From Kobe Bryant several years ago, who he said he was disgusted with himself for having an affair, to Tiger Woods, years later, who also held a televised apology, to the unfortunately named Anthony Weiner, who was forced into resigning his position, the public has seen high profile individuals paraded before them, whether on TV or in print. There are others - Ben Roethlisberger, Plaxico Burress, Terrell Pryor, Chris Brown - who appeared before cameras and expressed remorse for their actions.
In nearly every case, the scenario is identical: a humbled man who wishes he were anywhere else, sincerely apologizing for past transgressions. Usually the way it plays out is with, initially, an indignant denial, followed by additional, irrefutable evidence that finally results in a statement that sounds like “I’d like to apologize to my family, those who believed in me, my (team, owner, constituents), yada, yada, yada.”
The only thing missing is what all of us know each truly means. “I’d like to apologize . . .
“ for getting caught.”