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Tiger Woods apologises to family for transgressions

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Golfer Tiger Woods has finally accepted that he has sinned and he has apologisied to his family and fans for his 'Transgressions'. Earlier, it was reported that Tiger Woods, who has two children with his Swedish wife Elin, had extra-marital affairs with cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs and nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel.

On his official website, he confessed that he has let his family down. He writes: "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."

However, the rumours about his extra martial affairs started making rounds after he met with a mystery car accident near his house. Nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel had ruled out her alleged relationship with Woods. But cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs had publicly said that she had 20 sexual encounters with the golfer over 31 months. She had got photos, more than 300 texts and an answer-phone message from him.

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