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Tiger's image contributes to public's curiosity

Posted December 2, 2009

— Tiger Woods' apology for "transgressions" that let down his family have caused a media frenzy and spurred debate and curiosity on the Internet about just what those transgressions might be.

"I am not without faults, and I am far short of perfect," he wrote Wednesday in a statement posted on his Web site, trying to quiet swirling rumors about what led to an early-morning crash outside his Florida home on Friday. "I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family."

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The comments come the same day "US Weekly" reported a story that alleges the world's No. 1 professional golfer had a 31-month affair with a 24-year-old cocktail waitress and left a voicemail message asking her to remove her name off the her phone in case his wife called.

Woods certainly is not the first professional athlete accused of cheating, but some who know him say his seemingly pristine reputation has contributed to the public's hunger to know more.

"In this country, we put athletes on a pedestal, and so it’s big news whenever there's a crack in that pedestal," said Ed Ibarguen, general manager and PGA director of golf at Duke University Golf Club in Durham. "Perhaps, we're expecting too much. He's a human being, after all. He's going to make mistakes."

Ibarguen met Woods through his longtime golf student and close friend, NBA basketball player Michael Jordan.

"He was intelligent, bright, polite – showed all of the characteristics that you'd like to see in your heroes," he said of their first meeting. "As a professional golfer, I have the utmost respect for him, because he is the Babe Ruth of golf."

But not unlike Jordan bouncing back after gambling rumors surfaced, Ibarguen thinks the public will ultimately forgive Woods and allow him to continue in his role as a golf superstar.

"For me personally, I'm not interested in the details," he said. "I just say, 'Apology accepted, and try and do better.'"


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  • rrfan Dec 2, 2009

    To chris0628:

    I think you ment to say men and women. That typo could get you in trouble at home. LOL.

  • chris0628 Dec 2, 2009

    Who cares??? Heck me and women cheat all the time. This is not news worthy!! This is between him and his family. The only person he needs to explain himself is his WIFE and I assure she's letting hime have it!!!

  • superman Dec 2, 2009

    He makes his living by being in the public eye. It is just not possible to have it both ways. He left his house 2.30 in the morning hit something in front of his house, the police didnt question him, issued him a ticket. This is more to this than his girlfriend. If I were married and had a girlfriend I would prefer to remain private myself. Who wants his name on their product now. Cant even be faithful to his wife? The girlfriend is only a small part of this story. Police coverup perhaps!

  • kbo80 Dec 2, 2009

    Who cares???? Men and women cheat everyday. Yes men and women. What makes him any different than any other man or woman? Entertainers/Athletes are still human so, the media needs to stay out of people's lives. Dang get one of your own.

  • nascarguy Dec 2, 2009

    How foolish! He risked his career and lucrative endorsement contracts and his marriage with two little ones at home. Utter selfishness.

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 2, 2009

    Personally I don't think the man owes anyone but his family an apology. Private "transgressions" do not require Public apologies, IMHO. It's really none of our business and I think the less said by him, the better for his wife and family.

  • Big Mike Dec 2, 2009

    Sounds like a Tiger should have used a fairway wood to get out oof the trap....

  • OSX Dec 2, 2009

    If I crashed my truck into the fire hydrant in front of my house, ran inside and went to bed, and then my wife tells the cops we are not talking to you right now, I WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT IN JAIL QUICKLY. I love Tiger Woods but the rich enjoy a lot of special attention that regular people are not privy too.

  • Dark_Horse Dec 2, 2009

    Speak for yourself, Taxman. Only gossipy little girls and lifeless housewives want to know what happened in this man's personal life. Most of us have shrugged our shoulders and said, "who cares?" and have moved on.

  • Tax Man Dec 2, 2009

    It's just the cover up - if he just fessed up to what happened it would be over sooner and not in the news every day. He chose to make it a mystery so now we want to know it all. Imagine a lot of women will come out of the woodwork with their "Tiger" stories. at least it appears his wife got the best of him - first time a woman beat tiger with a golf club!