Golf superstar Tiger Woods wants his fans to know that he was not in a drunk stupor when he was arrested early Monday morning on a DUI charge. The 41-year-old father-of-2 issued a formal apology to his fans and loved ones on Monday.
According to WENN.com, the sportsman was arrested for driving under the influence near his mansion on Jupiter Island, Florida at 3 a.m.
Woods was pulled over after a police officer noticed him driving erratically and weaving “all over the road”.
He was booked into the county jail at 7:18 a.m. then released on his own recognizance at 10:30 a.m.
In his statement Woods denied being drunk. He said he accidentally mixed pain medications and experienced “an unexpected reaction”. He likely forgot the instructions from his doctor and the label on the pill bottles warning him not to operate a motor vehicle while on the medication.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he explained 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 affected me so strongly.”
Tiger recently underwent back surgery in April for the fourth time after suffering from years of back pain and a dependency on pain medicine and sleeping pills.
“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends, and the fans,” he wrote. “I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
Gossip tabloid TMZ reported that Woods was “arrogant” and resistant when the police pulled him over. But Woods disputes that.
According to TMZ, he refused to take a breathalyzer test for officers and was acting rowdy, but Woods insists his conduct was respectful throughout the process.
“I fully co-operated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Dept. and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism,” the golfer concluded.