Golf superstar Tiger Woods was arrested in the early morning hours of Memorial Day in Jupiter, Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence. Apparently he was driving his Mercedes erratically and was “all over” the road. At this point, it’s unclear whether he tested positive for drugs or alcohol in his system. But, Tiger, who is currently undergoing rehab related to a back surgery last month, released a statement Monday, claiming that alcohol was not involved in the incident, and that he had a reaction to prescription drugs.
He said, “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” The dad of two also said, “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.”
The pro golfer, who has won more major golf tournaments than any other player, other than Jack Nicklaus, even went so far as to thank the people who arrested him, “I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.” However, there are allegations that despite his post arrest respect for law enforcement at the scene of the stop he was arrogant and refused to take a breathalyzer test–in Florida this is grounds for arrest.
It’s hard to think about Tiger and cars and not recall the incident back in 2009 when Woods reportedly crashed his car into a tree in front of his Florida home, and news broke that he had cheated on his then-wife Elin Nordegren with multiple women. He issued an apology then too.
We’ll be watching this one.