Tiger Woods' Mom Defends Her Son: "He Didn't Do Anything Illegal"

Celebrity News Feb. 19, 2010 AT 3:21PM
Tiger Woods' Mom Defends Her Son: "He Didn't Do Anything Illegal" Credit: Joe Skipper-Pool/Getty Images

Following his public apology Friday for cheating on his wife Elin, Tiger Woods' mother stepped out in her son's defense, hugging him and telling him she is "proud" of him.

Later, Kultida Woods spoke to reporters, saying that just like the game of golf, her son, 34, "wants to get better ... He will start getting better ... it's just like that. Golf is just like life, when you make a mistake, you learn from your mistake and move on stronger. That's the way he is."

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She said her son, 34, has been treated unfairly.

"I am upset the way media treated him like he’s a criminal," she said. "He didn't kill anybody, he didn’t do anything illegal. They've being carrying on from Thanksgiving until now, that’s not right."

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Explaining how he has helped countless children with his foundation, she added: "People don’t understand that Tiger has a very good heart and soul. Sometimes I think there is a complete double standard ... He tried to improve himself."

Kultida said right now it's "not easy" to be her son.

"[People] go to work 8 to 5 and go home to have a life with the family," she said. "Tiger can’t do that."

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She said her son will survive the sex scandal, in part with help from Buddhism.

"Buddhism teaches you to go deep inside your soul and look through from himself, and correct the bad thing to be a good thing," she said. "When he realized, he said okay, and went back to practice Buddhism and that will make him a much better person."

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