A CNN sports reporter was ripped online on the air to say he was “not completely surprised” about Tiger Woods’ California car wreck – citing the veteran golfer’s 2017 crash over prescription painkillers Happened.
Andy Scholes commented – for which he later apologized – the roll-over crash was still breaking out of Los Angeles on Tuesday.
When asked by the CNN host about his thoughts on the accident, Scholes replied: “Shocked, I think. But not completely surprised by what we’re seeing here.”
“You know, in 2017, Tiger,” said Scholes, was found by police, dragged on the side of the road, you know, sleeping in his car.
“You know, he said that he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time because we all know that Tiger has undergone a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become a part of his life.”
Scholes was referring to Woods’ DUI bust in Florida. The master champion was escorted by police from behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz.
Testing showed that Woods had Vicodin, Delodid, Xanax, Ambien, and THC, the active components of marijuana, in his system. He told authorities that he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Wikodin and Xanax.
Commentators on Twitter quickly slapped Scholes for his words of choice.
“I think it was completely insensitive that the first thing you brought to the breaking news about the Tigers was his previous injuries, painkillers and alcohol. It was disgusting,” wrote Twitter user @ KathyCo60
Another user, @BigCobbo, said, “You should be ashamed. ‘I’m not completely surprised what I’m seeing right now’ goes to indicate that the pain is because of the killers when you have no idea. Classless.”
A third person Commented: “You should be ashamed of yourself. Blame and shake @TigerWoods before you know the details. #PrayForTiger
In response to those tweets, and several others calling him out, Scholes issued an apology.
“Sorry, it was not meant to come out like this,” He replied.