Andy Scholes, a sports reporter and anchor for CNN, came under fire by viewers when the veteran journalist touched on the golfing legend’s past use of painkillers moments after news first broke that Woods had been involved in a serious accident.
Scholes first caught the attention of many after he remarked during an on-air Tuesday interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar that he was “stunned, I guess, but not entirely surprised” by reports of the accident. He subsequently followed up his take on the events by bringing up Woods’ past use of painkillers.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 23, 2021
“You know, Tiger back in 2017 was found by police pulled over to the side of the road, asleep in his car. He had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time because we all know Tiger’s undergone a lot of surgeries over the years,” Scholes told Keilar. “Painkillers have become a part of his life.”
— Kathy (@KathyCo60) February 23, 2021
— John Tully⚡ (@Tullycast) February 23, 2021
— john elliott (@swordsone) February 23, 2021
— p (@pthedaway) February 23, 2021
— Andrew Cobb (@BigCobbo_18) February 23, 2021
— Larry Arno (@Paparazzilja) February 23, 2021
— shawn clounch (@shawn_clounch) February 23, 2021
— Chuck Bausman (@ChuckBausman) February 23, 2021
As the tweets and comments began to roll in, Scholes eventually acknowledged his misstep and issued an apology, telling a variety of users on Twitter that he “didn’t mean for it to come out that way.”
— Andy Scholes (@AndyScholesCNN) February 23, 2021
Hours after reports surfaced of the accident, local law enforcement officials held a news briefing and confirmed that Woods did not appear to show any signs of impairment when first responders arrived on the scene.
An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Lomita station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters on Wednesday that Woods is not facing any charges of reckless driving, but that he may be issued a low-level offense if investigators determine he was either speeding or not paying attention to traffic.