Tiger Woods has reportedly checked himself back into rehab following his DUI arrest on May 29. The golfer, 41, has allegedly been making arrangements to get professional help in order to keep joint custody of his children, daughter Sam, 9, and son Charlie, 8.
According to Radar Online, Tiger Woods’ rehab stay comes just weeks after his shocking DUI arrest, where he claims he had a bad reaction to prescription medication. Woods allegedly planned a secret 28-day stint at the Jupiter Medical Center near his mansion in Florida. The PGA legend reportedly reserved an entire male inpatient unit at the facility and will be focusing on his alleged addiction to prescription medication.
“Tiger visited the hospital with his children on June 2, then went alone two days later to complete paperwork and his assessment,” an insider revealed.
Meanwhile, rumors are flying that Tiger Woods is afraid of losing custody of his children. Woods currently has about 20 percent custody of Sam and Charlie, and if he doesn’t get his act together, he could lose what little time he does get with them.
“If Tiger gets caught up in a scandal, he could face losing the 20 percent custody he currently has.”
Now, Tiger’s ex-wife, Elin, is said to be considering trying to get full custody of the children, at least for now. Elin reportedly wants Tiger to get better, but she will not allow her children to be in danger if their father is under the influence.
“Elin wants Tiger to get professional help before the kids spend a single night alone with him again! God forbid they’re in the car when he’s drugged up!” an insider explained.
As many fans know, this isn’t the first time that Tiger Woods has entered rehab, and he is no stranger to scandal. Tiger checked himself into rehab in early 2010 for sex addiction following a massive media scandal over his multiple affairs.
In late 2009, Tiger Woods’ many mistresses began to come out of the woodwork. The golfer couldn’t seem to escape the plethora of women who were coming forward to reveal that the professional athlete had been unfaithful to his wife with them. The shocking news created a media firestorm and tore Tiger’s life apart. Woods and his then-wife, Elin, divorced soon after, and Tiger was forced to hold a press conference to apologize for his “transgressions.”
The cheating scandal changed Tiger Woods’ career and clean, wholesome image forever. Fans no longer looked at Woods as the role model they once had, and his career began to suffer. Since that time, Tiger has undergone multiple surgeries for injuries he’s suffered due to his years on the golf course. Despite all the drama, Tiger had been managing to lay low until news of his DUI arrest made headlines.
Florida police reportedly found Tiger Woods behind the wheel of his car. The golfer had admitted to taking prescription pills and failed a sobriety test. Celebrity Insider reports that Tiger later admitted he had taken Sololexx, Torix, Vioxx, and Vicodin. Tiger also allegedly told police he had taken Xanax, which is a drug usually given for those suffering from depression and anxiety. The FDA warns that when Xanax is taken with an opioid, like Viocdin, the side effect may include profound sedation, coma, or death. After failing the sobriety test, as seen in the video below, Tiger was later taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence.
The Golf Channel blog reports that many of Tiger Woods’ fellow professionals believe that the legendary golfer is struggling with pain medication abuse.
“I know firsthand there are some players that think there’s a problem there with Tiger. 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,” explained former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger.
What are your thoughts on the latest Tiger Woods drama? Are you happy to hear he’s going to rehab to get help?
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