Tiger Woods found himself back in the headlines when he was arrested near his home in Jupiter, Florida, in the early hours of Monday, May 29 and charged with driving under the influence.
Following his arrest, the golf icon released a statement in which he blames the unanticipated effects of prescription medication, insisting there was no alcohol involved.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” said Woods in this statement. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
His statement continues: “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”
Despite Woods’ assertions that “alcohol was not involved,” TMZ earlier reported that the arresting officer who pulled him over for driving erratically smelled alcohol on Woods’ breath; Woods reportedly refused to blow into a breathalyzer, which, under Florida law, results in immediate arrest and suspension of the suspect’s driver’s licence.
The medications that Woods mentions in his statement were likely prescribed in relation to his spinal fusion surgery last month, with the recovery period expected to be at least six months.
“When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long,” said Woods in April after undergoing the surgery.