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February 19th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

What Do You Think about Tiger's Apology?

"Irresponsible and selfish" are words Tiger Woods used to describe his behavior during a televised apology today for his extramarital affairs.

The famed golfer talked for nearly 14 minutes at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida before a small group that included his mother, but not his wife.

So what do you think about his apology?

Do you think it was genuine?

Will it help restore his image?

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. lajuan

    Who cares? Let it go

    February 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  2. Susan Gorman

    Tiger's apology was a start. I don't know if apologies are foundational to the Buddhist faith. For me as a Christian, the word forgiveness was missing from his apology. He needs to experience the forgiveness of our Creator so that he can become empowered to forgive himself and then with humility ask for forgiveness from those whom he has so grossly offended. It would was arrogant of him to end his apology asking people to believe in him again rather than asking for their forgiveness first.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  3. Chris Cruz

    I watched it just becuase my wife wanted to see it. To me, I could care less, it's a private concern between him and his wife. If his sponsor, for whatever reason need him to do a dog and pony, well that's a horse of a different color, and then it means that whatever he says is engineered for public relations consumption. So, who cares? Not me!

    Chris Cruz
    Benson, AZ

    February 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  4. Susan Gorman

    Tiger's apology was a start. I don't know if apologies are foundational to the Buddhist faith but for me as a Christian, the word forgiveness was missing from his apology. He needs to experience the forgiveness of our Creator so that he can become empowered to forgive himself and then with humility ask for forgiveness from those whom he has so grossly offended. It would was arrogant of him to end his apology asking people to believe in him again rather than asking for their forgiveness first.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  5. Brittany

    Leave tiger woods alone already everyone makes mistakes and what the he'll is up with you calling the woman mistress there not there adultriss and just beacuse he made a mistake dosent mean anything there are millions of people that commit adultry so LEAVE TIGER WOODS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  6. Frank Cranz

    First of all he's got alot of issues to resolve between himself, his wife and God. Are you or I good enough to throw the first stone. Leave the guy alone.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  7. mims

    Do those against Tiger want to see him 'CANED"? I wonder how many of the experts lead perfect lives. And stop giving those women press time. I believe each and every one of them manipulated the situation and used him for their chance at fame. Mike uses each one of these people at his shot at fame on CNN. He's not a REAL news-person. Lets replace him with someone who only tells the good things people are doing!

    February 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  8. Barbara Johnson

    Tiger Woods is, as he says, a selfish, irresponsible person at this stage in his life. It took more than 45 days to become this way...How amazing that he or anyone would think that he can just say "I'm sorry"...and it's all gone.

    I have no respect for him...less respect for the Corporations which are using a sick person now to make money off of him. In fact...It all turns my stomach,...(as the saying goes). I have no intention of watching any more of this diatribe...Another saying. "Give me a quarter and I'll call someone who cares"...

    The sad part of the whole thing, of course, is his wife and two children. I would get as far away from him as I in Switzerland! Teach the children right from wrong...Not 'overlook daddy's bad behavior to get money'...

    Enough of Tiger Woods.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  9. Keshia Elder

    I accept Tiger's apology and he is suppose to say iiiiiiiiiii, mememememe, that shows that he is accepting his responbility to this disater. I cannot wait to he return to the game of golf because I am bored..I also pray that him, his wife and kids the best of luck. Some people are just negative As Hell! get a life you do not kick people when the are down you stick a hand and help them up. PGA tour better hope he returns soon because golf is going down.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  10. Steven M. McCarthy

    It is a national embarrassment that we waste such incredible resources in the lascivious pursuit of someone else's private life.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  11. kn

    As my grandmother would say, ““what happens between a husband and wife is their business to work out . That’s “Grown Folk” business, not yours nor might””.

    He’s not married to me, so why should I be expecting an apology.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  12. Toni Rousell

    I don't think much of Tiger's apology; he's not my husband. He didn't cheat on me and before he was "busted", I never thought he was perfect or flawless anyway, so he didn't disappoint me. I understand that he was (is) an idol to many, but even in that, a lesson can be learned. I'm sure that he's sorry that he "got caught" and that he has been embarrased, but how can anyone improve on the words of his wife – the actions will apologize, not the words. Finally, I hope that his image is not restored to a fictious character, but instead a real man with weaknesses and flaws, of which we are all familiar with, if we are honest, and can relate to either in our past, our present, or perhaps in our future.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  13. Judy

    Who gives a poop about what he did or didn't do? Why does the media constantly think that movie stars and sports figures are more important than what is going on in Haiti right now? It is a sad world.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  14. Catherine

    Boring and clearly reheased. He may be a skilled golfer, but he has zero skills public speaking. I was NOT impressed at all. His main goal seemed to be getting the media away from his family. That we should respect!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  15. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think he dont loves the media and he needs to hurry up and change from Boodyism and back to Buedism .

    February 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  16. Keith S

    Tiger Woods is a story, but it is not "life and death" or "affects us all" real news.

    Tiger Woods is merely entertainment news. Please do not devote more than 20 minutes to him.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  17. Georgie

    I think it's really unnecessary and don't care 4 it, I would rather see former Pres. Bush apologizing, dag, where's David Frost when u need him LOL!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  18. steve stevens

    I actually feel embarrassed for you people, having to talk about tiger for 12,18, 24, hours on and on.....isn't there anything else going on in the world to cover. This is really sad on your part. You call yourself " no.1 in news. snap out of it and cover the news

    February 20, 2010 at 1:55 am |
  19. sue scott

    a public heatrtfelt appology of hope for he and his family to be better than get on to the next news...hopefully positive
    ewa beach,HI

    February 20, 2010 at 2:39 am |
  20. Brady

    Great when you read it from a piece of paper.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:43 am |
  21. Kimberly Layson Ambrose

    I am so tired of beating a horse!!! Let Tiger and his family grieve and heal. Let's worry about the killings in this country. If we can forgive a President of the United States (Clinton) for God's sake why are we crusifying Tiger, a golfer!!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 2:59 am |
  22. Michael

    I would like to know.......when exaclty did we as a society decide that it was our right to demand an explanation or apology from some one for something that occured in their PRIVATE LIFE? Yes, Tiger screwed up, but he surely does not owe ME an apology.......he owes his family one. I have heard all the people bemoaning the fact that "He let us down." or " He is no longer the Choosen One." If you are that invested in what a sports figure, actor, or other famous person does you are

    February 20, 2010 at 3:53 am |
  23. john sudic

    no the way he wants !He needs to be a christian and accept those vitrues as all the rest of you who are not and that will make a difference in all walks of life then!!

    February 20, 2010 at 4:10 am |
  24. Bobbi Crews

    I am very disturbed, not just by the incident with Tiger wood, but also the many many more acts of violence that has been occoring in the past two – three years. Tigers stuation is that he cheated on his wife. He is seeking help for this and people make mistakes I by no means am taking up for him, but since when did what someone does in their bedroom and personal life take president over the many violent cases we have seen in the past two-three years. Yes he is a star and everyone knows him , but now we get to know what sexual acts he has done. Really I could do without that and maybe instead of spendin all this money on rehab (which i dont think he needs, he got caught up in the fame game) Why not put the time and effort into solving these violent cases that are in the headlines every day. We have babies, young children, young mothers and new wives who are being murdered and he cheated and gets al the publicity.What the h- is wrong with this picture? I personaly could care less what u do in ur bedroom and ur prvate life, if it is a choice between omg u fed around on ur wife and trying to find a murderer of a woman, child or man I want more effort and air time for the last three.
    Thank You
    Bobbi Crews
    Hattiesurg MS

    February 20, 2010 at 4:11 am |
  25. tsering

    why the most of the sport person addicted on such it because of indulge and extrevagance,
    if it so,please donated to their money to haiti victim.thank you.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:11 am |
  26. tsering

    we can welcome his mistake .and accept his apology to his fan.because he approved the mistake without accused it.

    February 20, 2010 at 5:14 am |
  27. Steve -Hendersonville NC

    Tiger seemed very insincere, and rehearsed. I got the feeling he was saying what he felt we wanted to hear, not what he truly felt in his heart. I hope thearpy teaches him not to be afraid of his real feelings. You are human Tiger and that is a good thing!

    February 20, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  28. Bob McDaniels

    I think everyone needs to look in the dictionary for the word "private". Accenture is the worse case. How does the spawn of Arthur Anderson (remember Enron) get to make judgements on anyone or any thing. I don't remember them or any other sponsor, talking head, sports analyst or fan making any of Tiger's shots for him. Shame on the media!!

    February 20, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  29. Teddy Grover

    Apology accepted! He was sincere and now he needs time to heal. We need to move on and let his family heal. Personally he doesn;t owe me an explanation. I WILL NOT CAST THE FIRST STONE!!! Tiger will be back!

    February 20, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  30. JAMES

    i think he was wrong to blame his adultery as if its a sickness he has, like its a disease. If this is true ,there is a disease that is affecting many people all over America and Beyond. He should never have allowed people to force him to go on National TV to tell them anything. Its was solely between him & his wife,,who I think is partly responsible for him going outside of their marriage for sex. No one strays with that many women unless he seeking something missing from his relationship.He should tell anyone that asks to know the details, to kiss his behind. What is sex therapy ,you look at naked women and just say No???

    February 20, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  31. ericmartin

    i think that the only people that is should matter to is him and his wife, you wouldnt want your personal life shown to the world would you, everyone does stuff there not proud of, just let it go and let the man live his life...

    February 20, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  32. Linda Anderson

    Tiger Woods does not owe the public any explanation. This is between he & his wife. And minimally between he & business associates. I've listened to co-workers who thought of him as a god now reacting to him as a joke. I don't enjoy golfing but respect him as an athlete.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  33. Andy Hunt

    As Tiger said we are all human we work hard and often feel we deserve to do anything we want as a self reward,no matter who we hurt, We do not think of the people that are part of the fallout after our issues come to light,In my opinion Tiger has and is still learning this Lesson and as Smart and Focused as he is, Tiger will get it together without a doubt,He is a good man.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  34. Ada-Mt pocono


    I felt awful about Tiger having to apologize like that, in front of his mom and friends. Especially, because he doesn't owe any of us an apology.

    Tiger was wrong about what he did, however, the only people he owed an apology to was Elin and his Mom- for the pain, humiliation and embarrassment he caused them-his family.

    The rest of us should look into our own lives and mistakes BEFORE we make judgment on him.

    Even if you lead a squeaky clean life- you really have nothing to say or are owed an apology from Tiger.

    The rest us should only care about his golfing ability. Don't throw stones!!

    February 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  35. Fred

    watching Tiger try to salvage his goody two shoes reputation was pathedic, he should consider going with the "bad boy" persona and he will come out ahead in the long run....sponsers will love it.

    February 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  36. Rebecca DeWitt

    I recently watched a movie called "28 Days," which was portrayed an intimate look at rehab of all sorts, whether it was alcohol, drugs, or the same sort of sexual entitlement that Tiger spoke of. It taught me a lot and I saw that one of the most important steps in the process, is to take responsibility for one's mistakes. Tiger is trying to do that.

    Based on what I saw yesterday, I think Tiger is working hard to regain control of his life. My hat's off to him and I wish him all the best. It must have been very difficult to stand on the world stage and make that apology; I hope people get behind him.
    Ithaca, NY

    February 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  37. donna prince

    I think Tiger did exactly what the 12 step program suggests. He appolagized and now it is up to him to make amends to the ones he really hurt, his family.
    These women he slept are rediculous, they knew exactly what they were doing when they slept with him-give me a break!!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  38. Roxanne Knight

    I believe that everyone should stop analyzing everything Tiger Woods says. He is human and not God. I definitely agree that being unfaithful to his wife was very wrong, but that is between God, Tiger's wife and Tiger himself. It is "sick" that people around the world take so much interest in another person's misery. Tiger Woods might be a public figure, but he is just a man. The problem with this country is that people are given value based on how much money they have, and really the truth is that no matter how much money you have, you are no better or worse than anyone else. It is not up to us to judge whether or not Tiger Woods was being sincere in his apology or not, we are not God and can't see the intent of his heart. We should all worry about the mistakes we make each day. We all spend so much time worrying about the sins of others that we are going to miss taking care of our own sin problem.

    February 20, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  39. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    His actions won't be forgotten soon if at all. He shouldn't have gotten on the news media like he did. When he was an up and coming golf sensation it was the exposure by the media that helped make him so famous. This media exposure helped lead to the lucrative corporate endorsements that has made him extremely wealthy. Now that it's negative media he can't take the heat. When you become famous you have to learn to take the good with the bad.

    February 20, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  40. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I believe his frustrated speech never should have been forced out this isnt news this is media bullying .

    February 20, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  41. Mikey

    I think there must be some real news out there, like the two wars we are fighting,or the health care issues that could be fact checked to help eliminate some of the confusion out here instead of letting anybody say anything and checking none of it and calling that news.
    CNN continues to waste my time either with a sports figure whos love life is none of my business or 600 tea baggers who are worried about the gov;t taking over their health care as they collect social security and medicare. It is time to go back to the PBS.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  42. Jodebr

    I think enough is enough already. America is the one who needs sex theraphy. When any thing that makes news and it has sex in it , the reaction is like sharks on a feed. Aparently these aren't people who believes in the BIBLE. They have no sins and have plenty of stones. Since the begining of time SEX has transfixed the minds of many around the very thought of it. Still he that is without sin let him cast the first stoneThey all can't be squeeky clean

    February 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  43. Diana

    I'm commenting on the Tiger Wood's scandal. This is 2010, why are we as women feeling less powerful when it comes to sleeping with a famous celebrity(married or not), and then put them under the "spotlight" when situations change? This is all so ludicrous to wreck and tarnish one person's image when we all know it took more than one, in Tiger's case, it took a flock of women. We as women are way smarter than this. We want to be looked at as 'powerful' and strong, and then in other situations we want to be looked at as the damsel in distress?
    His image will heal over time, not overnight
    He appears to have red, swollen eyes -appearing that he may have been crying (if his mother was near him, I'm sure all she had to do was look at him and give him that 'hellacious' stare) enough to make anyone cry

    February 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  44. Angie

    What was Tiger Woods apologizing for?

    For committing Adultery. Yeah so he cheated on his wife. Big deal. So does almost all married men.

    Yet those same men, mostly white, dare to say they are mad at him.

    Give me a break.

    He never did drugs. He never took Steroids or performance enhance drugs of any kind. He never caused injury to another person. He never murdered another person.

    Tiger woods did comitt adultery. And yes he is trying to get his life with his wife and child back where it should be. Give the Guy a break.

    All of you married men who have never imagined making love to another woman while you are making love to your wife – cast the first stone.

    All of you married men who have never Flirted with another woman during your marriage – cast the first stone.

    You can't, can you?

    February 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Roy

    I do understand how hard it was for Tiger to face his fans,family & friends by his statements that his gave. As a believer I must forgive him and when it comes to his personal forgiveness with his wife I do agree with tiger let the two work it out. Viewing CNN with john Sallie and two others I didn't get their names, I must give you my personal discuss with the other young man that was downing Tiger. Every time when this guy is on subjects it appears that he has issues, my thinking he reminds me of Mr. Elders that I listen too for a short while. The two of them should go on a trip far away with a one way ticket (smile) I just don't want to be mean spirited. In my prayers for Tiger and his wife is, I hope that she will open her heart and give him another chance. From my own experience a large percentage of women, that holds my own values and believing in the same faith. The few that I know don't match up with their fruit that should always have the fear of GOD. By letting friends, family etc to stray them away and cause break ups are always hurtful. Now I see why a large percentage of men are interested with other women from other parts of the world. Speaking about people, that sows discord I would love to give notice to the Lady in red, that she needs to get a life. I had to think twice and now I know that this is part of her life by having a press conference right after Tiger's speech with a porn star. When sin is in the mix Satan doesn't play fair at all, and when we need to forgiven, its beneficial to us to forgive because you will never know when the bottom may fall in your own affairs etc. If you choose the way Truth and Life from Christ you can't go wrong Thanks CNN for my postings and my personal prayers for Tiger and his Wife.

    February 21, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  46. Theron

    I think it was sincere, but he only owes his wife and family an apology, not the public. It did take courage to apologize for something like that, especially on tv.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm |