“It was all me. I’m the one who did it. I’m the
one who acted the way I acted. No one knew what was going on when it
was going on,” Woods told the Golf Channel in one of two interviews
Sunday night. A second one was aired on ESPN.
“I’m sure if more people would have known in my
inner circle, they would have stopped it or tried to put a stop to it.
But I kept it all to myself,” he said.
Answering questions on camera for the first
time since his early morning car crash last November, Woods again
provided few details about the crash, his marriage, his stint in a
rehabilitation clinic or much of his private life.
“A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly
things have happened. … I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life,”
he told ESPN.
Woods also acknowledged more fully than in any
of his previous statements that the public ridicule had caused him
“It was hurtful, but then again, you know what?
I did it,” he told the Golf Channel. “And I’m the one who did those
things. And looking back on it now, with a more clear head, I get it. I
can understand why people would say those things. Because you know what?
It was disgusting behavior. It’s hard to believe that was me, looking
back on it now.”
Woods, dressed in golf clothes, was more
comfortable and composed than during his only previous public outing. He
said he couldn’t wait to get back to playing golf, though he had
reservations about how he’ll be received when he returns to golf next
month at the Masters.
“I’m a little nervous about that to be honest
with you,” he told ESPN. “It would be nice to hear a couple claps here
Woods plans to end more than four months of
seclusion and play at Augusta National, one of the most tightly
controlled environments in golf.
A number of news outlets had submitted
requests to the Woods camp for interviews. Both ESPN and the Golf
Channel were notified late last week that Woods would agree to a
five-minute interview Sunday afternoon with no restrictions on
questions. CBS, which televises the Masters, was also offered an
interview but turned it down.
“Depending on the specifics, we are interested
in an extended interview without any restrictions on CBS,” spokeswoman
LeslieAnne Wade said.
The interviews were conducted at Isleworth,
the gated community in Windermere, Fla., where Woods lives. He asked,
however, that the interview not be aired until the PGA tournament being
played in Palm Harbor, Fla., finished.
Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins declined to
speculate whether the release of a string of embarrassing text messages
from a woman who claimed to be a Woods mistress influenced the timing
of the interview.
“I can’t speak for them,” he said. “I have no
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