“When athletes and celebrities who serve as role models, like Tiger Woods, allegedly make the decision to drive impaired, it sends a dangerous and deadly message. There are no excuses to drive under the influence of any impairing substance, whether its alcohol or any legal or illegal impairing drugs. We’re just grateful no one was hurt or killed as a result of his choices and actions.”
At 3 a.m. on Monday, May 29, Tiger Woods failed a field sobriety test after police found him sitting in a car stopped in the middle of the road. By the end of the day, the story was all over the news.
The arresting officers claimed Woods’ speech was “slow and slurred” during the stop, although the former PGA champion’s blood alcohol level was later revealed to have been .000. The former golf superstar later explained the incident to public, saying: “alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications affected me so strongly.”
According to the police report, Tiger was medicated with a mixture of “Solarex, Vicodin and Torix”. But the lack of alcohol didn’t stop Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) from having a stern word with Tiger following the arrest. A representative for the organization released this statement to TMZ:
Of course, having seen the mugshot of him that ended up plastered all over the country, I’m not sure anyone can shame him any more than he’s already been shamed. The man’s face was on the cover of newspaper available looking like the before shot in a Rogaine ad.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among young people and drunk driving killed almost 10,000 people in 2014. And, this may seem silly to point out, but operating a vehicle while faded on painkillers is NOT A BETTER OPTION. Even if everyone makes it out alive, you could still find yourself on the cover of the New York Post looking like you just threw up at the DMV:
CORRECTION: Earlier drafts of this story claimed that “police pulled [Tiger] over for driving erratically” – that is incorrect. Mr Woods was not driving when police approached him and we’d like to apologize for our mistake.