Ozzie crosses the line
In his first season as Miami Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen delivers a public apology after he told Time magazine he loves Fidel Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. His comments outraged the heavy Cuban community in Miami and at least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job. He was suspended for five games for his comments.
Tiger admits affairs
Following a car accident at his house during Thanksgiving of 2009 in which he hit a fire hydrant and a tree, and was accused of multiple affairs, Tiger Woods said he let his family down with transgressions he regrets "with all of my heart," and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors. On February 19, 2010 he had a press conference in which he apologized for those actions in a written statement.
Big Mac wiffs
After years of denying he used steroids, Mark McGwire finally admits he used during his career, including his record-breaking season in 1998 when he hit 70 home runs. He also says he wished he never played in the steroid era.
Sportscaster Marv Albert avoided a jail sentence in 1997 after pleading guilty to assault and battery charges after biting a woman while they were being intimate. Albert apologized by saying, "I'm sorry if she felt she was harmed."
Radio personality Don Imus and Rev. Al Sharpton appeared face-to-face on Rev. Sharpton's radio show, in 2007. Imus issued multiple apologies for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show.
Marion's false start
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones showed a lot of emotion during her apology over steroid use.
Sorry isn't enough sometimes
After being arrested 10 times, Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones apologized to fans and sat out an entire season. He then was signed by the Cowboys in 2008 and ran into more trouble and came up with more apologies.
Not the Yankee way
In 2007, Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte apologized for his HGH (Human Growth Hormone) use in 2002. Pettitte said he used the substance, which was banned by baseball in 2005, for healing purposes.
Shut up Shaq
After footage featured Shaquille O'Neal freestyling at a party in 2008, Shaq got in trouble for the line, "Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes" ... referring to former teammate Kobe Bryant. Shaq later apologized to fans and said he was "totally cool with Kobe."
Vick can't avoid sack
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick apologizes after agreeing to a guilty plea on charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring in 2007. Vick has since gone to jail and has not returned to the NFL at this point.
No spying in football
Pats coach Bill Belichick was forced to address Spygate and offered this: "Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players."
Roast goes awry
At a roast of her colleagues "Mike and Mike," ESPN broadcaster Dana Jacobson went a bit overboard with some off-color comments about Notre Dame. She later said it was "foolish and insensitive." That didn't stop protesters from showing up in Bristol, Conn. at ESPN's headquarters.
A bit too revealing
Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" caused a big enough stir at the Super Bowl in 2004 that she was forced to offer an apology: "It was not my intention that it go as far as it did."
Kobe Bryant found himself in the middle of a scandal after being charged with sexual assault in 2004. The charges were later dropped, but Kobe apologized to the woman involved, her parents and his wife, Vanessa.
Too little, too late?
After years leaving fans wondering if he would ever come clean, Pete Rose finally said "It's time to clean the slate. It's time to take responsibility." But he said it the same week his book came out, so many were left wondering if it was sincere.
Latrell Sprewell made a public apology, surrounded by friends and lawyers, after he choked his coach P.J. Carlesimo at a practice. He also apologized directly to Carlesimo over the incident.