Tiger Woods Shouldn't "Grovel" in Apology, Star Jones Says

Celebrity News Feb. 18, 2010 AT 9:53AM
Tiger Woods Shouldn't "Grovel" in Apology, Star Jones Says Credit: Ben Hider/Getty Images; Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

All eyes will be on Tiger Woods this Friday when he makes amends in a semi-public meeting at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

But one celebrity hopes the disgraced golfer doesn't go too far when he apologizes for his headline-grabbing indiscretions: Star Jones.

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"Fine if Tiger does a public mea culpa for sponsors," Jones Tweeted Wednesday night. "but I hope he doesn't give up his mojo & grovel for the media..THAT would disappoint me," Jones writes.

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"Remember. His behavior was deplorable...but he didn't kill anyone, sell drugs, possess weapons or beat up a woman...PERSPECTIVE."

As reported yesterday, Woods, 34, will be speaking to "a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates,"according to a statement. He will "discuss his past and his future and he intends to apologize for his behavior." The athlete was photographed on Wednesday for the first time since his scandal began, jogging near his Windermere, Fla. home.

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Friday's much-anticipated event is "not a press conference," Woods' agent Mark Steinberg stressed.

In a longer email, Steinberg explained of Woods' decision: "While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between he and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him...He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends and that's what he's going to discuss."

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Not everyone in the golf world is applauding Woods' return from obscurity.

"It's selfish,'' golf champ Ernie Els told Golfweek magazine, charging that Woods will undermine the weekend's World Golf Champsionship. ''This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.''

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Golfer Rory McIlroy, disagreed, telling the Associated Press: "He's got to come out at some point...I'm sick of hearing about it. And I'm just looking forward to when he's getting back on the golf course."

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