Tiger Woods Claims ‘Alcohol Was Not Involved’ In DUI Arrest
Tiger Woods addressed reports regarding his DUI arrest Monday evening and claimed that “alcohol was not involved.”
Instead, the 14-time major champion claims that an “unexpected reaction” to prescription drugs led to his arrest early Monday morning, the New York Post reports.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement. “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.”
The 41-year-old underwent back surgery five weeks ago, but a recent update posted to his website said it successfully eliminated his pain and he hasn’t “felt this good in years.”
He was arrested on suspicion of DUI at about 3 a.m. Monday in Jupiter, Florida and taken to Palm Beach County Jail. He was released later that morning on his own recognizance.
After the drastic reaction by the media and fans following the news of his arrest, Woods also felt the need to apologize to his family, friends and fans.
“I expect more from myself, too,” Woods said. “I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
Woods holds the No. 2 spot on the PGA Tour for overall wins with 79 victories during his career. He is out for the rest of the season to continue recovery from his back surgery.