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Before Tiger Woods returns to the links, the troubled golf superstar continues to promote himself as a man making his pennance. Woods, 34, answered questions for more than five minutes in a new interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. The athlete was taking questions for the first time since his infidelity accusations surfaced (he also spoke with The Golf Channel.)
But has Woods (who continues to look as sullen as ever) really revealed any new insights beyond what we heard in his press conference? In the early stages of the ESPN interview, it certainly seemed as if the stoic sex addict (okay, alleged sex addict) would rather be anywhere else on the planet.
Woods says early on "a lot of ugly things have happened in my life," but when asked to elaborate on what happened on Nov. 27, he dodged details with a pat response: "Well, it's all in the police report. Beyond that, everything's between Elin and myself and that's private."
Woods referred to wife Elin Nordegren again when asked why he lost control of the car, saying, "As I said, that's between Elin and myself." While Woods was unwilling to clear up details about the alleged assault incident, he did later tell Renaldi he and Nordegren continue to "work at" their love.
The world-renowned athlete (who has lost many of his endorsements in recent months), said his wife was "shocked, angry, and very hurt" when they talked about his actions. When asked why he got married, Woods answered sternly, "Because I loved her. I loved Elin with everything I have."
Woods reiterated that he made a public apology because he "hurt a lot of people -- not just my wife," but he would not specify what he went to treatment for, saying, "That's a private matter as well. But, I can tell you what, it was tough. It was really tough to look at yourself in a light that you never want to look at yourself."
He echoed his public apology when mentioned straying from Buddhism and the core beliefs his parents instilled in him. When asked what reception from fans he expected at the Masters, Woods said, "I don't know. I'm a little nervous about that, to be honest with you," adding, with a smile, "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there."
Will these interviews help or hurt Woods' image? Hard to say. Are his answers sincere -- or just very well-rehearsed? Ultimately, his lack of emotion makes it very difficult to cheer him on.
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