially the ones in the company of Gloria Alred. I use to work with Tig's mon in Santa Ana, Ca, I was sooo glad to see her by his sid, she has always tried to protecet him from these kinds of situations, I just think it is soooo sad this economy has created such desperation in these tell all women, they aren't victims, they were willing participants until the steaks got higher. Tony always level the playing field for judgement. A guest of a different complection may have brought balance and fairness or were you interested in the ratings.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  338. Deborah Clifton

    I really didn't care for the picking apart of his statement after it was over. It is what it is. As for him venting at the media.. I commend him for that... the media involves themselves far too much into people's personal lives... so if the shoe fit, wear it. The man has enough problems he's trying to deal with without having stupid media people... See More stalking his family! And for that one character saying he didn't believe in sex addiction..well, who is he to say.. he obviously has much to learn.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  339. pat hewitt

    I am surprised no one commented on the fact that his mother barely looked at him the entire time unlike evryone else in the room. Also the hugging of only the first row was pretty contrived

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  340. Andres Figueroa

    I am surprised by the comments made against Tiger,s words of apology. If we are going to dissect every sentence he read, then we may as well bury the guy. Anger at the press may be justified, and for sure anger as the people who make these unfounded comments is indicated. The man is going through a rough time, and in the meantime receiving attacks from all sides. How should a Tiger react to that? Now is time for Tiger to live by his actions and put aside the words. Show me don't tell me!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  341. og

    I still fail to see how he owes anyone anything other than his family. He is a golfer, not a priest or a public servant. People like Rick Cerrone and other media people need to put away their pitchforks and get to covering sports, not sorts figures private lives. He said he is sorry, move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  342. Kim from AZ

    For a minute, I thought the commotion in the background was Gloria Allred trying to break in with one of her clients!!! honestly, though...religion, NOW, Tiger? Give us all a break. Cheap PR stunts are what the writers at SNL live for! Too staged and zero sincerity. And the hugging...come on. Ugh!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  343. Dan Suttin

    I think Tiger did just fine. He covered everything he felt needed to be covered so that he wouldn't need to make more than this one statement.
    He was sincere, repentant, and respectful. And it was perfectly OK for him to ask the press to leave his family, and especially his children, alone. So let's just let him continue with his therapy, and he can come back out into the public eye when he is ready, and play golf again when he is ready. So be it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  344. Greg

    Was Tiger in acting school or therapy? The entire saga saddens me. While yes he owes his fans an apology he doesnt owe any of us the sorted details. I wish Tiger the best, Ive been on his wifes end of behavior like his. I hope shes stronger then I was, I couldnt forgive. Dont hide behind behind "sex addition" you made mistakes, move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  345. Emily

    Tiger needs to go play golf and get off my TV. If he continues to play well, I'll watch. Until then, lets stick to the news that it important. Promiscuity is not news. The last three months of continuing coverage has been embarrassing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  346. Alex Demetriou

    Tony...I have been in a Recovery Program for nearly 17 years now and I understand how difficult today was for Tiger Woods !
    I take my hat off to him ! He did Good and made all of the public amends that he needed to..... Unless one has been in Recovery, it is very difficult to understand how difficult Today was for Tiger ! It's just the beginning of his Recovery and I wish him All the Best for the Future.....
    "One Day @ A Time of Course !
    Thanx Alex.....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  347. Norm

    I believe Tiger did a good job for where he is right now... I agree it is a private matter between him and his wife.... It appears the people most disappointed in his explaination were the press that want to get attention by digging and digging into a situation that has already been very well publized....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  348. Scott

    I agree with Tiger.. The media feeding frenzy has to stop..

    People who have lives really do not care..

    I say we leave him alone.. He is a guy who hits a little ball into a little hole.

    How about the media reasearch matters that really matter, like finding all the wastefull spending in our Government...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  349. Steve - Fl

    I think he did enough with his statement; he accepted the blame, absolved his wife of any wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness. The details of the timing and who he cheated with are a private matter between him and his wife and family. Does anyone else ever take into consideration what his wife actually wants sheared with the public?? Or you just don't care.

    He used I, I, I, Me, Me, Me in taking full responsibility but somehow unfairly it's twisted to be selfishness...I don't get that one.

    Rick Cerrone is so out of touch with reality and strikes me as someone that probably is a big hypocrite. This was in no way a disaster and I don't think it could have resonated more with the public.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  350. Andrea

    I think Tiger's decision to leave golf is a very brave and the right one – he's chosen himself and his family first. The silver lining in this horrible incident is that it is bringing sex addiction to light. It's absolutely a rampant problem in our society, but an addiction that is easier to hide for a very long time. It's the most shameful addiction, and it is so devastating to everyone around the addict. Perhaps now we will start talking about it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  351. Mc Mankind

    Since when has being good in a sporting event equal being a good person or husband? Whatever Tiger does in his private live is non of anybody's business other than his wife and family.

    Tiger owes nobody outside his immediate family any apologies. if you're mad at him don't watch his game or cheer for him. If I were tiger, I'll let the wife that hit him with the golf club go and remain singles, sleeping with as many women as are comfortable with my request.

    People are just jealous of Tiger. Period.

    Mc Mankind
    Somerset, NJ

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  352. ednaharvey

    I wish he had simply said, "I did what I saw."

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  353. Gabe

    I thought Tiger was sincere and to the point. Your comments were correct the medias feeding frenzy should not be part of the solution for his come back. He has to accomplish this by himself and within a time frame totally up to him. I though his apology was real
    Thanks

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  354. Leigh

    Who are any of us to judge Tiger Woods? As he said, his future behavior will be the best indicator of his sincerity and while I don't think I have any business in his business, I wish him and his family the best. Last time I checked, I have screwed up royally at different times in my life. I am ever grateful for the forgiveness I have been granted and think we are all deserving of support when we have realized the error of our ways.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  355. Patte (Canada)

    Shame on the Media! No matter what Tiger Woods says, it won't be good enough for anyone of you because you didn't have control of this deal. His personal life is NONE of our business and yet the media has rammed it down our throats. I'm sick of it. He apologized over and over and over in his prepared statement. Let the man play golf and leave him alone. Interesting how each of you are judge and jury!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  356. Jason Viscosi

    Leave Britney Alone! Please! I mean Tiger.... worth how much? and he demands the press stay away – that's part of the sacrifice... did this guy ever say he was sorry to his kids specifically or just his family? It's funny how those that were nothing get some coin and than think they are Gods...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  357. julian prescod

    I think I speak for every other person in america when I say we do not care about tiger!! Unless he's golfing we do not care!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  358. karen

    this is such a private matter that we don't need to know any more than we already know. i felt tiger was sincere, yet there are those out there that will evaluate every sentence...just take it as it was, an apology. he asked for forgiveness in our hearts in time and i feel we should give him that, in the meantime we should keep tiger and his family in our prayers. unless you are walking in someone shoes other than your own we can't and shouldn't judge, especially in this case, his actions in the future will prove to be the person he wants to become. he deserves a chance and doesn't have to answer to us. rather than dwell on the past behaviors that got him here let's move forward and let's not give any of those women any more airtime, they certainly don't deserve it nor does his family need repeated images of them.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  359. Helga

    All that was missing from Tiger Woods' statement was the background music of Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love"

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  360. Whosaidthat

    I am not a fan of Tiger Woods but the media and haters need to get a grip. If Tiger does X, he's wrong...if he does Y, he is wrong...rinse and repeat. Give it a rest. All human beings are flawed. Tiger effed up beyond belief. He will have to live with the consequences of his behavior, the knowledge that he hurt people, the looks of disgust and disdain for being a cheater by those who think they are better than others. Adultery is disgusting and painful whether there is 2 or 20 affair partners, whether it went on for 2 days, 2 months or 2 years. As vile and effed up as Tiger's behavior was, I give him kudos for facing the public (even if it is not how some would like it). It is not easy to face others when you have done shameful deeds and most people are too chicksh&t to face others regardless of what they spout out their hypocrtitcal mouths. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. I do think Tiger is sincere and sees the devastation he has caused his wife and family. I have more respect for a remorseful person that screws up than the haters who are hypocrites. Go look in your own closet!!

    The guest who was a former PR rep for the Yankees is an idiot. Tiger has every reason to be angry that the media is stalking his wife and children. If nothing else, out of respect for his wife, the media and public don't need to know all the gory details of his affairs. The fame wh*ring bimbos are doing that enough in truly tasteless form. I would not have taken questions either. The media needs to get over themselves.

    Good luck Tiger and Elin.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  361. Rob Powell

    Tony...and all media journalists and columnists,

    I applaud Tiger. He owned up to his mistakes and transgressions. But, he did not need to do this today or any day. This private matter is between him, his wife and God. He does not need the media's forgiveness. The media thinks they are more holier than God...and when some celebrity makes a mistake, the judge and jury media somehow feels it's their right to dissect a person. Part of the problem with this world is judgemental humans. WE ALL SIN. CNN journalists sin.....ESPN reporters sin....CBS columnists sin....politicians sin!!!

    Todays media is like a deadly cancer. You don't have to pry into people's private lives. And Tony...what do you mean the end of Tiger's statement was awkward? He hugged and thanked his mother and friends who have/are supporting him. Could you not see that? Not very perceptive on your part.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  362. Nebulon Azu

    I totally want to move on. I do not need any apologies from the man. Tiger did not hot me. He did hot his wife and family, and I am neither of two. Tiger is just a golf player. He never was a Reverend father or a church minister. Even if he was any of those, he is just one of us whom Jesus Christ says: “all have sin, and come short of the glory of God”. I can not wait to see him play Golf again.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  363. Neil

    Tiger Did what he had to do....Just because he is Tiger Woods, does not mean that he is a professional public speaker, so what if he read his statement...it was not a disaster, he has a right to say its between he and his wife, and to leave his kids alone..The point is that Tiger spoke out...he doesnt owe anyone an explanation...he owes his wife and his family an explanation...he does not owe us anything....he will overcome this scandal....in a year or two, the world will forgive and forget and he will be on top of the world.....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  364. Wat2s

    Thumbs up to tiger,
    The ball is on his green, he is in control of his problem and not letting the media manipulate it as they would. He came across as sincere
    and I believe he is going about this the right way. Scripted? for sure. I wouldn't want to look like a bumbling fool either. No questions from the media? Keeps him in control of the whole situation. Cerrone? come on guy!

    Let him deal with what is on his plate, and when that is settled, FORE!
    you'll be even more impressed when the clubs start swinging again
    -guaranteed!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  365. Teresa

    I believe Tiger was sincere in his remarks. It is reported that he wrote the speech himself and had been working on it a long time. I agree the media should lay off his family, especially his children. Since when did the media make themselves "God". Tiger owes them nothing and I am sick and tired of certain media helping to destroy people's lives. Tiger is right, a lot of this is none of their business. No matter what Tiger has done you can never take away from him the fact that he is one of the greatest golfers in the world and has attributed much to the golfing world. I for one never watched golf until Tiger and I will not watch it again until he returns. He who lives in glass houses, quit throwing stones.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  366. Loretta

    I think he only needs the approval and or forgiveness of his wife and his God. This is a very personal and private issue and situation between Tiger and his wife Elin. The media is upset and dissappointed with his press release because he did not provide more information that would be additionally critical. It's their business!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  367. Corey Johnson

    The sad truth is that for some people no matter what was said in his statement, it would not have been enough, and for other she still has done nothing wrong. Tiger's issue is a private family matter and I think his statement was conducted in kind, a private intimate setting. I pray that the Woods Family can find peace, harmony, and some sense of normalcy. And I pray that all the hypocrites in the public and media who have not lived perfect lives, who have done shameful things , who have lied, who have made mistakes, can find peace of mind and stop projecting your own deep sense of indignity from your own imperfections on public figures like Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  368. michelle

    it takes a lot of courage to apologize in front of the entire world on such an embarrassing situation. however, i feel that he only did it as part of his rehab. he used his rehab and "addiction" as an excuse. he did admit that he made a mistake and apologized, but only because he had to. i still think that if it were up to him he would not have said anything and may never. i still think he is only sorry he got caught.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  369. Terri

    Tiger spoke well from his heart and where his current mind is right now about his problems. I do agree his personal problems should be between him and his wife. I think the media should not attack his children just because they can't get to him. Leave him alone to fix his marriage and his life so he can return to playing golf real soon. His real fan miss him playing. I care less about the media thinking Tiger owes them his life and forgiveness.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  370. Terry

    Why all the fuss about the "questions"? What the heck do you want to keep asking when you know that in a couple of months Tiger is back in the game and everyone of you will be happy.
    Stop with the phoniness. He apologized, spelled it out and end of story. Move on to something more important than salicious detail seeking.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  371. Dave lyons

    After watching Tiger woods Press conference , I can but think of how difficult this was for him as he is still in treatment for his addiction. Its very easy for the pundits to criticize rather than looking at what ever sincerity there may have been in his statement.
    1. He did acknowledge that he owes his spouse and apology by showing her changes not by saying the words. Anyone who knows anything about recovery from treatments will acknowledge thats what a person needs to do.
    2. Yes he shook hands with those present after his release. Remember they were hand pick by him and or his therapist. So yes he did say thank you.

    3. Lets get on with life and deal with the real issues of the world

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  372. Branka

    None of us know what it feels like to step outside and take responsibility for what we've done in front of the entire planet. It takes some guts I'm sure.
    I totally agree with what he said, it's a private matter, between him and his wife. There are millions of chaters in this world and no one cares and no one apologizes.
    And someone said that those women should apologize to his wife? I don't understand why... they didn't make commitment and promises to her.
    Good luck Tiger with your recovery. Best to you and your family.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  373. Kelvin B.

    I commend Tiger for taking the blame for all he has done to bring pain to his family. However, it's sad to say, no matter whatever he says won't be enough for some. I have found that those who offer the most criticism are found later to have the same skeleton's in their closets.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  374. LESLIE

    he said enough to us it is up to his wife

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  375. Anne

    His mother's body language told the real story. Anger as he spun the domestic violence issue and tried to convince the audience of Elin's virtues. At other times not looking at Tiger, fidgeting, etc.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  376. ruby

    If u have reach to adult stage of your life, truthfully we have all strayed out of the ram of Life. Meaning that we all have done something that we are not proud of, Tiger's SEX. Thw Bible says that "Open onfesswion is good for the soul" He did do that and feels much better about the situaion. Now he is ready to make the next step for the come Back. At least he had reach the "Come Back" stage, whereas some still have not recognized where they are. He is alive and has another chance, he did not end up like the football player that was killed by his mistress on July 4th last year. He has another chance. I don't like golf, but have a compassion for people that have trouble in their lives. Look at yourself, is your life totally straight? NO

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  377. John

    I thought he said the most "ignorant" thing he could. He said that all answers are "between Elin and myself". His golf performance is public and he should be willing to answer questions on his negative behavior and not just his positive golf actions.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  378. Laura Gentile

    I used to think CNN was a joke when they covered OJ twenty four hours a day. And when they showed Anderson Cooper pretending to be blown down in a little wind.

    Now CNN is living up to it's potential with the coverage in Haiti, shows like Candy Crowley, Fareed Zakaria, and Anderson Cooper 360 to name just a few. Please don't ruin it with Tiger 360.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  379. Dwayne

    First of all this was a very private matter. I am all for family but if things aren't healthy in a marriage then the marriage is headed for disaster. Don't get me wrong Tiger is totally responsible for his wrongful actions and it just took this situation to bring things to a head. Some people feel sorry for Elin but I don't for the simple reason if she wouldn't have been a part of the medley at their property, none of this would have been in the news and therefore this could have been dealt with privately like it should have.

    Relating to his news statement, no matter what Tiger would've said , it wouldn't have been enough for some, which is not their nosey business anyway. Although, he said more than he needed to, I think we are headed in the right direction to get him back where he belong--on the golf course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  380. Richard Kochmann

    Tony, I think your coverage with the so-called authorities on analyzing or critiquing Tiger Woods' speech was ridiculous. Brought to us by the same talking heads who don't hear with their hearts, Barack Obama. One has to be part of the Black experience in America or spiritual connected to understand when people are speaking with sincerity from their hearts. These talk-a-monsters live in their heads, not their hearts (with which they are out of touch) and dare to criticize someone speaking from his heart, which they can't perceive! Ridiculous! Next time get us some people who are attuned to REALITY and not their own pompous mind games and so-called self-importance.
    Thank you! A viewer in Costa Rica. P.S. I liked when Tiger talked about his childhood experience with Buddhism, and its premises, and how he had lost his way. I was also surprised to learn he had been spending 45 days in residential treatment. Doesn't anyone hear these things? Don't they resonate? Ridiculous!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  381. Dwight

    I watched this because it was all that was on. I have a thought. LEAVE this man and his family alone. this is a private matter, he doesn't have to discuss it with us and we're selfish to think that he does. He did what alot of men and women have done, he e should be left alone to fix his life. I guess Jesus said it best, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. so all you media folks that think he owes you an explanation, shut up go interview your mom, she'll tell you to mind YOUR own business.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  382. Brent

    He is taking ownership for his actions, . . . good for him.

    The media must be grinning – kicking a man when he is down so that he got to this point – wow. I had no idea he had gotten to this point.

    Tiger did not owe any of as an apology – only his family had that coming. What he did today went way beyond what was needed.

    Can you all back off now and let this man, his wife, and his children work through their issues as they need to. This is ridiculous – the media going for blood – back off!!

    BTW – CNN reporting is not consistent with other networks, . . . once again, you are way off base.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  383. Johann Nield

    If everyone in the world would get a life they wouldn't trying to live through other people. With everything else going on, We should wish him well convince him to regain his golf life and move. But this will never happen because we are as fickled as he was.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  384. Gerry Maidens

    I feel he has a long way to recovery. As no time did he say "Hi I,m Tiger Woods and I'm a sex addict" How true is his recovery?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  385. Lisa

    To me he appeared very nervous and very embarassed. I am sure he is sorry! Weird how we cannot just accept an apology but now have to dissect and critique it. Geez, lets just get over it and move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  386. Wilma

    Leave this man alone!!!! If he can't work thru his problem it will be very evident, Then it is his wife to deal with Not the public. You can admire a game the person plays seperate from his personal life

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  387. Vic

    SNL is going to have a tough time besting that performance.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  388. Gladys Bowden

    I think that Tiger woods talked accross the table also, He never once said FORGIVE ME. In his statement he only said believe in me.
    I think that he is asking for us to put hime back on the top.
    He needs to just admit that he made a mistake and he really needs help when it comes to seeing nice blonde young women in the streets . He really needs help with this situation.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  389. Ken

    I think what Tiger done was terrible but for the media to say "Do you want to rebuild your image or pick a fight with the media" is very selfish! To many reporters are so much more concerned about their story then how they might impact a family or person. they seem to feed more off of others pain and suffering then real news. How would they feel if the tables were turned? I say give the guy him and his family their space. If he fails, they have to live with the pain and repercussions.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  390. jeff

    The Tiger Stage.

    Terribly scripted and staged. I thought he was not sincere. Attacking the media was wrong. He's the one that was being unfaithful to his wife, kids, friends, sponsors, and fans. He could have cleared up much soon after Thanksgiving but choose not to. If you want the good PR you either have to live up to it or expect the bad PR if you don't. I don't believe him and I really don't believe he believes it either.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  391. Angelina

    Having mastered the golf course there is only one thing Tiger needs to do now and that is master himself. He is discovering that when people give you trinkets, when they get angry and disappointed with you they snatch them back to shame you He will discover that when he applauds himself and create his own cerificates and trophies NO ONE can take them from him. Do not get attach to or take seriously anything that is given by the media, sponsors or the fans. They are fleeting and illusory.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  392. Judy

    Tony I watched Tiger statement I say leave him alone whom of you is perfect? If you are did you hang on the cross?Let Tiger try to move on for his family and his fans.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  393. craig conley

    Hey Tony,

    Did you notice that the Earth's orbit stopped while Tiger was speekaing?....Me neither.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  394. Sharon

    He should have thought about his two year old when he was seeing every skank in the universe. He wants his privacy? Tony you think this is a personal issue, then why do you and all the other "news" authorities give us a play by play every second of every day.
    He is a self absorbed, phony who got caught. You do not believe he intentionally presented this announcement today and has nothing to do with the current golf tournament. Pluuzzzzzzze!
    He plans and controls everything. How will he respond when his children "google" him in a few years.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  395. Angel Padilla

    When Tiger Started his career he was just a young Boy. All of the Sponsors should feel just as responsible for not protecting their investment. You take any 20 or even 30 something year old and give him more many than he'll ever need and what do you think is gonna happen. Leave the Man and his family alone and let him get back to what we all love about him... his Golf Game.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  396. nat

    He's sorry. Let's save our criticism now for his showing on the golf course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  397. Nancy Smith

    I think this is a private situation between Tiger and his wife. I believe the media needs to not be judgemental and, if anything, be supportive not only for Tiger but for his family. Tiger didn't do this by himself. These women knew who he was. They knew he was a married man with children. They made a decision to pursue a relationship with him; and likewise, he knew who he was. He knew he was a married man with children. Let us not judge him in an unfavorable light, while we make these women out as "poor things." They are not; they were in this for a reason.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  398. BALOGUN

    Who among all who criticize Tiger Wood is clean? People who are critical of this guy should first of all look at their own family before others. No one is clean.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  399. Pastor V.Cross

    Overcoming a setback in life is achievable once you admit your wrong, ask for forgiveness and stay focus on your Family. This is a Key to overcoming any setback in Life ,Tiger has gotten the easy Part over with.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  400. Carolyn

    Tony, Quick look over there – awwww you missed it – there goes the point. The point of the whole Tiger press conference was to answer as many questions as he could as there were no questions allowed. He didn't have to but he did. He took responsibility, now let him go and be the great golfer he is. The rest is between him and his family. I know positive comments aren't as yummy as negative ones Tony but come onnnnnnnnn.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  401. Char

    Wow! He copped to A LOT! It is clear that the guest are jus PO'd that Tiger still won't give them the juicy details. I respect that aspect of his apology. His infidelity should not be news! I also like that Elin was NOT there! Good for her! So many public women stand by their bad boys...he got into the mess by himself let him clean it up! Stay strong Elin!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  402. Sandy

    I wish the new's media would back off they certainly don't know how Tiger was feeling. I watched every moment of his speech and I commend him. Good Luck to you & your family Tiger.. Well done regardless of what those snakes in the media have to say!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  403. Ms. 'B' Dawson

    So, the media and public didn't get another humble, teary sports figure apologizing for letting down the fans, his public, his sponsors, et al and begging for forgiveness. Remember to put on an act and give the public what they want to preserve the franchise!

    Instead, Tiger was blunt and direct (and sometimes angry) about how he felt and how his family has been treated – in essence, "its private, its going to stay private and I'm working on improving myself". He was stiff and uncomfortable, but I applaud his frankness and honesty after years of bad behavior.

    B Dawson

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  404. Carlos

    Tony – Well said! "Maybe he isn't playing to the media ..." He isn't. He owed those for whom he was an example and those who supported him unquestionably an apology. He has done so. He remains a private person. The media cannot accept a world without a half time show, without pandering at it's feet and where they remain just the media, reporters of the facts not rather than the augurs of populars consensus.

    Carlos A.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  405. angelina smith

    evryone needs to get over it he apoligized which really counts evryone needs to be quiet mind your own buisness and live your own life why are you so worried about his get over it "you pay taxes then you dieeee" leave him aloneee

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  406. Brenda Leclercq

    Admitting fault helps start the mending process, give him the time and space that he needs to be the person that he was.
    Brenda Leclercq

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  407. Kent

    I think it's time to to move beyond the personal life of Tiger Woods and focus on the weightier matters of life. There are more important issues to address than the graphic details involved in the indiscretions of a sports figure.... who just so happens to be a BILLIONAIRE!

    KC

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  408. Donna

    So when do the women apologize????

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  409. Margo

    Enough already!!! Im tired of hearning about Tiger Woods getting caught in his infidelty. So what, its his business and his wife's. All men cheat, he just got caught. And he will do it again but maybe the next time he's choose a women that doesnt kiss and tell. About the interview today, he wasnt sincere nor does he care what we feel, he just did that scripted interview so he could get back out and play the MASTERS.

    Tiger is arrogant and does care about what the public thinks,its all about the sponsors and the money. He didnt embrasse me or my family, I could care less about who he sleeps with...all men does it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  410. Tony

    I do not care about thsi guy, he does not need to apologize to me at all, h is still a Great golfer, that' s his own troubles, they should just live him alone to deal with his stuff.

    I hope he learned his lessson and moves on!
    People and media get real to more important things ,we are at war in a recession , people are loosing their homes, jobs etc and and all you care to watch is this the guy ? get real!!

    let's talk about all the soldiers children enduring pan and suffering because they lost their parents serving our country and they need our help!! let's talk about that and apologize to them for not listening to their cries for help!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  411. philip hastings

    I thought Tiger's statement was right on. He apologized umpteen times to everyone! He was right in telling the media to stay away from his kids and that all the details belonged between him and his wife. If he had opened it up to questions, it would have turned into a totally seedy exhibition. He has some pride, you know, and he owes the news media NOTHING about the details.

    Where did you get those two guests!? The white bearded psychologist says right out he doesn't believe in sex addiction! He's going to be really supportive of the process Tiger is going through! And that other guy saying the whole presentation was a devastation??!! What is his agenda? The last thing in the world I as a viewer and Tiger fan cared about or was even thinking about was whether the set looked like an old Saturday Night Live set.

    Was he sincere? Did you see him practically tear up about 3 times? This was tough stuff he was doing – actually part of the famous 12 step process from what little I know. Apologize to those you hurt. I wish Tiger all the best! I was only sorry to hear now that he likely won't play the Masters which I thought he'd come back for but giving that up will show Elin again how serious he is about being sorry and wanting to get back with her and that she and his kids are more important to him that golf! At the end, he was merely hugging and thanking his supporters, people who love him. The last guy he hugged was an old golf buddy friom college who is now on the tour.

    Phil Hastings

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  412. Patricia Cameron

    Tiger Woods said what needed to be said to the public. The media needs to leave him and his family alone so they can do whatever healing is possible. Even if his wife divorces him, he needs to heal their relationship with her so that his children will not suffer for what he did. Ever since Clinton, the "News" media has been in everyone's bedroom if that person is in the public, when are we going to get back to reporting news. This man is only required to make amends to those he hurt, and that does not include strippers and porn stars who knew he was married. I am a 62 yr. old women and I can count on one hand the men I've known in my life who were completely faithful to their marriages. He made a huge mistate, now we should leave him alone to work on his family and fix it if he can. He owes us nothing more, but to be a great golfer when and if he comes back.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  413. tracey

    I think the media should leave Tiger alone. He is not the first man to ever cheat on his wife and will not be the last. What about Kobe Bryant, he raped someone and what does the media do they leave him alone when he has his press conference and cries. What he did is far worse than what Tiger did. I am so tired of hearing everyone trying to analyze what Tiger did or said in his statement . Leave Tiger alone and let him and his family deal with this personally. Go after Kobe Bryant for raping someone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  414. Leslie

    Better than most of the staged apologies I've seen over the last few years. Sounded genuine and I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt...for now. Let's follow Elin's advice and let actions speak. None of us are perfect and for that reason I'd like to offer a 2nd chance.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  415. jp

    Honestly I don't even think it was necessary for Tiger to apologize to anyone but his wife and family. His performance as a golfer has nothing to do with the personal issues in his marriage. Tiger is not the first, and will not be the last person to have an affair. Do we need to have a press conference for every person that breaks their marital vows?

    Finally, I do feel the media does feed this unfortunate frenzy of the public to build up idols and hold them to higher standards than they themselves have, only to tear them down. When did we begin to revel more in others failings than their successes?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  416. Scott Stodden

    Ok Tony I watched the statement and you know Tony it is what is, he apologized, admitted he was wrong, he's embarressed and you could clearly see that in his face and by the way he speaking. Is he truthfully sorry for what he, do I believe he's sorry? That's not for me to say I think he's sorry and embarressed that he got caught but no matter what he did what I've been saying he should do apologize, apologize to the family, his wife and kids and to the fans around the world who looked up to him. Now we should all put this behind us and lay it to rest and let Tiger continue his theraphy and return to the game oneday, whatever game that is only one can wonder! Have A Great Weekend Tony, your the best.

    Scott Stodden(Freeport,Illinois)

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  417. Dan

    So, it's ok to have the media put you on a pedastal when you are in your glory, hayday, and everything is going great?
    But, now that things have gone sour, he wants everything left private. You can't have your cake and eat it to. Yes, he was sorry; however, he did a lot of scolding to the media. Not a good day to do it.
    He should have apologized and left it at that.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  418. Karen from Michigan

    I watched the Tiger Woods statement and felt that many times he was on the verg of emotion. His is asking for another chance to be the man he wants to be. I get angry when someone comes along and reads into a statement and makes something else out of it. The man is hurting and belive me, a hug is the best cure. He admitted he was wrong in his actions – what more do you want – blood!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  419. Rosetta Turner

    Tiger; I appreciate the apologies to your wife and children and to
    your fans. We are all human, we all make mistakes. Realize
    who is your judge. I can' t wait to watch you play again, what are
    you waiting for. I only started watching golf when you started
    playing, and refuse to watch until you return.

    Love you Tiger. H U R R Y Return.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  420. Dorothy

    Who cares what anyone else thinks. He apologized already. Man will never forgive you. That's why you have to look for forgiveness from on high.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  421. Bobby Matyja

    Regardless of what Tiger Woods said today, his appology would be criticized. I feel that Tiger Woods has realized that he was in the wrong in his actions. I don't think it really matters as to what he would state in his appologies but rather that he realize that he did indeed, make mistakes that have not only tarnished his name and reputation but more so done damage to the image that so many people admired and looked up to.
    The fact that he cheated may have been caused by any number of things. It may have been caused by the price of fame and being in the eyes of the media at all times.
    Forgiveness lies only with his family and the ones that he has hurt most. It is not up to the public to forgive a world class athlete for his "personal" actions but rather look at what this individual's achievements were on the course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  422. jonathon

    No wonder he refused to have any press present to ask questions; he displayed so much anger during that speech that he likely would have attacked someone if they asked a questions he didn't like. He's a public figure – he needs to deal with that. He is angry that, in his mind, the media is fabricating events and reporting them as fact, but if he refuses to be honest about what he did, and refuses to tell the media anything, then that is simply what will happen. Plus, does anyone actually believe Elin wasn't running down swinging a golf club at his Escalade when he crashed. He was driving and says that she broke out the window to "rescue" him, but the back window was the one smashed out. Who smashes out the back window to rescue someone in the drivers seat? I don't believe a word he says anymore, and hope he never wins another major.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  423. Conroy

    Tony I think no matter what Tiger did during his statement would not be enough for some people. This is a private matter between he and his wife and he did the right thing by not taking any questions.
    We are all so righteous untill we are in the media spot light but remember he that is without sin let them cast the first stone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  424. marnie

    Are you kidding me? Listen to what Tiger said. It is about his wife and himself. He did a great job and you are still only saying the negative things and reading the negative comments. Come on Tony, how can you have 2 men say all that crap and you agree?

    Where are the postive comments...excuse me, it is about his family and himself and he appologize to everyone including his business partners, friends, fans, children.

    What does he have have to do or say to please reporters....shaking my head.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  425. Carol Bales

    I'm not really a golf or sports fan, just your average grown woman. I think Tiger did a great job. He apologized, is continuing with his therapy and asked for help. What more do we need? I don't appreciate sports PR people and psychologists picking his statement apart. The general public saw a humiliated man tell us more than we knew and it had to have been difficult to do-especially in front of his mother and mother in law. Anyone who has ever screwed up badly can appreciate what he did without picking it apart.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  426. irene

    if u are without sin cast the first stone...LETS ALL MOVE ON...forgive and you shall be forgiven also. IT'S A FAMILY MATTER.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  427. Derek

    Leave Tiger alone. If he was the president of Exxon and had affairs with women no one would care. He is a young rich professional golfer who was living life like a rock star. So what. This is his issue and he has to deal with his life as he sees fit. All this publicity is going to ruin his ability to do what he is good at – play golf. What a shame.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  428. Dolores Erbe

    First I am very glad that Tiger FINALLY came out with this morning's TV performance....I BELIEVED HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart goes out to him and his family and deeply feel he is sorry...he got lost somewhere when his father passed...I kept saying to friends last summer Tiger isn't focused anymore...wasn't himself......my 90 year old mother who has never held a golf club loved watched him the past 2 years and she kept saying it was his knee....I didn't think it was at all his knee..felt he had something on his mind....to me the game of golf is 70% staying focused....
    I can't wait for Tiger to start golfing for the public again....he is truly missed...just isn't the same w/o him and yet how awful for him too....lots of pressure to perform.
    With all my heart I pray that he and Elin can keep their marriage together..my one concern though....they always say a Tiger doesn't change their stripes....can Tiger truly change????? Praying that he can....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  429. Deborah

    If he wants his family out of the spotlight then retire from golf. Does he not have enought money? What makes him think that returning to golf after therapy will make this go away? Of course he will make money money. Retire Tiger, you have made your bed. AT WHAT PRICE FAMILY?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  430. Cliff

    Well. being HUMAN myself I sometimes get a little "off" track when telling something. But Tiger was right about a couple of things. ONE. this is about his family and only maybe, close friends. And HE made HIS mistakes. Like we all do. Second, he probably needed to "vent" about his concern for his daughter! And the media should do their job and report what IS important, not try and GET something juicy out. Details about his private mistakes are NOT for public enjoyment! MEDIA...quit stirring the pot because you need to make your job seem too important!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  431. Auntycon

    I do believe Tiger is sorry, ~~~~~ because he got caught. If his wife had not found him out, he would still be in his "Me" all important mode. Think what he did to others....15 gals? At least two abortions? Come on. He needs to really be sorry and make ammends before I will believe a word of this. He did not appoligize to one of the women that he involved in this fiasco.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  432. Barbara Stone

    The news media needs to remember that their job is to bring the
    news to the people. Instead, they have turned into judges, juries and
    hangmen. They are angry for being denied the opportunity to
    ask Tiger ridiculous, embarrassing questions. The world is a
    better place for having Tiger Woods in it. He has a problem but
    doesn't everyone, sooner or later? Barbara

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  433. Arielle

    I think they are expecting too much of these celebrities I understand that they have to keep a profile but at the same time we have to remember that these celebrities are not GOD they are not SAINTS. I am Christian I believe in Forgiveness, I am confident that Tioer's wife will forgive him. I am not justifying his behavior, it's unacceptable, but there is no need to crucify his apology, those that are saying that it was a disaster, this is uncalled for.... If anyone knows the story of David in the BIBLE, David was bad but yet GOD found in him a man after his own heart.....WHO are we not to forgive....I wish him the best, hopefully he's able to fix things with his family without the media being involved.....Like he said I think there are some things that need to stay between them, I strongly believe that the interference of the media has broken a lot of marriages, they need to stop for goodness sake

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  434. Roger

    People only care about this because it seems most people get pleasure from others pain. This should not be a public matter by any means. Yeah, I understand that it is because of who he is. However, that does not mean that the pubic has a right to know.

    I hope his fans can accept his apology. He is crazy to think that he is going to get out of the headlines. I hope he realizes that the only way to get out of the headlines is to change their focus. That will happen as soon as he starts winning golf tournaments.

    Tiger is a victim of the squeaky-clean image that he has personified. He has no wiggle room with that image. I don't think he can ever go back to that.

    Bottom line: This apology means nothing and his fans don't even have to forgive him because as soon as he starts winning tournaments all of this will be forgotten. Time heals all wounds when it comes to money.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  435. Dorcas Bowles

    Tiger Woods' comments were appropriate. He took full responsibility for his actions and asked the media to not follow his wife and child so that they can have a life. He is correct in saying that what happened to him is between his wife and himself. That is an appropriate boundary that should be respected. He is clearly feeling vulnerable and was appropriate in saying that he would not respond to questions. The media needs to respect that. Too often people in the limelight inappropriately divulge everything about their personal lives and it is not appropriate in that boundaries are crossed. Tiger's statement was appropriate and I am pleased that he is in therapy and working out his issues so that he can return to doing what he good at – playing golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  436. Azfar

    I think the world loves to pry into celeb's lives and throw judgement onto them. It is true that we as the public make them famous, but this is a personal issue that Tiger faces. He is right to say to leave his wife and kids out of it. The public says its disgusted with his action but not with following little children who already are tramatized?

    I think lets leave Tiger and more importantly his family alone while they sort this family issue. His apology was obviously scripted but he said what was needed to say to the public. He will be back to golf because that is what he does.

    Let stop prying and move on. He is an athlete. Judge him on the course, not at home.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  437. Joe

    He is the world's greatest golfer, not the world's greatest person. He seems to be sorry for what he did and wants to protect his family from any further harm. Let those of us who are perfect critcize him, the rest of us would like to see him back on the course doing what he does best!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  438. GK

    No amount of blood in the water will be enough for everyone. No matter how he handles this "spectacle" he will be criticized. I agree with tony that he owes apologies to his wife and family. Other than that, he "read", to the dismay of some, a prepared statement, as part of his therapy and attempt to regain his family. Maybe if he hadn't prepared it, he would have missed points while trying to remember everything during a pressure-filled speech. tony thought it awkward that he went out and shook hands. perhaps he needed to touch a few close people to reinforce his humanness and connection to people and to feel less a pariah. Of course it was "all about him". Who else other than the people he apologized to...all of us and particularly those he personally hurt? Vultures will not be satiated. I say: He is just a man; a man who plays really good golf, but a man nevertheless. I look forward to his return; because I, like many, do not watch when he isn't playing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  439. Chas

    What more do you want from a person? He said "yes it is me" can not any on take this? People said its all about me,me,me I,I I , If not me or I then who ? You . Please lets move on . TIGER please get back on "course" and do your thing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  440. Pramod Gaikwad

    I am sick and tired of people including those in the golf arena and the media tearing Tiger into pieces in times of his distress and wanting help and nurturning.

    As the Good Book "the Bible" has plainly stated, he who is perfect let him/her cast the first stone at Tiger.

    People who live in houses made of glass should not be the ones to throw stones at Tiger. If one cannot be positive, constructive, and nurturing to some one who is seeking for help spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically, should shut their blessed mouths and not say anything at all.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  441. Norman Ray

    WoW! I was in my truck and listening to Tiger's comments. I thought after it was over. He whom with out sin cast the first stone! I pray for his family because even with his down fall, I truely don't believe he deserved to be trash like he has been. He is not the first nor will he be the last icon that makes this fall. Hear it appears another Black Man taking abuse. I mean for weeks not days. You figure that out!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  442. Bob Simenson

    I say, God bless Tiger Woods! He confessed, apologized, repented, he is making amends and changes in his life. What more could he do? I pray that his dear wife can completely forgive him. After saying that, I personally believe golf is a stupid game that has nothing to do with real life.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  443. Marta De La Cruz

    Why apologies have to be scripted? U know what u did and who to apologized to why read,it should come from your heart at that moment. I'm just happy his wife was not there it would made women look really bad.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  444. mark

    I believe tiger is sincere and speaks from the heart.
    Now that we've heard an apology from Tiger, will we hear an apology from
    the women involved in his infidelity? After all he did not do this alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  445. carlos

    i think tigger woods made a great statement. a private matter between himself and his wife... he reinstated his position as a man and a husband with a public appology,that should have only showed loyalty and respect to his business partners as well as media. one way conversation in apology....great!....his image will take time no need t rush it without a date to return to golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  446. Maurice

    I have been exposed to many professional athletes in my life and many of them have thought that certain rules did not pertain to them. The more famous they are, the more rules they thought they were exempt from. At Tiger's level, I can see how he would have believed himself to be almost totally immune from the rules that many of us are bound by.

    I believe that his apology today was extremely sincere. As an african american male who has played golf for nearly 20 years, Tiger is a very important part of my life. I hope with every bit of my heart that he finds the forgiveness that he deserves.

    He, like all of us, is human and therefore imperfect. He needs to be given the same respect that any of us would want to atone for his mistakes.

    I hope that he regains his strength and confidence but adds a touch of humility.

    Thanks Tiger for all that you have done and all that you will do. I have forgiven him and look forward to watching him play golf again.

    Maurice
    Marietta, Ga.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  447. Ada-Mt pocono

    Tony
    Your commentators were totally off base! I wonder how their private lives measure up to Tigers'.

    Tiger did not owe any of us an apology. The only people he owed an apology to was his wife Elin and his mom for the pain and embarrassment he caused.

    I thought it was very generous of him to apologize to everyone, but it was totally unnecessary.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  448. Phyllis from NJ

    Now can we get back to the real news of the day. There are more pressing issues, such as unemployment, health care, etc. I, for one, could care less about how sorry Tiger Woods is. Do you really think someone who is unemployed and up to their ears in debt, can relate to this sorry, multimillionaire, womanizing golfer.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  449. B. Bryant,

    It's nobodys business. Let's all comment on your lives. Talk about how you eat too much or your wasteful, or are judgemental of people, or you talk on your cell phone while driving. Everyone has there vices. Now lets all look at our own and see what should be done and what should be said and all this and that. Nobody should expect anything from anybody else for any reason. We are all only in control of ourselves. So...... Go tiger go. I don't care what he said or how he said it. Never did. I just want him to make some amazing shots. Go tiger go.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  450. Darrell

    He is a golfer not the president. Golf fans want to see him play golf. We can care less about his personal life. Tiger Woods worked hard to get everything he has, we did nothing to help.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  451. nomar

    His comments seemed to be very sincere. Its hard to watch people demand more from Tiger. Your two guest act as if they are better than him when we all know that we are all guilty of something. Good job Tiger
    It takes a lot of courage to admit infidelity to the whole world. Cant remember the last time that almost all tv stations covered anyone besides the president or micheal jackson. I would like to see anyone admit any of there problems to as many people as he did. He owes nothing to anyone but his children and Elin everyone else should take care of their own lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  452. Geri Boulding

    I still think the Tiger Woods fiasco is between him and his wife. I also believe that whatever he said a lot of people weren't going to be satisfied. Some just want to stay angry with him. It's really none of our business.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  453. M. Strawser

    Tiger acts as if this is some disease for which he is undergoing treatment. There is no such thing as sex addiction, he just thought because of his fame and fortune he could get away with it. He just could buy more sex and wild times because he has the money, but no different than the average man who cheats on a smaller scale.
    And it is our business, because a public figure pays the price of no
    privacy in exchange for the millions they make. Pay up time has come, and he is damaged goods no matter what he says or does.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  454. Dacia Johnson

    It was clear to me that he is still the same spoiled little boy. His statement that he has worked sooo hard all his life and thought he was entitled, says it all. He does not know what a days hard work is. Everything was always done for him. All he was ever expected to do was play golf. He is just a robot. There was no humility in his statement. When you take a two year old and train him instead of teach him, Tiger is what you get. Not a real person. He has tarnished the game of golf. It was the one sport with some class left and now that is gone. His tantrums and swearing were bad enough. I really wish he would take his money and disappear. It is a lot more fun to watch and listen with him not playing.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  455. Phil Moore

    It is just rediculous that this situation is given so much attenion. The entire culture of the United States promotes sex and voilence. A nd almost every TV show, SOAP operas, including kids shows, promotes adultry, fornication, and reckless sexual behavior. And this behavior now acceptable to millions of Americans. It is also rediculous in this day and age for a parent to encourage their kids to hold any politician, sport star, actor, or entertainer as a moral roll model. They have hundreds of young beautiful women throwing themselves at them and willing to do anything. I sure that ALL of those famous people are ALL morally corrupt.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  456. scott

    I have always been a huge Tiger Woods fan. I watch most of the tournaments he plays in and have even gone to a PGA major just to watch tiger play.

    I was very disappointed by his infidelity issues. His image to me is forever changed. I don't know how closely I'll follow him in the future because the respect factor is gone. I am married and I can't imagine putting my wife through what Tiger is putting Elin and his children through.

    He went much to far over the line to gain my respect back. Maybe I'm taking this too far but I'm a fan and I get to chose who I cheer for, don't I?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  457. Sharee

    I think everything Tiger has done since the incident has been the right thing. Instead of feeding into the media he laid low. Instead of making people who matter but not as much as his wife and children his top priority, he put his family first like a real man should do. And he came out with an apology for everyone because he was ready not because we demanded it. I believe his apology was sincere and he does need to keep everything that has happened between him and his wife because it is not any of our business. Though he is famous and is in the spot light he handle the spot light well and gained control of what he lost. I think many people are mad because he is putting he family before the media and fans.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  458. realbamaboy

    Tiger is just digging a hole for himself. He should just say it's a private matter and announce that he will go back to playing golf while he continues rehab. I know alot of the other pro golfers are very happy with his delay to return because now maybe someone else can win for a change.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  459. Lori

    The apology seemed sincere. What Tiger does off the golf course is of no concern to me and should not be of anyone else. Yes, he is a public figure, but he is also human. He messed up, he apologized. Lets move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  460. PatB

    I thought it was perfect – go tiger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  461. Aaron

    Tiger woods doesn't owe the public anything, I don't know why people feel that famous people owe them, Tigers job is to play golf that's it period.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  462. Toebin

    It sounded and looked like Tiger was taking one step out of a 12 step program. Taking full responsibility for his shortcomings, telling us he has more work to do and yet letting the media know he will still maintain his personal privacy.

    Sounds like he followed the program to a tee.

    Time will tell if he can continue the program after he gets out into the big bad nasty old world, with all of its pitfalls.

    But it was an important step for him to take and he has a lifetime of work ahead of him.

    Don't judge lest you walk the same path. It isn't all that easy folks !

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  463. Barbara

    I support Tiger in his appearance today and his apologies. The media will never be happy-it's their job to critique and to make stories. His infidelity is a private matter and personally, I don't want to hear anymore about it. When he's ready to return to golf....we'll be ready also and watch him even more. "The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step!"

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  464. Arlene Jackson

    We have to give him some credit...he did say "I have a long way to go!" He realizes this was not an instant fix.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  465. John

    Yes. Tiger Wood's delivery was measured. One could even say robotic. He once stuttered. One technique to avoid a stutter is to read one's copy (and not wing it) and use a measured cadence. His delivery was good. The content was so-so. Thanks

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  466. Charisse

    Who cares, doesn't he have a right to live his own life?
    This is between him and his family, not the sideliners who
    makes this the highlights of their day and for some their
    lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  467. Cee Lambert

    It was so cautiously scripted that it was just plain painful to watch.
    But, still – welcome back, Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  468. martha

    it was totally unnecessary for tiger to have given so many sorrys – actions speak louder than words!!! what tiger has to do is go out there and play some awesome golf as always, to continue his showmanship ... he's not just a golfer but a celebrity ... one apology to please his family and sponsors is enough – the rest belongs to his spectators and fans!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  469. Kent

    The world's greatest HUMAN golfer made a major mistake on multiple occasions by cheating on his wife. Secondarily, he let those down that thought good of him. He as apologized to his wife and to the world. Now he has to rebuild himself and his image using whatever resources that will work for him. His wife has told him that she will be watching his behavior in terms of sincerity. The remainder of us are waiting for him to come back and beat the hell out of the golf ball on his way to the top. He asked the media to back away from his family.

    For some of us Tiger will never be what he was. For others he will be the same Tiger when he starts to beat the golf ball.

    Tiger appears to be moving on and I am sure that Elin is planning her future.

    We need to be patient and let the Woods family sort out the issues and work on our own while we wait.

    Good luck to the Woods family.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  470. Chad

    It's seems as though he may have read the article "Say it like you mean it: The modern man's guide to apologizing" (GQ February 2010) outlining 10 rules for an official apology. I couldn't care less about Tiger's scandal but now I will find out if my favorite magazine is worth its weight in postage.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  471. John B. Krug

    Welcome to Earth! In his mind, a sports guy, it's all about him. It's his world. It belongs to him, a well publicized fabulously rich person who hits little balls into little cups on finely cut grass. The cat came off as a you must forgive me whiny kitten. Was a mirror available to him before and after his live informercial today???.... A line of hugs after the testimonial??? How many takes were rehearsed to set that up for live TV??? Pul-eeze!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  472. Bill Monroe

    I am tired of hearing about this. We as Americans especially seem to have this morbid fascination with other people private lives, especially when it comes to our "Public Figures" be they the best golfer in the world or the President Of The United States. This issue is between Mr. Woods and his wife. I don't know him on a first name basis as it appears everyone else in the world does. Mr. Woods is a man, he is human and we all make mistakes. His just happened to be made public. I have followed Mr. Woods over the years because he is the best golfer in the world. He is not our children's "Role Model" he's a golfer. Get over it and lets all mind our own business. How about this. Why don't we as parents focus on being our own children's "Role Model" and not some sports figure. I mean really?....... people, we have more pressing issues in the world. CNN get back to reporting real news that matters!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  473. Dan

    Been There, Done That!! He got caught!!! The only thing he is a Celebrity. In time fans will forget about what Tiger did, not Elin, her hurt will never go away. Tiger needs to remember that the media can make him or break him.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  474. Rosemary Murray

    Oh, Tiger, get off the drugs and remove that glazed look from your eyes. I thought I saw a tear, but then I realized it was just the glassy look one gives when trying to overcome a wrong. Look, he needed to spend a lot more time on that "speech". And why in hell didn't he address his public...the ones who support him, patronize his sponsors and fund his paycheck...instead of talking to some nebulous "them" that exist only in his eyes. And why such a small little group of people with mom in the front row? It was a far reach for sincere apologies...he is looking to get back in the game, regain his #1 spot in golf, and make more millions. I don't really think he cares one way or the other about Elin...what she does is her business and if I were her, I'd get the hell out of Dodge and find me a nicer if less wealthy "real" man!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  475. Virginia

    I have not forgave Tiger yet, I will one day but not after that scripted, pathetic excuse he gave on TV. Its was all about him, not sincere. One thing I can say is that I will never forget! I feel for his family. He is a pathetic excuse for a man!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  476. Susana Nelson

    He did what he had to do.Leave him alone.
    What questions would anybody ask?
    No matter what ,people want to know more,specially th MEDIA..

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  477. Set

    I am so over it! Let’s move on. I think Tiger did as good as he could given the situation in that public announcement. I know the media is all up in arms about him not allowing them to ask questions. Well this is truly private and not their business. If you opened the door to them to ask questions, we ALL know they would have pushed the limit and asked questions that he would not wanted to answer. So let’s give the guy some respect and space to deal with the issue. Everyone is sooo critical of everything he has said and done but gezz he cheated on his wife! How many other MEN in this world have done that???? … shoot I bet some of the news anchors have done it too and just have not been caught before! LOL …. Let’s be real. I do not condone fidelity. It is wrong but it is truly a private matter between him and his wife NOT us! The other thing annoying me is the fact that you guys are saying he has not taken responsibility. Well he clearly said that he thought he could do no wrong that he thought he was entitled and that he could do whatever he wanted but knows that he was wrong and sorry for it. He even said he is the one to blame for everything and not his wife or kids. I mean how else do you take responsibility? Anyway, that’s my two cent. Can we move on now? Gezzz

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  478. Monique

    I would like for everyone to leave Tiger Woods alone. All that is important is that he ask God's forgiveness and his wife as well as learn from his mistakes. After all how many man like him have comitted the same sin and get away with it. Because he is Tiger Woods means noting, he is a man with weaknessess and needs Godly counseling to keep him self , his marriage and family as one.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  479. olaolu

    It is very emotional.I personally was moved to see this kind of broadcasted news . There is still hope in marriage life love passion togetherness. Hope he shows refined spiritual matured mind in his marriage years to come. Although America decayed parrot talk media will not leave them for the sake of money news. May God help them.
    What other countries take for granted is a goldmine in America.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  480. Darrell

    You wouldn't ask a friend to apoligize to you for cheating on there his or her spouse, why would you worry about getting one from a stranger. Tiger owes us nothing because he's not married to us.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  481. Mc Mankind

    Yes, golf is an individual sport unlike basketball or football.
    Tiger should say more "I,I,I", "me, me, me" more.

    If I were Tiger, I'll start a reality show – "who wants to marry a Tiger". The rating will go through the roof!

    The question I have for anyone is: How many of us in Tiger's shoes (with such fame, money, good looks, etc) will behave better? In my opinion, people like Tiger should not marry because they can NEVER be faithful no matter how hard they try. That's the fact that nobody is ready to admit!

    Mc Mankind
    Somerset, NJ

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  482. Christian

    Tiger did a great job as a husband married to a European woman. What he did is what Europeans do to keep and save their marriage.
    Beliefs about marriage in Europe are not the same as here in the US and couples deal between one another to save it, so have some understanding about that difference and let it be a private matter. Tiger told the press to stay away from his family and himself while saving his marriage. Tiger faced very humbly his responsibilities as a man in charge of his future life and this was not easy for him.
    The press should understand that he no longer wants to be the gossip target.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  483. Harold

    Who Cares! Golf is his game. He will be back playing gulf making millions.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  484. Robbie Harris

    Public figures are not in their profession to accommodate the public's sense of morality. They do what they do simply because they have excelled at their talent. I've often said in debate that the only mistake President Clinton made publicly was that he didn't say "what I do in my personal life has no bearing on my ability to make decisions and is nobodies business but mine." This is the position I hope these public figures begin to take. We place these people on a pedestal too high for them to maintain. Moreover, to my disgust, we wait until they fall and bask in their failure. Perhaps those who are judging should take a look in their own closets and be thankful that their secrets aren't revealed for all to ridicule. I am ashamed of the vultures who pick apart the carcasses of unfortunate people who find themselves in a conundrum. Public figures owe the public nothing more than to the very best they can do at their profession. They are not here to raise your kids or keep intact the morality of others.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  485. Sue Wyman

    I must say I was very disappointed when I heard the news of his infidelities, however, I was the one that held him in such high regard without knowing his character. He has made some terrible mistakes and I hope that he and his wife can repair their marriage. He doesn't owe me an apology. Perhaps this will be an opportunity for him to become the person we thought he was. What a role model he can become if he is truly sorry and lives his life in a way that could only put so many people to shame.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  486. Anthony

    Tiger woods didn't need to apologize to anyone but his wife!! He married, and cheated on his wife...NOT ME!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  487. sandypicc

    I agree with Judge Judy whom was on Larry King this week.
    "I don't care" about his personal life. I suppose he had to say something to protect his billion dollar income.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  488. Pat Wise

    I am so sick of the public's sanctomonius attitude about these issues.
    Hello..........Tiger Woods is NOT the President of the United States!
    He needs to apologize to no one but his wife. The media should never have brought his personal life to light. His issue to the media should only be his success as a golfer.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  489. Lynn Davidson

    I watched the prepared speech-prepared because it was thoughtful and heartfelt.
    He answered all questions, those appropriate to ask and those not...
    He more than appologized to you, and to me, a simple homemaker in the midwest.
    What more would you have asked or expected?
    I KNOW that you, or anyone else could not have been more earnest.
    I wish him well and will celebrate his return to golf, regardless of when that happens.
    Thank you,
    Lynn Davidson

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  490. David Dunnington

    I think Tiger's apology was sincere, honest, and contrite. I am proud of him. he admitted he was wrong. He went there stood in front of America in shame and took it like a man. More than the most of us would do. there many other men and women who mare having affairs who should follow his lead.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  491. Jean Golden

    Shame on CNN for its choice of Tiger Woods 'expert' commentators. You can do better than the usual testosterone driven, corporate-media interests, CNN analysis of Wood's behaviour.

    Where are the female family focused- commentators who understand the importance of resolving personal and family issues, through therapy, self reflection and spirituality?
    Where are the female academics, commentators and therapists who understand male privilege and its consequences?
    The real ethical issue is about male celebrity excess and its impact upon family and the youth, not the financial cost to his business sponsors and media parasites.
    Woods is trying to understand himself and the consequences of his behaviour. He apologized and wants to protect his family from media stalking. . Give the guy a break. He is trying to change.

    Jean Golden
    Professor
    Ryerson University
    Toronto, Canada

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  492. JMAN

    No idea why anyone should respond when your so biased against anyone saying anything negative against Woods even when it may be true. At least have a middle ground and not stop reading others comments because they're stating how fake and bad his apology was. It was bad, any person should realize that but why was it bad, get down to that. Geez...

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  493. Bored

    As a former fan of Tiger's I was unimpressed with his "performance." I think the public apology was unnecessary but I believe that it's just all an attempt to rebuild his lucrative public image. Listening to him I just kept thinking that this guy is full of his own SELF-IMPORTANCE. And the tears on Mamma's shoulders at the end was just a bit too much - too much from someone who is so intensely private. All CONTRIVED, NOT CONTRITE.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  494. Jennifer D

    The whole statement was mechanical, especially the places where he paused and stared into the camera. With that said I'm ready to forgive Tiger and let him get on with saving his marriage.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  495. Mikel Waldon

    i think the shaggy-haired genius you had on that gave his view of what a disaster tiger's comments were should learn to listen rather than look for a convenient way to plug his new book! give me a break. what else does he want the guy to say than i screwed up and take full responsibility for my actions. go peddle your book somewhere else!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  496. Ric Sandler

    He's a golfer, not a saint. The only apologies he owes are to his family and business associates. Boring gossip passing for news at this point.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  497. Linda Harris

    Let's give Tiger's family some space and compassion. His statement was obviously crafted in therapy without PR input. He can't become another person in a month... maybe ever. His statement wasn't a disaster... it was simply HIS statement. Where is the coverage and information that should be supplied by the news media on mental health therapy, marriage help, responsibility, sex addition, recovery, etc.?
    This is what is needed not a constant barrage of demeaning coverage of women.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  498. Carlos A Villagra

    We need to step back and give this guy and his family alot of space to find solutions to their problems, and it would be easire without televised press conferences. His children should not be subjected to any of this wild, unprofessional media paparazzi. As a man, golfer, athlete, I have always been a admirer of the talent this man has showcased to the World. I also admired the character and poise he's always shown under extremely heavy media pressure. I think his problems began when his Father passed away, and I speak from experience, going to thru a wild period similar when my voice and reason passed away. Though it was planned and scripted, Please give him a break, Mr Cerrone and Mr. Llewendyn, at least he's showing face and make attempted amends to everyone else who depend on him one way or another. But it all starts with his Family.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  499. Molly

    I think Tiger Woods apologies were in right spirit and content. People should let celebrities handle their personal life privately. I respect Tiger for his skills, not for his sexual integrity.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  500. Marie

    I thought Rick Cerrone was right on with this comments. I was delighted to hear someone saying what we were all thinking at home. The apology was a disaster, Tiger was brave to give it but he got it wrong. It was way too contrived, maybe Tiger is sorry but he failed to show any sincerity today.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  501. mom

    Tiger did what he had to do.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  502. Tina

    I honestly do not think that he owes us any explanation. His life should be private but because he's the best golfer in the world and he's black. Just like with any African American in sports if something goes wrong its blown way out of proportion and to say that these sports writers are going to boycott him is wrong. Why? So they can pry into his business more. They want to know way too much information. I don't think they would like it if we found out they were having affairs, beating and cheating on their wives. It's just way too much.

    I believe that he was honest and trying to move past this issue.
    And to the guy that was in the studio right after the press conference; would you want your two year old to be stalked and harassed for something that you've done NO. Get over it, he made a mistake (well more than one) and he's "served his time" let this man live his life and do what he loves........ Play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  503. Lauren

    I don't understand what the purpose of his statement was...nor do I understand why we are so consumed with this story. Tiger made a mistake, yes; but it's called "private life" for a reason. Let's move on from the salicious gossip-type stories and on to real issues.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  504. Dwayne

    Tony, I'm with you. He apologized, apologized and apologized ,we don't need details of the encounters-wait for the book. To say it was a disaster was ridiculous and maybe that is why your guest no longer works for the Yankees and rightfully so.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  505. Paula G

    He did not need to ask for forgivness to the general public. He should be asking his wife. Thats it!! There is more important news we should all be focusing on. Like afghanistan or the earth in general. This is just so old news. No one really cares why or what tiger did. Its nobodys business!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  506. JACQUELINE BEAM

    You judgers, enough is enough. He is paying the price and it is between HIM and His Wife. The other women, especially the Porn star, they have no reason to feel bad other than they knew he was and still marry. I am Woman, I'm not saying that it is right what he did, but now, he is paying the price. Who are we to judge him because of his mishap. Every body got a secret some more thanTiger. Pray for him and ask God to help them and us. Too much going on in the world to be stick on Tiger. He is human just like you. PRAY ABOUT THE WORLD PROBLEMS AND LEAVE TIGER PRIVATE LIFE TO HIM, HIS WIFE AND GOD. Ladies when you play in the game of cheatering with the man, you not INNOCENT, YOU GET WHAT YOU DESIRE TOO.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  507. Pramod Gaikwad

    We are not interested in knowing who feels what, and how about Tiger's statement this morning. It behooves for each one to look into your own live, clean up the trash, make mends with your spouses, recreate the first love for your family, as God for forgiveness because He is the only one who truely needs to forgive us.

    We have been admonished not to judge others. That is the golden rule.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  508. Mary

    Tiger's statement was exactly what was needed in this situation. He accepted responsibility, he apologized publicly (yet again), and he properly emphasized that this is a matter between him and his family. It is NOT the purview of fans, the press, or sponsors. The only relationship they have is with respect in his performance on the golf course. Men (and women) have flaws, people. Get over yourselves!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  509. Bailey

    I thought Tiger's comments were genuine and needed. Too say he used personal pronouns too much is ridiculous. How can one make a personal apology and not use 'I'. So he read from a script. How many of us could ad lib a genuine statement about anything and sound real? I wish the best for Tiger and his famly

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  510. Robin

    I think that the (majority) will find a way to keep on slamming him.The media is the worst (majority) I would like someone to throw the first stone. All these people act like they never messed up. Everybody acts like he did this to them WOW! The only person that he owes is his wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  511. Rudy Veiga

    Rick got it wrong. Where does it say that Tiger's pupose of the announcement was to start to restore his image. I think Tiger made it perfectly clear that he needs significant therapy and everyone, from wife, family, friends, business associates, and certainly the fans, will need to evaluate his actions, not his words. He says he hopes that one day he can regain their confidence. I think Tiger made this statement to help his life off the course. He has every right to be mad, along with sorry. I would think less of him if he took this opportunity to "improve his image" instead of what he did, try to improve his, and those he cares about lives.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  512. Linda

    I think the one thing Tiger is most sorry about is that he got caught...I feel much sympathy for his wife, children and family...Once a cheater always a cheater..The new addiction...sex......No self control

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  513. Chuck

    Great Job Tiger. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery. I don't even like golf, but it takes courage to stand up and be accountable for your actions. As far as the commentators, wow what a couple jokers. Is this what you have come to CNN?

    Why don't you cover the real story. The fact that the liberal media, that declares itself judge and jury in these issues is unhappy because Tiger never has and never will pander to them. He is the greatest gofler of all time, and the media is irrelevant to that matter.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  514. Stan Jackson sr.

    I'm not a golf fan, I am a Tiger fan. When I became a fan, I didn't sign on to destroy his wife or children. The vicious media thinks it is their job to destroy "selected" stars! SHAME ON YOU!! You didn't learn from "Diana". If Tiger was a actor, he could be a drug user, alcoholic, gay or any number of so called no-no's and his actions would be ignored. Is there something about Tiger that you don't like? Could it be....

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  515. Jackie

    Tony,
    I was please with Tiger doing the manly thing. It was heartfelt and thorough. I hope Elin will be engouraged and will stand by her man.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  516. Bob Upton

    Tiger doesn't owe me an apology at all....nor to you. He is free to live his life as he chooses, making good and bad choices. He does not need to please the media. We like watching him play golf and he plays well. Let him alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  517. mike

    I think tiger should of minced a bigger onion just before he came out in front of the camera. ( would of made a bigger impact having REAL tears)

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  518. Vicki

    I was happy that he did not blame his actions on sex addiction, but took the responsibility for his actions by his feelings of entitlement. I believe he is right that all matters concerning his family and his affairs should be dealt with only with his wife. The women he was with already are getting to much fame and press. I wish Tiger and Elin good will.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  519. Paul LePlae Jr

    A real cynic might suggest that by doing a poor job according to the "expert" PR people. Tiger has succeeded by making believe that this is not a PR stunt.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  520. Amanda

    I think the apology was on point. He is an athlete, not a politician or public speaker. Yes it was rehearsed, but of course it was, as it would be for anyone who was going speak on live TV. I think he fully accepted responsibility and I'm not sure how people missed that. He said it as clearly as possible.

    Furthermore, as someone in the counseling profession, I think it is unfair for people to criticize him for speaking about therapy. Sex therapy does not serve as an excuse, but rather it is the first step to recognizing the impulse control problem. I think people don't "believe" in sex addition because they don't understand it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  521. Francine from Chicago

    Tiger's comments were excellent and appropriate. Cerrone's (spelling?) comments made me think that he was pouting and just angry because he was not allowed in the room with Tiger and those close to him. I felt that Tiger was open and vulnerable in admitting that he needs help and has a long way to go. He had a right to say what he wanted to say, to whom he wanted to say it. He had a right to voice his angry about the newsmen following his child and I hope that they will honor his request. The sins of the father do not have to be placed on the children. He has a long way to go in terms of treatment and rebuilding his life and his image. I hope that he will surrender and do the work of rehabilitation with the same energy and intent that he does his golf game so that true transformation can happen.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  522. Jacqueline Johnson

    Tiger Woods is the product of a society that worships superheroes. We (the collective:fans, media, media watchers) have put him above and beyond behavior that is considered appropriate. No wonder he thought he could do anything! Perhaps it is we who should apologize to Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  523. Marcus

    ...yeah he was reading but do you really think his PR people wrote that statment...i believe that was all Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  524. Brandon B.

    Tony,

    I think he is sorry for what he has done, He needs his space to cope with this and make everything right with his family, I am a Golf fan and do miss watching him play he is the best. I just have one thing to say " get the man a telepromter, we all know he can afford one."

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  525. Lenin

    He did what he needed to do , a little bit of damage control for now , but for people like me , he needs to proof himself; it is not enough to say that you care , and not everyone that goes to therapy , for whatever reason , is cured, the battle really never ends , and he needs to proof his commitment , respect and love.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  526. Wase Banda

    Media needs to move on, enough is enough! Let him start healing with his family & close friends.
    If ur a fan judge him on the golf course.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  527. Lana Manske

    I don't think a public apology was necessary. The women that he had sex with were adults and consenting adults, quite the contrary from Kobe Bryan's rape case, and Mark's illegal drug use and lying about it. If you can't be part of the solution, don't be part of the problem. The only people that can be part of the solution are Tiger, his family and sponsors. Let's move on to things we can be part of the solution to, such as the problems in Haiti, Healthcare, and severe economic conditions in our country. The media needs to move on as well.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  528. David Masumba

    Tiger`s statement was great. People who are rubishing it are big hypocrites and have a problem themselves, they are not real. Tiger committed an ordinary infidelity mistake. And the guy says sorry what more do people want. Good luck Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  529. ELNANDO W. BRYSON

    Tony,
    I personally think that Tigers statement and apology was pretty good, there always will be criticism no matter what he would of said. Rick Cerrone's comments were ridiculous to say the least.
    I don't think he was attacking the media as Rick tried to say, he was referring to the fact that the media was following his wife and children around, for what reason? Is that really necessary, what is the point !!

    If Rick had done someting wrong in his life, that he alone was responsible for, would he want the media to follow his wife and children around constantly ?? Tony, ask Rick that question for me !!

    I just hope that everyone, including those fellow golfers for whom Tiger has made them more money than they ever made in their lives,
    would keep those negative opinions to themselves, because without him, they would be making peanuts as they were before the Tiger era.

    "LET THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE"

    No matter what Tiger said or how he said it, would not have made a difference, the funny and sickning part of it is, the ones that are sitting back making these negative comments probably have done the same thing themselves in their lifetime. Thank you, Tony

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  530. Billy Bob

    WHO CARES about Tiger Woods?!

    This is much to do about nothing compared to our more current serious challenges for our country and more importantly, for our people!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  531. Gary Dowler

    The most important thing Tiger said was that the questions that remain to be answered are between Elan and him and not the he and the press!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  532. Chris R.

    I don't care about Tiger Woods infidelity and his family's issues at all. There are hungry, homeless, and jobless American citizens. He is a billionnaire and it sickens me that the media is going crazy over this issue. This is a private matter between Tiger and his family...period!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  533. Khemais Abdou

    Media back off of these people's lives .i.e Tiger.
    Why don't you focus on people like the bastered Madoff, his family and friends for the billions they took out of this country.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  534. upstatenyvet

    Now on to those "angels" who were the objects of Tiger's indiscretion.

    Tempt the athlete and make him sin, and become a saint? It's time that we looked upon them as sinners too.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  535. Tony

    Tony, I feel that Tiger"s situation is a private matter. He do not need to answer to any one, but his God." He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone". These media hawks are alway trying to tear successful people down, particularly black people. No sympathy, no compassion,and no respect, I wonder what a camera, mirror, or a microscope would find them doing, in there madness. America citizen are the most self-rightous people in the world. What about reparation for slavery, talk about that.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  536. Renée Frost

    Tony should have let his guests talk instead of inserting his own opinions. The guests had it nailed – Tiger looked arrogant and spoke to and for no one, but himself. He should have kept to his apology to his family and his sport. His anger was inappropriate and unacceptable.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  537. cardinal oshi

    tiger did what he had to do...he apologized and apologized and apologized.the media ritic who called it a PR disaster needs his head examined.it looked like he wanted tiger's head on a plate.
    the poor guy has suffered and continues to suffer.
    he is absolutely right to demand privacy for his innocent family

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  538. Carl E. Loucks

    Tony: I, like many others, was most interested in what Tiger had to say today. I feel he put alot of thought in his words showing not only his embarrsment, but most importantly his failure to his family, particularly to Elin and his children. He made a mistake in his life to cheat on his wife, his friends as well as his fans. He's aware what he must do and is currently taking those steps.

    Finally, I don't believe the two physcologist you interviewed on air had it right at all. What more does Tiger have to do or say to ask for forgiveness and to show he is working on his shortcomings?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  539. Anita

    Everyone has opinions, everyone is a critic, but what really matters is what his FAMILY thinks. The people on camera that criticized Tiger for speaking in front of "select" family and friends don't seem to realize that sometimes it's harder and more humiliating to face the people you know, that are close to you, rather than a large audience of faces that you don't know, that don't matter to you emotionally.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  540. Paul / Ashland NY

    Tony,
    I am so glad you were on CNN watch today for his announcement and to speak up for him.You were the perfect and most appropriate commentator for Tiger's appearance today.
    Tiger did the best he could under pressure. He stepped up like a husband for his mistakes, spoke out like a father to protect his family privacy and safety and as an accountable guy took first steps to make amends to his family, friends, fans, colleagues and sponsors. I thought he was appropriate. He is a man, we made him into something bigger and he owes us nothing. He does though owe his family a lot. If people act dissed by today it is from their place of lacking, it is their story.
    Keep up the good commentating, I see you everyday.
    Paul

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  541. Tangela

    Tony, did you see the embrace Elin gave Tiger after his speech... What's up that???

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  542. Sherice

    Holy Smoke, LET IT GO!! Tiger's private life (marital affairs) is none of the media's business. It was a good gesture, onhis part, to make the press statement. However, he is NOT obligated to explain to the media his shortcomings like the MEDIA is a judge. If we PRY in the private lives of the press, what would we find? Let the man alone. Move on to real news!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  543. Jean D

    Tiger is a hero.
    He is the first celebrity to avoid the expected MEDIA CIRCUS. This is a private matter between him and his family.
    Everyone was expecting a big show where Tiger would be answering questions about his personal life. Well guess what ?
    He just told you this is a private matter. Oh I know the tabloids and networks are so disapointed, They were looking for juicy details to boost the rating. Bad news are good for the rating.
    I am proud of Tiger and respect him more than ever.
    When will the media lean that not everyone out there is interested or wants to hear gossip about a celeb.
    Tiger is the greatest golfer and that is all we care about.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  544. nadine

    Tony . You all are just plain cruel. What doe you expect of him . WHY dissect the apology. No matter what he said people wont agree. Rick .I love you , but you are an idiot to say what you said you should apologize.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  545. Deb

    The pain on Tiger's mom's face says it all.... and he reminds me of a little boy, sitting in the Principal's office, caught red-handed.... he's only sorry because he got caught. Rick Cerrone is so right on! Wood's presentation was arrogant, felt like a lecture... and the hugs at the end of the statement were nothing more than an infomercial to garner sympathy.... sorry, Tiger.... you missed your opportunity to take responsibility... plain and simple.... accept it, apologize and move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  546. Katrina Murray

    I felt a sense of sadness for him for the first time. For a person who is normally introverted, It had to take a bit of courage to come before the world with your private life. Although Tiger did seem upset when addressing the "fabrications" regarding his family, I felt that over all he spoke from within. The first step for any rehabilitation is admission, which I feel that Tiger has taken......stay tuned!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  547. curtis harkness

    This is CRAZY!!!!!!! Tiger does not have to apologize to us for any reason. All of these viewers that say its fake and crap he is not married to you. Let the man apologize and be done. Its so funny to see people who are not at affected by this get the most angry. He is human. Next time you make a mistake please get on national tv and apologize because, you have offended me.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  548. fiona

    I believe tiger was sincere, He has apologized to all, that is the best he can do, Iam glad he realzes he can not please everyone.
    Tiger is not this countrys moral compass, he is JUST a great golfer, the only one who should look up to him for moral guidance are his children.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  549. jim pitcher

    I thought he did what he had to do. I for one am ready to see him back into the swing. I hope him and his family live happy ever after.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  550. Jason

    Wow! Tiger like the rest of us is just a MAN! Not a Super Hero drawn up in Hollywood. He is HUMAN and made HUMAN mistakes. He apologized for his mistakes. To think he should discuss the details of his personal life with the media (like it or not) is crazy. He's a great golfer! Maybe a good father and husband. But he still has problems. It might not be acohol, drugs and or gambling, it appears it's sex. So why get pist at him for that. He's getting help. CURED FROM SEX!!! Shoot me first. Please!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  551. Romana

    I think the public should leave him alone. This is between him and his family. He is not a god and everybody makes mistakes.
    We should accept his apology and move on. And about him answering questions....the press would have twisted what he said anyway.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  552. Jim Krysko

    I think Tiger held his news conference too soon. He's still angry and that got in the way of the sincerity of the message.

    Jim

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  553. Albert E. Ross Sr.

    We should move on Tiger Woods is a human being with faults and all. If he is a Christian and I believe he is as long as he has asked for forgiveness from GOD thats whats really matters. He has come out and said he was sorry and also seeking treatment what else must we ask from him. Let the man live on and continue to do what he does best PLAY GOLF.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  554. Renee Sparks

    I believe Tiger's response was genuine and that is refreshing. Genuiness doesn't need the spin of PR input. What leaves the heart, reaches the heart. He has issues, but all of us have issues at some point. The key is to not be dormant and it appears that he is moving in the right direction. I am glad that his response was more receptive than the response of your guest that criticized his method of apology.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  555. Roy King

    Tiger Woods was sincere. He didn't have to say anything to the public about his private affairs.

    The media representatives who spoke on your program are rediculous to say what they did.

    We are all human; even sports figures. Grow-up! Get over it! Say out of the private affairs of others.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  556. kiran

    I wish he didn't speak up, it was a mess and made no sense
    the only reason he did this is to try and win back his sponsors,
    after all his life is about money. had he cared for his family, he
    would not be running after every female on the face of this earth.
    he goes on to say he is helping young people, which is nonsense,
    just imagine the kind of selfish role model he is.
    all in all he is just a very selfish person, who is running after
    money and has zero self respect

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  557. maudlyn

    Give Tiger a brake ,everybody make makestake he said he is sorry,we all human nobody is perfect.
    I think it was a great speach, for the media her is right back off.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  558. Marcus

    Hey Barb, duh! who is it all about if it's not about TIGER?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  559. MaryEllen

    I don't quiet know why he felt the need to respond as he did. He is not elected politician just a great golfer. Apologize to his family and close friends and business partners but to me? I don't care what he does in his off time only how he does on the golf course. I think now he has turned me off a lot! The buda stuff in this day and age of religious fundementialism I did not need to hear! Lost a few point with me! Tiger just get back to golf!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  560. brenda aberman

    I think what Tiger Woods did, coming on national TV, and making public apoligy for his affair took real guts. I personally will still be a big fan of his and wish him the best in repairing damage affair did to his family.God forgives, the public should follow also.His wife hopefully will forgive, but will she ever be able to trust him again? We all know marriage is built on trust!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  561. Mimi Harrington

    After watching Tiger Woods (with difficulty), I saw an angry man, somewhat chastened, but not fully contrite. Perhaps being under the white hot lights so long distorts your thinking, but I felt he was trying to manipulate the entire situation. And I don't agree that just get "back in the game" will ever restore his reputation. One will not ever be able to look at him again and not conjure up a negative image. His life lesson has come too late.

    Thank you, Tony. I enjoy your personality and commentary on CNN. It is the news station I put the most trust in.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  562. Bill Miller

    Tigers news conference lasted 15 minutes, you all have spent 45 minutes analyzing it from every angle. Time to move on to more important news.
    As we all know, people will move on and this story will be a footnote on his career.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  563. Monica

    While I don't condone Tiger's behavior, it's time we cut him some slack – that includes the media. I agree totally that the issue is between him and his wife and that his family deserves privacy. Hopefully, he'll be back to golf soon as golf is not the same without Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  564. Cheryl Lyons

    Everyone needs to forgive and forget. I feel he was very sincere, and it was a heartfelt apology. It took a real man to stand in front of millions of viewers and admit his faults.. I hope we all accept his apology and let him move on privately...I know I accept his apology, and he deserves a chance from all of the world.. Good Job Tiger, from the Lyons Family Good Luck to you

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  565. birutetx

    Rick Cerrone – you're not good enough to kiss Tiger's butt. Jack Llewellen – don't worry about me spending any money on your book. Altho Lent started Wednesday – as of this day I will no longer watch the biggest lyers in the world – the NEWS MEDIA. You will never never be able to make all of these idiots happy. As far as I'm concerned – Tiger has to play golf or I will no longer be watching golf nor buying s*** from his ex sponsors.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  566. Peter

    These kind of statement as to come from the hearth you don't need to write when you apologized did not feel is body language and his face showing he is sorry.It's is personal business but this was a stage PR stunt.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  567. Jeanne Crawford

    I watched Tiger Woods this morning – all I really want to say is this: I never watched golf until Tiger started playing, and I won't watch golf until he plays again....he brought excellence and uniqueness to the game and I hope he returns to that state of mind and do what he does best....we ALL have imperfect lives at some point.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  568. Michelle

    I think I was as shocked as you was at your guests who came on right after Tiger spoke. If I had something important to say, I'd probably write some notes, too, but the message Tiger shared was sincere. At this stage in his treatment, this could very well be the right venue. And as for people wanting him to answer questions – why? Are we wanting to ask because we are curious or because we care. What is the news value of knowing the sordid details of affairs?

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  569. notagolffan

    The sense of entitlement by the media is amazing to me. I as an ordinary person, admire Tiger Woods for his accomplishments. He is rich because of his professional success. I understand a lot of people were disappointed and hurt, but none more than his family, and I am embarrassed that the media- hwoever that means- feels that what I want to hear, thus what they spend their time trying to get, is any dirt they can find about his wife and kids. This PR guy? pleeeeease. He turns my stomac. Tiger Woods owes nothing to him, and I for one, am glad Tiger told them to back off from his family. The media are quick to destroy someone, but play coy when it is time to recognize that they have gone overboard. And they have in this case.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  570. Paul LePlae Jr

    A real cynic might suggest that by doing a poor job according to the "expert" PR people. Tiger has succeeded by making the public believe that his apology is not a PR stunt.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  571. bill barry

    i think tiger did the right thing for his family by speaking out.

    i dont think it is anyones business what goes on in his private life.

    just leave him alone and he will be alright.he will come back soon

    he is the best golfer in the world we miss him

    February 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  572. alice

    Tiger woods does not owe anyone besides his wife an apology, . Many women love to get with famous athletes. Remember all the hoopla about the original astronauts? Most men would love to be in Tiger's shoes.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  573. Judy Demick

    I thought Tiger Woods' comments were touching even though I don't fully believe in a "sex addiction." He is working on his demons and I give him credit for that. The media and the image spinners have to get over themselves. Yes, they have played a part in making him popular and rich, but he doesn't owe them anything. He is a great athlete on his own. If he had allowed questions, they would have been embarrassing, trivial, crude, and sensational. He is responding like a father when he shows anger that his children are being followed. The media is often insensitive and vulture-like. Tiger should have thought about his children when he was cheating on his wife and we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  574. Arthur Jones

    Ok Tony we saw the apology and think he did a great job. However the media needs to chill and let the public deceide without their so call imput. And Tony when you read the blobs just read them and keep your openion to yourself that includes your hmms and groans of approval or disapproval of what we blob to you. You ask our openion so respect it.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  575. Ted (Oshawa Canada)

    Tony,

    A president of the United States was forgiven...BY HIS WIFE (not sure whether he went for therapy) for acts of indiscretion ...and a country moved on. Why should the media or the general public feel as though they need to get one from Tiger and be the one to determine if it is sincere or aptly timed. The only person who has to accept this apology and/or be satisfied with it is HIS WIFE.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  576. Robert Martin

    Hi Tony;

    Interesting, however, look at his Mother's body language. Arms folded, eyes closed, etc., It speaks volumes of what his family believes.
    The proof of the pudding is in tghe eating, let's see how this works itself out.
    I think his personal life is his own business, however, he made this very public!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  577. Leo

    Tiger...apologize to everyone and tells them that it is none of their business....wow... he is a pervert and should be treated as a sexual predetor.

    He apologizes to everyone and tells them to stay out of my life.

    POOR

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  578. Jennifer

    Hi Tony, I think that Tigers response was sincere and heartfelt. I think that Rick was rediculous in his statements and is completely incorrect about the statement being a "DISASTER". I am a mom and wife and I completely believed what Tiger had to say. I think that he used the right setting for this statement to convey a believable statement and that he should have most definitely had his family and close friends in that room to support him. Our family feels that this is a private matter and that this is absolutely NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. Let Tigers family alone and let them start the healing process.

    I also feel that we need to let this subject go once and for all. Other Countries must be laughing at us for making such a HUGE media deal over this when there is so much that is truly wrong in this world.

    If we spend 1/2 the amount of time on the worlds problems as we have on Tiger's personal issues....maybe some of those problems could be taken care of. Help others .....stop hurting them just for A STORY>

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  579. Linda Shuhi

    Tiger admitted his problem and is trying to save his family. He just shoild have recognized his problem before he hurt his family. So many high profile people have this entitlement mentality. I hope they make it as a couple and family and that he helps others before they make the same mistake.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  580. Rhonda Davis

    I think Tiger's apology was legitimate. Just because he was reading from a note pad, doesn't mean those aren't his own exact words. I sometimes have to write my thoughts down as well to remember them. He has done enough, because his affairs are between he and his wife and not the public. If his wife Elin and God forgives him, then that is all that matters. Tiger, keep your head up and keep using the talent(s) that God has given you. Go Forth!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  581. Cynthia

    Even though Tiger's comments were scripted and the delivery a bit mechanical, I think it's good for now. We should not over analyze this. He apologized and he is taking responsbility for his actions. In regard to the therapy that he mentioned several times, he never said that it was for sex addiction. He indicated that he is getting therapy and counseling to work through his problems and to get back on track. Sounds reasonable. Also reasonable is the idea that he wants to protect his family's privacy - who doesn't want that?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  582. kc

    tony

    Tiger did an A+ job. YES it was pre written but to me it was HIM who wrote it. YES he said I,me A LOT. Anyone who has done the 12 steps for anyreason knows that You must admit YOUR FAULTS in public. He can/t very well say he did something wrong without me's and i's.

    Thanks
    KC

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  583. vida

    How can people ridicule a man for doing something that is personal to him and his family. If having an affair were that big of an issue, make it ILLEGAL. As far as I'm concerned, what he did was no different than someone drinking excessively in their own house. The issue should be between him and his wife. All those women he slept with knew exactly what they were getting into. They knew he was Tiger Woods. Now they want to make a buck and pretend that they are the victims.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  584. Russell Parvez

    It was a tiger wood's infomercial.... He was telling people about his cheriry, Buddhism and hugs and kisss at the end!  now we soupos to feel sorry for him?

     Com-on, once a tiger always a tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  585. troy m

    The Tiger Woods saga is really getting boring. He made some mistakes but those mistakes are not for the news or the public to judge. That is really between his wife and himself. People should just mind their own business.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  586. Ron

    Just because Tiger is a superstar, it doesn't mean he is not human. It is refreshing to see someone control the media instead of the media controlling him. He needs to run for Congress. He has enough strength to make a change. Our government could take lessons from him, and maybe get a better score.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  587. Claire

    Although it was an ackward speech (how could it not be), I have a lot more respect for Tiger Woods afterwards. I can totaly understand why he didn't want the media there asking him questions. He said what he needed to say and it was it wasn't for the media. It was for his family, his friends and all of the people he felt he dissapointed. He did a good job and it looks like he is searching to be a better man. If I were his family, I would be proud of what he did today.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  588. Emily Duxbury

    Everyone is so reactive to what he says, how he says it, where he says what he says. Give the guy a break. He's the world's finest golfer, not necessarily the world's finest anything else. He wouldn't be in this mess if other parts of his mind and soul weren't a mess. Whether therapy works or not depends not on the therapy. It depends on him. He is doing everything he knows how to do. He is committed to learn more about himself, his weaknesses and becoming the man he hasn't been. Let me man alone with his family so that he can change and return to the only reason we even know who he is–his golf game!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  589. Geaux Saints

    I think Tiger Woods could have rehearsed the script a little better. However, I feel that he was very nervous about the statement and was doing it primarily for PR reasons. I respect that he wants to protect his family and that he praised his wife for the manner in which she is handling the situation!! Cudos to Elin!

    I do have a MAJOR problem....Why are the mistresses getting so much attention???????????? Why do they feel that they need a public apology???? They knew he was married and they assumed the risk of this situation when they were reaping the benefits of being with this RICH and FAMOUS, MARRIED MAN!!! Home wreckers, take your lickin and keep on tickin...

    I wish that people would be more forgiving and less critical and pray for this family to be salvaged!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  590. Dave Laws

    Dear Tony I see Tiger woods has given his , I want to play in the "Masters" and I have a really good publicist speech . In all fairness to Tiger , he didn't do anything criminally illegal , but morally was very wrong. If his wife (Elan) can forgive him , who am i to judge . I just hope they can work things out, if not for there marriage, but for there children. Yours Truly Dave Laws (Two Mountains)

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  591. Regina

    Give him a break!! Put yourself in his place. How difficult it must have for him to be standing up there. Who cares if he read it. He is a golfer and not an entertainer. I am glad he told the media to leave his wife and children alone. They all need to be left alone to work on their problems in private now.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  592. De-Bora

    Can we just leave him alone already? Tiger Woods made a very profound and honest statement. There are always going to be those people who are envious of his accomplishments. He will always have critics who will find fault with his humanity, simply because he has achieved such greatness in the sport of golf. I am very pleased with what he had to say. I know that we need to respect his wishes, leave him alone; and realize that he is just as human as the rest of us; even if he has achieved super-human accomplishments!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  593. Gerry Wood-Taylor

    Tiger does not owe anything to these media prostitutes who are just greedy for any any story that makes them money, including your guests who said his remarks were disasterous He only owes apologies to his wfe, children, and Mother. As far as these other women he became involved with, they are just prostitutes looking for money and their 5 minutes of fame. Tiger has only meant a paycheck to the golf world and his sponsors. I wish Tiger and his family the best and am looking forward to his return to playing. Without him golf is just a boring game for middle age men.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  594. Patricia Welichko

    Why does the media think what Tiger Woods did in his private life is anyone's business. He has done what a lot of men (and women) do, but you don't broadcast it every moment. The only person he needs to apologize to and make amends to is his family. And if you say he is a role model and owes it to the public...that's bull, because the public would not have known about it if the media didnt jump on it and made it a big deal. I believe everyone has a right to privacy. Leave him and his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  595. John Benjamin

    I believe that Tiger deserves a second chance in all of this. I say this as a recovering alcoholic that has made my own mistakes. Who are we to judge and through our scrutiny destroy this man and his family that obviously are standing by his side in order for him to have an honest chance at redemption within his PERSONAL life. We raised him up through our giving of our hard earned money to his sponsored brands. My question is..Are we going to tear him down in a 1/4 of the time that we raised him up due to our anger at his bad decisions. I want to know how many out there that if they had the personal gain that this man had would not have some troubles in dealing with that enormity of temptation. It has taken out many individuals that we continue to hold dear in our lives. Shame on us for being so critical of those we LOVE..

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  596. Becky

    Sadly I thought the whole statement was a comple sham. He showed no integrity and a lack of true character of someone who is sincerely sorry for their behavior. Reading a scripted speech was a huge error! It showed no emotion. He would have been more belieavable had he ad-libbed more. Perhaps an interview with Barbara Walters would have been a better avenue to take instead of this goofy statement.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  597. Kahud48

    I don't guess his statement will ever be enough for some folks out there. But you know what, it isn't up to us to judge him anyway, or for us to judge anyone. Tiger is just a human being like the rest of us and he screwed up, not unlike the rest of us have. What would you be saying if we could take a peek inside your closet?
    If this is still the Christian nation it once was, then find the Christian forgiveness in your hearts. Do this not only for Tiger, but do it also for his family.
    As sincere as he could be, I am sure some will not see it that way, but it is for us to forgive and not to judge

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  598. Ali Saqib

    It was well balanced statement. which will eventually ease the minds of people who really got hurt. There was not enough spice for the media to add another item to their menu to draw peoples attention toward them and their business. His statement eventually ease the pain of the people who really got hurt and soon Tiger wood will be back on horizon to shine again.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  599. Roxana

    I think Tiger coming forward and giving the world a heart felt sorry is great! But what about the women that where involved with the cheating? They knew he was married why are they not coming forward and saying sorry for their actions? Why are their lives not being effected as much?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  600. Mike

    Tony I think Tiger did the right thing, if someone in the media had did the same thing would they want the matter to private between them and their spouse because we all are role models .

    Thanks,
    Mike

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  601. Raymond W. Kerr

    What is important here is not Tiger's statement.... The important issue here is what has not been expressed, "Tiger you are not white" had these women been black, this story would have never aired.... Most athletes have the "harem option" he simply exercised the option.... Please name any similarly situated married white athlete who has exercised the "harem option" who has experienced this type of media lynch-mob!!!!

    Raymond W. Kerr
    Indiana White-Guy!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  602. Bridgestone

    We will welcome him back to our town! (AKRON, OHIO) Tiger. We support you. No more apologizes needed.
    Let's watch the Tiger roar, because if he wasn't already focused buckle up and watch history before our eyes!
    What a great time to be alive!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  603. Betty Nowak

    Are we looking to for his blood too! You can't satisfy everyone...there's always a critic. He'll be back doing what he does best...playing golf and I believe through this experience a better husband, father and all around better person! Let's stop generating more negative comments!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  604. Barbara Day

    Tiger Woods did a wonderful job apologizing and explaining his situation. By the reaction of some of the media, it would seem they, too, need therapy. Do they not recognoztion the pain of the situation? How awkward would any of them seem if faced with a similar public apology? He covered everything he needed to and can now go back to therapy to become refocused and well.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  605. Cynthia

    Sarah is right He never mentioned loving his wife or children.

    Tiger keeps saying this is not who he is. How a person acts when no one is watching-that is truly who you are. TIger can't admit who really is.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  606. Micheal D Vermont

    Tony Apology NOT accepted. A child could have read that and been more believable. I think the only thing he is sorry about is that he got caught. This was nothing more and a media stunt. He is a disgrace as a roll modle and should slip quietly into obscurity and hope that in time he name will be foregotten.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  607. Richard Bunge

    we thought the comments of Tiger Woods were sincere and extraordinary. Very few people known to the public as he is could apologize as well as that was done. Please, forget the two men's-did I say men–well at least two people's remarks,

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  608. Frank

    Tiger Woods is a baby and he'll always be a baby.

    Tiger Woods is arrogant and he'll always be arrogant.

    Tiger Woods blames others and he'll always blame others for his shortcomings.

    Tiger Woods is stupid ... with all his money he could have hired prostitutes at $10,000 a pop (chump change for him) and not have had to go through with all this.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  609. Rick Hurdle

    Tony

    I feel that Tiger Woods did make a great statement from his heart. People say it was scripted... I think putting your thoughts on paper helps to deal with one's issues. As a councellor, I find that he also has demonstrated courage and a willingness to seek professional help. Good for him! Too many people in the world today try to resolve issues on their own and fail. Just think of the pilot that went into the building in Austin. The media should leave his family alone and stop sensalializing something that should be private. Tiger you will be a better person for what you are undergoing now.

    Rick

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  610. G Falcon

    While Tiger's statement was not perfect, it was much better than the two so called 'experts' you asked for comments. The real 'disaster' from the Yankee's person was the strange cheap shot regarding the "Saturday Night Live" scenario and wanting Tiger to play up to the press that would supposedly save him. Tigers anger of the press's hounding his daughter, wife and mother, easily putting them in harms way, was genuine and should be expressed. The second commenter is seriously out of sorts for his profession as he couldn't verbalize what he did not like other than to say it was too broad in coverage, and...denying sexual addition is a real serious problem!? Thank goodness for Tiger's sincere effort to reach his family, fans by standing in front of a mircophone and telling us how sorry he was.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  611. Paul

    When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone. Please just let the man get on with his life!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  612. Paulette

    It time everyone leave Tiger's personal life alone and move on. He only need to apologize to his wife and yes, he does not need to say what they are talking about. I am sure we will hear more from these low life women who like to throw themselves at men for money,they are the ones who should be embarrass and should apologize to Elin. Those of you who are criticizing, do you know what your husband, wife,girlfriends or boyfriends are doing? Some of you women need to think what your husband/boyfriend is doing to your young daughters and sisters. Tony are you squeaky clean? . Good luck Tiger and Elin.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  613. Eugenie Kelley

    I believe that enough has been said about Tiger. None of us are perfect! Many people pointing their finger at Tiger , I am sure, have done worst. The case of infidelity is between Tiger, his wife, and his God. He is human; he erred. Which one of us haven't?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  614. nadine

    mike- Why does he have to cry on camera. Im sure he has cried alot already. It took a lot to come out and say this. Its not about us its about him and his family . At the end of the day we go home to our lives and he to his.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  615. michelle

    i watch golf, i am a golf fan...and i am/was a tiger woods fan. i feel bad for all of the other golfers who are playing really well and trying to focus on their game and when they get interviewed after/before their round the only questions they are being asked is about tiger and not about them. all of the attention is on tiger even when he is not playing. yes, it is bringing attention to the pga tour, its just unfortunate that it is negative.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  616. Chad Dennis Forsgren

    For anyone who has been through recovery in any form, understand how difficult facing and taking accountability for their actions. Of course its about him that is why he has stated I, I, I, and me, me , me because that is what treatment teaches you, not to blame others for your actions or minimize the personal mistakes. I believe he is deeply troubled and pained by the issues at hand. It is very difficult to soul search and almost impossible to gain the media's support when they choose to focus on the negative rather than the possitive.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  617. Kirk H.

    Tiger's comments were far more extensive and personal than I expected. But if he expects this all to go away, he's going to need to be much more open than he has been in the past. Part of the reason this all blew up on him is that he's always been so remote and aloof, and hiding behind a wall of privacy only allowed the speculation to rage out of control.

    To be sure, Tiger has a right to privacy and doesn't owe explanations to anyone but his family. But insisting on your rights is not always the best strategy. If he wants the public to forgive him – and repair his extremely valuable public image – he's going to have to open up and be more approachable and human when he returns to golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  618. cy Otis

    Tony, I completely agree with chri. we seem to have forgoting whom Tiger woods is, from when he first came to lime light,- purely arogant and proud , if not rude. Remember how he treated or responded to then president Clinton when he, Tiger was invited. also remember how he responded even when he was asked about it on larry King live, never appologetic or remose?. that is Tiger, proud arrogant, some times rude and all about himself.
    Tiger is simply not thinking when he talks about the press on his wife and kids. If you leave your thousand dollar suit in the public mens room , I will wipe my hands on it when Im done with my busines. Sorry tiger, you brought this on your self.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  619. Simone

    Why is it ok for the media to exploit Tiger but it was ok for the women who came forward to go unscathed by their actions. People should be ashamed of this. I wonder how many other legends in the sport arena will come forwad or learn from his mistakes? I am also sad for the children involved. Tiger was the better man to appologize than to deny his actions. Thumbs up Tiger?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  620. Roberta Richardson

    Who are WE to say? If I were his wife it would NOT have been enough! Words don't mean, people mean. He would have to prove his reform and regret. Yes, he has dissapointed me but it does NOT effect my life or my purchase of products he may have represented or not.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  621. Claudia johnson

    It is so very sad because children are left with no heros. Even God js being taken away from them.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  622. Jay Knight

    I have never been a big Tiger Woods fan but I did appreciate what he did for the game of golf. With that said, I found myself disappointed but not surprised by his infidelity. I felt the public apology was long overdue and was scripted in a way that made him look more human to most people. The hugs were a bit awkward at time but overall I was pleased with his presentation and public apology.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  623. Phil T.

    Its so funny how cynical this country is. Just 2 years ago right before he was to start his sentence, Michael Vicl apologized and spoke "from the heart" ..no script. And the criticism was "well he didn't say enough" or "he didn't say all the right things". Now Tiger apologizes in a written statement that sounded pretty sincere and contrite and now he's chastised for USING a script. Look what can you do...you do what you can. He took a first step, I think mostly for himself, not for us. So lets let go of him...there will be another celebrity blunder soon enough...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  624. J.D. Rice

    Hey Tony....re Tiger

    Judge not,, Lest ye be judged....Who among you hasn't commited your own private indeceny?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  625. Amy

    I think he never should have made a statement at all. He came out as being very insincere and totally robotic and fake. If he wants the media to leave his family alone he should not have held this ridiculous circus. Thank Goodness his poor wife was not there as we have seen with other wives in these situations. If he comes back to golf great. If not fine, he has made enough money to support his family as we all know. He needs to focus on his wife and children and not worry about ME ME ME, just as his actions in the past have shown. He cheated on his wife with many many women. He is a pig. I am so tired of these people who when they get caught being a pig...say Oh I am a sex addict. No you are a jerk!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  626. Helen McLeod

    Hi Tony

    My comment about Tiger Woods, I applaud him by coming out in public. I know it took him awhile but he is only human. I think that we should not be critical of him and we should live the family alone. Tiger and Elin has to polished up their marriage and relationship. Time will tell. He ask for forgiveness, I think that is enough don't you. He is very SORRY for his action. Let us put the past behind us now. He is only human!

    Sincerely

    Helen McLeod

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  627. Janice

    I'm not a golf fan, nor am I a Tiger Woods fan. I think to much has been made of this from the beginning. I believe he made the statement today because of pressure to do so and his discomfort doing so was completely obvious. It was, I believe, this discomfort, that made such a private person, seem so scripted. There were two times that I noticed, where he became so obviously choked during the statement, times when he was specifically adressed the wrong done to his wife. I belive that he got caught up in the life of a superstar and lost himself, and he knows it. Now he has the the hardest job, rebuilding his life and trust with his wife, who, I commend.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  628. Marc

    Tiger Woods' speech would have sounded ten times better had he not been reading it from a piece of paper. The delivery is much more important than the content...I think that Tiger Woods was/is an influence to people everywhere and this really stained his image but he shouldn't have to apologize to EVERYONE in the world about what happened, only to his wife, his kids and to himself as well; what goes on behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  629. Mary Marlene Young

    OK, enough. Back off everyone and see what happens in the near future. So Tiger did wrong with some ladies (and I use the term loosely), shame on him, and double shame on them for looking for cheap publicity and probably some money. I don't give a hoot if his remarks were scripted, I would not have wanted to face the cameras and an audience unless I knew exactly what I wanted to say.

    I hope he and his wife can patch things up.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  630. Khemais Abdou

    He did the right thing by apologizing to the people and NOT the bad media. I think they should let him live his life. Media, needs to focus on very bad people like Maddoff(sp) his family and friends and how many billions they took out of this country. Why can't you media show us what you know. Oh sorry, your behind the walls bosses will not allow you!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  631. Ali Saqib

    It was well balanced statement. There was not enough spice for the media to add another item to their menu to draw peoples attention toward them and their business. His statement eventually ease the pain of the people who really got hurt and soon Tiger wood will be back on horizon to shine again.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  632. Susan

    It looked like he may be sorry. But the performance was so contrived. Why bring in the anti-media stuff? Why didn't he just concentrate on saying he was sorry? He didn't even say he loves his wife.

    Yes, this whole story should have been personal. But being a role model goes along with being a sports multi-millionaire. He may not like that, but it's a fact. He is a commodity. If he doesn't buy into that deal, he doesn't need to sign the big fat endorsement contracts, just take the tournament prize money as his income.

    He doesn't seem like he is good marriage material. Doubtful that a few months of therapy will change that. Time will tell.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  633. Greg Brunet

    Tony, Pure and simple: Tiger is still an idol. Anyone with that kind of talent just doesn't go away. And we all know that he actions, however wrong; will wither away and before we know it, it will all be in the past. Lets play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  634. Kerida Case

    What was the media expecting?
    A repeated apology for the whole 10 min!
    He did very well in short space of time. He covered every necessary area. Not to mention he became very emotional about the stalking of his children and wife.
    He's human, like the rest of us.
    Give him a break, time for him to play GOLF.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  635. Corbett

    1st, I do not believe that Tigers family's life is personal, Thats the downfall of being a superstar, and a roll model. I lost total respect for Tiger when I heard of what he did to his family, probably because my x did the same thing. But he is human, and humanbeings do make mistakes. I live in the show me state and live by that moto. Tiger, show us how sincere you are.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  636. Susan

    Just what questions would the press want to ask? He said he wouldn't answer any personal questions, so what else is there?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  637. Glenys Douglas

    Hi Tony
    I was transfixed and spellbound to hear the greatest athelete in the world almost drop to his knees to apologise for his actions and the betrayal to his family and friends. He could have done no more. He was nervous and embarrassed and presented himself as he always does with dignity and humility. I did not find fault with his statement. He is neither a phychiatrist or media person and spoke from his heart. He needs not to reveal his most intimate details to only deepen his wounds and cause even more pain to his family. He admits his problem and like any addict he needs this intervention. He needs our acceptance of his apology and prayers to allow him to continue on the right path to redeem himself and continue with his humane causes. He deserves a break!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  638. Franck Casseus

    Tiger Woods is still showing his arrogance by castigating the press.
    I do not think that he is remorseful enough to gain the public sympathy.
    Celebrities' indiscretions are never private and will never be. We make you what you are and we can take it away too.
    His was not at his side to show support like Hillary did.
    Tiger's wife is still hurt and mad like hell.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  639. Susan Archambeault

    Tony, Where did you get that ignorant guest? Sex can most certainly be as addicting as heroin. I wish people would give him the credit for the good things he does for children, if young children know about this addiction of his they should take care to watch what their children watch or are being told, let his family heal...shame on the media that chases his wife and kids, who without sin cast the first stone!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  640. Kay Mikulas

    Tiger 's apology was sincere and humble. The private details of his affairs and issues are between him and Elin. The news media needs to quit fueling the fire as they always do with any issue. People are tired of the media constantly tearing people down and dewelling on the negatives. It is time we get past the Tiger issue and let him and his family heal. Get him back to playing golf as the PGA tourn is boring without him. No one on the PGA tour has stepped up to the plate to take Tiger's spot so bring back the World's best, and that TIGER!!!!

    KMIK

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  641. Grandma-klio

    Tiger–news media being too hard on this little speech,,First time out after the main event...Give him time,,,and we all have to start somewhere. He doesn't have to say at this time when he will return to golf,,,don' t you guys get it,,,his family and marriage is more important that getting back to golf. Hang onto your shorts guys, he'll come back when he gets his life back togather.....Back off.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  642. Dr. Reid Johnson

    I'm surprised and disappointed at the predominantly negative reactions to Tiger Woods' "mea culpa" this morning. Rather than seeing an "arrogant", "angry", "self-absorbed", "insincere" egomaniac, as some of your commentators have said, I saw a wounded man who is questioning the foundation of his own self-image and is very uncomfortable in his own skin. I could certainly be wrong – and if Tiger is the ruthless psychopath his infidelities suggest, I might well be – but my impression was that he was sincerely contrite, anxious about how he might be perceived, and trying his best to turn his life and marriage around in the right direction. I wish his wife and family well, and hope he rejoins them on a successful recovery program and honorable, happy life from this point on.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  643. Benben

    Give the man a break!!! some people may call it scripted, robotic or even "all about I, me, myself. However, Tiger did what many expected him to do: Face the media, and give some form of explanation as to his culpability. There is nothing wrong or untrue about what he said. Those calling for more are just hounds baying blood, and if given their way...would probably be calling for Woods to be banned from golf!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  644. Patrick

    A great start to Tiger's recovery. The harsh judgement by the media is ironic because so many of them are selfish, ruthless and arrogant . Let him recover from his stupid mistakes and leave his family alone. The Media seem to think they have rights??? This is a private family matter. But because most of the media, who have been like leeches all over this story, were excluded from the room...he will now always be a pariah to the press. Nothing forgiving about these people. Which of them can throw stones???. Yea ,Yea, they are going to say" He is a public person." But so are the media!!! Get over it . Let him get his life together.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  645. Kellie

    What happened to the genuine word? How hard would it have been for Tiger to get up there and speak from the heart and not from the paper? His delivery was cold and unwelcoming. Pointing the finger at the media only adds fuel to the fire. Maybe instead of spending time pointing fingers at the media he could have worked on his apology, which came off as fake.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  646. Claudia johnson

    It is so very sad that kids today have no heros to look to. Even God has been denigrated.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  647. BALOGUN

    The media believe they can make or mar you as a person. They make their money through sensationalism. Tiger should move on with his lifes and let the media go to places.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  648. Brad

    Tiger Woods put the "sport" in the game of golf. Now he's put the "I" in the word ignorant. He's only sorry because he got caught. If He wanted to truly express that he should have a true news conference, with questions asked. He can leave his wife and children out of it by declining questions about them only.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  649. Eugena Green

    I thought that Tiger's statement was VERY sincere and moving and it came straight from the heart!!! He took FULL RESPONSIBILITY for his actions. It was obvious that he was very remorseful regarding his behavior. It is my prayer that we as a people will PRAY for him and quit trying to gather more dirt regarding his past. Put the past behind him and PRAY for the restoration of Tiger's family and his career. Let's remember this is as Tiger stated, A PERSONAL ISSUE WITH ELIN AND TIGER, not Rick Cerrone and the nosey jerks that just want to know everything. Things of this nature are: personal, private, and PAINFUL!!!! That was exemplifed with Tiger.

    As far as Rick Cerrone is concerned – he's just an insensitive idiot yet trying to keep Tiger in his mess!!! Rick, get a life!!! To the rest of the media that just "want to know the dirt, let's focus on the POSITIVE things instead of focusing on all the NEGATIVE DIRT"!!!

    Praying for you TIGER!!!! You can do it!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  650. MJ

    The expectations of Tiger Woods by the world were unreal, unfair, and unattainable as none of us are perfect. Yes, what he did was wrong, but it is a private, family issue. Parents make professional athletes role models for their children and forget that the athletes are human beings, many of whom escaped dire situations by way of sports, but because of their lifelong environment and experiences are not equipped to handle large amounts of money, and lifestyles that allow them to live beyond standard boundaries. Tiger said it well, he forgot where he came from, how he was raised, and his faith. He got caught up in the spotlight and got lost - lost himself, his self-respect, dignity, integrity, and is ready to find his way back to his real self. Scripted or not, I believe that he was sincere...not the easiest topic to make a public statement about - perhaps his script was his way to make sure he didn't overlook anyone on his apology list. He has picked himself up, is dusting himself off, and starting over again. Everyone deserves a second chance - referring to golf only. His relationship with his wife is their personal business. Whether or not she remains in the marriage is Elin's choice as she is the he betrayed and the one most hurt by all of this.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  651. john

    the text was indeed scripted, BUT what most people do not understand is this is part of any recovering individuals 12 steps to recovery. he will have to take this process "ONE DAY OR HOUR AT A TIME". i say this as a 28 year recovering alcoholic. give him time.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  652. Kitty

    ITiger owes His God; Wife, Mother and at some point his child an apology – no one else. This is a provate matter between him & his wife. I am so sick of the media, their investigating, bimbo finding, accusations etc in the race to secure a rating. The American people just want the news – let us decide for ourselves! Tiger has behaved no different then most of our politicians who think it is ok to have the best health care – while some of us have none! Ok sense of entitlement – let's call an ace an ace. This young man deserves to heal privately. So let him and his family have some privacy while doing so. At the end of the day – it is none of our business. He who is without sin – cast the first stone...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  653. jms

    Ya know, I am sick of people and the media disecting everything. No wonder the man is a mess. I think he IS sorry and he did the best job he could. After all, this is TIGER. He is very private and this is the best he could do and I think it meant alot. Leave him the hell alone!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  654. Patrick

    A great start to Tiger's recovery. The harsh judgement by the media is ironic because so many of them are selfish, ruthless and arrogant . Let him recover from his stupid mistakes and leave his family alone. The Media seem to think they have rights??? This is a private family matter. But because most of the media, who have been like leeches all over this story, were excluded from the room...he will now always be a pariah to the press. Nothing forgiving about these people. Which of them can throw stones???. Yea ,Yea, they are going to say" He is a public person." But so are the media!!! Get over it . Let him get his life together.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  655. Leila

    I cannot beleive how easy it is for everyone to point the finger to someone else instead of themselves! I think that Tiger Woods is to be commended for the courage it takes not only to admit to having an addiction, but to then step up and own it on national t.v. As far as Im concerned, those who protest the most should come out of denial and take a look at their own shortcomings. I am by no means condoning Tigers actions but it seems so much easier to find fault, blame and judge everyone for the human beings we are, instead of lookiing deeper and having a little compassion, forgiveness and understanding. I don't blame him for not wanting to answer inquiring minds questions regarding how many woman he has been with. Instead why don't we focus on what we can learn from him and move forward. For every sinner has a future and every saint has a past.!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  656. TR

    From Minnesota

    This is not the media's business. It is personal, between Tiger and "his". Who knows what has been said between him and his family, between him and his sponsors....none of our business.

    He is not a political figure, who has to answer to us...tax payers do not pay his salary. If you don't want to support him do not buy his goods, do not watch his game...your choice. I for one will be watching!!

    I would be pissed too if my children were followed.....2 1/2 years old! ......Come on Paparazzi get a life!!!

    Remember: "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"

    February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  657. Shines

    Tony Tony Tony, Why are we still talking about Tiger. Here is some news. Hundreds of people in Haiti needs food and shelter.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  658. yolfri

    I think he was humble and sincere
    People should move on and not interfere in privete lives...would be a pity to loose an American world champion.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  659. Beverly De Stefano

    It only took him 80 days to respond!!! I am not impressed. If he had not been caught he would still be out screwing every bimbo that walked. He has never been a REAL role model, throwing clubs and cursing just doesn't cut it. He is an embarassment to all associated with golf. I'm a nurse of 40 years, sex addiction, give me a break. He has just given men everywhere an excuse to cheat. My advice, find John Edwards and the two of you crawl under a very big rock and let us not ever have to hear your name again.
    Disgusted in North Carolina.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  660. Ed

    To the critics of the statement, get a life. Move on! Let he without sin cast the first stone!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  661. Victoria Vinyard

    I am sick of the news media contorting stories. Enough already about what Tiger did. How many men do you know would turn down sex when offered? These women who have come forward with their indescretions should be ashamed. They knew he was married, it is they who should be scrutenized. This is none of our business there are more important news issues to be reporting.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  662. diana

    Tony my email probably won't get on the air but this is how i feel..i am appauld at you and other Media folks that are critcal of this guy no matter what he said or how he said it. If he didn't script what he wanted to cover, i"m sure you would have said he didn't do enough. He covered himself and according to the news "gospel" it was to pat. Thank God you and your cronies are not God. At least GOD does forgive over and over and over and so on!!!!!!. And I'm sure if your closet was opened you have some things to be asshamed of. All men do, because you KNOW how you're led!

    As for being able to ask him questions, the media would be just like the woman that questioned Gary Coleman on Entertainment Tonight. Gary has some issues and no matter how small he is that women questioning him about a domestic issue disrespected him as a man and provoked the hell out of him. You people (the media) would do the same to Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  663. Dianne

    I know it's been said, but what I don't get is why Tiger Woods' sex life is our business in the first place? The fact that his bedroom antics are so important to this country is a sad statement on what we find important. That is not why he became an American icon. That being said, he has now apologized and whether or not America believes him, it is time to move on. Let him & his family do what they have to do and hopefully, it will lead all of us back to watching and cheering for the greatest golfer in history.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  664. Mike Kubiak

    This is going to play out over a long period of time. It had to start somewhere. Tiger seemed tired and somewhat depressed. I found nothing offensive in his remarks. What I did find offensive were the comments of your guests who were supposedly PR and media specialists. They were rude and came across as having huge egos.They had unconvincing arguments against Tiger's comments and they need a bit of media training. Their holyer than thou attitude made them come across as close minded and judgmental. If they are considered PR pros I guess I don't get it.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  665. Kay

    The first step in recovery is openly admitting what you did. To hear your own voice out loud and admitting your problem. I hope this step will help him to recover.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  666. Henry Wendell Boone

    Hi Tony, Tiger's apology does not impact my life as much as hearing about Iran's President stating armimg his country with a NUC.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  667. Jean

    Rick Cerrone is wrong. Tiger said what HE needed to say. As far as the media is conerned – they should move on. They got all their juicy gossip. I can't imagine trying to fix a marriage with media hounding their every move. Leave them alone and go slither along the ground for your next scandalous story.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  668. olaolu

    I have to say that the commentators on CNN right now with Tony are awful. I have to switch to to other station.If you paid them to come into national TV Tony get your check back They awful and bad and failed me and USA and the CNN board.TW did his bet to face reality of today news age.It is all about money and low minded citizen to buy them. Tiger the great man is back. Everyone practice this game b4 and now faithful to my beautiful wife. I forgive him to have courage to face the fact of modern day news

    February 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  669. BD

    Tiger didn't owe me or you an apology, however he did and I accept. He only owes explanations and answers to his wife. Let's quit acting as if we are all saints and have never stumpled in some form or fashion. I wish him all the best and hope he will soon return to golf so those who continue to complain can return to making the money Tiger brought to the sport.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  670. Donna

    I really enjoy watching golf and it hasn't been very interesting without Tiger. What I.d like to know is when did ir become okay to disect someone's life. I think it's time all of the media stop making him the lead story every day and get on to REAL reporting. BACK OFF AND LET HIM GET ON WITH WHAT HE HAS TO DO. I think the media needs to get a life and stop living vicariously through others pain. I wish him well and I pray he can put his life and family together.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  671. Lila

    I thought Tiger did what he needed to do. He's in the midst of one of life's storms and to expect him to handle things perfectly is simply not realistic...or needed. So what if it was scripted? What I saw was humility and sincerity and that's what I was looking for. He stood up to the media and he stood up to his profession. He's looking after himself and his family. The media needs to stay away from his family. And the golf industry is just going to have to be patient because he'll be no good to anyone if he's not right with himself.

    I've been disappointed in Tiger. But I've been more embarrassed and disappointed by the details of his life that the media has subjected us to. Too much information and most of it was none of our business. Not to mention the lies, the lowest of the low in the media.

    Today, I'm proud of him. I wish him and his family every success as they try to put the pieces back together. Why would I want to see them fail?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  672. Mark Shipley

    I dont understand why everyone thinks that Tiger owes them an apology. The only person he owes an apology to is his wife & family. So everybody get off his back!!!! How many other men have cheated on there wives & they dont need to get on TV and apologize. Do they? How many of our Presidents & Congressmen & Women have cheated on there spouses? Yes they sometimes have to respond on TV about it. But how many never apologize. So everyone needs to remember there is only one that will judge us all in the end & if you think you have the athority to judge this man. Then you will be judged in the end much harsher than he will be.
    Thank You

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  673. Michelle M.

    a real apology would have been unscripted. questions should have been allowed. a candid response with real emotion would have been better and more believable. controlling your apology is not apologizing

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  674. Solomon

    People should have dissenty to live Tiger along! Just look in the mirror with complete honesty every time before going to bed and the world would be better. Humiliating somebody else doesn't do it.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  675. Karen Laughman

    I believe that Tiger Wood's presentation and apology was heart-felt and appropriate. We live in a media driven culture that does not respect core human values or anyone's privacy. Tiger doesn't owe the public any explanation of his private life. He is beginning to heal his soul, his life and his relationships, and I wish him and his family well.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  676. Mike

    Whether the apology is accepted or not is not the business of the media, the media is interested in making money and not Tigers family particularly his wife who is the most humiliated in this mater.
    Why is one stupid man calling it a disaster, when has apologizing to your wife and family become a disaster
    Mike

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  677. TAYLOR

    I don't think he owe anyone anything but his wife. Is this because he is black? They haven't asked anyone other tha him w ho did this for an appoligy. Who made the media his God?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  678. Ernestine Yancy

    Leave Tiger alone. It's a private matter between his wife and himself. The media needs to focus on matters that are more important to us all; THIS CRAZY WAR WE'RE IN.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  679. Betty

    The apology from Tiger Woods took courage. To stand up in front of millions of people and admit his infidelity wasn't easy. The media, of course wants to control the situation and if there are negative responses from the media (because they couldn't question him) it is because he had control of this event and they didn't. Do we need to know more. The public doesn't have to have access to a person's private life, even if that person is Tiger Woods. Betty

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  680. Barbara Barron

    As a wife, I find it troubling that he did not even once publicly proclaim his love for his wife. Without this proclamation I wonder if he isn't more afraid of offending one of his many "women". I would have wanted my husband to proclaim to the world that he loved me. Even though "love" is only a "word", love is still the only foundation to build or rebuild a marriage.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  681. Reg P

    I'm siding with you Tony although I would have been much harsher with Rick Cerrone; I think he should have been ripped a new one. His qualifications are certainly questionable...take him off the air altogether. Much of what I think about the media is shared by more people than the media realizes; they are self serving, out of touch, and have this insufferable righteous attitude that it is their right to know and tell all. The media can't tolerate someone who has the intelligence and power to deny them very personal information which they like to put their own spin on. Tiger's comments were personal, sincere and heartfelt.
    Can't wait for him to return to golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  682. lynn luther

    after watching tiger woods performance, he should pursue an acting career in Hollywood.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  683. Ricardo

    In america for so long in america we have set people exceptional talent on pedestals. Rightfully so, just not as role models. They should be admired for there abilities to accomplish tasks. Abilities that aren't amoung the greater population. Tiger deserves the privacy that you or I would request. No one on this planet is created perfect." It is just that when you are deemed great or greater, the masses cheers are louder for your demise than the cheers for your rise"

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  684. Jerome

    It's hard to imagine how any of this could have come across as sincere, given the parameters of this incredibly (and typically Tiger-like) contrived press conference. Ultimately, his indiscretions and repentance are a family/personal matter.

    Has the media gone too far? Absolutely. Speculation on his wife's actions and following his daughter to school do nothing but to sell more publications and boos ratings. However, as Tiger himself mentioned, only he is to blame for all of this.

    Only time, and his actions, will tell just how sorry he truly is. Has he done enough to win fans back? Probably not. That, too, will take time. Someone held in such reverence has to far to fall.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  685. Liz, NY

    It was perfect. I believe he is sincere, and he could not have said it any better.
    I have no interest in reporters questions and do not feel he had any obligation to answer any. This was "his turn" to say what he had to say, and to respond to months of stories about him. He had every right to address the rumors, lies and the press hounding is wife and children.

    Stop the feeding frenzy. He is not an elected official. We have no rights concerning his private life. None. He does have a right to some privacy.

    I am glad I was able to watch this for myself, and I certainly don't need all of these talking heads inturpreting it for me.

    Rick Cerrone especially sounded like a real jerk and is dead wrong.

    I honestly cannot see how anyone could find anything wrong with his remarks today.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  686. mark

    Oh please...Tiger has apologized the women involved have not, hmmmm... who really should change?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  687. Tammy

    Who wrote his statement? seriously..It would have been easier to believe his statement that he's sorry if he came out and spoke from the HEART instead of a scripted prepared statement. I think SNL and every other late night show will have a golfBALL with this statement tonight.. If he thought for a moment that his situation was private between him and his wife he should have never stepped foot on that platform to make a public apology to anyone.. His apologies should have been left for his family, kids, wife, and most of all God.. He said his wife was never abusive to him.. No maybe not but she sure was abusive to his vehicle.. LOL I think it all was a big JOKE!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  688. Leona

    I am sad at the actions of Tiger's behavior, however I am sick and tired of the media thinking that they should have access to everyone's lives. They are mad due to the fact that they can not take this man and his family and drag them through the mud, rake them over the coals and kick them while they are down (which is their only purpose). "and said unto them. He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone"

    February 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  689. Audrey

    Tiger is absolutely sorry for his infidelity The news media is mad that they couldnt tear him apart leave him and his family alone most of these people who are hounding him have worst skeletons in their closets, There is a fomous saying that goes "He who is without sin let him cast the first stone For God sakes leave him alone

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  690. marianne balog

    The only thing Tiger Wodds is "sorry" about is that he got caught with his pants down. The man plays a good game of golf and that's all. The hoopla is all about getting him back to his real purpose in life – making himself and others lots of money. If the media and everyone else who are so obsessively obsessed with this man actually got themselves a "real" life no one would be concerned about his life as the cosmic dilemma it's been developed into.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  691. sheldon

    He said he's sorry.....he made a statement after many months of media whiping...what else you folks want from him now; you criticze his comments and interpret his remarks as other than what it is!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  692. Jessica

    Tiger Woods owes no one an apology except his wife; marriage is between one man and one woman. If American parents would actually parent their children and not let television raise them this wouldn't be an issue. Children should get their mortale at home not school or television. These men are athlete's it is a job just as news anchor is your job, if you cheat on your wife that's not my or anyone elses business. Let it go move on to more important issues.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  693. PEGGY

    Chasin a 2 tear old is only the latest outrage by the media. The media doesn't give us news: they give us gossip and opinion. Shame on you. Leave him alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  694. J C Champagne

    Hello Tony, Tiger definitely did the right thing by coming out make the statement that he made of course people will say anything just to say things as long it is not them in this particular situation. The I have one thing to say to Tiger " GO BACK ON THE GOLF COURSE ". Thank you

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  695. Laura

    He made these statements around people he feels comfortable with and knows cares about him and his family. I don't feel he has to stand in front of a bunch of strangers and answer questions on why when and how he did what he did. The only people he needs to apologize to is his family and close friends. It was very scripted and he showed little emotion. I could tell he was very nervous and out of his element. I feel he is ashamed of what he did and humiliated. If anything it took alot of courage to stand up there and say the things he said.

    I hope he has learned from this and moves on to become the Tiger Woods we have enjoyed watching on tv. I wish him and his family well and hope they can work all of this out. I don't want to hear about all the details of what went on with his affairs. I understand he cheated and did some aweful things. We need to realize that these women also cheated with a married man and they should be just as much blamed as him. Shame on them also.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  696. Nick

    Whoooooooo Caaaaaaares?
    Come on, did we care about Tiger's personal life before all of this?
    No, we watch Tiger because he is a great at golf.
    We need him to get back out there A.S.A.P.
    None of this is any of our business.
    It's time for all the rubbernecking to stop and we all need to realize why we are really drawn to him.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  697. D.L.

    Enough already. Tiger admitted, acknowledged, and apologized. I think at this point it is irrevelant whether or not we feel that he's truly repentant or sincere. This is not as much a lesson about Tiger's penance as it is about our own judgmental views. Who are any of us to feel that we are in the position to decide if another human being is truly repentant. Only the Creator can read hearts. With that being said, I believe that there is a segment of the media community that is angry with the fact that Tiger decided to call the shots on which people he would surround himself during such a critical time in his life. That's his choice. The sponsors and media don't give a crap about Tiger, just their bottom line. Tiger is a human being who happens to be a golf player, nothing more, nothing less. Get over it media! In a few months you guys will be digging into someone's else's misfortune or another country's catastrosphe.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  698. harold

    Everyone knows Tiger has a strong forward personality whether it is his reaction to sinking a 30 footer or talking to the media. This part of the man is what has helped him conquer the golf world so why does everyone want that changed. He needs to tweek his character after some huge personal mistakes. A Leopard will move to a different territory if it can't find food but it doesn't change it's spots.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  699. Ray P.

    Who on this planet would 'blame' Elin even if she did strike him? I can't believe that he is paying a team of PR guys who would put the words 'blame' and 'Elin' in the same sentence.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  700. Mabel

    Tiger stood taller today than ever before. He appropriately apoligized to all injured parties and accepted responsibility for his hurtful actions. I have great respect for him today.

    The best commentary on his statement was given on CBS by Katie Couric's guest. The worst commentary I heard was given by CNN's guests. Tiger does not have to oblige the press by answering questions. The press would ask questions that, no matter how he responded, would have increase the hurt Elin has experienced. He showed wisdom in the way he handled his conference.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  701. Greg

    I love the game and I love the fact that Tiger Woods has made golf and Nike very, very popular. You start digging into people’s personal lives and I guarantee you will dig up more information than anyone cares to share.
    Keep the personal stuff aside.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  702. Jan Baxter

    I don't see why all of America has to be involved with this whole thing. Men cheat one their wives all the time in one way or another and it isn't any ones business. I am tired of Tiger being the bad guy over what happens tobe a personal problem. As Americans we have gotten too involed with the images we made for public people, it is our attention that is wrong. We should be more concerned with what is happening in our country and internationally, not with the personal life of a "Celebrity" that we created. I buy products because they are good ones not because someone uses them in their public life. Do we want to see them in their homes and what they wear or whatever? Enough is enough!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  703. Derrick M

    Tiger did just find. I have to stay he did sounded a little robotic like, but how would you fill like with the world watching you? I hope Tiger gets his personal issues in check with his family first and formost. I hope he really sticks to his statments, becuase so many kids look up to him and they will remember what happend.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  704. Tom

    So another high income i con lets success get the best of them. BIG NEWS ! Leave the guy alone after all we all have a little something we would rather not have known to the public !!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  705. Don

    He didn't play by the rules of decency before and now he wants to dictate the rules. In his own words he continues to demand being treated different than others. Everything in the announcement was staged to play to the public and his sponsors. He should be ashamed to use his own mother and friends in that kind of a public setting. He still thinks he's entitled. It's all about tomorrows money not todays game and integrity.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  706. Mike

    Tiger did not do a good job. He failed in every way possible. It was not sincere but very arrogant. I do believe it's a private matter and we don't really need to know. The press must leave him alone to continue to self destruct. He needs to however respect all and deal with everything dealing character, decency and golf.

    Mike

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  707. Randy

    Tony, will you PLEASE STOP constantly talking over your guests!!! It is so annoying. I have a REALLY hard time watching your segments.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  708. PEGGY

    Private is private.Leave him alone.Chasing a 2 yearold is only the latest outrage by the media. The media doesn't give us news: they give us gossip and opinion. Shame on you.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  709. Sybil

    Oh you poor lil journalist (I used that term loosely). You were not able to tear this man down any further. You want to know the dirt not to respect this man's privacy. Only privacy you people recognize is your own. Everybody else is fair game as far as you are concerned. The only people that should be involved in this situation is Tiger, his family and God. You do not have the common decency to step back. Let us see you walk in his shoes? He who hath no sin cast the first stone.! Judge ye not lest ye be judged. How does what Tiger Woods is going through affect your life? Only you who can make money off of his disgrace. He's human deal with it! You gave him the platform and now you want to tear him down.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  710. Shachris

    cudos to Tiger,
    The golfer goofed in a big way.now he is trying to make apology for his faults. we should take it for what it is and not make more judgement.Cerrone and LLewellyn can go back to commenting on the braves and keep their cheap council comments to themselves.his public statement can be a lesson for everyone in some way. when thoughts are coming straight from the heart it can be misinterpreted.this healing is a long process for tiger and his family.let them work through it in private.

    Shachris

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  711. Claudia johnson

    Kids today have no heros to look to. It's very sad that Tiger took this fall.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  712. Carl

    Tony:
    I believe it taakes guts to stand up and "admit" you have been a failure.
    I am not sure I agree with some other viewers about Tigers sincereity or lack thereof; it would be difficult enough to admit your wrongs without putting any specific feeling in the address.
    As a Christian counsellor I have learned to listen with open heart and then watch for the 180 degree turn around.
    repentance is asking forgiveness and then make the 180 and do not return to the past...."true repentance"
    Media anger....the anger is probably warranted IF they have persued the issue like Tiger claims; however, it should not be made public, in my humble opinion.
    CB

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  713. Emmanuel A. Smart

    Tiger Woods deserves an A plus grade in crisis management.
    Not sure what speech your "experts" were listening to, but Tiger Woods and his team of PR experts are simply masterful.

    Not all crises are the same. All along, I've blogged that this crisis is unique and different. Any crisis management strategies employed, therefore, must be unconventional. My full blog post is at mrsmart.wordpress.com

    As a PR consultant specializing in Reputation and crisis management, my advice has been that this particular crisis would need thinking outside the box. They’ve created and followed a perfect script.

    All elements of crisis management are accounted for: audience, principal, exigency, method, timing, message control. The Tiger Woods PR team deserve an A plus in crisis management.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  714. Dave Birchmore

    I don't think anyone has taken the time to understand how hard (regardless if the speach was written) to speak as he did in front of His Mother and friends regarding his past actions. I don't play golf and haven't followed all the reports on his actions, but am personally disapointed in all TV and News reports, disecting his statements with the precision of a Lawer. Why not just do as he requested and leave the family alone. The only reason for anyone to tear his statements apart are for personal gain in reporting and just plain ignorance.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  715. Chris Kaltenbach

    I want to give Tiger a chance to win back grace but his apology was completely coached, including direct looks into the camera, to protect Tiger Woods INC. Even though he's a great golfer, I still have no repect for Tiger Woods, the man. Like his scripted apology stated, he will have to earn respect back. That needs to be both inside and outside of the ropes.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  716. Betty Anderson

    Yes, I accept tiger Wood's statement. I do not agree or condone his actions, in fact I am disappointed with what he has done to himself and mostly his wife, children and mother. However, he was in no condition mentally to give a statement when the story broke as he said he felt rules did not apply to him. He would have learned differently in treatment and his statement given today would be part of his personal apology not a way of correcting his public image as your guests were looking for. His public image will come when he proves to himself and the golf world that he has changed.
    This matter is a private one between his wife, family and himself. He has a lot of work to do in therapy, let him get on with it in private. To say negative things about his statement in saying he was sorry will do nothing but make matters worse for he and his family and may under mind his treatment process. Why does the media think they own high profile people?
    Betty Anderson, Victoria, BC, Canada

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  717. Joni Petersen

    I don't think that the controlled environment of Tiger Woods' statement reflects entitlement. I think it shows a knowledge that the press is really just interested in the sordid details of his private life which can only hurt his family further.

    In the end his character will be judged by his actions, not his words.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  718. Bob

    Tony,
    I watched Tiger's apology and could not help but think how we put athletes on a pedestal and create multi-millionaires treated like gods. They begin to believe they are invincible. We then become disallusioned when we discover they are human. His behavior is between him and his family. Granted he is great at what he does, but he plays a game. We need to get our sports in perspective and put money into education instead.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  719. Mike

    Whether the apology is accepted or not is not the business of the media, the media is interested in making money and not Tigers family particularly his wife who is the most humiliated in this mater.
    Why is one stupid man calling it a disaster, when has apologizing to your wife and family become a disaster

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  720. Ricardo

    For so long in america we have set people with exceptional talent on pedestals. Rightfully so, just not as role models. They should be admired for there abilities to accomplish tasks. Abilities that aren't common amoung the greater population. Tiger deserves the privacy that you or I would request. No one on this planet is created perfect." It is just that when you are deemed great or greater, the masses cheers are louder for your demise than the cheers for your rise" Oh and as for Barbarba's comment it's I,I,I,I, me, me, me, well isn't that how the media made it. He is simply taking responsibilities for his actions. We should not throw stones when we live in a glass society.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  721. Tony Whiteside

    Tiger is a golfer, a black star who has fallen like a few other black starts have done.
    His game is the same; he wins and loses with style. A baker’s dozen show up with same old story, 15 mins of fame, Crumb handouts, different sizes one step from w-house.
    Notice they all ran to lawyers when they confess their adultery to God and country. Mr. Woods, pour his heart out, asking for forgiveness. Keith, ask for prays for his decease mother & now father. Yet treated, Mr. Woods as the 20th bomber at World Trade Center.
    No mercy! Mt: 6:14: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Tony Whiteside

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  722. vjee

    Tony,

    I must say your on air style leaves a lot to be desired by me..but I am sure there are those you love you. I am watching now and the person ( I refuse to call a person a reporter simply because they hold a microphone. I require some rather rigorous intellect to be demonstrated by people who want to inform me. If you're not a whole lot smarter than I am, then move on buddy. The other evening the young man from Holland who won a gold medal for speedskating rejected a stupid question from a female, so-called reporter. His reaction was great because it is what many of feel far to often when we stop to listen to many of you on air commentators. Your acquiesence to sensationalistic drivel being sold as reporting is a riot. The guy who said Tiger was continuing to demonstrate a sense of entitlement is of course a man, for whom the media has demonstrated no interest. Once the spotlight is turned on you, your willingness to give the media free reign is quickly recinded.
    Tony, I wonder if you and the majority of males who work with you at CNN would withstand scrutiny on your relationships in and out of marriage? I have a hard time listening to men take whacks at Tiger and if they had as he admitted to (money and fame) and the easy access those things bring him to temptations...if they would have resisted.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  723. Jorge, Orlando, FL

    I believe Tiger was sincere, but honestly he is right. People just need to leave him alone to rehab and rebuild his relationship with his family. We in society seem to feel entitled to know all there is to know about high profile people. The truth is we create the illusion that these people are a part of our lives when the truth of the matter is that they are not. We may look up to them for their wonderful talents and achievements, but why do we look at them as more than that? One simple answer in my opinion: We wish we were them. We are obsessed with celebrity in this country and honestly we use successful people as an example to our kids and others. I believe that as inspiring as their stories may be, they shouldn't be used to make up for our shortcomings. Aren't we a good enough to be the example for our kids to follow, that we have to use the people that we ourselves consider "elite" to create expectations for our kids and then get upset when those people make mistakes. They are living their lives, let's just live ours. Tiger will always be a great athlete, no one can deny that. Let's just leave him alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  724. John Giaccio

    I think Rick cerone is absolutely correct and Jack Llewelln! I don't blame Tony Harris because I know how gold people see this guy differently. But Wow, these celebrities not just Tiger need to be more sincere to the fans who they let down. It seems his anger and remorse is in direct magnification of this incident on his family. I left the computer and came back and can't believe more are seeing it the same way.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  725. MaryAnn Jones

    Tiger said all that should be necessary to the public. His wife , his children, and mother are the only ones that should feel personal pain from his foolish actions. The media is pushing the idea that women not married to Tiger should have an influence on his wife's actions.

    All who don't wish the Wood's family well should work on their own messed up lives!

    Best Wishes To The Woods Family!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  726. Cheryl

    I give Tiger credit for taking responsibility for his actions, whatever it took for him to get to this point. The fact of the matter is, he doesn't owe any of us any apology or explanation. Our society has become so judgemental criticizing people, refusing to accept apologies and not forgiving them. Then when someone we "support" makes a mistake, we make all kinds of excuses. Is there any way this apology would have met everyone's standards and not been dissected?

    He has every right to be upset with media for following a 2 year old child. It's not like he spent the majority of time on the issue. His point was that he did these things not his children. The media needs to get a grip because he mentioned it. They are just upset and throwing a fit because they couldn't attack him with questions. Media is throwing a tantrum, grow up.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  727. Jenny

    We all just need to pray for Tiger Woods and his family that things will get better. We all make mistakes even celebrities do. Tiger did not have to make a apology, only to his wife he should, but he did, because he knows it's the right thing to do, especially as a role modle. Let him learn from his mistake.Let the people and the media give him a break so that he can come back strong. May God bless him and his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  728. golfhater

    Tony, your choice two white men [one cock-sure powerful and the other a southern sports psychologist who cites god's will in his analysis] for commentary on the Woods statement was a bit off the mark. Your obvious irritation with them was good, although you should have nailed them.

    Woods is correct to be angry at the abuse of his family's privacy and to say so. To say his anger is misplaced is a process of infantilization that african-americans are familiar with. [Even some of the Republican/Tea Party's statements about the President fall under this category]. It is disavowed racism. I've never felt one way or the other about Woods, but I think many people liked the image of a polite smiling [part] african-american for the wrong reasons and when he became sexualized/demonized many got angry for the wrong reaons.

    Maybe Woods should have realized that to admit you're a 'buddhist' at core means you've already lost most american-male sport's fans and bigots in general.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  729. Kat

    The day that Tiger started the affairs, he put his family in the spotlight. We will ask if it is that sex is not good at home or frequent at home. We will ask if it is that he is just a bad boy pretending good. He sai dthat for a long time he refused to look at himself for who he really is. He now realises that he is a black man at heart and where the balls count in more ways than one!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  730. Dena

    He came out there to make this statement, that took some gutts! This was a very embarassing thing to admitt to. Off course you need a script. You can't wing it when standing up to speak to the world, and oviously he had put a lot of thought into this. Just because it was not done style and manner of the media, the reporters cannot be pleased with this appology.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  731. jaimona

    Now let me make sure I got this right because I want to be sure I understand all the madness. Now Tiger Woods was on the golf course while playing golf when he was cheating on his wife. Because if that's not the case.Then what is the big deal. Tiger will need to first seek God, seek help,move forward with the

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  732. Jasper

    Rick hits a hole in one. That conference was a disaster. His PR person should be fired immediately. Tiger did seem sincere in his apology but it was all scripted and rehearsed. His candor was inappropriate, he addressed family, fans and students, which he should have ommitted. He refused to accept questions which he could have deflected with a simple "again that is between my wife & me." He showed a little anger when addressing the media, which is definately not going to go away. He did good in addressing rumors, about the incident but he should have been more specific to the incident and probing sympathy. He was too self centered still showed much arrogance. And to think I waited over night for this. I'm dissappointed as well.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  733. Jimmy McKeller (LPC, LCDC III) Ohio

    I believe that Tiger showed remarkable strength and courage with only 42 days of treatment behind him to stand there and admit to closest friends that needs help. I work with people everyday who are trying to reclaim their life from addiction and for many it is any unsuccessful endeavor. Therefore, it is not about restoring his "public image" but rather restoring himself and his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  734. Bindu, CT

    Who is this Lady on the show now? Is she really human? Lady, Tiger is the celebrity, not his Wife or Kids! So you know what if you want to cover his sex life, then feel free to do so, BUT you have no RIGHT to follow his 2 year old to school. I wish Tiger had gone with an umbrella like Julia Roberts and beat the heck out of those papparazzi! These guys really need to go for Therapy! He did not OWE anything to the media. Yeah he is a celebrity and he was made one because of his fans and media, but you made him a celebrity for his Sport – not because of who he slept with. That is not a contest he is on!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  735. Tony

    The Press have NO right to follow his family in spite of what your guests said Tony.

    It's just not right!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  736. Andrew

    People are being so critical of Tiger, it's really had to face cameras and dish out ur dirty laundry. Do people really want to know in details what he did with all those women as far as I'm concerned he said what he had to say to avoid further humiliation to his wife. I mean do you have an idea what his wife must be going through.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  737. Elaine

    Great job Tiger on your speech, it was as sincere & as heartfelt as it could be. It is just unfortunate, due to media pressure, he even had to do this in the first place. This has always been a private matter between Tiger & his wife Elin, but it was the medias constant need to dig deeper, that this has been blown up out of proportion. He proved he is human & even he makes mistakes & the fact he is willing to own up to it, when he did not have to, says the world about his integrity. This is a good start for Tiger & the media should honor his wishes & give his family privacy from this point forward.

    Tiger brought generations of people that normally would not watch golf, into becoming regular viewers of the sport, because of his talent & not his personal llife. He is & will be the most talented golfer ever in the history of golf & I am looking forward to his return as soon as possible.

    If we look back in history at unfaithful men? The most beloved in US history, John F. Kennedy, well known for his philandering, he is still the most iconic person of all time. Even the most recent uncovered 5 year love affair in love letters, between JFK & a Swedish woman, before & after he was married, doesn't change the way I feel towards JFK, & noone is making such big deal about those.

    Hopefuly this will be a fresh start for Tiger & people will forgive. His trangressions are not what made Tiger the person he is, a role model, his talent did, so lets rememeber his for that. And hope for the the best for him & his family & his return to a sport loves so much.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  738. Lila

    Tony, I'm embarrassed by how far out of touch your talking head commentators and pundits are. I just turned off my TV. It's what I detest about the media.

    I got what I needed. Tiger's statement. I can take it from there.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  739. John

    The media is ridiculous, just because your on tv or famouse doesn't mean that you asked to put your family followed by the media. The famous should get together and stalk the medias family. The media is a bunch of fools to think they have the right to stalk two year olds.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  740. Chris

    I was a Tiger fan before I but the apology and news conference was not sincere. How would the greatest athlete of all time Muhommad Ali have handled it? Much differently and much better. Tiger is very good at golf and that's it, he would've been better off not holding any news conference.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  741. Don

    I will respect his privicay, when He returns to golf, I will ignore him and his sponsers.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  742. Julie L

    Good job Tony and Tiger – for having morals enough to speak up and care about how your actions affect others. We have five children, four boys; just try raising children well without understanding what you believe in first. You're pretty much quaranteed a negative outcome.

    Thankfully not everyone says what sounds just right; like actors in a play. We want to remember that actors get paid for how things sound, not how things work in real life.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  743. ToeKneeF

    Tony, you need to be more professional in your coverage of the news. It is obvious to anyone watching that you are a Tiger Woods FAN. You do him no service by speeding through and mumbling negative comments then slowly reading and pausing over positive comments.

    ToeKneeF

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  744. Pat W

    Not only do they expect Tiger Woods to be an angel without sin but now they expect him to be a public relations expert. Come on, like the man said, let he who is without sin, cast the first stone! He owes no one an apology but his wife and family.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  745. Kohiko

    Move on people! You're not going to get the Enquirer dirt you seek! It's a private family matter and none of your darn business!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  746. don

    Apparently the critics of Tiger's statement have not walked in the shoes of a person that has 1st hand experience w/ in-house theraphy.
    Having been there the look on his face showed deep emotion, he was close to tears, his face showed him ( Tiger) facing a" demon " that is a bigger challenge than anything he has ever faced before, on or off the golf course. Any one who could not see remorse in his face
    will never be accused of having a open mind. Yes the single camera did not need to show the PR effort showing people closeto him accepting his apology . His comment about not knowing if he would return to the golf ciricut this year, showed to this viewer his committment to his recovery is the most important road for him to take at this time

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  747. Valentina,ON

    Isn't it the year of the Tiger? We'll see!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  748. Lineman1970

    Tiger; To Little.........To Late.......To Bad! You let alot of people down thinking you where invinsiable.....including your WIFE and KIDS!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  749. HA

    Honestly I think that if people are hangin' off of Tigers every word like that Tony they need to get a life!! 1 because Parents are supposed to be the 1st Role models. 2 because people are not perfect. The only people he owe's an apoolgy to is his wife and children period. Tiger Woods is a brand and a business and anyone who doesn't want to be in business with him behind this, it's just that, Business!! I'm a supporter of Tiger. Golf wouldn't even have a pulse if it weren't for him right now. It's boring to watch. He bring's excitement to the game. It's a loss for the partners tha jumped ship on him truly!! They just opened the door for some more of us... Thank you!! How many of them have them same skeletons and are turning their noses up at him?? Please... give us a break!! The media wouldn't be doing their job s on this one. It's none of our business!! Any child who doesn't realize people make these types of mistakes maybe in bigger trouble anyway!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  750. Heidi Perkins

    Why is it that we feel that it is our right to know everything, good or especially bad, about celebrities? They do not owe us anything, They play a game, act in TV or movies, create music and they give us that for which we pay. The only people that we have a right to know about are elected officials because they work for us. How about boycotting the rags and TV shows that make their profit on gossip?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  751. RJ Trevino

    Did you just follow the Tiger Woods story with an update on a wild runaway ZEBRA? Am I the only one who found that a bit tacky?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  752. Bob

    Tony , you have managed to keep the Tiger story alive. Where does the media get off trying to dictate the type and place for a news conference.
    How about just reporting the news, not trying to make the news !! We will all be better off.

    Bob

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  753. marilyn andrews

    Why has Tiger been made to apologize for cheating? I do not see any other adulters lining up behind him to say they are sorry for cheating on their wives and they do not have half the money Tiger has. Also, if Tiger had cheated on his black wife that many times it would not been an issue. It is only an issue because his wife is white and there is still a double standard and hidden racism( not really hidden) in America.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  754. Jill

    If Tiger would have just played the field before he got married...This wouldn't even be an issue! He would've been labeled as the PGA player...but his wife would've know what she was getting into, which I'm surprised she didn't! I'm sure this went on way before her!! He's young he was kept on lock down as a child of cour...se he was going to wild out...soon as a chance was given!! He shouldn't be apologizing to us... He needs to be fixing his family and playing golf!! People act like this is such a crime, what he's done millions of men do everyday and are probably doing right now!! It's up to his wife and family to be the judge!! I don't agree with his actions but it's really none of my business nor is it the publics!!! Long as he's swinging that 9 iron I'm good...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  755. Ryan

    Tiger messed up, he should face the wrath! What he did was wrong and should be punished, even if it is humiliation.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  756. Kat

    The day that Tiger started the affairs, he put his family in the spotlight. We will ask questions such as if it is that sex is not good at home or frequent at home.

    We will ask if it is that he is just a bad boy pretending good. He said that for a long time he refused to look at himself for who he really is. He now realises that he is a black man at heart and where the balls count in more ways than one!

    Even if Elin hits him he would never admit to it becaus eof embarrassment! I think thats she chased him. What would he have been doing outside barefooted at that hour? Explain that Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  757. Lisa

    Those of the world without sin cast the first stone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  758. Marty

    Tiger Woods comments were more thorough than expected. I don't blame him for fearing the media frenzy. He is vulnerable now. Even though he should have considered that prior to his actions.

    I am glad he did not apologize to his mistresses, they are partly to blame. That would have only given them more to say to attempt to solicit sympathy that they do not deserve. I am glad he respected his wife and family. His wife was right not to stand by his side, he needs some tough love now , even if she was there off camera.

    Not a fan of Tiger Woods but respected his ability to play golf. Understand that some parents held him as a role model for their children. I don't agree that the public see celebrities of any kind as such. We don't know them personally or how they really live. But he does have a measure of responsibility to his sponsors and fans. This is not the last celebrity scandal to be seen.

    Tiger Woods behavior reinforced negative stereotypes some want to hold. This is apparent by the jokes of comedian George Lopez and others. In the end, whatever the outcome, I wish the best for his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  759. Julie

    I really truly don't care. This is a matter for his family, not for us. I do however, agree that media in general goes too far on these stories. I would much rather hear about Iran's nuclear intent, our soldiers in Afghanistan, the plight of those in Haiti and progress there, our politics, etc. I want to be informed, not entertained.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  760. Jordan

    I thought that he was right in coming out and saying he made a mistake, however the way he did it today was a pathetic excuse for his indiscretion. If he wanted us to forgive him and have his image improve he shouldn’t have been reading off a script that his pr agent gave him on his way in the door. I would have taken him more seriously if it came from the heart and not from his agents.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  761. O Holmes

    Was this about Tiger’s image or his therapy? Part of the recovery process is to admit (to yourself and others) that you have done wrong. I find it interesting that he came out of treatment to make this statement. Then he is returning to treatment. Which for me adds credence for being more of a treatment step rather than trying to repair his image?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  762. Shirley

    Mr. Woods doesn't need to apologize to the public. WHY? Maybe I don't know enough about the demands of being a highly publicized figure. Yet, I do know enough about mankind! We are rewarded for our deeds in this world, whether they are good or bad deeds. My opinion is that he needed to ONLY ASK FORGIVENESS from the only people in this world that are hurt by his actions, HIS FAMILY and the women that he may have caused to go astray, then seek God for forgiveness and seek repentance. He doesn't have to be on national television to do that. NO One Else Matters.!! But, hey my opinion doesn't matter either. A man (that has done even deadlier deeds) once asked me, "What's the meaning of Life?" So, Mr. Woods live your life with love and doing good is always good.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  763. Eileen Rice

    To follow a child to school and report the name of the school in the press is far beyond reporting news. It seems that the press thinks they should be beyond reproach. You see in an announcement what you want to see and the two men had preset opinion as did the rep of the golf press. Why don't they look up the word private? The comment about making an apology to the parents-how else would they suggest that he do it, call each personally? I feel the press is too busy trying to make news by commenting instead of reporting the facts.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  764. Sharon Satterwhite

    I thought the 2 gentlemen on your show, Tony, were the most cynical I've ever observed. I've never seen a person as contrite as Tiger was. It had to be the most difficult thing to do in front of millions of people around the world, but he showed true and deep sorrow for what he had done, looking straight at the camera to his fans.
    And I liked the gesture he made afterwards, toward his mother and everyone else in the room. Why should he take questions – he answered them all in his talk. I'm proud of Tiger for taking full responsibility and for seeking help. And no, he wasn't blaming everything on sex addiction and yes, I think there is such a thing.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  765. Brad

    Tiger, apologize from your heart, not your PR Managers mouth.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  766. Elizabeth

    Tiger's public apology to his wife, family, foundation, etc. seemed sincere. Now, the media should give him and his wife some privacy. Time will tell whether he makes the changes that he articulated today.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  767. Monica

    I believe the media should move on from Tiger. I'm tired of hearing about this on every news channel. He doesn't have to answer anymore questions about WHO, WHAT and WHEN it's NONE of OUR business. He's not the first person to cheat and what he does in his private life is between him and his wife not the public's. We have so many other issues going on in the world such as the earthquake in Haiti, unemployment, crime, etc. He doesn't owe me an apology. I just want to see Tiger back on the golf course doing what he does BEST playing golf because ultimely that's all that matters.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  768. Daniel

    You guys (news) are really something, all of "you" are feeding this for self promotions (ratings). No one has the right to demand an apology from tiger unless you are his wife,children or close friends and family. Other then that get the tree out of your eye before you try to wipe a pebble from someone else. Hypocrites!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  769. Lisa

    I never really heard Tiger admit he was a sex addict he only has a problem. And if he wanted the media to leave his family alone then maybe he should have come out of hiding and taken the hit instead of his family. If he would have just come out and talked right away maybe the media would left his family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  770. Daniel Williams

    Tiger is a great man both in character and deeds. Who ever said Tiger was a perfect man? After all he is just another young athlete at best, whose private life is being dissected by the media. I had personally forgiven this guy from the day he was publicly humiliated by the media. Just showing up and making these statements today is courageous enough. Tiger thank you for the great mind food.

    Daniel
    Chicago

    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  771. Donald Costin

    About Tiger Woods statement:
    First, it takes two to Tango; why don't you
    reveal and interview the concubines?
    Out of respect for Tiger's family, leave them out
    of this issue, they're innocent.
    I appreciate genuine journalism; your histerical
    sensationalizations of the
    real issues are starting to bore me.
    Judgmentalism is NOT your job; just report
    the facts and let the viewer decide.
    Donald.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  772. KJ

    What is wrong with the media and everyone that buys into it? Who are they to judge Tiger? What gives them the right? Let's take your biggest mistakes in life, put them up for all the world to see, and see how you react. Aside from his family, Tiger owes everyone else nothing.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  773. Constance

    Tiger's statement: I think it was a very sincere apology. It came from a man who is at the lowest time in his life and doing the right thing to come back. People are just so hungry to know juicy gossip. It's not their marriage on the rocks!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  774. Wale

    I thunk we should all respect Tiger' wish especially the Press. I sure do miss Tiger on the field on play.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  775. Terri

    Did I miss the part where he apologized to the women that he seduced, used and misled. He made them think they were more than just sex to him. I know they were consenting adults and they knew he was married, shame on them – but they never would have been involved with him if not for his overtures. Perhaps that was part of his rationalization that if he didn't treat them like prostitutes then it's not as bad. HA!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  776. Jason

    The only one's who are really upset about this NO question press conference is the Media. Because that means NO new NEWS or talking points. The media needs a good Scandle or problem to keep it's rating and public tooned in. Great Job Tiger!!! Sorry NO MORE QUESTIONS. I have to go to REHAB!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  777. Helen

    I thought Tiger's apology was appropriate and should now be put to rest. It would not make a difference how he delivered his apology, it would be scrutinize and faults would be identified. It is the media that continues to keep this in the forefront for everyone to disect and feed off. I think he owned up to his responsibilities, which says alot more than the women he has been with who all claim to be his victims. Everyone is blaming Tiger although his numerous women should bear some responsibility. They knew he was a married man, yet not one had enough moral sense and value to not cross the line. All they saw was the $$$$.
    This just shows how shallow and inconsiderate they are to other women , especially his wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  778. Barbara

    The media and those folks screaming for him to take questions, I ask them: questions about what? What is it that you all don't already know about his infidelity and if anything, what is it to you? Stop looking for blood! He said it all in his statement and he said it well. He is sincerely contrite. This coming out may even have helped him face something he wanted to stop but was too far gone to stop earlier. He was a child star who grew up in the spotlight. He said it well when he said fame and money made it so easy for him to indulge his temptations. He lost his way momentarily and forgot his values learned from childhood. Let him repair and regroup. I feel certain that not only will his game be better than before but his contribution to society will be even greater and more significant than before. This is all behind him now and he has everything to look forward to. He still remains the greatest athlete ever and he is so young that he is still going to be greater yet. I look forward to watching this great golfer play again and wish him and his family the very best. I actually admire the way he has controlled the hungry media from tearing him apart and making what is already a sordid story even more sordid. Unless the media wants the gory details of his trysts, what is there left to tell,? He admitted it all and really looked and sounded earnest.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  779. Pat W

    People don't tell me if the media were harrassing your family, mainly childten, for something you did, would you not be irate? I would defend my children too and not care who liked it. Once and for all, get over this. We should not even know about this let alone be judging it all.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  780. Malia in Houston

    I saw Tiger speech live at "Bloomberg". After the speech the commentator said that Tiger should have given his speech earlier right after his automobile accident.
    I completely disagree. Tiger had to go through therapy in order to be able to give his speech. When I switched to CNN again I was VERY disappointed to hear the commentators remarks.
    Tiger opened himself up and put his feeling on the line in front of the whole world. He was candid & honest. The fact that the media follows his 2 1/2 years old daughter to school has everything to do with it, because the scandal and the hype around what he did caused the media to do it. When temptation is put at your feet day in and day out, you bound to make a mistake. President KENNEDY did it...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  781. Janice

    I think the people that are condemning him for getting angry need to get over it! He has every right to be angry! His wife and children have been harrassed and that is so totally wrong. HE SCREWED UP not them. He has never been the one to make his life public. He has never lived his life in the public eye like so many celebrities do. It's wrong to smear peoples private lives all over the media! He's a golfer, that's his job, leave his private life alone. Just like any other person that has gone through this lately. If they are a politician, worry about how well they serve office, if they are a sports figure, how well they play, etc. Leave their private lives where they belong, IN PRIVATE!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  782. mona

    I think that the media should stay out of peoples, bedroom. Tiger, only has to apologize to his wife. With everything that is happening all over the world.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  783. Steven M. McCarthy

    This Tiger Wood topic will make a lot of sense if we name it properly: The hypocritical media exploitation of pandemic sexual repression. Go ahead and put this on the air.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  784. Drt George Schilter (DR George)

    Mr Woods had sex with some blonde white bimbos who had no compunction about having sex with a married man. That's really their collective business albeit reprehensible to me personally. None of them owe me an apology however. I see the apology shown today on CNN as an acknowledgement to his wife and kids and close friends and family who are most directly offended by his conduct. The forum was perfect, the statements were on targtet and the audience he reached were the ones most personally affected. His wife, kids and friends and family. I saw a true contrition in his speech and a true realization that the binbo events he participated in were far less important ,in retrospect ,than his true relationships with his wife, family and friends.

    Hopefully Trojan will become a new sponsor if things doln't work out.. I seem to think they will and his wife, not me or you or anyone else will be the final judge of that...On earth that is.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  785. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Even if he did not write this speech he was sincere about everything he said and the media does not have the right to invade someones privacy! He did not sin against anybody but the Lord Jesus and his wife so all media should stay away from he and his family and allow them to go through the process of forgiveness and repentance PRIVATELY!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  786. Tom in Tampa

    I completely understand his anger with the media in regards to his family. Any man should step up to defend his wife and children. People who don't understand that or think "that's what he gets" need to think again about what is really important.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  787. Langston

    I am so very proud of Tiger Woods and the apology that he made before millions of people which is not easy. God forgives so why can't we. He is still the greatest golfer of all times. The first time I saw him play was in Ooltewah, TN. and I knew he would be great. He still is a great man. Keep your head up Tiger!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  788. JC Hunter

    The public and news will never let go of this because Tiger's behavior on the golf courses over the past 10 years. He has always acted like a spoiled child and better than everyone else. Tiger is showing the first signs of maturity but don't expect it to last.. His hidden explosive disorder will soon surface and people will get back to watching him throw temper tantrums on the golf course. That is the Tiger we love and despise so very well.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  789. anonomous

    At least he gave a real apology. He didn't qualify anything by saying "I cheated but ..." I wish that was the kind of apology I received.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  790. Michelle Gabriele- Harrell

    After watching Tiger make his apologies and listening to the reactions from the viewers, I think we should take a few things into consideration about him acting robotic and emotionless. First off, I want to commend Tiger on going public to apologize. What people to need to understand is that he is in thearapy and getting help, this press conference was proably one of the " First" steps of recovery and it was proably the most hardest step he had to take on his road to recovery. Second, he proably is on meds to help control his compulsions and possibly depression and that will make emotions more surpressed.
    The guy is a fabulous golf player and we all should let this drop, move on and let Tiger and his family "heal". I feel he was sincere with his apologies. I also believe he is doing the right thing by prioritizing and putting his family first. Can he change his cheating ways? That is all up to the individual themselves and how important his family and children mean to him and not for us to judge until we walk a mile in his shoes.
    The anger of the media was a bit to much. He choose the life of fame and with fame comes a price.......no privacy.
    To sum things up.....he majorly screwed up, is getting help, asking for forgiveness, did the apology publically ( which he Didn't have to), owned up to responsibility and now wants to move on. So why don't we just let him? Tiger stayed silent since Novemeber, the say the worst pain any man can endure is silence.

    Michelle Gabriele- Harrell
    Norfolk, Va.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  791. Ann

    It took an incredible amount of courage to do what he just did. Give him the chance to heal. You have no ideal what he is going through unless you have walked a mile in his shoes.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  792. lynn luther

    Tony,

    Instead of listening to Tiger Woods we should be thinking about the people in Haiti who are living in home-made tents and have no food to eat. Did Tiger give any of his millions to the people in Haiti?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  793. Joan

    I understand why Tiger would want to take any opportunity to stop harassment to his mother, wife, and children. It's not the cameras that's a problem, it's the hyped mob mentality of the people holding the cameras.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  794. AJ Cox

    We (fans) put Tiger in this position.Just as he said,"this is a private matter and personal." Tiger didn't say it but I am, It is none of our business,(Fans and Media). All of you guys out there that is so critical, given the chance you would have fallen to if something such as this had came your way at the pace it was probably coming to him. Tiger is human and have made an apology. Which one of you can look into his heart and say it was not real (apology)? We all have made mistakes. If you are perfect, I need to see you for myself. If he was not real,it will eventually show. This is a personal matter for Tiger and Family.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  795. Earle C

    Sincere or not, Tiger's statement was a brilliant PR move. Played correctly, he will be able to successfully return to his sport after a scandal as to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, etc. The United States is always interested in a person overcoming the odds. Now, Tiger has set himself up with the greatest opportunity to do so – the odds here being the scandal itself. Owning up to mistakes will make him the favourable hero, the type of person you rally behind, the type of person you would now want to succeed.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  796. jody Wheeler

    Tony:

    In my opinion, if in fact Tiger is in a 12-step program.. this is step 5 , where a person is required to "Admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being the nature of our wrongs", or perhaps a later step where one is required to make amends to people we have harmed.. this public statement I think was a condition of his therapy plain and simple.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  797. Julie

    First of all,Tiger is a man that commented adultery several times, which is a SIN. He is only required to REPENT of his SINS to GOD and ask for forgiveness. GOD knows his heart as to whether or not he is sincere. Man does not have the authority to judge anyone, ONLY GOD and GOD along has this right. He should ask his wife and family for forgiveness. Since he is a celebrity, people looked up to him and has held him accountable for his actions, but does not have the AUTHORITY to judge him. He was a role model that destroyed his image. Once he has repented and asked for forgiveness from GOD, he should move on with his life. Not one of us is perfect.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  798. Sal

    The hypocrisy in our media culture and nation is beyond reproach! The storm of judgment mirrors the stone age. He exceeded my expectations in his public apology and that needs to be the end of it. My son's role model is me, not Tiger Woods.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  799. Tina Mendoza

    Everybody is so quick to judge, as if none of us ever sinned. What we need to do is turn our attitude and character around like Tiger Woods says he is going to. As a very proud man, he came down from his pedestal to apologize and to even get therapy. I think most people need therapy, against gossip and sexual misconduct. Let his bad example and his repentence be and example and a healing process for Tiger Woods, his family as well as for the sexual misconduct of the entire world. Sure he hurt many people and his family; however, he is deeply sorry and we need to focus on forgiveness, not on gossip. In America, because of misinterpretation of the Constitution of separation of church and state, we have all been misguided in this world due to lack of a spiritual balance and direction. Therefore, let this be a lesson for all of us to learn not a topic for bashing.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  800. John Cavataio

    Tony, Tiger said he was sorry to his fans and that he will continue theropy.
    The rest is between him and his wife.
    The news people should start reporting the news ans not turnit into a circus to put it's spin on the subject.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  801. L.adams

    What about the women, all you women out there, remember how you got, or get the men in your life. Everyone seems surprised, how easy you forget the garden of Eden. When will women start to take some responsibility in this mess, and speak to their own faults. As far as your guest, the jealous women, the men haters, and the guys that are jealous bigots, take note you don't mater get a grip who are you to judge, you bunch of pathetic parasites, how dare you judge this man, take a long look in the mirror. What a sick bunch critics, you need to apologize to your god for being a Hypocrite, Could you stand up under the microscope?
    LA

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  802. Terri

    Tony I agree with you Tiger did fine. Media and all others who speak badly of Tiger leave him alone to work on him family. Media please please stop attacking and stocking his wife and children. How would you feel if the media start stocking and attacking your very young children that has no ideal what's going on with mommy and daddy? Grow up be an adult and not be a pest.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  803. Ann

    It took an incredible amount of courage to do what he just did. Give him the chance to heal. You have no idea what he is going through unless you have walked a mile in his shoes.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  804. judy

    Lets give Tiger Woods a break, or more importantly give his family a break!!! Yes, his performance appeared somewhat rehearsed today but after all, he wasn't standing around the water cooler talking about the weather. As he touched on this morning, lets judge him by his future behavior and actions and in the meantime, it wouldn't hurt all of us to work on our own morality. good luck Tiger!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  805. ann

    What did you want him to say, that he didn't say? Does the public really need the details? I don't. I think no matter how he acted he would have been criticized. Do people need to see him cry? Then you would say he was fake. He looked nervous and uncomfortable, as he should be. Why not wait and see if his actions do show he will change. Isn't that what counts? I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Everyone should have a second chance with the public. His wife's choice to stay or not is only her business, not ours. I'd like to see the same scrutiny of all those who criticize and judge. I'm sure they are all perfect people.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  806. Mary

    I think that it is rediculous that the media is taking such offense because Tiger did not take questions from them. They should get over themselves .
    Tiger did foolishness and he has apologised. Do they want blood.

    How many of these people that are so critical are squeeky clean and would like their private lives out there if they made a mistake?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  807. Outside the box

    This is what Tiger should have said:

    "I'm sorry I cheated on my wife... But i'll do it again because i'm like most men with power in the world and don't want to be stuck with one women. I'm sure the public is used to men cheating on their spouses by now (Guiliani, Kobe, Clinton, Mcgreevey, Spitzer, Governor Stanford and John Edwards). 80% of us do it, but only 10% of us are actually getting caught. Somebody has to put these georgous escorts/dancers through college."

    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  808. Really?

    I don't understand the hatred people have for tiger woods. He didn't cheat on America by taking performance enhancing drugs, he cheated on his wife, and that's between them! What a individual does in their private life is PRIVATE. He is one of the best golfers in the world and to rip him apart for something millions of Americans do EVERYDAY is not fair nor just.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  809. Teekay

    I think Tiger Woods statement was very appropriate and I appreciate him making it in front of the world. I belive that his taking responsibility for his actions and admitting to his wrong doing was a good thing for all men to hear. Now that he has talked the talk, the question is...will he walk the walk.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  810. Judy

    Tony I only ask whom amoung us is perfect.If you are I ask you was you on the right side or the left side of the LORD?Ibelieve we should all move on there are FAR more important things to dwellon.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  811. Gayle H. Brown

    Tiger's statement was just that; a scripted statement. There was no emotion or sincerity. When commenting about domestic violence, he insisted that his wife had not attacked HIM; However. he said nothing about Tiger attacking his wifel I do not believe anything which he said!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  812. JBriggs

    ZZZZZZzzzzzz – WHO CARES? Some rich guy is fooling around! Oh my goodness! Imagine that! Let's spend 30 minutes? an hour? Reporting about it!!! ? What's going on in Haiti these days? Afghanistan? How's the economy? Who cares about that stuff – we're more interested in poor Tiger and, boo hoo, sniff sniff, how messed up his life is – Who are we kidding?? This guy has millions! He's probably in the hot tub with ten hot chicks right now! Meanwhile I'm just hoping to have a house for my family to live in a year from now – but who cares? Let's tune-in to CNN – they're going to play his statement again!!! Oh goody!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  813. Debbie

    I think what he said about the media stalking his family is appropriate, HOWEVER, that's on him as well. The media did what the media does and since he went into hiding and took himself out of the spotlight, where else were they to go? He should have placed himself out there to to take the hits himself. Otherwise, I thought his statements were sincere. What big questions are still out there for him to take? He is correct that the personal questions are between him and his wife. His failure between him and his sponsers is between him and his sponsers. He acknowledged foolish, selfish and irresponsible behavior to parents of children that looked up to him. He is returning to golf, but doesn't know when, he said that. That's all he owe's to the public.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  814. Heidi Bruemmer

    Tiger Woods had an agenda in his speech Once again the media didn't like that he has not followed their rules. This is about his recovery and mending. No where does this prove or disprove his ability to play golf. He is a gifted athlete with a personal problem he has asked for you to let him work on in private. He admitted guilt and has expressed committment to mending his marriage.Just because he used a thought out statement doesn't mean his words were not heart felt. His emotions are on his sleeve and following a statement kept him focused. He needs support from everyone not condemnation.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  815. Arvin

    CNN, your guests are part of the media problem.. This is all a business and anyway an agency can exploit a story and turn it into profit, they will cover it.. as far as Tiger, there are thousands of other people who are in his shoes, men and women. Media doesn't care about whether Tiger is faithful or not, they only care if the story makes money. .People wake up, turn off the news and go worry about your life.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  816. DeeDee

    I commend Tiger Woods for publicly apologizing to not only his wife,family, and friends, but also to his fans. I am a fan and I think he was very sincere. The media does need to leave his family alone and let them heal from this ordeal. Tiger is a human-being like everyone else and he's experiencing great humility right now. I think he needs to put golf on hold and mend his relationships with the people he has let down the most .

    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  817. IDA

    I watched Tiger's statement this morning and thought he was sincere. It really irks the hell out of me that some people (especially Miss Midwin Charles) thinks that the the media should have the right to harass his wife and kids. The money he made was not from the public but from his profession as a golfer. It's amazing that John Edwards and Spitzer didn't get half as much coverage as Tiger and Edwards has a kid on the outside of his marriage. It upsets me that I didn't see anyone of color in the audience during his statement, however, that is to be expected. I wish him all the luck in the world but he needs to add a little color to his fabric. He has raised the hopes of many a Black child. Just give the man a break. Leave him alone. He's not the first to go outside his marriage and he will not be the last!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  818. Sheryl

    I believe Tiger's statement was sincere and heartfelt. He has made a mess of his personal life and should be allowed to do the work needed to repair it in private. I resent the fact that Gloria Alred and her client were waiting for a public apology!! What in the world are those women thinking??? They, ALL 13 or 14 of them, need to publicly apologize to Elin as each of them knew he was a married man. Elizabeth Edwards said it best...'if we women respected each other and their homes, none of this would be possible.' We women are as much to blame as Tiger and other men who cheat. Also if Tiger was just 'another brotha' on the street corner...not ONE of those women would have given him the time of day, and that you can take to the bank. The media needs to put it to bed and stop giving Gloria and her clients the camera and the mic.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  819. Jim

    Totally scripted and contrived in a narrow controlled situation. Clearly rehearsed. Careful moments of gazing into the cameras for "sincerity" and pregnant pauses for "emphasis".

    Would have been more effective for him to speak off the cuff, maybe allowing for some genuine contrition and emotion (if it is there). Who cares....

    No allowance for questions. REALLY????????

    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  820. Chuck

    Tiger said what he needed to say and more....he aplogized to his wife and kids ,and to his young fans. He doesn't need to say anything to anyone else, this is his personal life and nothing criminal happened. He used a script so he would'nt make a mistake he would be chewed up by the media for, I am sure any man who had cheated on his wife and had to apologize in front of millions of people wouldn't be so quick to judge Tigers speech ,and wouldn't have to worry about media hounding his young children on top of that. He said what he needed to say and is getting help for his personal issues. Everything that happens to him now is up to him. I am proud to still be a Tiger Woods fan and look forward to his return.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  821. Shirley

    I don't like golf,however, I agree with Tiger. The media thinks they are entitled to someone's private life. Tiger is paid for his public life, not his private life. Why isn't the media running after the women who took advantage of this and now have new jobs. The jobs they had before provided them contacts with famous people and yet they came out only after media attention. They knew what they were doing was wrong! Golddiggers, the whole lot. Not one of the commentators care if Tiger's marriage is mended and yet they feel qualified to comment. Leave him alone and just maybe , he and his wife can reconcile.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  822. sheba - NYC

    I love golf and have always been Tiger's fan . i am not a fan because of his personal life etc..i am a fan because of the way he plays golf. I am not his preacher or counselor and don't care what he does in his personal life...all i want is to see him play golf. This notion that he owes us the fans an apology as if we are married to him is ridiculous. He does not owe us an apology..he just needs to come back and play.

    I think the media exaggerates things and make them into too much of what there not then people get confused. Its almost impossible to focus on the real reason we like Tiger because we are fed with all these things going on in his personal life. I don't care about that – i need him on the golf course period.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  823. Diane

    Tiger, if can't stand the heat get out of the frying pan! You must be open and not continue to be controlling. I wish you luck...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  824. Richard Wiggins

    Americans in general are not a forgiving people. They especially thrive on tabloid news. Tiger will be no better off than president Clinton is or any other celebrity who has had these experiences..
    He will continue to play and become an even greater golfer due to the controversey but the stain of his past will alwawy be with him. Whether it haunts him or not is completely up to him...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  825. Cheryl

    When you throw a party, you invite the guests, determine the theme, decide on the menu etc. Tiger called this "meeting", therefore, he had the right to dictate the setting, invite the guests, decide how it would play out and decide if he wanted to be harassed with personal unnecessary questions that are between he and his wife. If you decide you don't want to attend his party, change the channel. You don't have to listen. He doesn't owe any of us anything. We are all humans and put our pants on one leg at a time.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  826. Tony

    Why would someone what to address the media? when there aim is to destroy peoples reputation. Fire all of them! We can reach our own conclusions on our own. We do not need someone who is bought and sold, to represent us. You losers!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  827. Nancy of Alabama

    I did not get to see all of Tigers statement, the bits and pieces that I have seen, I see a man that has made a mistake. He eyes tell how he feels, they are not the eyes of Tiger Woods, they are the eyes of a man that has done wrong, this voice is that of the same, he knows that this his fault and no one elses. He is going thru some tough times and that he has alot of apologies to do to everyone. He is a human just like everyone else is, HE GOT CAUGHT, so let him suffter for what he has done, in his own way, no one is perfect we are make mistakes in life. Yes he is Tiger Woods, the Champion of Golf, but he is a MAN, let him get his life back together and without being asked one million questions. He will know from this experience what not to do the next time. I believe he will make a come back and be even better than he was, give him a chance.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  828. Barbara

    Tony were really not interested in a prof Golf player who is had marital affairs, we are more interested in other more serious things that are happening in the world such as iran and korea! tiger woods is nothing to us..

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  829. C Davis

    I accept his apology. I hope his actions don't make him the new target for insane stalking and media drama over an issue that truly is between he and his wife. Perhaps this will be a lesson to future cheaters ( men and women). He will know shame. He will know pain. How ironic-his father used to heckle him and shout at him while he was trying to putt. Now we will see what he is really made of as a man as well as a golfer. I just wish that the media would not act like Tiger's women are victims. They are not victims-they are vipers and fame seekers. All of them got paid in some way whether they were hookers are not. Let Tiger be the poster boy for what could happen when you think you are beyond reproach.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  830. Benhur

    Its rediculous! All the knitpcicking over Tiger's statement. Too bad the imediate citics were not able to understand what it was that he
    was saying. Oh well there is always a certain percentage who don't get it!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  831. Geoff

    All those who are saying that Tiger deservers to have his family attacked by reporters and the media are deplorable and unethical people. Just because he is a celebrity, does not make his family fair game for an over hyped and exaggerated story by the media Yes he made the errors and this is between him and his family. Not the media and rest of the world. Everyone I talk to says they just want Tiger to get the help he needs and get back to golf. So shame on CNN for allowing the radicals trying to get their 15 minutes of fame by creating controversy where it doesn't belong. The fact he controlled the environment of his statement was the best PR position he could take because clearly the media would have turned it into an execution because they believe that is what people want. NEWS FLASH to the media. That is not what the public wants. They want truth, honor and integrity. So you hype developers in the media, wake up and show some class like Tiger did today.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  832. Vicki

    Leave the man alone! How many of us could give a speech and cover what we wanted to say without preparing it? I know myself the more sincere I am the more I NEED to write it out beforehand, otherwise I'll forget half of what I want to say. Also I agree the discussion of his "indiscretions" should be between Elin and himself and the rest of the world has no real reason to know any of the details.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  833. Christine

    I think it is the Media who is angry because they cannot control Tiger.
    Those of you.. who cannot get him to give you the so "dirty details" that you are looking for that would...really hurt more.

    No one agrees with what Tiger did, but I do believe he is terribly sorry and knows now that he is "not" above reproach. He knows what he needs to do to get himself back "on course" – his life course and the golf course.

    Tiger, you have done enough...now get on with what you need to do and the best to you and your family.

    To the media ENOUGH of this... and leave his family alone. I applaud Tiger's protecting his family from this.

    Time for all this to go away and let things move on to a better and brigher tomorrow.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  834. Tripodboomstand

    Tiger is to blame for the media following his family but way does the media do this ? Are they hoping to see something they can twist to keep the saga going? Leave the family alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  835. Bridget

    The man has done more than others who have cheated by apologizing publicly. Now it's time to move on! Those commentators who are slamming him must really want to see more negative press. By not being allowed to ask questions, the situation goes away faster! Good call Tiger!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  836. Olivia Alexander

    I am appalled at the response of the "media" analysts on your show. Tiger said a lot more than I expected, and seemed sincerely apologetic about his behavior. Interestingly, he used the very appropriate word "entitled" to describe one of the reasons for his affairs, and I believe this also describes the wrong doing by the media towards all of our so-called public figures. Just because someone is well known DOES NOT and SHOULD NOT give the media the entitlement to interfere with and stalk them in their private lives. The only reason they do it is because of the money it generates for the news.

    Your media consultants, who have now badgered Tiger for his statements toward them need to "get over it" themselves! Their self-righteousness is so obvious, I am shocked that they don't see themselves in the mirror of the statements they are accusing Tiger of. Just because he has made big mistakes doesn't give them the right to attack him back for his pointing out the truth of their own behavior.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  837. Paco T.

    I truly believe that all of this is getting out of hand.... Just another way to bring someone down!

    1. He's just a huMAN.... if not we'd be listed as gods, so let us make mistakes (thats what friends and family are there for)

    2. Are our lives that BORING to focus in on someone elses live so thoroughly. Get out and do something America & help that obsity Issue that we have!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  838. Pamela Ennis

    Honestly I am sick of all these commentators trying to make an argument against tigers comments. I know that this is how they make their living so they are mad at Tiger for not letting the media hawks swoop down on him. Bombard him with ridiculous questions that have nothing to do with them but with his wife. The media is not married to Tiger, Tiger is married to Elin and that is who he should focus on. By the way, as the good book says "he is who without sin let him cast the first stone. Now who is going to be first?

    ps: Really, do the media expected Tiger to let them in and to continue to insult him with questions as they did during the previous media blitz?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  839. Richard Robertson

    I like Tiger so much!! He spoke well. He still remains on my top 3 list as being people I look up to. The others are MJ and Grylls. I just want to ask the public how they can be lied to about a sexual scandal from their nations leader (This is a federal offense) he was the 42nd of all time and should have had to be more responsible for what he did but yet he was praised by the public. Here we have someone who is making up for what he did without lying and without misleading us. I think he was wise today.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  840. POLLY

    why don't they leave the young man alone?the BIBLE says, as the crowd was about to stone to death an adultress, he who has NOT sinned cast the first stone. from an 85 yr. old fan.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  841. Len Hall

    Tony, first of all – leave the man alone. He is a golfer! I won't watch golf until he returns. Golf is BORING without Tiger. Even when he was playing full time, if he took the week off, the ONLY reason I would turn the PGA on TV is to pass on and take a nap.
    His private life is of NO concern to anyone but his wife and family. ALL the sports analysts – leave the man alone!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  842. Gail Clark

    I think Tiger was very sincere. He certainly gave a much better statement and apology than all of the Elected officials that have done the same thing and don't even apologize. The Elected officials seem to think their infidelity does not matter – what irresponsible clowns!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  843. wanda Beale

    As a teenager I caddied and learned to play gof with my Aunt and uncle. Being around adults, thay often forgot I was there. I heard comments concerning the discrimination of people of color I also heard about the prostitutes who hung around the golfers at the white courses that blacks were barred from. I say this to say that Tiger Woods did not invent women of ill repute selling their wares in that venue.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  844. Ed

    The mistake that Tiger made, was to give out his phone number to those women.
    The media is guilty for not apolgizing for their behavior of how they supposedly report the news. The spin that is placed on what they report is what causes the public to be so apathetic when it comes to listening or watching the news.
    Tiger, like myself and the media has an opinion and that's just it, an opinion.
    Who cares? Enough is enough. The man apologized and he is still questioned and thrown under the bus. Back up and lets move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  845. Fred Hmiel

    This was a well-scripted statement. But I feel Tiger made it public sincerely and if the press doesn't like it, well, too bad. We've had enough of them already and they can just go take a jump in the lake.Tiger has no obligation to provide copy for them. It's time to move on. Tiger will, sometime, come back to playing golf and you can be sure it will be made known in plenty of time for everybody Enough already! Let's move on and leave Tiger to what he has to do to repair the ituation though I think he's pretty far along on that right now.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  846. Arlete Silva

    Tony, my husband and I watched (we are big fans of Tiger) Tiger speaking this morning and we liked, I think that he was sincere and is very much sorry for what it happened to him and the damage that he caused to his wife and children, but please american people leave the poor guy alone and don't demand any more of what he can deliver, some of the matters are definetly between him and his wife.
    We are looking forward to see him again at the Course.
    Can you imagine how he felt this morning to come and speak in public for what he did. Like I said his personal life we shouldn't care, just look at him as the #1 golfer in the world!

    AS

    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  847. Craig in Tampa

    Call me cynical, but if you just add the words "I got caught" after every time Tiger said "I'm Sorry", it would have been 100% believable.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  848. Lisa, San Diego

    I thought Tiger did an OK job. It's certainly his prerogative to deliver a statement the way he wants to give it. However, with that said, I would have preferred to hear an apology "from the heart," a little less reading from a prepared statement. I also think Tiger should have addressed his fellow PGA players more. He owes them a much bigger apology than what he gave. Yes, the cheating, the affairs, are between Tiger & Elin, but it would have served him well to address his colleagues in a contrite manner, similar to the apology he extended to his Foundation, Staff and the kids it serves. Good luck Tiger. This was step one, with a long way to still travel.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  849. Thomas T. Tampa, FL

    In America, we've become a nation of unrealistic expectations, First, he should never have been anyone's role model, parents and family and friends should always be considered for that role simply for access. As for Tiger, he dont owe anyone any appology for any reasons. Most of us argue as if he cost us something, lets get over ourselves.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  850. vjee

    All the nasty comments about Tiger's apology by men are so suspect. They sound more jealous about Tiger's success and fame. While there are a few men who would not have been tempted by a sense of entitlement based on their fame and money...I'd dare say, it would be very few. So why the judgement and nastiness about his making an effort to publicly apologize?

    He owes the public nothing but a good golf game, everything else is extra...yet there are those who will continue to whine about what is a personal matter. My response, is that for each guy casting stones...let us visit your glass house...this includes reporters...especially sports reporters.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  851. Len Hall

    AMEN to the comments of Michael Armstrong, Sr and Janet Roberts! They have hit it right on the head. Media and sports PR people – LEAVE the man alone! It's of NO concern to you.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  852. L.adams

    The media creates these personas and then blamme the people for not living up to their expectations, You guys are pathetic, you feed on other peoples pain. For the people writing here, get a life. Who or what gives you the right to judge anyone, shame on you. Let it go, and hope no one opens your closet, and air your dirty laundry!!

    LA

    February 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  853. Aaron

    This entire notion of Tiger Woods apologizing to the public is absolutely wrong and ridiculous. I am angered and extremely upset that the media and others are posing as GOD to judge.

    In a world where there are millions of married men and women all around the world on adult websites seeking sex, we should not judge anyone. The only person he should be making an apology to is his wife, family and GOD.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  854. Heidi

    Once again people. TIGER WOODS does not owe Jim Gorant, Sporfts Illustrated or any other media, an apology. The only person, he owes an apology is to his family. I am sooooo sick of these people thinking they are so high and mighty that Tiger Woods, should bend down and kiss their their big fat egos. We the fans from Canada, love Tiger, and respect him for the great athlete he is. So please America, do not judge others as you would not want to be judged yourself.

    The last time there was such a big Soap OPera about an affair (President Clinton), the terrorists were very busy planning their attack.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  855. WyldWun

    The ONLY thing he is sorry for is that he finally got caught. His apology is so he can get back to all the ridiculous amount of money that he was making for being able to play a game extremely well. Furthermore his statement about Elin does not hold up. She smashed in the back window of his SUV (that was established before) so that she coud do what?? Drag him out over the front seat, then over the back seat and out the back window? If she is that dumb then she probably deserves him. I would have NO use for her at all if she takes him back. And Nike should be boycotted. Sex addiction my butt. There is no such thing.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  856. johnnie from florida

    It was enough. What more to they want ? explicit details? I think we should questions other peoples motives,of why they need to no more.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  857. kunle from atlanta

    This is strictly a personal matter between Tiger and his family and he owes nobody any further explanation. You know what Jesus said to the people who were trying to stone a woman who was caught doing it, " he who has never committed sin before among you should cast the first stone". Let this guy be. Most people are so critical of him but the truth is not all are saints. Let's begin profiling each and everyone of us and see who is clean. For any reason whatsoever I don't condone what he did but repentance and forgiveness belong to God and God only. One thing is however certain here, Tiger is a product of a society that has depreciated in marital values and virtues and there are statistics to back that up. What do you want to ask him, hun?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  858. Theresa

    I think Tiger Woods is not news no one cares about what he has done he just like all these famous people he just got cought and all the women that he went with had there 15min. of fame so I wish you'll would go to something that matters like all the missing kids and all the ones that needs help. Tell NG we don't want to here about Tiger Woods he is not news.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  859. Nila - Michigan

    All further comments ought to be reserved for those who believe their own bedroom behavior would survive media scrutiny!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  860. heather wolfe

    How about the media (CNN) all apologizing to the wife of Tiger Woods for reporting she hit him when you did not have the facts only speculation. Have you the courage to tell the public you were at fault? I doubt you will.
    Heather

    February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  861. Cynthia

    People are right. Tiger didn't do anything that hasn't been done many times by others. His hypocrisy is what angers some-pretending that he has morals and that family life is important to him . He needs to cut the charade and embrace who he is. Many would gladly trade places.

    Would it be that hard to play golf for a living and party the rest of the time. If he is single and has willing partners go for it.

    Even TIger can't have it both ways.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  862. Tam

    Tiger's statement was all about his fame.. Trying to convince the media and his sponsors.. Yes he discussed how he hurt his family, mom, friends and even apologized.. I wonder how many I'M SORRY'S they have already heard outside of the public eye? Not once did I hear Tiger Woods say that he LOVES his WIFE and will do what it takes to change and prove it to her!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  863. Canty

    Are you kidding me, what a joke

    Tiger would have been better as a no show

    you can hear / feel the anger in most of his comments , so what's the point,entering the stage when you 're not feeling it in your heart

    Tiger, grow up you're not above the law, maybe you should consider talking to the media they may turn out to me your best friend.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  864. Madison

    As I wrote to Tiger and his wife Elin on his home page...this too shall pass. And forgive one another. Keep all things private between the two.

    Apologize to those you feel you have let down and allow those who throw stones continue to live in glass houses. "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

    He never said he was a choir boy. The media made him out to be the so called perfect role model. We all have fall from grace and it's not only the politicians, sports announcers, Presidents, a late night talk show host for we are human and we make judgment errors that may cause the ones we love pain.

    The difference between celebrities and common folks are the people who slither between the sheets with Mr. or Mrs. money maker look for big pay outs to sell their story so they no longer have to strip or work for a Madame while everyday non high profile celebrity affairs end up with a shrug of who cares.

    And we all know the saying about scorned woman/women in this case. "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."…

    February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  865. Len Hall

    Tiger couldn't have hit it on the head any better. These things are between Elin and himself – NO one else. He doesn't owe anyone an apology in the general public – NO ONE. Why don't sports media critics get a real job and do something constructive? I personally would love to see the PGA tournaments ratings fall so badly they get no sponsorships if Tiger would decide to tell the media to go away and never came back to golf. Golf is such a boring event without Tiger. To watch him come from behind is awesome. Every other golfer on tour is boring as you know what!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  866. Dan Howard

    Tony...Please

    Let all who judge (press included) Hire a dump truck and haul away our own dirt. Tiger Woods is human (as we all should be and act) let Tiger get on with his life, and explain only if and when he sees fit. We all have our own opinion...right or wrong its just an opinion.

    Dan Howard...New York

    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  867. evette

    W need some new news. Tiger didn't do anything no other man didn't or wouldnt if they had the chance. He just got caught. He don't owe us anything. He made a mistake!!! We all do. We need to worry about what's going on in OUR own HOUSE. That could be any one of us. AND the women they knew he was a married man, NOW they want to be the V-I-C-T-I-M, they laid up with that man, enjoying the perps and anything that went with it. They was thinking he was going to leave his wife and kids for them. LOL!!!! THE JOKES ON ALL 11 OR 12 OF THEM.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  868. Brad

    Tiger Woods has taken a big step in his therapy. It requires full disclosure of wrong-doings. That exactly what Tiger has done! I think he is sincere and honest. So what if he doesn't have a gift of giving a 'great' speech. Tiger needs support more than ever now. He's been brought back the earth and shows he's not that different from the rest of us. Imagine if the rest of us disclose our secrets. The world would be a better place. Way to go Tiger!! Take your time and do it right!!
    Brad

    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  869. mark

    Tiger did not have to appologize to anyone but his family. Consider yourselves lucky to hear what you did from him.
    He was also right to shame the Paparazzi. Hounding his children at school is unacceptable regardless of what he did.
    I wonder if our founding fathers knew that the Paparazzi would be such an obnoxious branch of the media, they might have defined the amendment "Freedom of the Press" a little differently.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  870. Heather Fletcher

    When the importance placed on the actions of an athlete surpasses that of an international threat (i.e. Iran), it shows that our society is absolutely desensitized in the face of global issues. As a journalism graduate (ABJ '05), who is now pursuing a different course of study, I understand that ratings and readership are key to the success of the news media. After all, it is a news business. Therefore, the media give priority to what interests society the most, so it is obvious that the majority of Americans are far more concerned with Tiger Woods' personal life (among others) than they are with the stories that impact the world. It is a sad state of affairs...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  871. Joyce Bond

    The news media has the right to print what it KNOWS – it does not have the right to know everything. I applaude Tiger Woods. He told us all we need to know. We need to get on with our lives. "He who is without sin throw the first stone" should be the way we all live.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  872. Lawman

    Let the man go about his life and personal probs, Tiger does not owe me an apology. He is a golfer not my personal friend.
    And as far as his endorsements, just because he cheated that is gunna change the formula for Gatorade...not get over it.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  873. Brad Gordon

    I thought Tiger was very cencere in his statement, I keep hearing all the media type saying (these questions) still has to be answered. Tiger admitted he had affairs, finally. He said that he cheated, he's the only person to blame. My question is, what questions still needs to be answer? Do they want him to sit for a News conference so they can ask intimate details of what happen in each affair? What Question I ask Again,do they still want answer to?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  874. JENNIFER

    Who gives a crap! This is so dumb. The only person who should be interested is his affairs is his wife. The American public needs to get a life. The interest in the situation is too sick. PEOPLE GET A LIFE! WHO CARES!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  875. DMARIE WRIT GA

    AMERICA PLEASE GET OVER IT. He owes America nothing for his infidelity...just his wife. Throw the first stone and get over it. He's a thirty something young man with money. All of you silly women and jealous men, you have your POUND OF FLESH. Leave the guy alone!! Ask Gingrich, Trump, Sanford, Ensign, Sheen, Gibson, Letterman, Limbaugh, Beck, Kennedy, King David, YOU, and the rest of those men, who cheat.. I rather hear about the dummies at the CPAC Conventions and Congress.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  876. iana

    It was nice of him to apologize but i don't think that he owes us an apology. He owes only his wife an apology. So I don't understand what some of the posters here are saying. I also think it took so much courage for him to stand in front of people/his friends and apologize.

    Whatever the case, I like the way he arranged the apology...in front of the people that matter to him instead of the media who would hound him with unnecessary questions. You did well Tiger but honestly i didn't need an apology from you – I will still watch you play golf.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  877. Licec

    CNN... Please turn your attention back to Haiti, Iran, Afganistan,and Ex-Sen. Alan Simpson and COS. John Podesta and the displaced citizens of New Orleans and the People all over America suffering after the Worst weather in more that a decade . Oh! and also, Please give some time to the Opinions expressed by TMZ Led By a Lawyer no less)

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  878. tom griffith

    Rick Cerrone, personifies those in the media who are never happy when they are not in control. He represents those in the media who are so angry because they were not invited so they could embarass him and control the conversation.I hope this Cerrone guy is not a cetified journalist. If he is he should just give it up. Tiger apologized time and again and it will never be enough for those in the media that want raw flesh.These media type are no better than those working ffor the National Inquirer. I think Tiger had every right to be angry at those in the media who continue to hound his family. Cerrone is to be professional he has no right to show his anger at Tiger and how he handled his speech. There are far too many reopters out there today who just admit that all they really are are commentators just like Glenn Beck and Rush Lambaugh. They should all stop being angry because they did not get to ask their sorid and sick questions

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  879. Dave Laws

    Dear CNN I see Tiger woods has given his , I want to play in the "Masters" and I have a really good publicist speech . In all fairness to Tiger , he didn't do anything criminally illegal , but morally was very wrong. If his wife (Elan) can forgive him , who am i to judge . I just hope they can work things out, if not for there marriage, but for there children. Yours Truly Dave Laws (Two Mountains)

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  880. Hilroy

    Tony,

    when we have young men and women fighting and giving their lives in two wars as we speak , we are wasting our time meddling in business which is between a man and his wife.

    To hear some of these white male commentators who are trying to make themselves look "supreme" as usual angerts me. What do you want to do? Take him out and lynch him?

    What we need are more black sport writers to provide a balance view.

    Tiger bought this on himself, but once again, it is "white male supremacy" which has to stop and very soon.

    If Tiger was white, I wonder if they would have been so much attention to this matter. It is a question of race.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  881. Veronica Lewis

    He said enough and now he and his family must go on the journey to rebuild their lives. The media is not God and cannot dictate how, what and when he should say something. He has a God Given right to protect and defend his wife, children and mother when he becomes aware they are being followed or under attack. Drop the word scripted and feel the sincerity in his words. ALL he said he needed to say. MOVE ON!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  882. marilyn walton

    tigeroffered his apologies to everyone that he offended. the mews media icontinues to tear up everything this man says. this speech he gave was part of his rehabilatation. perhaps some of you guests that gave their opinions {negative[ could do it better. he has a right to protect his family rhe best he can and shouldn't be critized by anyone.the media and some in the public continue to judge this. when is it going to stop.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  883. Jtime

    Anyone else notice that his Mom looked at the floor the whole time? She didn't buy it either

    February 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  884. Carol Melanson

    Tiger's was truly sincere and well scripted. Though what he did was wrong, I fully agree with him in regards to his privacy. He stated that he he had gotten lost in a sense of entitlement. Isn't that true of most in the public eye. But, the news media thinks they are more entitled ... The media doesn't care if they totally destroy his life as long as they can get the story. We have become a nation of too much freedom of speech, because Americans are "entitled" to know!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  885. G.E.

    I wondered why I had not watched CNN for the last year or so...It came to me while watching the comments that immediately followed Tiger Woods statement. These two men touted that it wasn't enough...Woods' is still behaving like he's entitled...that he should have taken questions.

    Although, his actions where terrible, we the public are not owed anything. He is entitled to protect his family and his life. These people just want their cash cow back out there making the money that lines their pockets.

    It is appalling that CNN and other media would preempt all coverage for something so sensational. When we need to be focusing on matters that effect our lives. Tiger Woods has to heal is life, but it has no bearing on any of our lives. Wake up...they will continue to distract us for as long as we let them.

    Tony, I know you have bills to pay and you probably love reporting, but you need to examine who you are working for (the FoxCNN Fix).

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  886. Deb

    To the Haters! Stop It! Enough is enough. There is none so righteous, no not one. Why do people feel that he owes them an explanation or apology about his private life. He only owe it to his God and his wife. Does his personal actions change the fact that the boy is a great golf player and can take on anybody on the greens? Do you think that any other golf player would think that Tiger's swing is any less then what it was before November? Tiger, work it out, keep your head up, and hurry back on the greens so that the world can see the great golf player, Tiger Woods.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  887. Sarah Heard

    Today, I feel that Tiger Woods comment was short, sweet and to the point. I feel that Enough is Enough|! We all have a private life. I feel the media has a private life also. My point is that everyone has made mistakes in their life. We need to focus on all the bad things that are happening in our country. I feel the media has had a field day on continously exploiting this man's private life to the world. Sometimes we need to think about how we would feel if someone would broadcast things in general about our life. It is time for the news media to leave this man alone. "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  888. Carolyn

    Just another display of flat out arrogance...me, me, me I, I, I...and what was that about Elin and blame...I don't recall anyone blaming Elin for ANYTHING.

    Oh and by the way, someone should like this fool know when you're a public figure-ie. make your livelyhood from endorsement deals, then YES your personal life is PUBLIC....

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  889. Carol Melanson

    Tiger's was truly sincere and well scripted. Your earlier guests and reporters on the scene were left out and they were angry. Though what he did was wrong, I fully agree with him in regards to his privacy. He stated that he he had gotten lost in a sense of entitlement. Isn't that true of most in the public eye. But, the news media thinks they are more entitled ... The media doesn't care if they totally destroy his life as long as they can get the story. We have become a nation of too much freedom of speech, because Americans are "entitled" to know!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  890. Michael S

    I just can't believe you are wasting time on the Tiger Woods issue. Isn't there any "real" more important news going on in the world? Please ... let go and move on!

    Michael S
    Colorado

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  891. Dan Cunningham

    I have been watching CNN and the reactions to Tiger's apology statements. Wow, they are missing the big picture. They believe that he is starting a fight with the media. The most important and best part of Tiger's statement are to the parents of children. Parents can use this as a way to help their children understand that people make mistakes and can turn things around. Isn't that what "the real world" is all about. Not a sports celebrity who is the best in world at what they do.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  892. Charlotte

    So the media is not happy with Tiger Woods today. Too bad! He is going through therapy right now. This may be the best he could do at this time. Yes, Tiger does like having control. He has a lot to go through with intense therapy. Remember, those girls knew what they were doing when they were with Tiger. That's why they were with him because he was powerful and rich, and they wanted a piece of the action. Who were they covering for when they were coming out in droves? Yes, Tiger did have his own transgressions to which he admitted. Those girls loved their time in the spotlight. The ones who didn't talk got paid off. The others wanted to cash in. Those girls are what they are and nothing is going to change that. Tiger is right he did what he did because he had no limitations. God bless him and I hope he turns his life around. The media needs to grow up. They just want that story or picture to make their money.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  893. susan

    This statement was less about us and more about Tiger Woods "working the program." He states he is returning to rehab. This statement and prior meetings with his wife (and children) were about that part of The Twelve Step program about admitting one's problem and the effects it has had – on self and those about you – and willingness to make amends.

    This is why this is different from the website statements (more likely from is handlers). This is real, in person. And also why no questions. When he is stronger, when he has moved further along, he may be in a position (mentally) to deal with the media's questions.

    Your response to his statement is YOUR problem, not his. He is working on his.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  894. Cheryl

    To those that criticize Tiger – I believe Tiger said enough. He is absolutely right about the Media leaving his family alone. This is between his wife, family, friends and him. His children should be left alone. He owned up to his mistakes and more than apologized. What more do you want? I am a Christian and have been taught to forgive and love one another. What he did was certainly a huge mistake and a sin, but remember everyone sins and comes short of the glory of God. A sin is a sin. How many of us have taken a good look at our own lives? Do you really have the right to judge him? I hope he will someday find Jesus the One Who really loves him and will forgive him.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  895. cecil

    Where was elin. Tiger never stated what his problem was. As far as elin, I would get as far away from tiger and stay. If there were 11 or 12 women, you have got to take in account of all there sex partners, no telling what types of sexual disease he has or would expose her to. When did tiger,s problem start.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  896. zoomer

    Come on did you really expect anything different? Gee I'm sorry I got caught, or it wasn't my fault. For the money he makes he'd say anything his crisis management team tells him to say.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  897. Kim

    The only thing he's sorry about is that he got caught. He'll be more careful from now on..
    Maybe Elin didn't go after him that night, but I have an old set of golf clubs in my storage shed if she wants to borrow them for the next time!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  898. Lonie Carwell

    Tiger, let the media stay angry. You brought this on yourself and You should ultimately control how you're going to handle it. It's a private matter and should be handled in a private manner. Why are so many men angry when statistically men are the one's that initiate infidelity in a relationship. We as adults know what happens when we make the wrong choices. Forgiveness is upon Tiger's higher being and himself. Too many people want to know all the details and forget about the details of their wrong doings that they do not want others close to them to know. Leave the man alone to recover and continue to do what he does best. This from a man that thought about cheating, but never has!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  899. Fred

    I could care less what the corporate media feels in all of this... they are not what is important here. Elin has been scarred deeply by Tiger's transgressions, mostly because of them and their 24/7 coverage of this story.

    All of the comments about Tiger's delivery of this apology should realize that Tiger is a golfer, not a public speaker. I think that it was brave of him to do anything along these lines. He has apologized before.

    I accept Tiger's apology and want to hear nothing about the scandal again on the news. I want to hear the headlines about Tiger winning the Masters, The two Opens and the PGA! In a nation full of hypocrosy the loudest jeers will probably be from the ones out there that are cheating on their spouses!

    Tiger, be patient and loving with Elin... but play golf... that is how you will win the hearts of your fans.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  900. Sandra H.

    I felt Tiger Woods public apology was truly sincere; it actually brought tears to my eyes. As a woman who has been hurt in the past by a man I truly love – I know that many women can forgive a man any wrong deed in time – however women will never forget that negative deed no matter how much time passes (part of your soul is damaged) . With that being said; I wish them both (Elin and Tiger) best wishes in their journey through life with their children. They have a rough road ahead! Tiger will endure much mistrust from his family as Elin remembers every detail presented to her by Tiger, other women and their now Therapists. No one is without sin; we must all learn to forgive and love each other more. I think Tiger needs more attention from his wife going forward he also will need to make her feel more secure in their marriage.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  901. Derrick M

    How many times did he have to say I'm sorry? He took blame for his actions. He told everyone that he was sorry over and over again, so why a the Tiger bashing? Hey let the guy get his life together and give him some room to be human.

    Tiger's speech was very Presidential like, except without the secret service present. Tiger, I hope you really mean what you told the world. I only watch you play golf, because you are the spitting image of my youngest son Neal when you were young! We called him Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  902. Carl

    Perhaps we should do a survey of all the responents on this issue and determine how many of them have had extra-marital affairs. Infidelity seems to be the acceptable sin these days. It is everywhere from sports to the office to .........? Tiger needs to ask God's forgiveness and his wifes and then do 180 degree and never return to his past problems....."true sorrow/repentance"
    The difference is Tiger's life is under the microscope just because he is a celeb.
    However, he is only one person in millions that have cheated (and no I do not speak from experience) and I can assure you Tiger will not be the last.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  903. Wilfrid Sanon

    Tiger wood should not apologize to anybody else beside his family. So I think the only reason he came out and talk like that is because he wants to come back to play again.
    He said that he didn't know what he was doing, and I don't believe him. He is not that ignorant. What he should of said was" I cheated because I could not resist the temptations around me. Therefore I didn't think the people that I did it with would let it out. So if I hurt anyone, I am sorry."

    February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  904. Benhur

    It's rediculous all the intsant knitpicking over Tiger's statement. Of course I accept it. Unfortunately there are always a few know it alls who just don't get get it!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  905. Ken

    Will the PGA provide Tiger security to protect him during events?

    He has made many enemies during this scandal. I do not know how he will be able to concentrate on the game while looking over his shoulder. The ratings for events that Tiger attends will be higher than ever; not for being the greatest golfer ever, but because of the risk of a spectator in the gallery running out during his back swing and attacking him.

    The PGA needs to take action now before something happens.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  906. T

    Tiger says through Buddhism he wishes to regain his balance and become centered in order to move forward. He says "I am deeply sorry" I believe him. What more do we need. As Christians we are taught to forgive 70 x 70 to our brothers and sisters. Let forgive and MOVE ON!!! I promise you it will be someone else next week.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  907. brian lafleche

    First of all, Tiger should take a full year off golf and show Elin and his family that they are the most important thing in HIS life. NO GOLF!
    Secondly, all those supposed friends of his are NOT. They are hangers on, a real friend would have made him stop or told Elin.
    Thirdly, those supposed friends if on the payroll, should be let go, if not do not entertain them anymore..they are not friends, and they probably all new what was going on, everyone but Elin. How would she feel knowing that these people are still hanging on and are not honest with her.
    There is the CAR, The supposed smashed window, the accident, the undeployed air bags, the FIGHT. What did Elin do? Did she really plow him..good for her, if so. Not allowing the Media in.Big mistake.
    Those journalists that did go are just a bunch of wannabies, real journalists would have boycotted this Circus. He has to repent, he did not

    Later
    Bri

    February 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  908. Veronica Lewis

    By the way I have not heard any apologies from the other women. They knew he was married and a father. Are they sorry? We are a people of mistakes and we need to own up to them. That is why we need forgiveness. God does forgive, if we ask. Tiger asked, so let us forgive. Amen!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  909. Salvatore Passaretti

    I thought that even though he was reading his statement he seemed very sincere and it took a lot of courage to get up and admitt his wrong doing. Yes the rest is between husband and wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  910. Lavaye D.

    If this was done to a woman of color it would not have turned into a media frenzy. Sad but true.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  911. Tomi Dougherty

    He apologized. Why doesn't everybody just leave him alone now.
    When I was growing up there was no such thing as a SEX ADDICT, you were either a prostitute, wh#re, or wh#oremaster, married, or unmarried, period. What else does everyone want from him, DETAILS.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  912. Rodney

    He sounded robotic??? How would any of us sound if we had to air dirty laundry to the world. His statements were appropriate...considering it's no ones business. So if there are critics who judge Tiger because they might have 1 or 2 transgressions vs. Tiger's 14 plus... There are no big sins or little sins, just sins. Beware, all of us will have the opportunity to defend our actions...let's just hope we aren't critiqued as we are judging Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  913. Miss Taralee

    I find it hilarious how, even before this statement took place, I already knew people would still not be happy, they would still berate him even for apologizing, calling his statement not good enough. You would rather piss on someone for their wrong doings than take the time to see at least he's trying to fix things, and more than once he said it was is own fault no one else's, so you people saying it's all his fault and he needs to realize that... Um... Did you watch the statement at all? To err is to be human. No one is perfect, some people need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that. He's not the first guy who's ever cheated on his wife and won't be the last.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  914. Derek

    Iam a club Pro in Oklahoma and Tiger has made the biggest mistake.............The rules of the game that made him what he has been in the past,he will never have again.He needs to retire for the good of the game and then he will not have to answer to anything doing with the game.The arrogance in this speech is a shame..............

    February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  915. DMARIE WRIT GA

    America. I just wonder if any of your guest are cheating or have cheated on their significant-other? He's just like the jock on the football team; he always get the head cheerleader, while the geek looks afar. The only addiction is he is a M A N.....man. All of the men wish they were him, and the women want him.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  916. Helen

    Tiger said what had to be said to the public....he appologized................ anything else that he has to appologize for should be said privately to his own family.
    The media should step back and stop trying to be a 3rd person in their marriage and stop giving any of the women involved with him their "additional" 15 minutes of fame and glory.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  917. J. Spivey

    I feel that Tiger Woods should not have to apologize to any one but his wife. All of those girls that ran around with Tiger, knew three things about him... 1. He was married 2. He was rich and 3. He was Black! And none of these things mattered to them! Those girls have NO RIGHT, to ask for or expect; an apology from Tiger Woods now or ever. In fact all of these girls should apologize to Elin, for sleeping with her man in the first place! Those girls were Gold-diggers! They knew what they were doing, and didn't care! And if Tiger didn't have millions in the bank, those girls wouldn't have wanted him to begin with!! Money talks, B.S. walks! Enough said.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  918. KarenC

    I'm sick of hearing about Tiger Woods infidelity. This is between him and "The Good Wife". As a nation we have more important things going on. Lets hear more about the war(s) we are fighting, our soldiers, and our fast declining health care reform.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  919. Len Hall

    Honestly, is the Tiger Woods apology really the most important thing going on in the world today? Cable news is about one centered as local newscasts. All newscasts are any more is nothing more than gossip columns locally and nationally. Come on – there HAS to be something going on in the world to report on that people really need to know. I'm a HUGE Tiger Woods fan and ALWAYS will be. You hang in there, Tiger! You are the only reason I watch golf and I LOVE to watch you come from behind. That's the only time golf is truly exciting. As far as the stuffiness some folks mention that was in the room – look how boring and stuffy the PGA hot shots are – especially at The Masters – that's always the dullest interview in the world!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  920. John

    He should have just done a youutube video it would have been much easier for all of us and just as effective as the scripted speech today.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  921. Tony Whiteside

    Mrs. Woods should get a good lawyer; file as many lawsuits, against the media damaging tramp statements against her husband, children and her. No one has a right to hurt her livelihood defamed her husband, when sleeping with her husband? These people should be made to pay for loss of her love and endearments from her husband, while knowingly engage in entrapment and duplicity as their well planed gratuities via lawyers for what, publicity? The only crime committed is their attempt of blackmail. i.e. keeping their luscious mouths shut for payments, once outside car backseats.
    No one has any right to take her husband down, disgrace her family unless they wanted to be joining with the dependents, except her. She shows a joint front all of this publicity will disappear.
    Tony

    February 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  922. Marjorie Dean-Cousins

    When Mark Sanford (who was elected) took media questions, many said "shut up already..." Now Tiger didn't take questions and some in the media saying he should? I say Tiger did what he needed to do; the rest is for him & Elin to work thru' without the media butting in!
    mdcj in Canada

    February 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  923. corey

    There are more important things in life than Tiger Woods, money can not buy your way thru life! Give him what he asks: NO COVERAGE but lets NOT choose for personal life and Golf and his Sponsors: lets censor all.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  924. Bill Walters

    Though not a big fan of golf, I do admire Tiger Woods for his talent, dedication, and hard work to get to where he is in golf. But that admiration doesn't give me or anyone else the right to sit in judgement of his personal life. He has done nothing illegal, so the only people he owes an apology are his family! I realize the media and public are searching for ways to be offended, but stop the media feeding frenzy, back off, let him and his family have their privacy! It seems our mainstream media have become the tabloid gossip mongers of the last century.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  925. Kathy LeBlanc

    I don’t think I have ever heard such an in-depth apology from anyone in the public eye before. And I don’t fault him for scripting it. If I put myself in his place, there’s no way I could remember all of what I’d like to say. And sure, if you read something it will sound stiff and less emotional. I think that’s the point, so you don’t get bogged down in too much emotion that you can’t get it all out. Personally, I accept what I felt was a sincere statement, but am astonished at your guests’ reactions, particularly that of Rick Cerrone.
    Neither of your guests impressed me, for that matter. After flipping over to HLN, most of what I heard there as well was negativity, particularly from the male guests. I wonder if that’s indicative of something (?). Journalists may be used to analyzing, but they are not trained and educated to offer real psychological insights which is what I heard. I think it was fair for Tiger to be angered at the stalking of his 2 ½ year old daughter. When else would he have a chance to do so? And why else are they following her moves except as part of her father’s story?! Cerrone’s over done negative reaction makes me wonder about his needs to sound like he's a credible commentator. I’m fairly sure I heard you gasp at Ceronne’s first reaction and that you did not agree. I hope you have others on who are more broad-minded on in the future. I may have been turned off by Wood's behavior, but I applaud his courage to get up and admit his faults. We ALL have our demons!
    - Kathy, Florida

    February 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  926. S Thomas

    People what do you REALLY want from Tiger . . .tears, blood maybe? You wanted details of what happened; you got details on what happened. You wanted an apology so he gave you an apology. Now you are not satisfied with HOW he apologized. You squawked because he wrote it down, you scrutinized his actions during and after the conference, and criticized because he didn't allow questions.

    He's not an actor nor is he a god. Although he is a world famous golfer, he is just a man who made a mistake.

    HE OWES YOU NOTHING!! He has apologized and is entitled to keeping his private life private. There are too many people playing God by putting themselves in the judgement seat. The resolution of his indiscretions should be left between Tiger, his god, and his wife/family.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  927. Donna Marie Martha

    Tiger Woods is an outstanding athlete who fell from grace. He will carry within himself the demons of his behavior long long after therapy and hopefully a stronger family relationship for the survival of his young family. How can we continue to bash a human being so relentlessly. Do we not have any mercy within our souls to let this man regain his life? Any other human being who fell from grace, would be but a bleep on the radar, and vanish. How much does celebrity really owe the public? His fame train was way off the track and crashed. Does not behavior catch up with everyone...Yes!. Now let this young man grow stronger from his mistakes and move on. For he needs his wife, son, daughter and extended family now more than ever. Everyone should pray and let this family work on this private issue. Stop the torment and let this family heal.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  928. Jeannie

    Tiger's apologies today were to his mother, his friends, business associates and to the kids in his foundations. To me it was stiff, scripted, meticulous, and about as sincere at Tiger has ever been...So, what he did today was simply TW + 45 days of necessary therapy.
    He says he "still has a long way to go" and I believe he is telling the truth about how much more therapy and help he still needs.

    A little like Punysatwney Phil, the Groundhog...Tiger came out in Februarly for a brief encounter with the sun...and then has quickly retreated back to Therapy, where he belongs...probably for a longer time than most of we golf fans think we can tolerate.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  929. sharon

    I think Tiger Woods' apology via a press conference at this particular time was premature and ill-advised.

    He stated repeatedly "I am in therapy". That may be, but today's apology demonstrated he has not yet begun the therapeutic process.

    Tiger Woods appeared insincere, arrogant, angry, almost antagonistic. He hasn't taken responsibility for his actions yet and until he does so his words will sound hollow.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  930. Adrian Jefferson

    Tiger made his apology to the world, it may not have been everything everybody wanted, but lets be clear, Tiger doesn't owe us the public and apology for the way he runs his life, good or bad. The short coming in all this is us, the people, who put ordinary people with great abilities on a pedestal. I What he did ageist his wife and family, I do not condone but it is not for me to Judge. So I would say to all you who sit in Judgment of this man,”Let he who is without Sin cast the first stone” OH! And leave his family alone.
    TheGr8Jeff

    February 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  931. Jaded

    WHY was a public apology necessary? Most people commenting here seem to be in agreement with Tiger that this is a matter between him and his wife. Therefore, this public apology must be about trying to untarnish the "Tiger Woods" brand. I find the whole thing so irritating that we were even subjected to this. He needs to deal with his personal life and as for his public image, well of course people won't think of him quite the same way. We can admire him for his golf game and athleticism but he was always branded as "superhuman" to sell products to the rest of us and now we know he's as flawed as the rest of us. I wish him well in his private life and on the golf course; the papparazzi should leave his wife and kids alone. And perhaps Tiger can learn what a gift it is to be humble in this life and continue to ask for the help he needs.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  932. Gord Hillman

    Like some commentators I saw arrogance and anger. He is more interested in controlling the situation and laying blame then he is healing. Until he truly lets go and finds help, then his fans and the media will not be able to move on either. This press conference, if it was meant for family and friends should have been private and should have included Elin (since privacy is what he wants). He could have addressed them without cameras. At some point he needs to publically address his fan base (what remains of it) his sponsors and the media who at one point helped make him a house hold name. As arrogant as he came off I doubt this will happen or that he will change. Elin should run away fast.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  933. joy

    since when do ladies who sell their bodies for sex or pictures or money think they deserve respect ? my generation called them prostitues or just plain nasty! using this forum to get their 15 min. of fame is does not make them respectable or i think even legal.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  934. Lance

    Tiger's speech was scripted, but came from his heart.
    His message towards the media in one way or another is true.
    Some issues regarding Tiger and his family are meant to be private.
    He should'nt ask though for the public to be completly silent in such circumstances.
    My prayers go out to Tiger and his family to get closure and eventually return to golfing.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  935. Jaded

    And if we participate on CNN's blog here can we really rail against the media's interest in this story? There are almost 1000 posts here and by participating here we are reinforcing CNN's coverage of this story - there's nothing like internet traffic and blogging to drive the media coverage of a story!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  936. miguel

    Some poeple need to get a life,Tigers Apology was sincere and noble. Its a shame that a lot of your veiwers are so heartless. They all must be perfect people who has never made mistakes.And to you Tony you need to learn to rebut the the bs your guess is saying.Tony i was really dissapointed on how you handled your guess.For christ sake do you want the media following your children to school for something you did.Tiger will never make the media happy because you are blood sucking low lifes that will sell your own mothers for a story.When Tiger returns and kicks butt you losers will be kissing his ass once again.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  937. JoAnne

    The media is totally out of control. The digging for intimate details of this or any other situation is reprehensible. No one needs to know the terms of his prenup or the state of his marriage. That is vulgar to even ask and the public does not have a right to know. Our entire culture is based on sex so why be surprised that this man and many others do what our society secretly tells them is fine. Hypocrites, our entire culture and especially the press. No blame for the women who chased him?? Have you ever seen how these groupies chase these sports figures??

    February 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  938. Shawn Puddester

    Tony:Tiger did something he didn't have to do. He apologized to his fans and to his family. It is obvious that he wants his family to work. As for the media, well they have a job and we as people will decide what we are going to watch. If you want to follow the crap then you can. If not stick with CNN. Can't wait for his return.

    Later.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  939. David M.

    Tiger has let many people down especially his family. I believe he is sincere in his apology. I am not an avid golf fan, but as for Tiger being a man and admitting his wrongs to the world and being willing to go to any lengths to try to fix the wrongs he has caused his loved ones I am a huge fan! Tiger don't give up you haven't let us all down you have actually inspired some of us to strive to be better men and to admit sometimes we need help and for that I commend you and thank you!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  940. Victor

    What Tiger did was wrong. He is human however and since he has apologized to those he loves, I think the media needs to stay out of it. That fact that he is on top of his game and one of the best athletes in the world does not in itself mean that he owes and apology to everyone. Why is everyone seeking an apology from Tiger? He is guilty and is getting help. Let's move on and let him and his family work things out. Reporters and PR folks have their own narcissistic reasons to critic Tiger.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  941. Maria

    I already see him differently , I admire people who are brave, who recognize their mistakes and try to mend them. Maybe it took a while to do so, buy who is anybody to judge. It is never to late. We are only humans!!! Things will improve just give yourself time as well as your family. I trust you will change and learn from it!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  942. Beverly De Stefano

    one more thought about Tiger's remarks. He wants the media and everyone else to leave his wife and children alone..obviously he wasn't thinking so much about his wife and children when he was screwing everything that walked in front of him. Wonder how he will feel if there are tapes out there some where(I'm sure there are) and his family sees them. Don't blame the media. Only you are responsible, don't make this about the media or anyone else.
    Sick of you in N.C.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  943. Bob G

    So when do the “sweet young things” apologize to their families, schedule news conferences, and enter sex addiction programs? Perhaps their penance is bragging rights to having sex with athletes, movie actors, executives, etc

    February 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  944. Bianca

    THIS ISNT NEWS!!! Stop talking about this already. Your commercials say CNN = politics. This is nowhere near. If I wanted to see coverage on this insignificant issue I'd watch E! or go to some other frivolous "news" source. Cover important topics and stop trying to come off as 'cool' or 'with it' to increase your ratingso. You are the news. Talk about the issues that actually mean something.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  945. Janice Vines

    Enough on Tiger-let's move on.

    Comments by some news media upset by not being to question Tiger. Don't know why the news media thinks everyone should have to answer to them, who are they. People's private lifes should be just that, private. Also, how many reporters have degrees in psychology?
    Report the facts and don't try and analyze. He had affairs, he and wife are separated, he sees his children, is in rehap, does not know when he will return to golf, and is very sorry that he hurt people or got caught or both.

    Appreciate Tony's professionalism and keeping his personal opinions for the most part to himself. CNN has much improved in recent times. However, cable is still to a point like watching a soap opera.

    PS: His wife, children and family are not fair game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  946. Jennilee Rooks

    After Watching Tiger Woods' statement, I understand why he would be upset with the media. His matter is a very private and personal matter. As a past captain golfer of my old high school and studying journalist, I can somewhat understand both the media and Tigers aspect. This matter was blown into proportion, but as studying media, it is a huge story. Now is the time to let this story go and find another breakthrough. As far as Tiger goes with me, I will always support him, because I have believed in him as a golfer and as a human being. He is the greatest golfer and when I heard he was leaving golf indefinitely, I was broken hearted. I do not watch golf anymore, but I do hope he comes back. Golf will never be the same without him.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  947. Tony in NC

    What Tiger did was wrong. He is human however and since he has apologized to those he loves, I think the media needs to stay out of it. That fact that he is on top of his game and one of the best athletes in the world does not in itself mean that he owes and apology to everyone. Why is everyone seeking an apology from Tiger? He is guilty and is getting help. Let's move on and let him and his family work things out.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  948. Colleen

    Let's get real. If he hadn't gotten caught, he would still be cheating. He's only apologizing for the money and future endorsements.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  949. Irene

    I don't blame Tiger for wanting to leave the reporters out of the room. He needed to apologies for his mistakes and without interuption. I believe that he was sincere when he said he was sorry. Now we need to give him and his family time to heal. I think that his wife and children should be off limit. If they fail in their attempt to resolve their issues we can all blame the media. So to all you reporters out there, please, give that family a chance to heal. Good Luck Tiger and we look forward to seeing you on the golf course again.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  950. FONZ

    Tiger can't win right now. No matter how much or how sincere he apologize for his past behavior, there are always going to be those that are going to have something negative to say about him. From a moral stance, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, all Tiger needs to seek from his family, friends, supporters, and fans is forgiveness.- then, he needs to move on in the grace of whole-hearted forgiveness.
    Because of the fact that he has benefited from his public image (in the way of endorsements and sponsorships),his reputation is very important and must be repaired. Time will take care of Tiger's problem, as long as he stays out of negative situations which will refuel the media's urge for new news. In the meantime, Tiger has to face the wrath of public scrutiny. Surely,the PGA will do all they can to help him to repair his image. It is not coincidental that Tiger's interview was delivered from the headquarters of the PGA. Tiger is a cashcow to them. Without Tiger, the PGA has too much to lose.
    The only entity with anything to gain from Tiger remaining in a negative spotlight is the media. Why else would the evening news programs interview Tiger's mistesses on moral issues when those women admittedly knew Tiger was married when they became invovled with him in the first place. Cheaters don't have a moral right to complain on nationwide television about being cheated on. Therefore, I don't blame Tiger for ducking the media. The media is not operating in his best interest.
    America, you've got your apology. Tiger's affairs are not our business and is old news at this point. Now leave the man alone so he can tend to the business of trying to save his marriage – which is what he should be focused on.(at least until he does something else to be considered newsworthy) .

    February 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  951. Nori

    Schadenfreude– the act of finding pleasure from someone else's misfortune. Looks like some people can't let it go. I thought Tiger's apology was authentic and moving. It seems, however, as if some people aren't willing to let go and move on. Why do any of us even think we have the right to weigh in or judge? What was the big revelation? That Tiger can make horrible mistakes and learn from them... hmmmm... that makes him.... a human. We each of us make mistakes–both small and great. The difference is, our status lets us suffer, repent– or not, in privacy. Tiger should be afforded the same opportunity. Not only have we judged the man for his actions, we now think we get to judge the sincerity of his apology as well. Appalling.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  952. Jennifer

    Yes, Tiger was wrong to do what he did. But he IS in rehab. He's following the '12 steps' and the 9th step is to make amends with everyone that he has hurt along the way. It would take him 12 years to apologize to everyone that has be hurt or disappointed by his behaviour. Hence he made a very public apology on global television. What more can he do? Give the man a break. At least he is trying.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  953. Let's move on

    Colleen...I so agree with you. This public statement is all about money and future endorsements. He doesn't owe the public an apology - just his family and his sponsors. In fact this was probably done to satisfy accenture who are the sponsors of this weekend's tournament and Tiger's former partner - afterall they're losing out big time now that Tiger isn't playing! If Tiger gave a toss what we thought of him he would have made this statement earlier. Nobody cares what we think about Tiger as long as he can still generate big viewer numbers so that he's still a money-maker for himself and all his partners! Tiger's made a lot of money perfecting a certain image and that's what's at stake here! But really I think most of us aren't really interested - it's between him and his wife.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  954. Henry Dixon

    First of all I want to say that I as a non-golfer and not a golf watcher until Tiger came on the scene. When he's playing is the only time I'll watch a golf tournament. I really appreciated his statement, very much so, but it seems as though all the people in the media found all kind of negatives about his statement, especially as it pertains to his private life, only because of his notoriety. I don't think that it's anyone business, especially the media, how Tiger Woods and his wife handle their personal life. It should be off limits. Sure, if he's done inappropriate things as it pertains to the golfing world we have a right to know this, but how he and his wife choose to handle this whole situation, I don't need to know nor do I want to know. People of the media, writers, journalists, etc., PLEASE get a life!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  955. Todd

    Tigers apology was more than enough. It is amazing how people and groups like the Golf Reporters can boycott Tiger and say his statement was a dissaster. The last time I checked his vows were between him, his wife, and his God; which one are the people with all of the negative remarks.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  956. Todd

    I hope Tiger continues to do some deep reflecting and realizes who he is. Maybe he will see that he is not part of the old boy network and that he has been tolerated by many because he has made their pockets fat. Tiger think about how many endorsements you lost compared to Michael Phelps.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  957. alex lotoski

    I see no reason to dwell on this. Whatever he did, it is his own private life and no one has any business being there in terms of those concerns. This has been quite a media event and this is demonstrative of the bottom feeding frenzy that has take place. The individual members of the media don't really care about Tiger but more about making their own headlines. I really would like to see an expose on some of the media people. No bottom feeding there, ever, not ever. By the way, I really don't care where Tiger dips his Quill. As for the woman involved with Tiger, all is see is a bunch of mercenaries who are advertising for the big buck. Not for one minute did they go into a relationship with Mr. Woods not knowing they were sharing time with one of the richest men in the world and the realization that they could be part of that wealth in some way. Get real people.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  958. Adam Albert

    Some information about the couple's relationship should be private. However, when someone takes millions of dollars based on publicity and on his general reputation, he should expect negative publicity when he soils his reputation to the extent he has.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  959. Jos

    Dear Tony,
    I see from the comments posted on Tiger Wood's news conferece that you are taking some "heat" for your moderating the followup reactions. In general, I like your perspective on reporting and reading the news on CNN, It is very listenable, humorous, and most of all, human.
    Who scheduled those two commentators you had on following Tiger Wood's statements? I hope it was some silly producer trying to make the most milage of Tiger's misery, and not yourself. Those two "learned" commentaters missed the point of what Tiger Woods was doing at this presentation. You were right to "push back" on the know-nothing commest of the PR fellow.
    This was not about PR; this was about redemption and beginning the long, long, process of trying to make substantive changes in oneself, and asking for understanding and support for this long process from those whom you have wronged.
    The producers should have scheduled someone with serious credentials in the fields addiction treatment, psychology, mential health, etc. A sports psychologist is about enhancing sports performance...not about understanding and explaining human behavior from a psychological point of view.
    Keep your good work going. I will keep watching.
    Jos Davidson

    February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  960. J. Brooks

    What did Tiger mean by "performance drugs"?

    Are we talking about steroids or viagra here?

    February 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  961. Audrey

    Oh, Tony. Tiger NEVER owed the public any kind of apology. The only people he should be worried about right now is his family. It seems he only made this apology to save his "image". People have held him to this "golden standard" and its sad. No one is perfect! Who is anyone to judge him? He's just a golf player! He never claimed to be anything but.

    What does the public really know about his marriage? Maybe it wasn't that great, but he felt obligated to stay married to uphold his image. Maybe he just loves women. Maybe he's just another weak man, (there are many out there) that can't be faithful. Maybe after he got married, he realized he could have a lot of women and decided he wasn't done playing the field. Maybe he's not even sorry. Maybe it's no one's business!

    The point is, I turned on CNN today to see what was going on in the world. What do I get? Tiger. I have nothing against or for him. But I hate golf. I'd rather watch curling.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  962. Dee

    Good for Tiger.. He owes no apology to anyone but his family. The women that he was involved with some how in the media became the victims.. As he said he did not have far to look.. Let the man and his family work things out and as for the mistress step up and take the blame also he owes only his family the apoligies

    February 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  963. Vickie from Deltona

    Tiger should have spoke from his heart and not from some scripted work. That looked too fake. Also, he should not have been shaking hands upon his exit. It looked like the whole speech was a rehearsed piece of a mess. His concern and focus was more on his wife and daughter's privacy than on his messing up or shameful acts. He should go back and retry to do this speech again.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  964. RJ-LA

    For reasons that may be obvious to some, as a Black middle aged female I was never particularly enamoured of Tiger Woods the man, but I have been a Tiger Woods golf fan in much the same way that I was a Michael Jordan Bulls fan. It's always exciting to witness genius at work in any arena. To all those media pundits I would say ENOUGH ALREADY!! There's nothing he could have done that would have satisfied you given his "marriage of convenience" with the media. There's very little detail of his dalliances we've been spared. There is nothing that could be accomplished by a "real" press conference other to ferret out that magical sound bite masquerading as substantive and honorable journalism. This might only futher humiliate the true innocents being Elin, the children and his mother. Whetever I can criticize about the staging I felt that Tiger performed his part in this instance admirably. Let's move on.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  965. leonora atienza

    We, the unkwon population are sick and tired of negative critics who are lucky to be put on CNN. We accept Tiger's apology. However, Tiger deliver his apology, there will always be somebody who will say, why this, why that. Tiger was very right to ask to leave his wife and children out of this. And the hug given to his mother should not be discounted as a show. That's a son going through this emotional crisis getting comfort from his mother. I am a mother too. What's with you people? He is still a human being.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  966. Peter

    It was horrendous... he is as arrogant as ever... how about him saying something like "Please don't make me a role model for your kids, because I am not worthy of that." The pause when he said he was sorry was so artifiicial that it almost certainly was typed in the script as "(Say slowly and stare straight at the camera for 3 seconds before continuing)"

    Tiger, learn some humility – you go to the bathroom like the rest of us and you are no superman – give yourself a break and admit it is ok to be like the rest of us.... this display was horrendous because you still think you are above everyone else – NOT.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  967. Elizabeth Darden

    Hey Tony,
    What Tiger Woods does in his bedroom or other bedrooms is his business. He does'nt have to answer to anyone but his GOD. "HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE"
    Elizabeth Darden

    February 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  968. Bailey

    I am astounded at how little respect is given to a thoughtful, well planned statement is given. It seems most people want an off the top of the head type of apology. Tiger obviously put much thought and emotion into his statement. He is obviously working through some type of 12 step program and working on his rehabilitation. Why can't we encourage him rather than stomp on him?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  969. Arlete Silva

    Let's Tiger Woods solve his problems with his wife and children, and let's not worry about going into his private life. The guy is a #1 Golfer in the world, le'ts see him again in the Course, because I'm going to tell you something if Tiger is not there it is not the same I don't care of people say, he is and will be #1 for quite sometime.

    Let the man do his life and not worry about his private life. We are not saints that's for sure.
    Arlete Silva

    February 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  970. Snub4goa

    I think it is a sham how CNN is draging Mr. Woods name through the mudd. I want to ask you, your producers and reporters a question. Can you honestly say that you have not done the same thing. Or have you not had a similar thought. We are all tempted. I say let the first person who has not committed the same infraction or some thing similar say so. I have not heard any of you say I never did that. You hypocrits. I am only one voice in a million but I don't think I will rely on CNN to keep me informed. Your station is as bad as the National Inquire yes your network has stepped to a new low how disgusting. Just who has Mr. Woods hurt?
    A couple of endorsers he didn't ask to endorse them they asked him. Does that give them the right to tell him how to conduct his private life. Don't misunderstand me yes what he did was very very wrong. But who are we to judge. We he returns to golf I wouldn't blame him if he never gave another interview. You guys are the worse.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  971. Debbie Lang

    It isn't up to any of us to accept his apology. I do find his apology interesting, however. Would Woods' repugnant behavior and statements have been made if he weren't caught? His CONCERN for his family and protecting them from the media? SERIOUSLY!! Does he honestly think that anything the media could do, would hurt them as deeply as his actions....yet another sign his of arrogance and irresponsibility. Woods' power and control issues still exist, in particular, the way he orchestrated his public "apology". He controls the staging, the words, the time and the people present. I do hope for the sake of his family and his soul he does seek out spiritual guidance. God is his only judge at this point, the only One knows Tiger's heart and THE ONLY ONE HE CAN"T MANIPULATE.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  972. Jane

    What makes people think they have a right to his private affairs? Watch and admire him for his golfing skills and leave his private life alone. I watch him for the golf and not for the gossip about who he was with or what he did last night or any other night. Sad that the females knew he was married and wanted 5 minutes of fame and did not care about the hurt they were causing to his family.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  973. Carl

    I thought Tiger Woods gave a very thorough statement. He took complete responsibility for his actions. He didn't break any laws but he surely disappointed the public by his outlandish level of cheating on his wife. His personal life should not prevent him from his golf career but it does affect his bigger than life image of integrity. The media has a right to try and follow any story–that is their livliehood. However, no matter how they howl at not being to ask questions, it is not Wood's responsibility to answer any of those questions. His situation has nothing to do with playing golf and despit the public's general interest in knowing everything about everybody, he does not owe it to anyone to provide details of his affairs or interactions with his wife. And by the way, what was that baloney from Rick Cerrone about Tiger being arrogant in his speech. It sounds to me like Cerrone had his mind made up about Tiger before the speech and is just a jerk because he wants the media to be able to ask Tiger lots of personal details on the situation. One last item–even though Tiger says he won't be answering any questions on his personal life, you know some jerk of a sports writer will ask a personal question at one of Tigers futute golf press conference –just so the reporter can have his 15 minutes of notoriety - and the reporter can say "I wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions"? Reporters should just get on with their lives and leave this tragic situation to the people involved.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  974. Louise

    The only one who seems to feel Tiger owes them an apology is the news media. No one else cares. Please, please let Tiger and the rest of us get on with our life. People have affairs EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is his so different. I am sick, sick ,sick of all of this coverage.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  975. Angela Johnson

    I believe the only reason Tiger did this was because it was part of his therapy. He seemed angry and embarrassed. The focus seemed to be more on the media than anything. He really needs to try again and be a little more sincere.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  976. Arlene

    Why don't we leave Tiger alone. Why does everyday have to be slow
    news day ! He has admitted that he has done (not that this is any of our
    business). Let him get on with his life and try to salvage his marriage and
    his family life.

    The media should practice the old addage: " If you can't say anything nice,
    say nothing at all. "

    February 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  977. Glenn

    I watched the never ending coverage of Tiger Woods today. Is there nothing else of interest in the world. I think it is time to move on and leave Tiger alone. Enough is enough!!!! I could care less about everyone's opinion... its just that opinion. I hope CNN will move on sooner than later.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  978. JJ

    Yak-Yak-Yak-Yak.All u guys out there, get a life. Leave Tiger alone.
    He said sorry to every one of us.What more u guys want.???
    Go look at ur own backyard and what u have done in the past
    Go Tiger Go

    February 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  979. melinda

    I appreciate Tiger going on television and saying what he did. I think his demeanor was not one of hostility, but one of sadness and regret. But, only time will tell if he was sincere. I will give him a chance to walk the walk now of a man with integrity; not just talk the talk.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  980. ed

    Watched it in the UK today. I Think if this had been said within a week of the whole mess being made public I would have found it more believable. It does not take 2 months to write a sincere speech .
    The profesional game of Golf has given Tiger every cent he has. Can anyone else imagine getting caught out fooling around and saying "Ok I will take 6 months off work and become a better person", absolute rubbish.
    I never saw him fooling around on the golf course..
    I also noticed at the end Tigr hugged his mum but the person he really let down, Erin, sat on her fanny. I cant believe that relationship can ever be te same again,staying together for the kids sake is another disaster waitng to happen.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  981. sandra

    I am very proud of Tiger.You did wrong and said so. How many men would say sorry to their wifes much less in front of millions. to those bat women you should be ashame of yourselves.you have no class,integrity or morals.God created women with their private parts properly hidden. he did not put t on your forehead so every man to take a poke especially for money. to those criticizing Tiger take a good look at yourself and shut up (man who have glass house should not throw stones). Tiger, god have forgiven you it is now up to your wife and you to move forward. keep your heads high and good luck

    February 20, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  982. olaxy

    Leave TIGER the hell alone!!! Why all the fuss? He owes an apology only to his wife, family, sponsors and his fans...So can you please take him off the news and leave him alone. I am so proud of you TIGER......cos you have learnt from your mistakes........

    February 20, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  983. patrice

    Very well scripted. Looked and sounded as genuine and heartfelt as a scripted apology of this sort could ever hope to be. Would have been more genuine if he had spoken from the heart.

    However, scripted or not, I can't say I could ever believe a man who was 1)able to mask all this behavior to sponsors and fans and represent himself as the upstanding person he did or 2) could convince 14 other women that they were the ONLY other woman not to mention the lies he told his wife. Why would anyone think that he is not fully capable of appearing "real" in an apology to his family or to the public.

    Tiger was spot on when he said the media has no right to track down his children or family. They have not done anything wrong and should be left alone. I also agree that much of the apology and any recovery is between he and his family – not the general public. However I disagree with some of the other viewers who say he did not owe the public any apology. He was more than just a guy that went out on the golf course to play. There are plenty of athletes who play sports but clearly say/display who they are and it is obvious that they should not be role models for your children. Tiger represented himself as this persona that ultimately led to millions and millions in sponsorships and positioned himself as a role model. He absolutely owed the public an apology for that.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  984. Ellen

    In responding to Tiger's statement, it helps to have familiarity with 12-step programs. I believe it was a sincere staement. I found it stunning and was hoping cheating spouses everywhere would pay close attention. I have more respect for him now than ever. The proof of his amends will be evident in his behavior over time, as Elin says.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  985. allison

    i think it was a good thing that tiger apologized even though its nobodys business. now we should let the man move on and move on
    ourselves

    February 20, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  986. C. Jackson

    Last night my sisters and I watched Tiger's statement, we couldn't stop laughing. The entire setting was ridiculous which is what the PR person stated. Having an audience of family and friends was silly. It was so staged he might as well have had no audience. He came across as very arrogant in some parts of his script and didn't seem contrite at all; he just seemed nervous. He stumbled a lot in his reading. Every time he said, "I apologize... I'm sorry..." there was a chorus of "I got caught" from my sisters. It was hilarious. Some things just didn't need to be said. For instance, why mention that he's going to attempt to rediscover Buddhism? By doing so, he probably alienated a bunch of born-again Christians. We know a mother supports her child no matter what, so why the hug at the end? I don't give a good kitty about Tiger. That show was all about money. He needs to learn to be real. I'm glad his wife wasn't there, that would have been really pathetic Good luck to Elin if she takes him back. I think Tiger will be back by the Masters. If he is, I'll be watching.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  987. L White

    I'm so sick of people who want to castrate every black man who makes a mistake. You people had better get over it. I'm not watching golf if Tiger's not playing, and neither is anyone else !!! At some point, we need to begin regulating the media. This constant coverage is absolutely rediculous. Also, why on earth would the media find it necessary to hound his wife and children ????

    February 20, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  988. Linda McDonald

    It is imperative that Tiger apologize to those that love him the most, but do it in private. As far as his Golf career, I think that if he works hard that he will continue to do well.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  989. James Rutherford

    Woods has been told he's entitled since he was 3 years old. Now that he's been required to show an act of contrition to maintain his financial base, it's as unsatisfied as all his lovers. They weren't Mother Teresa, after all. Just a succession of one bimbo after another. Big deal. Woods needs to get over himself.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  990. Freddy

    He did what he had to do. Baby steps. Years of cheating can and will not be erased on a single day with a single statement, but is a start. He still has a longgggg road to travel, up to him with family or hookers.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  991. Freddy

    Was it sincere? YES. The question is can he back it up?

    February 20, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  992. khang

    not sincere enough... sound and look forceful

    February 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  993. Daniel R. Martin

    Tiger is a young man who made a serious error in judgement and I am proud that his wife apparently let him know that his adopted lifestyle was not to be tolerated by her, so she has given him a choice to either change or go on with his life without her or hs family. With that said, I am also proud that he has chosen to make this situation a matter between himself , his God,and his wife. A christian, I believe in redemption and that all if us fall short.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  994. Christina

    Really, WHO CARES and WHY DO WE CARE so much about this...we love peoples misery. In the end he's lost everything between he and his wife even if they do stay together, his loss for some putty.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  995. Rahmon Rose

    I think that we should all look at our lives and say " Am I with sin" .

    Thank you
    Rahmon R
    Atl
    P.S. I loves your show, and you do a great job
    keep it up !

    February 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  996. KCHU

    Since Woods has asked for forgiveness, I think we should just let it go. Everyone has made mistakes and I am sure more than enough people out there have made the same mistake as him. So just because he is a public figure, he has to take double, triple the blame? Isn't the most important thing is his willingness to change? Now that this is now longer 'breaking news', I think we should leave it to Elin to make her own decision whether to accept him or not. We outsiders should stop judging and looking down on him. Tiger Woods just needs to get back on track, learn to love his family, and put all his effort in doing what he does best.

    February 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  997. Vince Di Fruscio

    He has said it all and with grace. How many more times can a person say "I'm sorry", The person who really needs to hear and see more remorse is Elin.

    I heard where, even in the nidst of his enormous personal problems, Tiger donated THREE MILLION DOLLARS to Hati. Why haven't we heard more about that?

    Really liked the way you stopped that sports person you were interveiwing after Tiger's statement. Great Job!!!

    February 22, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  998. Bailey

    I agree...let's hear more about the redemptive side of Tiger Woods. None of us are perfect. Give the man support when he does the right thing. Let's stop tearing him apart.

    February 22, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  999. Wini

    I can't believe all the folks writing about poor Tiger and leave him alone mindsets in this country. WAKE UP FOLKS. You are watching a full blown narcissistic personality at the low end of the spectrum and a sociopath personality at the high end of the mental health spectrum right on your TV in your homes. The guy does NOT CARE about anyone. Period. Not his wife, children nor his mother.

    February 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm |