The statement Tiger Woods was to make Friday is part of his sex addiction rehab therapy, according to a letter from PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem that was obtained by The Associated Press.
The statement was expected to address the sex scandal that exploded after his Thanksgiving night car accident.
"As we understand it, Tiger's therapy called for a week's break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children, and then will make his statement," Finchem said in Thursday's letter.
The letter is the first confirmation of any kind that Woods even was in such therapy.
But psychologist and radio host Cooper Lawrence, author of "The Cult of Celebrity," says the whole idea of the Woods' statement "reeks of photo op" to her.
"I think this is a photo op," she remarked to "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith Friday, hours before Woods' scheduled statement. "I don't really see any -- the rumors we heard out of rehab were that he really wasn't being a participatory patient, that he was disruptive, that he upset the other people there. So, I don't think he's gone through the first couple of steps (of the famous "12-Step" addiction recovery process). This to me reeks of photo op, and I hope it's genuine, and I really hope he moves on. Because he's an industry, he's not just an individual.
And if Woods isn't sincere, "It's not going to help his therapy," Cooper continued. " … You really want him to move on, because you want him to get back to the Tiger that we love him to be. We want him to be a good father and a good golfer. So if this is not genuine, it's going to definitely hamper his therapy."
Still, Cooper says the statement is "sort of the famous part" of the 12-step program, "where you actually apologize to people, where you step forward and say, 'I have wronged you in some way.' So, what's wonderful about this, in a way, is that he's doing it publicly, so it's not the kind of thing where it's private and you could take it back. He's really putting it out there.
"This is a big part of the therapy, because the self-centeredness is what you want to get away from. It's what the 12 steps are designed to pull you away from. So, if you are self-centered, if you're somebody who drinks, or sex, or whatever your addiction is, you have to get out of yourself and realize how you're hurting the people around you, take responsibility for your actions, so this really is him saying, 'I've wronged my family, I've wronged all of you,' and it's a responsibility-taking action."
Is this a catharsis for him or is this really about responsibility?
"It's about responsibility. It's just one of many steps. And the research shows that this is just one part of therapy. The reason why he also has private therapy, or he should have private therapy as (part of his) rehab, is because everybody has an individual reason why they became an addict. So you sit there, you do this one, Band-Aid 12 step, but maybe you and I have different reasons why we're sitting here. So you do the 12 steps, but you also have to have the individual to understand what your underpinnings are, why you have done this."