Golf icon Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, Florida, and he issued a statement later in the day claiming that alcohol did not play a factor in the incident. According to Woods, a mixture of medication he had taken caused his impairment. The Palm Beach Post reports that police discovered his vehicle stopped in the right lane, and that Woods was asleep at the wheel when police arrived. His arrest record shows a breath test result of 0.0.
Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discussed Woods' statement on Tuesday's episode of Undisputed, and Bayless was adamant that Tiger shouldn't get a pass regardless of the story behind his arrest.
Tiger Woods: No alcohol was involved
Tiger may not have been drinking, but he was still risking lives
“Does it change the way I feel? No, it does not. He will get no pass from me, alcohol or no alcohol.
This is just me. I don’t care how you became impaired behind the wheel, he was still impaired enough that he was driving erratically, and according to the police, I assume, dangerously.
So, in the end, I don’t care if it was prescription drugs or alcohol. He was still driving impaired. He was still risking lives, if not his own life. So I give him no pass there.”
Allan HenryAllan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
The truth will eventually emerge here
“A police report will come out, I assume, later today. Obviously, Tiger’s risking double jeopardy if he got caught in a public lie about his use of alcohol.
Number one… I’m going to assume one of two things happened. Either he refused the breathalyzer test, so he knows he’s off the hook for any alcohol use or abuse.
And then it’s possible, number two, he did have zero alcohol in his system and that it was all about the prescription medication he takes for his back surgeries, and he’s now had his fourth in four years.”
Brian SpurlockBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Shouldn't Tiger know how his body reacts to medication?
“But I remain suspicious about all this. It was three o’clock in the morning on a holiday morning. And because of all the back surgeries, I’m assuming that Tiger Woods has great experience in how to handle pain medications and the effects thereof, because he’s been doing it for at least four years…. I assume he’s been taking medications for a long, long time.
In fact, there were reports when he went down to the Gentle Path Rehab Institute for his sex addiction issues - that was back in 2009 - that also part of the package was that he was having pill problems to boot. I think he’s had ongoing issues with that. I said yesterday I didn’t know of any ongoing alcohol issues, but I read more deeply last night. He has been known to talk about having an adult beverage now and then. His father was known to be a big drinker, but could handle his alcohol.”
Steven FlynnSteve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Tiger shouldn't get a pass from anyone
“In the end, I’m one who doesn’t give a pass for however you’re impaired. And number two, I definitely don’t give a pass even if he were just having some convivial drinks to celebrate the holiday. I know there are a lot of people out there who say ‘what if he had one drink too many and decided to try to drive home.
That’s just the attitude that kills about 10,000 people a year on our roads. That’s just the attitude that has - I think the average is 28 people a day die from car crashes involving impaired drivers, however they’re impaired.”
Mark J. RebilasMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
What was Tiger thinking?
“Skip, I agree with everything you just said, and I too am not letting him off the hook.
You said it’s suspicious. My question is, who takes pain medicine and then decides to drive at 3 a.m.?
Normally when you take pain medicine, it tells you ‘do not operate a vehicle or heavy machinery.’
Now, as you mentioned, Tiger Woods has had back surgery four times in the last four years, so he probably should know how this works.
They also tell you ‘do not combine pain medication with alcohol.’”
Allan HenryAllan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Intent only matters to the defendant
“The problem still arose because you’re operating a vehicle under the influence, be it alcohol, prescription drugs. That has no difference.
Remember, Skip, intent only matters to the defendant. See, this only matters to him. He’s trying to come off like ‘guys, I wasn’t drinking! This was prescription medication for my back.’
At 3 a.m.? OK, let’s just say for the sake of argument… it’s hard for me to believe that Tiger Woods would be out in public with no bodyguards.
OK, [if] he doesn’t have bodyguards, do you mean to tell me Tiger doesn’t have any friends who are looking out for him now?”