Tiger Woods was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning on charges of driving under the influence but says medicines rather than alcohol were to blame
The demise of Tiger Woods has taken its latest and perhaps “the worlds largest” turning, with confirmation that the golfer was apprehended on distrust of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida in the early hours of Monday morning. As a police mug shot of Woods gained huge traction online his face puffy and eyes the epitome of sadness the epic career heights when the 41 -year-old won 14 major championships and violated records with stunning regularity never seemed so far away. Woods, once a sport phenomenon, is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Woodss details were issued by the Palm Beach County Sheriffs office, as is customary for such incidents in the United States. The golfer was apprehended close to his home in Jupiter Island at 3am, with his release period stated as 10.50 am. There has been no detail provided as to where he was going or coming from , nor the level of substances in his system, but a full arrest report should appear on Tuesday.
He was arrested for distrust of driving under influence at around 3am, and transported to the Palm Beach County Jail, a spokesman for the Jupiter Police Department said. He is no longer at the jail.
Woods said alcohol was not involved and an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine led to his arrest.
I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions, Woods said in the statement. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed drugs. I didnt realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.
I would like to apologize with all my heart to their own families, 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 Sheriffs office for their professionalism.
The episode is one of the most epic falls from grace in sporting history, on and off the course, which essentially began with another traffic incident. Woods infamously crashed his car into a hydrant outside his home in November 2009, which demonstrated the precursor to a string of revelations emerging considering extra-marital affairs. He was penalty $164 for careless driving.
Woods and his wife, Elin, had their divorce confirmed the following year. A golfer who had burst on to the scene as a fresh-faced and brilliant teenager, to the point where he had endorsement bargains worth tens of millions, detected himself shunned by some of his commercial partners amid serious damage to his reputation.
Woods stood before an audience and issued a public apology for the actions which cost him his wedding and led to a two-month spell in a sex addiction clinic. His career was to suffer, partly on account of this personal turmoil but also a series of traumata. A recent back operation was the fourth Woods had undergone on the same region since early 2014. Woods was last seen on a golf course in February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic after only a single round. His management cited back spasm as the cause of that. In the past two years, Woods has induced only three tournament starts with back problems a recurring theme.
Woods was once not only a dominant golfing figure he has claimed 79 PGA Tour titles and was world No1 for an unprecedented total of 683 weeks but an individual who transcended athletic. At the time of his near eight-hour spell in a police cell, Woods was ranked 876 in the world with his last major success arriving virtually nine years ago.
Only last week, Woods issued an upbeat statement in which he insisted he unequivocally wants to play competitive golf again as he continues recuperation from his latest back surgery. I havent felt this good in years, Woods said. The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. Im strolling and doing my workouts, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. Theres no hurry.
Extra time out of the public spotlight has probably never seemed so appealing.
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