After days of speculation that his mysterious Thanksgiving night car accident may have been part of a domestic dispute, Tiger Woods has finally come clean about his extramarital affairs, or, as he calls them, "transgressions." In a statement on his blog Wednesday, the famous golfer apologized to his family and fans, but asserted his right to a "some simple, human measure of privacy:"
But privacy may not be in the cards for Tiger and his family. As the media continues to ask questions about the "other women" and the details of his car accident, bloggers don't agree on whether the golfer deserves his privacy. But there's wide consensus that, fair or not, it's wishful thinking to expect the scandal to disappear from public view anytime soon.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.
- Why Are You Surprised, Tiger? William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog says the "next time Mr. Privacy wants privacy, he should remember that sexting is not 'off the record.'"
- You're a Public Figure. It's Part of the Deal Ann Althouse says "the tabloids have no interest in the transgressions of ordinary people, but you've made yourself interesting to us, and you can't stop them. You can refuse to talk to them, but they can find other people to talk to."
- Leave Tiger Alone Quinn Hillyer of The American Spectator says Woods is entitled to privacy. "He's a golfer, fergoshsakes. He's not a politician preaching family values. Even celebrity athletes have a right to privacy."
- We're Not Through With You Yet, Tiger Gawker's Brian Moylan ignores Tiger's plea. "Screw privacy! What kind of ladies Tiger like? Skinny, leggy, conventionally attractive women with long hair. He's not so picky about the color, but he's really into the length. It helps if they have an exotic name—even if it's Grubbs."