Wife Elin Nordegren was not at the event, but Woods' mother was in attendance and hugged her son after the speech. In his statement, Woods apologized to his friends, family, fans, business partners, and those working for and who benefit from the Tiger Woods Foundation.
"Every one of you had good reason to be critical of me," he said. "For all that I have done, I am so sorry." He went on to say that he and his wife were "discussing the damage caused by my behavior," but that "will remain between the two of us." He also pleaded to the media and paparazzi to leave his family alone.
Woods addressed rumors of domestic abuse, saying "Elin never hit me that night or any other night," and while admitting that he was unfaithful, he said he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Communications professionals criticized the event, saying Woods should take questions from media. "He can't hide behind this façade. He's got to do the real thing," Nick Ragone of Ketchum told the New York Post. People also used Twitter to comment during and after the event.
Woods confirmed he had been in therapy for 45 days and is returning on Saturday. He said he plans to return to golf, but is unsure when that will be.
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