Updated May 30, 2017, 7:29 a.m. PT: In a public statement, Tiger Woods has addressed his alleged DUI, claiming he wasn’t actually drinking prior to his arrest.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he wrote. “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.
He continued, “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”
Woods has been charged with driving under the influence, but was released with no bond. No court appearance has yet been scheduled.
According to multiple reports, champion golfer Tiger Woods was arrested Monday for an alleged DUI.
The New York Post reports that Woods was booked at the Palm Springs County Jail around 3 a.m. and released at 11 a.m. He has been charged with driving under the influence, but reports have not yet said whether police claim he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In his mug shot, Woods is unshaven with messy hair and vacant eyes; he looks absolutely haggard. He’s been on a hiatus from his golfing career due to years worth of recurring back problems. He recently had his fourth surgery since 2014, and he’s sitting out this year’s PGA season. In the last two years, he’s only made three starts, and has not played professionally since he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February after the opening round.
Woods just posted to his blog last week, detailing the fusion surgery he had recently, and saying he plans to return to playing golf professionally.
“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote. “I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.”
He continued, “I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again. Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two-and-a-half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”
Woods’ arrest comes nearly a decade after he was caught in a serial cheating scandal that caused his marriage to end.