Tiger Woods confirms National Enquirer report that he’s in rehab

Do you remember that, around the time of Tiger Woods’s massive cheating scandal in 2009, it came out that The National Enquirer had caught him having a tryst in a parking lot two years earlier (with the Hojos waitress)? The Enquirer quashed that story in exchange for Tiger doing a cover interview for Men’s Fitness, which was under the same parent company.

That’s preface to this story that Tiger has admitted that he’s in rehab again, after the Enquirer/Radar Online reported it. This of course follows his DUI arrest in Florida late last month for prescription intoxication. This same pattern happened in early 2010. The Enquirer claimed Tiger was in rehab and then he admitted it about a week later in his press conference.

Tiger’s recent admission that he’s in treatment (which I’m calling rehab although it may be different) is a very good thing judging by the dashcam video of his field sobriety test and the video of him trying to stay awake at the police station afterwards. Just like last time, The Enquirer reported first that he was in rehab.* Tiger isn’t admitting this of course, but it came to mind when I read his statement. Here’s what Radar Online and their sister publication The Enquirer reported, and I’m also including his statement that he’s in treatment.

Tiger Woods is headed back to rehab after his humiliating DUI arrest, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

The shamed star, 41, secretly arranged a 28-day rehab stint in a bid to retain joint custody of daughter Sam, 9, and son, Charlie, 8.

According to sources, the fallen golf legend — who was busted in the wee hours of May 29 — has reserved the entire male inpatient unit at the Jupiter Medical Center near his Florida mansion.

“Tiger visited the hospital with his children on June 2, then went alone two days later to complete paperwork and his assessment,” an insider told Radar.

According to that clause, “if Tiger gets caught up in a scandal, he could face losing the 20 percent custody he currently has,” the insider spilled, adding the disgraced athlete’s treatment will focus on his addiction to prescription pills. – From Radar

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” he wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.” – Via E! Online

[From Radar Online and via E! Online]

Kudos to him for getting help and admitting it, but did he really need to rent out the whole inpatient unit? Is he even in therapy with other addicts or does he only trust doctors? Tiger had back surgery and had to go on pain medication for that and I that may have sent him into a spiral again. I hope he gets sober, works on himself, and comes out the other side ok. He’s never been particularly likable or humble, but I don’t wish addiction on anyone. This also confirms my belief that many addicts are hyper focused achievers who turn to drugs and alcohol for escape.

*I know the Enquirer has turned into a POS of shit rag that champions Trump and vilifies Democratics, probably because they are under new management and are catering to their base. I wish they would go back to doing surveillance work and scooping stories. I just wanted to give credit where it’s due.



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  1. QQ says:

    Sunken Place All Star over here…. But good for him he needs to get his sh*t together by any means ( or I should say Good For Elin for not playing with her kids’ safety I guess and Him too.. I guess? cause this seems like a direct action coming from a direct Thread/request/directive…)

  2. MaybeTomorrow says:

    I’m likely going to be disapppointed, but I’m really pulling for him to turn his $hit around. While he will likely never reach the professional golfing pinnacle again he once dominated.,…the man is damn talented and seeing him healthy, happy and returned to professional respectability would be awesome.

  3. Ankhel says:

    Hm. He’d look much better if he shaved his head.

    Apart from that, I think the police were shitty and corrupt to release those tapes, it’s not their job to drag people.

    • Izzy says:

      Florida is a sunshine law state, and those dashcam tapes are considered public records. They must be released upon request.

  4. Bridget says:

    Considering how many athletes deal with chronic pain like Tiger, I wonder how epidemic pill dependence is among them. And I truly wonder if this is going to be the way for Tiger to tackle his dependence. He’s trying to complete rehab on his own terms, but will he really surrender to the process when he’s so clearly in the upper hand?

  5. Honey says:

    With all those recent back surgeries, it’s usually normal to take pain killers. Some have trouble stopping them, so it’s great that he admits he has a problem and gets help.
    I’ll always think he’s a gross pig for cheating on his wife, but I hope rehab works for his drug problem

  6. MC2 says:

    Hehehe for “POS of shit rags”. That’s really, really bad.

    I agree with the theory that some alcoholics/addicts are very driven or perfectionists who are so hard on themselves that escape is used and then abused.

    I hope this guys stays sober cuz if history is any indication of future situations (it is) then this guys is a mess when using. And I’ll never forget what he said to some of his mistresses……I’m clutching my pearls as we speak.

  7. Grishnakh says:

    What I don’t get is why these muli-millionaires drive intoxicated. Can’t they use a driver, even I can afford a taxi. So dangerous!

    • Ange says:

      I always think the same thing, all those millions and they insist on driving. Surely having a car company on retainer doesn’t cost that much!

    • sarah says:

      I guess even rich guys like to drive their fancy cars around. I once saw a man who was worth $2 billion driving himself around in what I assume was a new Maybach. He was parking it in a parking lot downtown and freaking out at the possibility that it could get damaged there. This car sells for a few hundred thousand dollars. I know about them because I read on Celebitchy that Jay Z and Beyonce have them.