Dec
2
2009
The Voicemail: Tiger’s Got Hoes in Different Area Codes
By Stephanie Wei under General

As promised, Us Weekly released Tiger Woods’ voicemail to alleged ex-fling Jaimee Grubbs. And no doubt it’s his distressed voice saying: “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. And um, just have it as a number on the voicemail, just your telephone number. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Alright, bye.”

Not terribly risque, per se, but it has serious implications given the other information that’s been leaking out.

A shamed Tiger released an apology on his fan-friendly website, offering his heartfelt remorse to unspecified mistakes:

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.

So, is this over? According to a source close to the situation, Tiger may be in for more embarrassing revelations from others stepping forward that may expose an even more uncomfortable scandal. This is just the tip of the iceberg and allegedly far from being a closed case. Sigh.