“Just when I didn’t think it could get lower, it got lower,” those were the words Tiger Woods used to describe that last few months of his life since the sex scandal he was involved with last November.
In his first sit-down interview on ESPN’s “Sports Center,” the master golfer finally spoke about his extramarital issues, and how he, and his wife, Elin, dealt with the ordeal. His mom was also affected by the way things went, and she too became ‘brutal’ on him.
“They’ve both been very tough. Because I hurt them the most,” he referred to his wife and mother. “Those are the two people in my life who I’m closest to and to say the things I’ve done, truthfully to them, is… honestly… very painful.”
“[My wife] was hurt, shocked, angry and she had every right to be,” he said when he told Elin about his infidelity. “I can’t believe I actually did that to the people I loved.”
He also claims that he loves Elin with “everything” he’s got, and that’s what makes the situation worse.
According to Woods, he “had gotten away from my core values… 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.
He also added that he was living a life of a lie.
“I was living a life of a life, I really was,” he said. “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.”
“I’ve hurt so many people and so many people,” he stated. “I have to make amends to. And that’s living a life of amends.”