Golf: Police release new video of Woods struggling in station

This still image from a police vehicle dash-cam video released by the Jupiter, Florida, police department shows officers arresting former world No. 1 Tiger Woods on Monday. He wobbled as he tried to walk along a straight line in a field sobriety test
This still image from a police vehicle dash-cam video released by the Jupiter, Florida, police department shows officers arresting former world No. 1 Tiger Woods on Monday. He wobbled as he tried to walk along a straight line in a field sobriety test.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It shows him disoriented at a police station; Kaymer slams wild reaction to star's arrest

MIAMI • A new police video broadcast by the US media on Thursday shows a handcuffed Tiger Woods trying to blow into a tube as he passes a breathalyser test.

The video footage, taken from inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office during his early Monday arrest and posted on Golf.com, shows the golf superstar struggling to take the test and being helped back to his seat by the jail official who administered the test.

In the video, a barefooted Woods slumps into a plastic chair before he gets up slowly and walks unsteadily to the testing machine.

The operator whistles at the befuddled golf star to try to get his attention.

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"Make a tight seal with your lips and blow directly," she says, but becomes frustrated as Woods appears to ignore her. "Watch, look. Blow directly into that tip until I tell you to stop... blow, blow out, blow out, don't suck it, blow out."

Woods, 41, appears perplexed but is cooperative. He then has trouble returning to his chair, so the operator grabs him by both arms and guides him back to the seat.

Woods had taken a field sobriety test earlier, but blew 0.0 on the breath test in jail. The golfer has blamed his condition - which led to an arrest near his home and charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol - on an adverse reaction to prescription medications.

The 14-time Major champion was taken into custody at 2.49am on Monday, booked into jail at 7.18am and released at 10.50 am.

Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer on Thursday hit out at the "nasty and disrespectful" reaction to Woods' arrest.

The German posted a video of himself on Twitter in which he said: "A lot of people know what happened to Tiger Woods the last few days, few weeks and there are so many comments, so many opinions, they're so unfair and very disrespectful in my opinion.

"Everybody who's involved in golf was changed by his legacy, by his play, by so many things that he has done. He brought cultures together, he made races, Afro Americans, feel more comfortable to play golf. He inspired kids, teenagers, he inspired kind of like all of us.

"I find it so nasty that people kick him while he's already on the floor and at the end of the day it's just using someone else for your own sadness.

"Yes, he's in the public eye, he's in the spotlight a lot, so of course people will talk about him, but why being so nasty? Why don't you try to do the opposite and help him now, the way he inspired us?"

Woods, recovering from a fourth back operation since April 2014, is due in court in Palm Beach County on July 5.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'New video of struggling woods out'. Print Edition | Subscribe