Memorial Day was not kind to Tiger Woods, as the legendary golfer was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, Florida at approximately 3:00 am ET. While DUI is often associated with alcohol, however, Woods released a public statement later on Monday that indicated that it was not alcohol but instead “prescribed medications” that led to his issue.
“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. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. 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.”
In addition to refuting any thought of alcohol at the center of the incident, Woods acknowledged wrongdoing and apologized for what transpired. It should be noted that Woods has dealt with severe back issues in the recent past and those issues have kept the once dominant golfer from competition. Still, without confirmation of the medication in his system, there is a lot to be left to the imagination, even after the statement.
Woods will certainly face public scrutiny for both the incident and his comments after the fact but his take is that alcohol was not involved.