Bluntly admitting affairs, Tiger Woods apologized Friday to his family, friends and fans, admitting that he once felt entitled to cheat.
Speaking to a select group of supporters and friends in Florida, Woods was alternately apologetic and angry — angry at himself, but also at the media focus on his family.
"I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated," Woods said. "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," he added. "I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled."
He said he has since learned: "I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me."
Woods also shot down speculation that his wife, Elin, physically abused him the night of his car accident over Thanksgiving weekend.
"There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage — ever," he said. "Elin deserves praise, not blame."
Offering specific apologies to family, friends, business partners, fans, and the parents of children who see him as a role model, Woods said he has sought therapy and will continue to seek treatment. He also said Buddhism is helping him improve himself, and pleaded with reporters and photographers to stop following his wife and children.
"They did not do these things, I did," he said. "Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone."