Superstar professional golfer and sports icon Tiger Woods was involved in a serious rollover car crash on Tuesday afternoon, and reactions from around the sports world came swiftly.
For the most part, the social media-heavy outpouring of support for the American sports legend was positive, fill with well-wishes and heartwarming stories about Woods’ impact on the game of golf, and on the nation in general.
But, of course, someone in the mainstream media had to take things too far in what would could easily be construed as an attempt to stir up controversy.
CNN sports anchor Andy Scholes was forced to walk back remarks he made on air Tuesday after golf star Tiger Woods was injured in a car wreck.take our poll - story continues below
Scholes appeared on the cable network to weigh in on the accident shortly after news broke that a car driven by Woods had tumbled off a steep road in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. With little information available about the accident, Scholes speculated that the sports legend’s past use of painkillers may have had something to do with the accident
“What are your thoughts right now?” CNN anchor Brianna Keilar asked Scholes.
“I mean, Brianna, you know, stunned I guess but not entirely surprised by what we’re seeing here,” he answered. “You know, Tiger in 2017 was found by police pulled over on 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 has gone under a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become part of his life.”
Scholes spent much of the afternoon apologizing for his unfathomably tone-deaf comments.
Woods is said to have been lucky to survive the accident, and initial reports regarding his recovery indicate that the golfer’s right leg has been extensively repaired via surgery, pins, and rods.
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