Legendary golfer Tiger Woods, who was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Florida on Monday, blamed the incident on a side effect of prescribed medications.
In a statement on Monday night, Woods said that alcohol was not involved in the arrest and that he had an unforeseen reaction to the medication prescribed.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Wood said. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to the prescribed medication. I did not know that the mix of medications has had on me so strong,” he said.
“I want to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and fans. I expect more of myself. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this never happens again. I fully cooperated with the police, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”
Woods, a Jupiter resident, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. Monday, according to WPTV. The golfer was booked into a jail under his birth name Eldrick Woods, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office website.
Woods, 41, was charged with DUI and released on his own recognizance about 10:50 pm
The golfer has his life on Jupiter Island since 2006, after the purchase of a $40 million estate there, The New York Times reported.
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Woods won 14 major tournaments and occupies the second place with 79 career victories on the PGA Tour.
His attempts to jump-start his career again after being derailed by chronic injuries failed. He has not played for four months and is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from his fourth back surgery.
In an update on Friday on his website, Woods said the last month had surgery to fuse discs in his lower back immediately relief and he hasn’t “felt this good in years.”
Woods’ first major scandal the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, when he was injured in a car accident in front of his Orlando, Florida home. Days later, reports surfaced that Woods cheated on his then wife Elin Nordegren with dozens of women during their five-year marriage. The couple divorced in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.