Tiger Woods ESPN Interview (VIDEO): "I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things in My Life"
Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the fourth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday, June 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
AP Photo/Mike Groll
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Tiger Woods acknowledged he was "living a lie," saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his shocking downfall from global sporting icon to a late-night TV punchline.
"It was all me. I'm the one who did it. I'm the one who acted the way I acted," Woods told the Golf Channel in one of two interviews Sunday night.
The other interview aired on ESPN, which will also televise the first two rounds of the Masters. Woods plans to end four months of seclusion and return to golf at the tournament next month. Talking about those plans marked the only time he smiled during either interview.
Asked by ESPN about the Thanksgiving weekend car crash that ultimately drove Woods' sexual adventures into public view, he would only say, "it's all in the police report. Beyond that, everything is between Elin (his wife) and myself, and that's private."
"I'm sure if more people would have known in my inner circle, they would have stopped it or tried to put a stop to it," he told the Golf Channel. "But I kept it all to myself."
Later in the same interview, Woods refers to his affairs by saying, "I tried to stop and I couldn't stop. And it was just, it was horrific."
Woods answered questions on camera for the first time since his early morning car crash last November, yet again divulged few details about the crash, his marriage, his stint in a rehabilitation clinic or his personal life. Woods insisted those matters would remain private, just as he had in a statement on his Web site right after his crash and again Feb. 19 when he apologized during a press conference but took no questions.
"A lot of ugly things have happened. ... I've done some pretty bad things in my life," he told ESPN.
Last week, former porn star Joslyn James, a woman who claims to be one of Woods' mistresses, released an embarrassing transcript of text messages she said he sent her.
Woods admitted that four months of nearly nonstop public ridicule had caused him shame.