Tiger Woods: ‘I Didn’t Know I Was That Bad’
March 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—In the lead up to his return to the golf course next month, PGA champion golfer Tiger Woods gave his first interview to ESPN on Sunday, since his life and career were rocked by a sleazy sex scandal that began on Thanksgiving night. During his interview near his home in Windermere, Fla., Woods acknowledged that he made many “mistakes” that have “hurt so many people,” and he plans to devote the remainder of his life to making “amends.”
During the interview by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, Woods didn’t get into specifics about the number or manner of his transgressions, the details surrounding his Thanksgiving night crash, or the specifics of his treatment at a rehabilitation facility, saying it was a private matter between himself and his Wife Elin. But he was frank about the self-induced damage he inflicted on his marriage and career and the “bad things” that he has done:
Rinaldi: “What’s the difference between the man who left Augusta national a year ago and the one who is about to return?
Woods: A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I’m getting back to my old roots.” [...]
Rinaldi: “If it’s a private matter, why issue a public apology?
Woods: Well, I owe a lot of people an apology. I hurt a lot of people. Not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who looked up to me. There were a lot of people that thought I was a different person and my actions were not according to that. That’s why I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I had done.” [...]
Rinaldi: “You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?
Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case, and I’ve made my mistakes. And as I’ve said, I’ve hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that’s living a life of amends.”
When asked why he didn’t seek treatment before the scandal erupted, Woods responded that he wasn’t aware of his problems. “Well, I didn’t know I was that bad. I didn’t know that I was that bad,” said Woods. Noting the disparity between his previous public image and his secret private life, Woods said, “I was living a life of a lie.”
Tiger said that facing the truth made him stronger. But when “you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly.” “The strength that I feel now, I’ve never felt that type of strength, added Woods.
Regarding his return to the Masters next month, Woods was anxious to return to competition, but he admitted nervousness over the reception he would receive from his fans:
Rinaldi:” What reception are you expecting from fans?
Woods: I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you.
Rinaldi: How much do you care?
Woods: It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too.”
The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club begins on April 5.
Photo: Screen grab from ESPN video.