Golf icon Tiger Woods released a statement on Twitter Monday addressing his recovery in the wake of his shocking arrest late last month. Woods was discovered by police asleep at the wheel in a battered car, and was charged with driving under the influence. Woods later explained that he had not been drinking, but instead had consumed a mixture of medications from his recent back surgery that left him impaired.
On Tuesday's episode of Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe said that Woods needs to focus on fixing Eldrick Woods, not the golf icon fans have been pining to see for years.
Tiger Woods needs to fix himself before he can fix his career
“I’m excited, I’m glad to hear it. The first step is acknowledging you have a problem. He acknowledged that.
The second step is seeking help for that problem. He says he’s doing that.
Third, and probably most important, is to surround yourself and insulate yourself around people who tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear.
This is about fixing Eldrick Woods, not Tiger. Fix the person, not the icon.”
Steven FlynnSteve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Tiger is lucky his accident didn't end in tragedy
“It’s hard for me to believe that this is the first time that Tiger has driven like this. I read this morning from MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving - a study says a person drinks and drives 80 times before their first arrest.
Tiger wasn’t drunk, but he was impaired. Think about that - they drive [impaired] 80 times before their first arrest, on average.
That just goes to show you, Tiger, you got a wake-up call. You had some damage to your car and to your reputation.
The thing is that Tiger Woods, his situation plays out publicly on a global scale.
… This could have ended up very, very differently. He could have harmed himself, he could have harmed someone else, or he could have harmed both parties. Now the only thing that’s been harmed is his reputation and that car.”
Brian SpurlockBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
I’m glad he says he needs help
“Jack [Nicklaus] said ‘Tiger needs help,’ and everybody jumped on Jack because ‘how does Jack know?’ But when you’re around that situation, maybe Jack’s seen some things, maybe Jack knows some things. Instead of trying to give Tiger Woods a pass [because] of what he’s been able to accomplish on the golf course, maybe look inside, because we know this to be a fact. He’s never been the same golfer since that 2009 incident.
Now we can look at it and say ‘well, he still won some tournaments.’ But he wasn’t *that guy* after that night.
I’m glad Tiger is getting some help. I’m glad he says he needs help. Fix the person, not the icon. And I believe Tiger can go on and live a regular life."