Tiger Woods finalized a plea deal last week in Palm Beach County, Fla. on his DUI charge from May, and details of that deal are now becoming public.
Prosecutor Dave Aronberg disclosed the terms of Woods’ deal to Sports Illustrated, indicating that Woods followed proper procedure throughout the entire process. “He was all business,” Aronberg told SI, regarding Woods’ appearance in court. “He was there to get the job done … There was no chitchat. There was no glad-handing. There were no selfies. He doesn’t mess around. He was there on a mission.”
Woods was picked up over Memorial Day weekend while under the influence of five drugs, and the bedraggled mug shot and dash cam video were a further humiliation for a man who once thrived on intimidation. It’s no surprise, then, that Woods wanted this entire matter put away as soon as possible.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Woods is subject to random drug tests at any time over the next year to ensure that he’s clean. Woods’ attorney said he completed the mandatory 20 hours of community service and Internet-based DUI awareness program prior to his appearance in court, as well as time in a rehab facility.
Since no alcohol was detected on Woods’ breath, he was not subject to an ignition lock. If there had been anyone else in the car, he would not have been able to work out the plea deal that he did. As SI noted, Woods was seen with a coffee cup in front of him during the recent Presidents Cup while the rest of his United States teammates were enjoying some adult beverages.
Woods, who hasn’t played competitive golf since early February, is slated to make his return to the game later this month at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
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