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Posted at 7:39 AM ET, 02/19/2010

Tiger Woods Apology: Live-blogging the event

By Liz Kelly

Update: Thanks for joining us for the live blog portion -- a clip of Tiger's complete statement is below, along with the transcript of the live blog. -- 12:35 p.m. ET

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Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his first public statement since being rocked by scandal today at 11 a.m. ET from TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Join the Post's Paul Farhi, who has been writing about the Tiger Woods story since it broke in November, and me as we live blog Woods's announcement. We'll be getting started around 10:45 a.m. ET and will be here throughout the event -- which will also be streamed live in the player above. Immediately following the announcement, we'll shift gears -- and venues -- to take your questions and comments in a live reaction chat, joined by Post sports writer Sally Jenkins and Slate sports editor Josh Levin.

More Woods coverage:
-- Video: The shame hall of fame
-- PGA Official: Woods to return to therapy
-- Gallery: Woods faces new level of scrutiny
-- Transcript: PR expert on Woods's expected apology
-- Your Take: What should Tiger say?

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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Comments

It's about 8:40 am Central/9:40 am Eastern.

Liz - turn the sound off on this feed for the time being. I didn't have my headphones on and I'm glad - I could hear the tone even with the 'phones on the floor!

And really? You're live blogging this?

He is a famous golfer who cheated on his wife. I could give a cr@p. I don't believe this story merits this much attention.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | February 19, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Could not agree more with Chas. This is the worst use of bandwidth ever.

Posted by: PostReader4 | February 19, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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Tiger confesses that he is gay, and that he is Jesus.
Elton John, the Baptist said so, and you should have listened.
.

Posted by: BrianX9 | February 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

How could he do this to his wife and children?

Easy answer...He's a Horn Dawg.
Should'a been single. No one would'a noticed.

Posted by: jato11 | February 19, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Dude ... you're a golfer, get over yourself.

Posted by: upland_bill | February 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

His mother is not sleeping!!
That is just rude!!
I am sure she is in great pain.

Posted by: csavferg1 | February 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

How could he do this to his wife and children?

Easy answer...He's a Horn Dawg Stud.
Should'a been single. No one would'a noticed.

Da Blond neva hit him...that's true.

She just put cap through the side window of his SUV using his
Mashie 5 Iron. This is pathetic. He should shut up, jog, either get a divorce or not and play golf.

Stud Dawg should demonstrate his amends by his actions.
Go play golf. This is a sad excuse for an apology.

Send Cash.

Posted by: jato11 | February 19, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

wow....he called out the media and paparazzi.....way to go tiger!

Posted by: cg24820001 | February 19, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Liz and Paul I do hope you do not call yourselves journalists!
You are no better than the Enquirer!!
How arrogant!!

Posted by: csavferg1 | February 19, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse


What a self-absorbed jerk!

Posted by: drjillshackford1 | February 19, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Of course, now comes the p-u-b-l--i-c-i-t-y and lots of it.

Zip it up Tiger. And I mean you mouth.

Like the man says, you're a golfer. Now go play golf.
The reality is Ol Tig won't be gett'n none from his wife.
She ain't putt'n him near that nanna no how no where.

The dawg will suffer the hornies.

In short, he's only human.

Here's a cure: Perhaps, like my cousin's lab, he should be 'fixed.' Yeah. That'll do it. Anyway, he hasn't lost my support.
He's only a horn dawg athlete surrounded by gorgeous women
who is human. However, he also lost quite a bit of endorsements. He could, however, sell beer and condoms.
That'll pay handsomely.

Contact: "TheTrojon Foundation" and the Miller Hi Life Fund.

That'll work.

Posted by: jato11 | February 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Buddhism? Of course. He is still one of the finest Thai-African-American golfers around. I note he said thousands of people had sent him good wishes and encouragement. He didn't say how many told him they thought he was a real sleaze bag. He did indeed sound like Nixon. Glad to see he asked the paparazzi to not bother his family. He didn't think of the family much when he was having his many affairs over the years, but, then, that's a private affair (so to speak).

Posted by: Sutter | February 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Much much better than I thought it would be. Takes blame - but in a "real" way. Rightly critizes those who have gone too far - Brit Hume; media following wife, children & mother. Takes more blame, etc. etc., etc.

Whether you like or believe him it was very, very good.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 19, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

He alternated between seeming like he was going to cry to being angry.

Posted by: jackdmom | February 19, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Some of you disgust me with your perfect self-righteousness. I hope your friends and family have it in their hearts to forgive YOU when you transgress. It took much humility and courage for Tiger to appear today and say what he said, and I respect him greatly for that. His pain was evident. And, yes, some of us do care. If only you could open up your own hearts long enough to do the same.

Posted by: emacco | February 19, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

And who was this for? His business partners? It was fifteen minutes too long, a lot of nothing. I bet this gets the highest ratings of any broadcast this week. And we still don't have the prurient details from the horse's mouth. Oh well; who's up next for 15 minutes of infamy?

Posted by: llirpa1 | February 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

This is a total waste of time who really cares about what Tiger is doing we should be concerned about this Country and the problems that lie with-in

Posted by: marknttr | February 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The private lives of public figures are non of our damn business.

Posted by: johnnyboston | February 19, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe this is a front page headline. I don't really need to know the details of what's going on in his life. I don't feel he owes me an apology, nor that I'm obliged to concern myself with this drama in any way. I certainly don't it's my place to sit in judgment by dissecting his every move from here on out. His "salvation" certainly isn't in my hands. What troubles me is how our culture lives so vicariously through the lives of celebrities.

Posted by: MontaraCA | February 19, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Who the in the heck was so distraught that Tiger cheated that they felt like they needed an apology? I am sick to death of hearing about this. He’s a freaking golfer, not an elected official taking exotic trips with tax payer dollars. The only news worthy portion of the entire ordeal was when his wife attempted to beat him to death with his own golf clubs! NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT.

Posted by: Cammi317 | February 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Here is the deal. No surrender on this creep. Curse him. Why?

He totally betrayed his wife and children for the sake of predatory sexual gratification. Not any sincere affair of the heart, merely parasitic and narcissistic lust with the many who perhaps hoped to enter the limelight of vast wealth and celebrity in his carnival of lust.

But you know what? I don't care a rotten fig about that. It's none of my business. For his wife it may be, but none of mine. Its entirely likely that most of the vastly wealthy professional jocks on the road do the just the same.

Here is what is different about the Tiger Woods situation; he professionally marketed himself to a worldwide audience as much more that a very talented athelete but as a decent man, a family man who loved his wife and children, seeing into the future in his visionary gaze. He defrauded me too, as I believed the lie. He has made literally hundreds of millions on endorsements based entirely on a fraud. Just how is this fundamentally different from Bernie Maddof? He did much the same until his fraud was exposed. There is no excuse for him, and there is no excuse for Tiger in exactly the same way. Professionally marketed frauds, for the sake of a literal ocean of financial reward. And that is fundamentally what is wrong with our whole economy and nation today.

So, no surrender on this one. It was and is not about human fraility of the heart, but economic vampirism.


Posted by: tarquinis1 | February 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

We've got real issues, and this isn't one of them.

Tiger, go home and sort out your personal life before you decide to play public golf again. Make sure you're ready for the kinds of comments you'll hear when you do appear in public again.

Your handlers won't be able to protect you on the teebox in the future. Nor will Finchem. The same is true on the greens. Lots of fans think you walk on water, but you've proven you use waders.

If--or when--you return, understand that you'll be controversial, perhaps to the point where they'll be conflict among the fans. That makes for great TV, but it distracts from the golf we want to see. And it's a disservice to the other professionals out there trying to earn a living.

Posted by: bulldog6 | February 19, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

We've got real issues, and this isn't one of them.

Tiger, go home and sort out your personal life before you decide to play public golf again. Make sure you're ready for the kinds of comments you'll hear when you do appear in public again.

Your handlers won't be able to protect you on the teebox in the future. Nor will Finchem. The same is true on the greens. Lots of fans think you walk on water, but you've proven you use waders.

If--or when--you return, understand that you'll be controversial, perhaps to the point where they'll be conflict among the fans. That makes for great TV, but it distracts from the golf we want to see. And it's a disservice to the other professionals out there trying to earn a living.

Posted by: bulldog6 | February 19, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I love it, Tiger told the press to stick it. The press have become these stinky vultures who eat despair and destruction. The best thing Tiger did was to completely control the press. I loved watching the press scream like a bunch of little girls who found a "Baby Ruth" floating in the pool. I am still laughing.

Posted by: youcancallmeroy | February 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This man is (or was) a role model to lots of young blacks -- guys who have little opportunity to get make something of their lives. He showed these people a very poor example. His penance (if he wants one) needs to be to work one-on-one with young black males to show them the right path -- a path that focused on high moral standards and hard work.

Posted by: JerryB2 | February 19, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Tiger: You were first an idiot for marrying a two-dollar an hour diaper wipe, then you were stupid enough to have kids with her and then cheat on her, then on top of that, you apologize to people you didn't even harm? How lame and weak. You should have kept that between yourself and your wife only. Those who took their sponsorships away are not going to give them back or just let you play golf again because you apologized. For what? Your career is still going down the tubes regardless. They don't not want you because you cheated on your wife -- all men do that, and with more than one woman (and/or man), too. They don't want you back because you messed with THEIR money. They don't give a crap if YOU go broke or not.

Posted by: greeneink | February 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Tiger who?

Posted by: LionsRoarByLeo | February 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I think we should now stop all Tiger Wood Bashing. He had the courage to accept his wrong doings which people in your society rarely do. I being a Christian from Pakistan would request all to learn from a phrase called "Forgiveness". Men and Women do fall to temptations, we are not angels. The best part of this person is to accept his transgressions. We all need people like Tiger Woods who cared a lot for Charity Organizations. We all must look first in our own coffers and then point fingers on others. We must now all welcome Tiger Woods with open arms as a Prodigal Son.

Posted by: aftab68 | February 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

American kids are dying in a phony-baloney war designed for profiteering by Dick Cheney and his pals and the media is concentrating on a non-story.

You can't make this stuff up.


dougkinan@yahoo.com

Posted by: dougkinan | February 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Paul Farhi: He's touching all the bases...

Posted 11:14 a.m., 2.19.2010"

Paul, that's what got Tiger into this trouble in the first place...

BOOYA!

Posted by: akmitc | February 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So, he has joined the ranks of all the other rich jerks in Congress, and other places, who think they are God's gift! He is only a golfer as well as a poor excuse for a man.
We are in 2 wars, people are dying because they have no health insurance or their insurance company's death panel has let them die and we are spending valuable media time on this cr@p. But, that is how little what we have come expect from the media. Why not cover the curuption in Congress?
For those of you who care, please get a life!!!! Let's put our energy where it can really do something to keep America on the right track to recovery.
And for Tiger Woods...Get over yourself, dude. Even having a blonde on your arm to show off was not enough!!

Posted by: mguill1045 | February 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

He who is without sin among you may cast the first stone. He is making a humiliating public apology to his wife, fans, friends. It is not yours to judge his motives, but if you truly loved human beings, you would pray for him and his wife, that they'll be reconciled and live a marriage with fidelity and justice to each other. Everyone is so self emulating here. I for one will pray for the man and his wife, and wait for the outcome. In the Sacrament of Confession, one is absolved when they confess their sins if they are truly contrite. After that, it is between them and God. Let him alone and let him prove himself now. He should be given a chance to prove himself. Is everyone here perfect? Yes, infidelity is wrong, but he is faced with huge temptations due to his social status, wealth, etc. He admitted that himself here. Have a little mercy. Look at your own souls and make a change for the better.

Posted by: allforher58 | February 19, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

So exactly what did Tiger do? I haven't been paying attention.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think "Accenture Match Play" needs to become for hetero male golfers what "Dinah Shore" is to lesbians.

Posted by: northgs | February 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

According to experts, Tiger Woods is suffering from what's known as " Acute Hole Syndrome". Which could be the reason he is, or was, so addicted to Golf Holes and those of a perhaps more stimulating kind. Bless him and all, like me, who wish him well.

Posted by: renfieldc | February 19, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

TIGER WOODS? BLECH!!!
Oh, give me a break! The guy sounds just like the phoney, narcissistic boo-hoos Gov. Mark "Horse's Ass" Sanford and John Edwards. This diddling around business must be CATCHING, like a bad case of CRABS, like the ones Tiger caught from the endless bevy of beauties he bedded.
The best thing for America and the world, both of whose MORALS are in the crapper, would be for Tony the Tiger in the Woods to lose his golfing career and have to get a REAL job!
Back in the 1950's, when decency, responsibility, and morality meant something, that's what would have happened.

Posted by: centristamerica | February 20, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

i dont think the woodsman is recalcitrant at all. he'll have his putter out again soon enough. the driver or the one wood always looking for the hole in one. foolish is such a soft word - he's shameful and we dont want him back in australia - he's shameful really -

Posted by: mkent2 | February 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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