A CNN sports reporter was ripped online for saying on air he was “not entirely surprised” about Tiger Woods’ California car wreck — citing the legendary golfer’s 2017 crash while on prescription painkillers — and later apologized.
Andy Scholes made the remarks Tuesday as the roll-over crash outside Los Angeles was still breaking.
Asked about his thoughts on the accident by a CNN host, Scholes replied: “Stunned, I guess. But not entirely surprised by what we’re seeing here.”
Scholes continued, “You know, Tiger, back in 2017 was found by police, pulled over on the side of the road, you know, asleep in his car.
“You know, he had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time because we all know, Tiger has undergone a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become a part of his life.”
Scholes was referencing Woods’ DUI bust in Florida. The Master champion was found by police passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz.
Tests showed Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system. He told officers that he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax.
Commenters on Twitter quickly slammed Scholes for his choice of words.
“I think it was completely insensitive that at the breaking news about Tigers accident the first thing you brought up were his past injuries, painkillers and alcohol. It was disgusting,” wrote Twitter user @KathyCo60.
Another user, @BigCobbo, said, “You should be embarrassed. ‘I’m not entirely surprised what I am seeing right now’ goes on to indicate this is because of pain killers when you have NO idea. Classless.”
A third person commented: “you should be ashamed of yourself. Blaming and shaming @TigerWoods before we know the details. #prayForTiger.”
Responding to those tweets, and numerous other ones calling him out, Scholes issued apologies.
“Sorry didn’t mean for it to come out that way,” he replied.