Golf superstar Tiger Woods Wednesday admitted "transgressions" and said he had let his family down, in a statement posted on his
|(File photo) Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren.|
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods said, appealing for privacy after tabloid reports fueled media frenzy over his alleged links to women other than his wife, Elin.
"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."
|A file picture of nightclub hostess Daniel Uchitel.|
"Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions."
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The statement broke Woods's silence maintained since Friday when he had a mysterious car crash outside his Florida home.
His refusal to talk even to police about the circumstances of the crash fueled media speculation that he was escaping from Elin after she became enraged at reports he was secretly seeing a New York nightclub hostess, Rachel Uchitel.
Uchitel told tabloid newspapers Tuesday that she is not even friends with Woods and never had any sexual affair with him.
On Wednesday, the celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly posted an online audio recording of what it said was Woods begging a different woman to change her telephone voicemail in order to hide their affair from his wife.
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* US Weekly magazine alleged that a Los Angeles cocktail waitress had a 31-month affair with Woods. Jaimee Grubbs told the magazine she met Woods at a Las Vegas nightclub the week after the 2007 Masters — two months before Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to their first child. Grubbs claims she has received 300 texts and had around 20 sexual encounters with Woods.
* The magazine later posted an online audio of what it said was a recording of Woods begging a mistress (Grubbs) to change her telephone voicemail in order to hide their affair.
* On Wednesday, new woman — Las Vegas club promoter Kalika Moquin, 27 — was claimed to have had a fling with the star.
* The National Enquirer had earlier published a story
alleging that Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel. She later denied it.
The magazine published what it claimed to be a recording of the embattled golf superstar urging Grubbs to change her voicemail greeting because his wife was close to uncovering their affair.
In the recording — which could not be verified — a man is heard saying:
“Hey, it's, uh, it's Tiger. I need you to do a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you.”
At the end of the brief message, the nervous-sounding man says: “Do this for me... quickly.”
The public apology for his “sins” appeared to be an attempt by Woods, one of the all-time great golfers, to end a publicity nightmare that has already damaged his ultra-lucrative, squeaky-clean image.
No criminal charges against Woods
Tiger Woods will not face criminal charges as a result of his one-car crash, but was issued with a careless driving citation, Florida police announced Tuesday.
Woods will have to pay a 164-dollar fine and will lose four points upon his driver's license but the investigation into Friday's crash is now closed, the state's Highway Patrol said.
Police said there was insufficent evidence for any greater charges.