Tiger Woods Sorry After Arrest, Says Alcohol Not Involved
Tiger Woods was accused of driving under the influence of the Florida police Monday to beat the former world leader in his fight to resurrect his career.
The grand champion 14 times accused his arrest of a reaction to a prescription drug mix he took, insisting on an apology to fans that alcohol was not involved in the incident.
Woods, 41, was arrested by police near his home in Jupiter, Florida, around 3 am (0700 GMT) before his release Monday after being charged with driving under the influence.
A wooden police cup that had the chattering, windless air was quickly viral, highlighting the long fall of disgrace that plagued the superstar athlete, once recognized as a clean, corporate man of peace.
“I understand the gravity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement quoted by the US media as highlighting that “alcohol was not involved.”
“What happened was an unexpected reaction to the prescribed drugs. I did not realize that blending drugs had affected me so much,” Woods said.
“I apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and fans. I was expecting more of myself.”
The TMZ.com entertainment news website had cited sources of law enforcement, saying that Woods was arrested after being discovered “driving erratically across the road.” The website said the player refused to blow into a breathalyzer.
The arrest is the latest dark episode to hit Woods, who has dominated his sport before being engulfed by the turmoil in his private life and a series of debilitating injuries.
Woods has not played competitive golf since leaving the Dubai Desert Classic in February after a trip due to back pain.
He had a spinal surgery on April 20 – his fourth operation in three years to deal with the problematic back that was limited to three tournaments in the world in the last two years.
The torment of personal life
Woods wrote on his website last week that since the last procedure, he felt better than he had done for years and remains determined to return to competitive golf.
“My surgeon and the physiotherapist say the operation was done correctly. It’s just not getting stuck and leaving the whip,” Woods said.
“I walk, I do my exercises and I take my children to school.” “All I can do is take things day by day.” “There is no hurry, but I want to say unequivocally that I want to play golf again.”
Woods made his comeback in December after missing out on the entire 2015-16 season.
But his return failed quickly when he retired from the PGA tournament in Los Angeles in February of the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
They even canceled a scheduled press conference at the Los Angeles tournament, saying that doctors had recommended “limiting all activities.”
He left the Masters in early April, missed most of the first year on the 20th anniversary of his epic victory at Augusta National in 1997, which marked his first major title and ushered in a new era in the game.
Woods, once expected to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record in 18 major championships, has not won the Grand Slam title since the US Open 2008 at Torrey Pines.
The injuries were not the only disruptions during his career.
In November 2009, a car accident in front of his Florida home led to revelations of a series of infidelities that destroyed his marriage. He had then to the rehabilitation after the accident, according to the case, to the sexual addiction.
Amid the tabloid headlines, Woods took a professional golf break that lasted until 2010 Masters