Tiger Woods Admits: 'I Was Living A Life Of A Lie!'

Sun, March 21, 2010 8:33pm EDT by 7 Comments

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Tiger spoke to reporters for the first time since his press conference! He told ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi that he realizes he’s “hurt a lot of people.”

Tiger Woods gave his first sit-down interview to ESPN‘s Tom Rinaldi on March 21, and he opened up about everything: his marriage to Elin Nordegren, his long-awaited return to golf, and his acknowledgment of all the people his actions have hurt. HollywoodLife.com has the full transcript of the interview right here, as well as the ten most important parts that stood out to us.

Take a look at the ten things that stood out the most!

  1. On how he’s getting back to his values: “A lot of ugly things have
happened. Things that…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life.
And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for
inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I’m
getting back to my old roots.”
  2. Tiger admits he’s hurt a lot of people: “Well, I owe a lot of people an apology. I hurt a lot of people.
Not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who
looked up to me. There were a lot of people that thought I was a
different person and my actions were not according to that. That’s why
I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I had done. I’ve hurt so many
people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that’s
living a life of amends.”
  3. On the person he turned into: “I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become. Well, I had gotten away from my core values as I said earlier.
I’d gotten away from my Buddhism.”
  4. Seeking treatment: “Well, I didn’t know I was that bad. I didn’t know that I was that bad. That’s living a life of amends and that’s just working at it
each and every day. But still, I still have a lot
more treatment to do, and just because I’m playing, doesn’t mean I’m
gonna stop going to treatment.
  5. His return to golf: “It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But
also hope they clap for birdies, too.
  6. How well the world knows him now: “A lot better now. I was living a life of a lie. I really was.
And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of
people.”
  7. His low points: “I’ve had a lot of low points. Just when I didn’t think it could
get any lower, it got lower.”
  8. The lowest points: “People I had to talk and face
like my wife, like my mom. They both have been brutal. They’ve both been very tough.
Because I hurt them the most. Those are the two people in my life who
I’m closest to and to say the things that I’ve done, truthfully to
them, is … honestly … was … very painful.
  9. Elin’s reaction: “She was hurt. Very hurt. Shocked. Angry. And, you
know, she had every right to be and I’m as disappointed as everyone
else in my own behavior because I can’t believe I actually did that to
the people I loved.”
  10. On why he ever got married: “Because I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have.
And that’s something that makes me feel even worse, that I did this to
someone I loved that much.
  11. How he will fix things with Elin: “We work at it.”

Here’s the entire transcript:

Tom Rinaldi: What’s the difference between the man who left Augusta national a year ago and the one who is about to return?

Tiger Woods: A lot has transpired in my life. A lot of ugly things have happened. Things that…..I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life. And uh, all came to a head. But now, after treatment, going for inpatient treatment for 45 days and more outpatient treatment, I’m getting back to my old roots.

Rinaldi: For a lot of people, the spark of those bad things is Nov. 27. Early that day, what happened?

Woods: Well, it’s all in the police report. Beyond that, everything’s between Elin and myself and that’s private.

Rinaldi: Why did you lose control of the car?

Woods: As I said … that’s between Elin and myself.

Rinaldi: If it’s a private matter, why issue a public apology?

Woods: Well, I owe a lot of people an apology. I hurt a lot of people. Not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who looked up to me. There were a lot of people that thought I was a different person and my actions were not according to that. That’s why I had to apologize. I was so sorry for what I had done.

Rinaldi: You’ve said you’ve made transgressions. How would you, in your own words, describe the depth of your infidelity?

Woods: Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case, and I’ve made my mistakes. And as I’ve said, I’ve hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that’s living a life of amends.

Rinaldi: You said you were in treatment. The simple question is, for what?

Woods: That’s a private matter as well. But I can tell you what, it was tough, it was really tough to look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself, that’s pretty brutal.

Rinaldi: What’d you see?

Woods: I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become.

Rinaldi: Who was that?

Woods: Well, I had gotten away from my core values as I said earlier. I’d gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating. I quit doing all the things that my mom and dad had taught me. And as I said earlier in my statement, I felt entitled, and that is not how I was raised.

Rinaldi: Why not seek treatment before all of this came out?

Woods: Well, I didn’t know I was that bad. I didn’t know that I was that bad.

Rinaldi: How did you learn that? How did you learn it?

Woods: Stripping away denial, rationalization. You strip all that away and you find the truth.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile your behavior with your view of marriage?

Woods: That’s living a life of amends and that’s just working at it each and every day.

Rinaldi: Given all that’s happened, what’s your measure of success at Augusta?

Woods: Well, playing is one thing. I’m excited to get back and play. I’m excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing. But still, I still have a lot more treatment to do, and just because I’m playing, doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop going to treatment.

Rinaldi: What reception are you expecting from fans?

Woods: I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you.

Rinaldi: How much do you care?

Woods: It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too.

Rinaldi: Eleven months ago, here at Isleworth, I asked you, ‘How well does the world know you?’ What’s your answer to that now?

Woods: A lot better now. I was living a life of a lie. I really was. And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly. But then again, when you face it and you start conquering it and you start living up to it. The strength that I feel now, I’ve never felt that type of strength.

Rinaldi: In the last four months, Tiger, what’s been the low point?

Woods: I’ve had a lot of low points. Just when I didn’t think it could get any lower, it got lower.

Rinaldi: An example?

Woods: When I was in treatment, out of treatment, before I went in, there were so many different low points. People I had to talk and face like my wife, like my mom.

Rinaldi: What was that moment like, either one?

Woods: They both have been brutal. They’ve both been very tough. Because I hurt them the most. Those are the two people in my life who I’m closest to and to say the things that I’ve done, truthfully to them, is … honestly … was … very painful.

Rinaldi: What was your wife’s reaction when you sat down and had that first conversation?

Woods: She was hurt, she was hurt. Very hurt. Shocked. Angry. And, you know, she had every right to be and I’m as disappointed as everyone else in my own behavior because I can’t believe I actually did that to the people I loved.

Rinaldi: I ask this question respectfully, but of course at a distance from your family life. When you look at it now, why did you get married?

Woods: Why? Because I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have. And that’s something that makes me feel even worse, that I did this to someone I loved that much.

Rinaldi: How do you reconcile what you’ve done with that love?

Woods: We work at it.

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C pallma

Posted at 7:53 AM on March 22, 2010  

Tiger, people judge what a person does, but never judge what an icon does. you are one of the greatest golfers ever, so go ahead and show that a mistake does not destroy a legend like you. God bless you. And win them all.

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Billy Maples

Posted at 10:13 PM on March 21, 2010  

Everyone is fallable. And everyone makes mistakes. Tiger Woods is no exception. If he responds favorable to his rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts, he deserves and should be granted forgivness by family, friends, fans and others. I wish him the best now and in the future.

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CLB

Posted at 9:47 PM on March 21, 2010  

Tiger Woods seems to be in the fight of his life. Tiger is desperately trying to save his marriage and his family. Tiger repeatedly has said publicly that he loves Elin and the children and that they are the most important thing of his life. You have to feel sorry for the guy. Tiger gave his soul to the devil in exchange for pleasures of the flesh. He may pay for this the rest of his life, more so if he looses Elin Nordegren and his children! I pray that whatever Elin decides to do work the best for her and her two precious children. My heart goes to them!

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Village

Posted at 8:51 PM on March 21, 2010  

Boo hoo hoo. Didn’t ring true. Please clap for me. Please clap for my good play. Me Me Me My My My I I I

It’s just another false face, and he’s not that good at it anymore. Maybe it’s because the women pulled back the curtain. We can see the little man operating the levers.

My parents had tickets to the Masters all through my childhood, and I grew up at the Masters. I attended every year for at least 25 years. I now watch it on TV, and I can’t imagine his filthy little (*)(*) walking those hallowed grounds. And he will get applause. If anyone so much as heckles or seems to be unpleasant, s/he and her/his ticket will be excused from the course.

I resent that nasty little man from ruining one of this country’s greatest sports events.

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Candace

Posted at 9:08 PM on March 21, 2010  

I agree with every point you made… except when you referred to golf as one of this country’s greatest sporting events. Barf. lol

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Village

Posted at 9:43 PM on March 21, 2010  

Not golf. The Masters at the Augusta National, for a lot more reasons than just the game.

 
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Candace

Posted at 10:34 PM on March 21, 2010  

I retract my statement then — I agree with ALL of your points :-)

 
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