Golf superstar Tiger Woods tonight released his first statement on this morning’s DUI arrest in Florida.
The arrest happened early this morning in Palm Beach County, Florida in the town of Jupiter.
He was released just before 11 eastern time after being pulled over at 3 a.m.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in the 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.
“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.”
Woods who at one time in his career was considered a clinch to break Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major wins has been trying to make a comeback from a back injury.
He completed surgery last month and said last week he hasn’t felt this good in years.
His career plummeted after his marriage with model Elin Nordegren took a dive when he admitted infidelity in 2009.
At that time, he had 14 major championships and was expected to surpass Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. He hasn’t won a major since and has been forced to miss numerous tournaments due to his back.
Today’s arrest is another setback in what was a storybook career.
Not only has his athleticism taken a hit, but so has his public image.
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