Golfer Tiger Woods broke his silence following his DUI arrest in late May.
Woods posted on social media that he was “currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder.”
Woods was arrested after being found asleep at the wheel. He did not have alcohol in his system, but was under the influence of several prescription medications. Fox Sports announcer Paul Azinger, a former tour pro, said many players have been concerned for years about Woods’ potential addiction to painkillers, following years of injuries to his neck and back.
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"I know firsthand there are some players that think there's a problem there with Tiger," Azinger told former Charlotte Observer reporter Jason Whitlock on a Fox Sports talk show. "I don't, I haven't been around him much the last few years. But there are some players out there that are saying this has been a problem for a while. And Tiger’s close to a few people, not many, and a few people around Tiger probably know there’s a problem and if they don’t intervene, it’s on them. Addiction is a big problem, and if he’s addicted, somebody better intervene.”
Azinger still thinks, however, Tiger can come back.
“If he’s hooked on a Vicodin or anything like that,” Azinger said, “that can be a death sentence for a guy. And I think that Tiger may be looking at rehab if he is hooked on something like that or if it was just a mistake, then that’s not as a big an issue. But those pills kill. And I’m more worried about Tiger as a man, as a person, as a father than I am about his golfing career....He’s only 40. If he’s pain free I wouldn’t rule him out (for a comeback in golf). I saw Tiger in his prime. I know what he can do....(But) if he’s got an addiction problem, this better be addressed or we may not have him around.”
So was this an admission of an addiction from Woods, or simply word that he is getting treatment? Social media had its say.