Tiger Woods has spoken out about his recent DUI arrest for the first time. He’s not blaming it on the alcohol.
Tiger Woods gave mainstream media the mugshot they always wanted after he was arrested for DUI early Monday morning. Even though he had been arrested, booked and released all before most people were waking up, the news and image still made the rounds.
But, Tiger isn’t shying away from his mistake. Instead, he is attempting to clarify things. In a statement, Woods says that alcohol was not involved in the DUI.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement Monday evening. “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.”
Woods is currently recovering from back surgery that he had on April 20. He has been suffering from back pain since 2013 and has seen his playing time become very limited. He has not competed since a February tournament that he was forced to drop out of due to the back pain.
DUI was also suspected in his 2009 car crash that led to everybody finding out about his extramarital affairs. At the time, police reports stated that he had been drinking and was taking the sleep aid Ambien and the painkiller Vicodin. DUI charges were never issued.
Palm Beach County police have yet to reveal the circumstances leading up to Woods arrest. Nor have they given information proving that alcohol or drugs were involved.