Although Tiger Woods appeared truthful and authentic during his long-awaited public statement Friday, his body language took away from it by making it appear artificial and over-rehearsed.
That, according to onetime FBI body language expert Joe Navarro, writer of "Louder Than Words."
During "The Early Show Saturday Edition," Navarro told co-anchor Erica Hill, "This (apology) was really staged. And I believe over-rehearsal in reality hurt Tiger Woods in this case."
Navarro alleges Woods came across "as being really worked up. Deeply, deeply bothered by what's happened. Really sorry. Really modest. I believe very truthful, but, regrettably, excessively rehearsed."
"I believe he came across as authentic," Navarro contributed. "I suppose what took away from him was he rehearsed this speech too long." He states Woods' non-verbal communication began disclosing matters about his frame of mind even prior to his statement did - as he walked to the podium. "It seemed different," Navarro noted. "Normally he arrives into a room, he commands the room. Here, he appeared really humble. His eyes were quivering a little bit, he's grasping onto that lectern. And he appeared very apologetic."
Woods several long pauses and deep breaths were significant, too, Navarro observed.
At one point in time, Woods stated, "I need to say to all of you simply and directly (endless pasue, heavy breath), I'm profoundly sorry."
That, states Navarro, was "a releasing exhale. We do this once we are profoundly and emotionally upset. This constitutes real genuine conduct. It allows us know that he's actually experiencing a lot of hurt."
Woods' tightly holding onto the lectern nearly of the time was too worth pointing to, Navarro articulated. At one time, though, Woods let go, as he was discussing a few personal matters.
"You see a really somber audience, which was apparently put there for a purpose," Navarro states. "But in his gestures the entire time, he's clinging on, and then we have him speaking about a few personal events and so forth. And that's the first time that we really see him elevating his hands and motioning."