February 19, 2010

While Tiger is speaking inside; Media sets up outside

Posted: 12:25 PM ET

By LKL Sr. Producer Eleanor McManus:

It's hard to believe there are hundreds of reporters, dozens of cameras and television trucks waiting to get credentialed to get into a room where they can watch Tiger on television. Because only a select group of reporters were allowed to be in the room with Tiger, the rest of us get to watch it a mile away in a hotel conference room. In fact, there were even cameras shooting pictures of the television where Tiger was going to appear.

Why they didn't watch in their hotel rooms you ask? Probably for the same reason I tried to get a seat up front – as close to the television as possible. For the excitement of it all, to feel the energy in the room amongst all the media. It's mostly men as sports reporters tend to be male. Most cover golf, and probably covered Tiger for many years.

Though journalists are supposed to be unbiased, everyone had an opinion afterwards. But before voicing any opinions, they wanted to know what women thought of what tiger said. Becoming one of the few women here, a number of reporters (many from the Golf channel) came over to ask if now I forgave Tiger and if he would be pardoned by the public. Of course, as a journalist for CNN, I took the 5th.

Don't get me wrong, it's not JUST sports reporters here. It's an international story too, which is why German TV is here. Jason Kennedy of E!, and Kevin Frasier of Entertainment tonight are all here as well. Then there are those few people in the room who just snuck in for the free food. At least I got a seat up front – right near the big screen TV.

NOTE: We'll be discussing Tiger's statement on tonight's LKL – tune in at 9pmet and join the discussion now! How did you think Tiger did?

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Steve Von Gunten   February 19th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

Tiger Woods is a very strong person. However, only he knows the real damage he has created by his behavior. This was not the time or place to talk about the privacy issue he mentioned. This statement should have been only about his personal failure and how he has treated his wife and children.. I detected an element of arrogance in his statement today. It is also sad that he does not know about or believe in the only true forgivness that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

IsWhatItis   February 19th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

It is disgusting that the public feels that he has to give any statement at all. What he really only had to say was LEAVE MY FAMILY ALONE!

Our society has become so bent on tearing someone down. We must allow him to go on and live his life. For those that continue to bash him, when did you last look in your closet? Of course, there are those that will continue to be JEALOUS and find every opportunity to tear him down.

Get over it and move on!

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

Right on IsWhatitis! Already we have those who need to get a life dissecting and poo-pooing and pushing their religion. Myself, I cried through his whole spiel. Because I dared to believe that he was sincere. He only needs to care what his family thinks, like his mom who embraced him when he concluded his speech. He didn't have to open himself raw. And, YES, he had a right to tell the media to stop leeching off his family even if HE is the cause of it. I wish him the best. And I'm not a golfer, and it's NOT my business.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 19th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

@Steve Non Gutornutten

You must be sitting in one of the churches near the 'red light district' repenting after window watching and gaining the in'sight' under the nicker's of reality. I am glad you desire to expound the thoughts of the life of Jesus to those of 'human' behavior. You should cuff your hands as you walk past the glass facades of reality. I think even your Jesus may well have known and exacted the pleasures of 'hanky panky'. Open your Holy Writ and read between the lines.

Lilian Lawrence   February 19th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

Larry the Lord forgave the woman who was caught in the act of adultry. Tiger is a human. He who has no sin let him cast the first stone on Tiger . We all have a skeleton in our closset, large or small.We need to move on.

Gerri   February 19th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

Strange how some figures insist on selective spotlighting by the media. Tiger's wife was not offended by media focus when she smiled brightly and enjoyed dinners and diamonds, at Tiger's side. She may not be the bad guy now, but she wasn't the golfer then, either. Now she has the whole enchildad!!

pat   February 19th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

i think tiger is moving in the right direction, and i commend him for taking these steps to make amends for his actions. however, there are a number of women who have been victims of his behavior, whom he used as objects to satisfy his lustful needs. they, too, have been hurt by tiger's behavior. i hope tiger won't further devalue them by not acknowledging the pain he's caused them. part of his healing must include an apology to them, too, so that they can heal as well. pat

vitoria   February 19th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Just leave tiger and his hurting family alone !
He doesn't have to explained his disgraced sexual affairs in front of the whole world ,it is enough pain he caused his wife ,children and mother .
He will have to live with this torments .
As for his lovers that is what you get by having a affair with a married men ,what do you expected ?

Diane   February 19th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

Tiger has apologized and I believe he was sincere. Let him continue therapy and allow him to mke things right with his wife and family. The women who had long term affairs with him knew he was a married man with children and he was obviously not leaving his wife for them. Some are portraying themselves as victims and want an apology from Tiger. However I feel that they owe Tiger's wife an apology for their behavior. They are being selfish for not acknowledging the pain they have caused her and the children and are oblivious to the damage they have contributed to.

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 1:51 pm ET

You have got to be kidding, pat. His "victims" knew he was married, and many took full advantage of the spotlight to air their "heartache." Boo-hoo.

Diane   February 19th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

I agree with vitoria. The girlfriends got what they deserved. Let this be a lesson for them.

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Good grief!! Leave Tiger alone. He is a golfer!! He is not the President or the the Dali Lama. He is a golfer. We, the American people, did not depend on his morals, put our trust in him, nor did we look to him for leadership. We looked to him to keep golf at least moderately interesting. I don't EVER remember Tiger addressing the nation and promising us that his morals would always be above board. He promised us he would play golf to the best of his ability. I am so sick of the malicious gossip that so many of today's news stations call "news". I am so surprised that Larry would stoop to the level of a backyard gossip!!! Leave Tiger and his family alone. Sit back and watch him play golf. Comment on his golf and nothing else. OR, don't discriminate. Why doesn't CNN and some of the other reporters do an intense investigation, discover, and broadcast the names and lurid details of EVERY professional athlete. If it is ok to do that to should be ok to do that to the others!!

Cindy   February 19th, 2010 2:05 pm ET

The victims are Tiger's family and Tiger himself. I would never call the women who knew full well what they were doing the victims here. I think some would say that many of them obviously enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame. Rather than playing the victim role, it would make more sense if they, too, stepped up and apologized.

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

I agree with most of you....but, who said that Tiger wasn't a believer???? Has anyone else read a statement to that effect? I am a Christian. I go to Church...and know what? Everyone I go to church with (including myself) is a sinner. We all fall short... h, I had better get off here or I am going to get started on the "self righteous Christians". 🙂

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

How unfair Gerri. What do you prefer? Having your picture taken when you're happy or when you're in pain? And do you like knowing when your picture will be taken or would you prefer to have leeches in your bushes ready to stomp when you walk out the door? And you must have missed the part about the leeches going after one of his children. The indescretions don't excuse the immorality of the press.

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Gunten: You sound judgemental!! Are you judging Tiger?? And, why was this a time for Tiger to only talk about his "personal failure and the how he has treated his wife and children?" When is YOUR turn to stand up and talk about YOUR personal failures and how you have treated your wife and children?? Would you like to air your dirty laundry in public? Bet not!! I wouldn't!! And, I probably wouldn't want to see yours. My New Testament speaks primarily of LOVE, how about yours??

Karen Sunshine   February 19th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

This is absolutely apalling!!!!!!! Tiger Woods plays golf! He is not earth shaking news. He cheated on his wife! That's it! His corporate sponsors are upset & concerned someone won't buy the products he sells for them? How much more stupid do the TV corporations think us to be? Corporations are busy poisoning our food for profit. Then they sell us drugs (for their profit) & weight loss schemes (for their profit) etc. Our clothes manufactured in India by people living in survival mode only, being paid pennies a day; Our homeless living in their vehicles, tents & worse, (what happened to the coverage of these people?) Our sick or disease stricken, what about Americans without medical help & Natural Disasters all over the planet for starters, should get this kind of coverage, NOT a GOLF PRO. He plays a game!!!!!!
Hooray for the baby! He's been practicing nothing else since before he was 2 when I saw him on Johnny Carson's Show! THIS CELEBRITY WORSHIP IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. EVERY NEWS CHANNEL HAS HIS APOLOGY SPEECH!!!!!! He hurt his fans??? How??? Do I care & why should any of us beyond those immediately involved care? This is between him & his wife!
Show what is going on in the world.
Show what our beautiful soldiers & their families lives are actually about. Show what is happening to the planet. Show the dog show, the golf game, the Olympics, how to Paint in Acrylics, Movies, Cartoons, Music Concerts, interviews with the artists about what it takes to participate in Juried Art & Craft Shows, Show how to build a better mouse trap, Reba reruns, Oprah & Barbara Walters specials & The View. When the president asks our attention, hopefully all the stations will preempt their planned programs but for them to do that for Tiger Woods???? Now that his speech is over, the rerun & commentary on what he said continues on each of the noon news broadcasts of "Coverage Around the World" on CBS,NBC,ABC,CNN etc. in between some more commercials. I'm sure that this will take over all of TV tonight until?????? The journalists from all over the world are now gathering to report the planet's most important matter: Tiger Wood's sex life!!!!!!!!

Joanie   February 19th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

We all seem to be missing the point here – as long as we are looking for moral role models in people whose only merit is that they can hit a ball with a stick we will always be disappointed. We Americans need to get away from the glamor trap and start valuing wisdom.
Tiger Woods only needs to apologize to his wife, the rest is a game or a business deal. If we are looking up to him WE are wrong.

Cindy   February 19th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

I saw very little of Elin in the spotlight. I specifically recall seeing her at his side for events and when the press stepped forth to talk to him, she stepped aside, out of the picture. Also I do not recall the press chasing after her by herself or with the children prior to these problems. She should only receive credit for her dignity throughout this ordeal.

vallary   February 19th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

Really whos business is this anyway. I wish the media and other people would spend this much time on the war that we shouldn't be fighting, employment, our school systems, I really please lay of this story. When will trash to paying?

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

Cindy and Vallary, you both spoke the truth. Good for you both!!!!

Judy   February 19th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Tiger seemed very sincere about getting his life turned around and setting things right with his far as answering the media or addressing details of his discretions, there is no reason..............he only needs to take care of his family and forget the many vultures out there that want to drag the nonsense on for various reasons.

trm   February 19th, 2010 3:01 pm ET

With the world in such a mess & all we're concerned about is this billionaire. This is unbelievable. Even though he thought he was God,expected to be treated like God ,it all came down to he's only a small speck in this large universe. It's time to get back to important things!!! The only person I felt sorry for today was his mother. Who wants to hear about your chid's indiscretions in public. He forgot about the word private!!!

A. Smith, Oregon   February 19th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

During today's Questions and Answers Town Hall meeting in Henderson, Nevada with President Obama:

President Obama stopped and made a point. 'The Republicans are telling people it's Snowing, that proves there is No Global Warming'.

Global warming, President Obama explained refers to the entire earth. It is growing warmer in its entirety. It might seem cooler in a given area, however in other areas of the world it is a great deal warmer than normal. Taken into a whole, the earth is growing warmer.

I of course agree with President Obama's remark which is directly pointed to the Republican Joke of the Month of Feburary, namely, 'its snowing, that proves there is No Global Warming'.

Ironically, several days ago when I attempted to post this nearly identical observation (a full week before todays town meeting), Anderson Cooper and AC360 DELETED that observation. I have no idea if they think global warming doesn't exist, only they apparently hated what the President of the United States stated word for word today enough to censor and delete it.

REALTALK   February 19th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

Let Tiger be. This was a private matter and there are more important things that should be in the minds of the public.

lennyboy   February 19th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

tiger you did not have to say to the world what you should be saying to your wife and family why should the public be upset it's not their business. what if you were just a regular guy how would the public feel about you. it is your life live how you wish i couldn't care less that you are cheating on you wife. i know you love your family. so stop telling the public you're sorry and go home to your family at the end of the day family will always love you no matter what you have become or done

lola   February 19th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

Fame is a double edged sword. If you put your self up on a pedestal as a role model, be worthy of that placement and know it's a big fall off it. Tiger enjoyed all the perks and rewards of his fame but feels now that he is caught in his abhorrent behavior enough is enough. You can't have it both ways. I find his speech too little, too late. He came across mostly sorry for getting caught than anything else. His bad behavior no doubt would still be going on if he could get away with it. The true victims are his children, the most innocent.
As far as feeling sympathy for the "ladies" he was involved with, they are just as despicable as he is, and no apology to them is warranted whatsoever, as I am sure all their memoirs soon to be released will attest to.

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

When did Tiger "put himself up on a pedestal as a role model"? I don't believe he ever did. What exactly are the "perks of fame" that he is enjoying? Having his private life made public? Being talked about by every media in the world? Being judged by anyone, period. Anyone can take a shot at Tiger. And, why? Because he excels in a sport. He is probably the best athlete in the world. He rose to that position by God given talent and hard work and sacrifice. His victims are NOT his children. They were not the ones he made a vow to. The victim (if there is only one) is his wife. Maybe this should be a lesson to everyone. Simply because a person is a wonderful athlete, it doesn't mean he walks on water. He is still just a fallible human being...just like you and just like me!!

Lynda Nichols   February 19th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Sunshine in my opinion you put everything in perspective beautifully.

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

Perfect, Joanie.

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

For God sake! We have enough serious stuff to worry about in this country. Who care's about what Tiger did? That's between him and his wife. Millions of men cheat. If I'm not married to one, it's not my problem. Leave Tiger alone.

Angela Savage Austin   February 19th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

From a child's heart...the cub behind the Tiger shared his struggles with us. I pray that all goes well for him and his family/friends. WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH "relationships"...BE THEY WITH OUR... Spouses, Children, Friends, Community /Church associates and Neighbors, even our Enemies. I understand that when our lives are out of order with God's will, we become broken spiritually....we all have, and we all struggle. So think first each time you speak or act....and remember how you relate to God is how you relate to yourself and others.

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

Lynda: Tiger said he did not live up to the teachings of the religion he was raised with, namely Budhism. To those who think there is only one religion that is valid, he is not a believer.

Also, with the kind of press behavior that exists, the children may very well become victims. So contrary to some mouth pieces, Tiger was wise to exert some control over the media coverage of his speech. Why should he set himself up for what they are capable of re their invasive questioning? Why shouldn't he surround himself with the support of true friends and family? The blood-thirsty will never be sated, so good. Shows he's not a masochist.

been there   February 19th, 2010 5:55 pm ET

I don't understand criticising a man who has publicily apologized for his behavior. He could have easily walked out on his family and still been accepted as men are everywhere despite their cheating.
It's truly between a husband and wife. Others should worry about their own lives!
However, therapy? Please! Admit, acknowledge, and change, period.

shastadaisy   February 19th, 2010 6:05 pm ET

been there: Not everything and everyone can be put into one box labeled, "my experience." Tiger knows if he needs therapy. For all anyone knows he is bi-polar–where sexual promiscuity is a symptom. Further, there is any number of addictions that people need help with. He said, "I need help." That should be respected.

A. Smith, Oregon   February 19th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

This coming out apology by Tiger Woods is as inconsequential as Elton John publicly stating today that Jesus was gay and intelligent. And India today dealing with school text books with a printed photo showing Jesus smoking a cigarette and holding a can of beer.

Meanwhile, my concerns surfaced about a heavy handed Govt. response to a single angry private pilot at the IRS.

All private pilots now have their names placed into terror watch lists, a bank of psychological tests among other non-published inclusions is now being pushed upon all private pilots. This is apparently non-news which effects millions of law abiding American citizens that share a common desire, flying a plane.

Chalk up another American freedom that has been taken away from the masses.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 19th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

He's human after all. He has fallen from grace but that doesn't mean that he needs to be condemned forever.

Please give him a break. What he needs here at this time is understanding and forgiveness.

He is apologising and we all need to accept it and move on from it and to wish him and his family well.

The media needs to respect their privacy now and leave them alone to sort themselves out.

The golfing world needs to embrace Tiger not to desert him in his time of need.

GLee   February 19th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

"Ye who is without sin, cast the 1st stone..." Back off TW get your own house in order. C'mon Tiger all you owe anyone, other than your family, is a great golf game. Hope you and your family can work things out. I am praying for you. Tiger was built up to be bigger than life by his dad and his managers. We never really knew who he was, when we found out he has a passion for the ladies, we were caught off guard and disappointed. Get over it. He did not do anymore than our heads of state have done or even some wanna be heads of state. TIGER WE LOVE YOU, GET OVER YOUR DEPRESSIONS AND GET BACK ON THE GOLF CIRCUIT.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 19th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

I wonder if the passing of Tiger's father has been affecting he was quite close to his father I believe.........and his father groomed him in golf from when he was a child. Made him into a child prodigy. Just wondering out loud.

Gail   February 20th, 2010 1:39 am ET

I don't feel T. Woods was sincere. I feel he was humilitated, to the point he felt had to apologize to the public. If he was not pressured he would have not done this. He feels he is "a gift to women" and he is use to getting things his way. I also feel he will do this again.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 20th, 2010 1:45 am ET

@Jessie from Auckland, NZ

Tiger was a aficionado of fine cloistered...for now...

Tracy   February 20th, 2010 2:09 am ET

How could this supposed professional "athlete" not realize that apologizing in the middle of the Winter Olympics was just another selfish move? The world's most talented athletes are accomplishing incredible feats and he has the nerve to check off one of his "12 steps of therapy". If he really wanted to make a sincere apology, he would have at least waited until the Olympics were over. Get off the stage, Tiger, and let the real athletes have their moments of glory and let us applaud them - their accomplishments deserve our time and attention, not your "apology".

claudia   February 20th, 2010 3:57 am ET

Let it go. It is none of our business.

Marry   February 20th, 2010 4:49 am ET

I watched Tiger Woods in his conference! To see a grow man go in front of the press and explain himself like that is very humiliating. Almost like in the middle ages were people where pilloried. What a hypocritical American public/media to push someone into this situation and to haunt him and his family into being almost afraid to go out on the streets. He might have done some questionable things (only for his wife to think about!) but he committed no crime (sex between consenting adults) and still has to endure a worldwide media presentation on a “platter”?
I did not see such outrage about people that did commit crimes. For instance Cheney – who send thousands of young people to their death and destroyed countless lives for profit – but of cause, he is such a “good family man” not cheating on his wife, right? Well, if he did, you would never know because they might find themselves dead before they even opened their mouth, if not chocking before on something else.

meg   February 20th, 2010 9:42 am ET

Why does this culture care sooooo much? He's only a man with a talent. Why are these athletes paid sooo much ? Yes,he can hit a ball well–great for him–how does that help the average citizen? Maybe these corporations cold have a fund –where the $$$ that woul've gont to Mr. Woods,Le Bron James,Kobe Bryant,pro hockey players ,Rodriguez,etc.,etc,-should instead be shared with dedicated teachers,nurses, Doctors,etc.–those that matter,help our children become the best they can be. So,no I don't care what Mr. Woods does– I hope he becomes a little more humble--his attitude needed an adjustment!

Lynda Nichols   February 20th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

Shastadaisy: I agree with you. Your comments were much more on point than mine.
Meg: I think we are willing to pay (show appreciation and admiration) for anyone who does something very very well; Someone who has truly taken a God given talent and used it to the best of his ability. And, as far as his attitude needing adjustment...I believe it is our attitude that needs adjustment. What right did we have to put him on a pedestal, etc. I totally agree that doctors, nurses, etc. need more recognition, better pay, and greater respect...but, lets face it, there are thousands of those individuals and only one TIGER!!

jan   February 20th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

A friend posted the other day Michael Jackson was:

mobbed, bullied, defamed, invaded, stalked, lied about, threatened, harassed, abused- emotionally, mentally & physically; most of all disrespected & hurt more than anyone will ever really know.

Although, Tiger hasn't suffered the years that MJ did I believe that the media needs to back off Tiger now enough is enough!
We don't want another person hounded to hell and back.

shastadaisy   February 20th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

Thank you Lynda. You have made VERY good points.

Meg: Tiger and his ilk are paid big bucks because they bring in big bucks. Those big businessess also give to charity–that too is good for business. Myself, I turn the channel when the ads come on–and if I like the celebrity, that means nothing to me once the commerical is finished. If I buy their product, it's because it's all-cotton and nice styling. Who hawked it is irrelevant to me, let alone would I ever care about the celeb's private life. And what is this nonsense of caring about other people's beliefs? My goodness, cultivate your garden and keep your noses out of others' personal lives/beliefs. Amen.

Lynda Nichols   February 20th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shastadaisy!! Have I been throwing my money away all of these years??? Say it ain't so, Joe!! YOu mean no matter how many Niki's I buy I still won't play golf like Tiger? Does it mean that I still won't run fast and jump high? How about all that make up and stuff that Cher was selling? I bought it and I have waited and waited...I still don't have the Cher look...but, I thought it would just take time!! To think I have spent millions and millions of dollars to be cool, sophisticated, gifted, and beautiful...What a fool I was!!!!!!! 🙂

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 20th, 2010 8:09 pm ET

@ Karen Sunshine February 19th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Just love your comments..............chuckle!, chuckle!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 20th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I think we can appeal to the media all we will only fall on deaf ears.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 20th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

No, Jesus was pure, don't mistake him for anything-else.

shastadaisy   February 21st, 2010 12:53 am ET

Lynda Nichols–I feel obligated to answer your questions: I can't speak for what Nike will do for you; all I know is that *I* need Easy Spirits to walk, never mind the golf. And re Cher–I'm sad to say you have it all wrong. You have been duped–it's multiple plastic surgeries that will get you into Cher's league. And if you want make-up least likely to cause you problems, buy Clinque. And do keep in mind what Bob Dylan says: "Don't follow leaders, watch your parkin' meters."

shastadaisy   February 21st, 2010 4:34 pm ET

Just want to say that this is very user-friendly site.

Russ   February 22nd, 2010 12:23 am ET

Eleanor McManus – why couldn't you just say that Tiger did not owe you an apology and forgiveness was not the issue. Pleading the 5th is as usual, just a cop out.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 22nd, 2010 2:26 am ET

Yes.........that's good..........keep the media out! Well most of them anyway. The piranhas. Bet they didn't like the snub.

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