News of Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest shocked the sports world Memorial Day.
Woods was arrested Monday morning for DUI after cops found him passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes. Woods says he had been using prescription medication at the time due to his recent back surgery.
According to the police affidavit released Tuesday, police found Woods asleep at the wheel on the side of a Florida road, the engine running and his right blinker flashing. His speech was slow and slurred, however there was no alcohol in his system, according to police.
Woods failed a sobriety test on the side of the road because he couldn’t keep his balance or follow instructions, according to the affidavit.
Several critics have blasted Woods, rightfully so, for being behind the wheel while heavily medicated, while some are careful to condemn him.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus told Gold Channel writer Nick Menta that Woods needs support.
Jack: "I'm a friend of Tiger's. I feel bad for him. He's struggling. … He needs support from a lot of people. I'll be one of them."
— Nick Menta (@NickMentaGC) May 30, 2017
“I’m a friend of Tiger’s. I feel bad for him. He’s struggling. … He needs support from a lot of people. I’ll be one of them,” Nicklaus said.
Nicklaus is right. Woods does need help, and not just on his golf swing.
Woods hasn’t been the same on and off the golf course since that Thanksgiving night in 2009. Hopefully, this arrest will be a wake up call for him and keep him from making anymore dangerous decisions.