Tiger Woods Says Alcohol Not A Factor In His DUI Arrest | TODAY

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ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR. KERRY SANDERS IS IN JUPITER WITH MORE ON WHAT TIGER IS SAYING.>>Reporter: OVERNIGHT, TIGER WOODS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THIS IS AN UNEXPECTED REACTION TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION THAT AFFECTED HIM. AND HE APOLOGIZES TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND TO FANS. THE QUESTION AMONG THE MANY QUESTIONS, WILL THIS BECOME A DISTRACTION FOR A ONCE-ELITE ATHLETE WHO HAS BEEN TRYING TO SALVAGE HIS STORIED CAREER. THIS MORNING, TIGER WOODS SAYS IT WAS A REACTION TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AND NOT ALCOHOL, THAT LED TO POLICE PULLING HIM OVER EARLY MONDAY MORNING ON SUSPICION OF DUI. WOODS RELEASING A STATEMENT THAT READS, IN FACT, 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.>>THIS LATEST DEVELOPMENT GIVES HIM A CHANCE TO GET IN FRONT OF THE STORY AND SPIN IT IN A WAY WHERE IT’S NOT AS DAMAGING.>>Reporter: WOODS’ ARREST WAS BIG NEWS. HIS MUG SHOTMAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. WOODS WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER SUSPICION OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. HIS LIFE HAS BEEN A CONTRADICTION. WINNING THE MASTERS WHEN HE WAS JUST 21. WOODS WENT ON TO WIN 14 MAJOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT IN 2009, HE FELL HARD. PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY. FIRST, WRECKING HIS SUV, FOLLOWED BY A VERY PUBLIC APOLOGY FOR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIRS.>>I’M DEEPLY SORRY FOR MY IRRESPONSIBLE AND SELFISH BEHAVIOR.>>Reporter: THAT LED TO A HIGH-PROFILE $750 MILLION DIVORCE. AND THE LOSS OF BIG-NAME SPONSORS. HIS GOLF GAME NEVER RECOVERED. HE HAS NOT WON A MAJOR SINCE 2008. AND SINCE 2014, HE’S UNDERGONE A SERIES OF BACK SURGERIES. THE MOST RECENT LAST MONTH. JUST LAST WEEK, HE WROTE IN A BLOG POST, I HAVEN’T FELT THIS GOOD IN YEARS. I WANT TO SAY UNEQUIVOCALLY I WANT TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL GOLF AGAIN. THE AUTHORITIES HERE IN JUPITER ARE EXPECTED TO RELEASE THE ARREST REPORT LATER TODAY, WITH FULL DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. MATT?>>KERRY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TIGER WOODS HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT IN THE LAST DECADE OR SO. MUCH OF IT SELF-INFLICTED. BUT I FIND NO JOY IN THAT STORY.

 

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