Top 10 Most Memorable Apologies
In the past years tearful heartfelt apologies have become as much a part of sports as free agency and big money contracts. With a 24/7 media cycle, athletes live their lives under a microscope, and when they screw up, we expect explanations and apologies.
The misdeeds run the gamut - performance enhancing drugs, non-performance enhancing drugs, marital infidelities, guns, and offensive speech are the most common causes for mea culpas. As varied as the offenses are, the apologies we receive span even a greater scale. Some apologists seem truly contrite and we believe them at their word. Others seem robotic and forced. Some read a prepared statement, others speak their mind. Some are tearful, others indignant, but all are memorable.
When Tiger Woods held his apology monologue on Friday, it was the biggest news of the day. Never mind the Olympics, basketball, or actual golf that was taking place. The most recognizable athlete on the planet was making his long-awaited apology. In our minds there was no way Tiger Woods could come back to golf without a public apology, it’s the way of the world. As is often said in these apologies, everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. Some of them actually make us believe they deserve them, while others fail. Both make for a good press conference and these are the Top Ten Most Memorable Sports Apologies.