Woods apologizes in statement

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – In a sweeping statement on his Web site that touched on several aspects of the turmoil that has swirled for almost a week, Tiger Woods seemed to concede that taboid reports of his infidelity are true. But at the same time, Woods vehemently denied that domestic physical violence played any role in his now-infamous accident last Friday morning.

“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart,” Woods wrote. “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.”

The statement was released earlier this morning, the same day that Us Weekly published a story in which a 24-year-old Los Angeles woman, Jaimee Grubbs, claims she has carried on a 31-month affair with the golf superstar – starting the week after the 2007 Masters and two months before Woods' wife, Elin, gave birth to their first child. Grubbs claims to have proof in 300 text messages. What accompanies the story is a voice mail reportedly from Woods to Grubbs in which he indicates his wife is on to their affair.

“I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect,” Woods wrote. “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”

Later in the statement, Woods condemns published reports in which his wife, Elin, may have used physical violence. “Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect,” he wrote.

In the voicemail released by Us Weekly, a man says to Grubbs:

“Hey, it’s, uh, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Um, can you please, uh, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, uh, may be calling you. If you can, please take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voicemail, just have it as your telephone number. That’s it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye.”

The Associated Press could not confirm Woods was the caller.

The complete statement on Woods’ Web site:

“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

“Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect. But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.

“Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it’s difficult.

“I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”

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