Tiger Woods claims his recent DUI arrest outside his home in Jupiter, Florida did not involve alcohol. Instead, the pro golfer says it was due to "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medication."
His mugshot, released by police after the report became public, is not very flattering: unshaven, unkempt, and unhappy. It is a picture that may "haunt him throughout these proceedings and beyond."
Woods made a point of making sure the public knew exactly what led to the arrest.
"I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications," he said.
"I didn't realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."
He added: "I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too."
According to the BBC, Woods has pieced his life back together after his extra-marital affairs became public in 2009. Until that point, he had "commanded the perfect profile with a beautiful young family." He was a young billionaire who seemed to be "on course for golfing immortality."
Woods now may become immortal for an entirely different reason, but only time will tell. The hours spent behind bars surely do not help his case, but friends say he may be getting back on the golf course sooner rather than later.
Woods' friend Notah Begay was quick to defend his non-appearance at the 81st Masters tournament, saying Woods could return a month or so after his back has healed.
Woods suffered a back injury "that would not allow him to compete at the highest level" and made him pull out of the 2017 Masters.
“[The Masters] probably wouldn’t have been the best place for Tiger to start the year out after this most recent setback, and I think we should probably look, maybe something just after The Players Championship,” Begay said.
“Oh, [the U.S. Open] a definite possibility,” he noted. “That’s probably the event that’s circled on his calendar, but he’s got to at least get one or two starts in before that to see where his body, where his game’s at and if he can hit the shots he wants to hit.”
Only time will tell.