- Saturday, February 20, 2010 12:53 AM
- Written By: Joel Huerto
"I am deeply sorry."
Those were the words that came out of Tiger Woods' mouth during a surreal 13-minute confessional on Friday that Rick Reilly described as a magic show with the blue curtain in the background and a small gallery that included Woods' mother and his closest friends. Tiger probably wished it was a magic show so he can just wave his magic 9-iron and make all his problems disappear.
Unfortunately for Tiger, no magic wand can erase the nightmare that has been suffocating him for the past three months because of his transgressions and for cheating on his wife. His private life and professional life will forever be stained - and I'm talking Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky stained.
Some thought Woods was contrite and sincere in his apology while some berated the whole staged event and criticized Woods for reading from a prepared statement instead of speaking from the heart.
To summarize Woods' public apology, he basically said he was furious at himself for being a sex monster and commended his wife Elin for showing enormous poise and grace throughout the whole ordeal. Hmmmm. Sound familiar? It was straight out of the Kobe Bryant book of admission.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I'd give Woods' apology a 6.5 because I docked him for not allowing more writers into the room and didn't field any questions. There are far better public apologies made by superstar athletes in the past 10 years. Here is my top five:
5. MICHAEL VICK SENT TO THE DOGHOUSE
In 2007, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted he made mistakes and his poor judgment cost him two years of his NFL career. Vick accepted responsibility for his actions and paid his debt to society by going to prison for dogfighting and conspiracy charges.
4. MARK MCGWIRE ADMITS TO USING STEROIDS
Big Mac revealed in January that he used steroids for the better part of baseball career, including the magical 1998 season in which he hit a then-record 70 home runs. Though he admitted using performance-enhancers, McGwire claims that steroids did not help his ability to hit home runs. Yeah, right. And I'm the son of Poseidon.
3. MARION JONES TEARFULLY TELLS THE WORLD SHE CHEATED
Marion Jones, the former Olympic champion and the most decorated U.S. track star, tearfully pleaded guilty in 2007 to making false statements to federal agents and added that she "let her country down" and called her actions as "stupid." Three years early, Jones said she never used performance-enhancing drugs and was drug free. Jones spent six months in jail for lying to federal agents.
2. ALEX RODRIGUEZ TOSSES HIS COUSIN UNDER THE BUSS
During a 2009 press conference prior to the start of spring training, A-Rod admitted that he experimented with a steroid called "Boley" or "Bolay" in 2001. Rodriguez said, "My cousin and I, one, more ignorant than the other, decided it was a good idea to start taking it. My cousin would administer it to me but neither of us knew how to use it properly." A-Rod says he kept taking the illegal substance from 2001-2003. The highlight of the 2009 press conference was A-Rod's dramatic pause before thanking his Yankee teammates for their support.
1. KOBE BUYS HIS WAY OUT OF TROUBLE
Facing a life sentence for sexual assault, Kobe Bean Bryant, with his wife Vanessa by his side, told the world that he was innocent and was falsely accused of rape in 2003. While holding back tears, Bryant said: "I sit here in front of you guys, furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery. I love my wife with all my heart. She's my backbone." Bryant then turned to Vanessa, holding her hand tightly, and said, "You're a blessing. You're the beat to my heart and the air I breathe." Then Bryant used a line from an R. Kelly song ("Turn back the hands of time") and then reiterated how much he loves her and called her "special." Kobe proved how special she is by purchasing a $4-million purple diamond ring. Nothing says "I'm sorry" better than diamonds.