Excerpts from Tiger Woods’ statement

Excerpts from Tiger Woods’ statement Friday:

I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply

sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.

As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come

in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time.

Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked

me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate

a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night.

There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our

marriage, ever. …

I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not

acceptable, and I am the only person to blame. …

I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal

rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting.

Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the

boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could

get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard

my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.

I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to

go far to find them. …

I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my

friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired

me. …

Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I

owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them

that I am truly sorry. …

It’s hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from

the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy

receiving guidance for the issues I’m facing. …

I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants

to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful. I

understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain

together. Please know that as far as I’m concerned, every one of

these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me. These

are issues between a husband and a wife. …

Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I

used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly

false. …

… my behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my

two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school’s

location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever

my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and

kids alone. …

… I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith

from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.

Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes

an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop

following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost

track of what I was taught. …

I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that

day will be. …