Three weeks after his DUI arrest, a tweet appeared on Tiger Woods’s official Twitter account Monday evening, stating he was “receiving professional help” to manage his medications and how he deals with back pain and an undisclosed sleeping disorder.
Woods was arrested during the early hours of May 29 after Jupiter police say they found the golfing legend asleep behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz on Military Trail south of Indian Creek Parkway. The 41-year-old, Jupiter Island resident told police he did not have anything to drink that evening, and his Breathalyzer later showed 0.000 at the Palm Beach County Jail. Woods, who underwent a fourth back-surgery in April, told police that he did take prescribed medications including Vicodin.
Woods apologized on the evening of May 29, saying he had an “unexpected reaction” to medications.
In the tweet signed “By TW” on Monday, he said had sought out “professional help” to manage his medications. He did not say where he was receiving any kind of help or treatment and what “sleep disorder” he suffers from. According to the pro golfer’s Twitter biography, all tweets he personally posts he signs with his initials.
To end the short note, he thanked everyone for their support.
“I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on the tour.”
Replies to the tweet poured in, many wishing him good luck and sending prayers as others said they hoped to see him out on the golf course once again.
Days before his arrest in May, Woods posted a blog on his website about his recovery after his most recent surgery, saying he hadn’t “felt this good in years” and that once he healed he wanted to “play professional golf again.”
“I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked,” he wrote of his decision to undergo surgery. “I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.”
Medications listed in a police report of Woods’ arrest range from anti-inflammatory drugs like Toriz and Vioxx to pain killers like Vicodin.
William Fagan, pharmacy director at Delray Medical Center, previously told The Palm Beach Post that patients on Vicodin don’t want to be driving because it inhibits reflex times and consciousness.
Dashboard cam footage released by Jupiter police showed Woods unsteady on his feet and his eyes closed when police conducted the roadside sobriety test that morning.
Officers said when they found him asleep behind the wheel of the Mercedes, the car was still running with the brake lights on. Police noted in their report the vehicle had two flat tires on the driver’s side and damage to the front and rear bumpers. It’s still unclear what Woods may have hit.
A second video, released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, shows Woods at the Palm Beach County jail taking a Breathalyzer test before he is booked into the jail. In that video, he fumbles saying his own name. As he sits in a seat waiting to take the blow for the test, he appears to lean over as if he’s falling asleep. Records indicate Woods blew 0.000 both times. As far as the test results for the urine sample he provided, those have not been released by police at this time.
Woods’ next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 9, according to Palm Beach County court records. Woods may qualify for the first-time DUI offender program offered in the county. In the program, offenders serve 12 months of probation, the DUI charge is dropped and they plead to a lesser charge of reckless driving.