Just when it seemed like Tiger Woods was in clear air, his recovery from major back surgery coming along nicely with the prospect of him returning to competitive golf sometime down the line, he gets busted on suspicion of DUI.
One more twist in his progressively long and winding road.
Pick what you want to call it: Stupid, dangerous, irresponsible.
The good news, if there’s such a thing in these matters, is that no one got hurt except Tiger, who put another big bruise on a public image that has required some serious cosmetic surgery through the years.
Woods said in a statement released Monday evening that alcohol was not involved. That the situation was a result of an unexpected reaction to prescription medication. Still, it’s a driving under the influence charge.
People make mistakes and Tiger has made his share, many of which have been laid out for the world to see. For the most part, those things have been left behind, though his critics will never let them go.
It’s embarrassing, serious and concerning. The news whipped around social media in a flash, Tiger’s mug shot suddenly replacing the iconic images of him on the golf course.
There is nothing glamorous about his mug shot. There is a disturbing reality to it.
He has to explain this to his children. To his business partners and sponsors. To his fans. To himself.
In his statement, Woods said, “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.
“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.
“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.
“I fully cooperated with law enforcement, 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.”
Already, people are drawing conclusions based on the minimal information that has been released, suggesting the incident is a sign of a deeper issues. Skeptics will be reluctant to believe anything from Woods and his camp. Even his biggest fans must have felt their hearts sink when they heard the news.
Maybe the details of what happened will provide a clearer picture for everyone. Regardless, it was a sad and disappointing development.
For Tiger, who made golf look so easy, life has been bumpy.
It just got bumpier.