CNN Anchor Andy Scholes Apologizes for Saying 'Not Totally Shocked' by Tiger Woods Car Crash
CNN sports writer Andy Scholes has apologised for saying that he was "not entirely surprised" that golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident on Tuesday.
Woods may have been fortunate to escape with his life after a rollover car accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, California left him with two compound leg fractures and a broken ankle, according to a story from The Los Angeles Times. Scholes apologised after making the controversial remarks about Woods during a CNN broadcast within hours of the accident, causing hundreds of outraged comments to be aimed his way on social media.
"Stunned I guess, but not entirely surprised by, you know, what we're seeing here," Scholes said during the segment when asked for his response to the accident by host Brianna Keilar. "Tiger, back in 2017, was found by police, pulled over to the side of the road. You know, asleep in his car. He had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time. Because, as well all know, Tiger has undergone a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become a part of his life."
Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Florida in 2017 for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Police also speculated that alcohol or narcotics could have been a factor in Woods' single-car crash near his Florida home in 2009, but no supporting evidence was found, according to The New York Post.
However, Los Angeles County law enforcement officials said that there is no proof or suggestion that Woods was impaired at the time of Tuesday's accident, while acknowledging that the single-car crash occurred in a region with a "high frequency of accidents" with Woods driving at a "relatively greater speed than normal." Scholes' speculation was quickly criticized on Twitter.
"This is just irresponsible journalism," tweeted Hemal Jhaveri, an editor for USA Today Sports. "We don't know anything yet. CNN needs to get some real sports reporters."
Scholes repeatedly apologised to Twitter users in response to the backlash shortly after the segment aired. He said that his comments were "delivered poorly" to a Twitter user who begged him to "at least give [Woods] the benefit of the doubt that he's turned his life around and not on pain killers."
"Sorry didn't mean for it to come out that way," Scholes responded to more than a dozen other critical tweets.