December 2, 2009 / 8:17 PM / in 8 years

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Sponsors stand by Tiger Woods after apology

(Adds no comment by AT&T)

Dec 2 (Reuters) - Golfer Tiger Woods, engulfed in media speculation over his private life after a car accident in the middle of the night, apologized on Wednesday for “transgressions” in a statement that apparently addressed allegations he had extra-marital relationships.

Several sponsors, who collectively pay Woods about $100 million a year to tout their products and services, said later on Wednesday their relationships would not change with one of the most recognized athletes in the world.

ELECTRONIC ARTS INC

“Our strong relationship with Tiger for more than a decade remains unchanged. We respect Tiger’s privacy, we wish him a fast recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on the golf course,” the company said in a statement.

TLC VISION CORP

“Tiger Woods is important to TLC Vision. Our relationship with him continues without change. This is a private matter and we have no further comment,” the company said in a statement.

DAVID SOKOL, CEO, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY‘S NETJETS INC UNIT:

“Tiger Woods is one of the premiere athletes in the world and we are proud to have him involved with NetJets.”

PEPSICO INC‘S GATORADE UNIT:

“Tiger and his family have our support as they work through this private matter. Our partnership continues,” the company said in a statement.

PROCTER & GAMBLE‘S GILLETTE UNIT:

“At this time, we are not making any changes to our existing marketing programs. As a matter of policy, we don’t comment on future marketing plans,” the company said in a statement.

NIKE INC:

“Nike supports Tiger and his family. Our relationship remains unchanged,” the company said in a statement.

AT&T Inc declined to comment and officials with Accenture, Tag Heuer and Upper Deck could not be reached.

Reporting by Ben Klayman in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry benjamin.klayman@thomsonreuters.com; +1 646 223 6000; Reuters Messaging: ben.klayman.reuters.com@reuters.net

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