In the end, Tiger Woods couldn’t hide from the tabloids. Just hours after the latest revelation—that the planet’s greatest golfer was cheating on his wife with a cocktail waitress/aspiring reality TV star—Woods released a statement on his website, apologizing for his “transgressions” and vowing to “strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves.” The statement comes after a cover story in US Weekly magazine revealed that Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles waitress who appeared on the television show “Tool Academy,” had a 31-month fling with Tiger. They met at a Las Vegas nightclub the week after the 2007 Masters, just two months before Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to their first child. The article includes text and voicemails left by Woods, including one in which he tells Grubbs to change her voicemail greeting because “my wife just went through my phone and may be calling you.” In a separate text message, Woods writes: “I will wear you out…when was the last time you got (blank)?” In his statement this morning, Woods criticizes the media: “Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.” Tiger, not so much.
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