Tiger Woods has officially pleaded not-guilty to a DUI he received when he was arrested this past Memorial Day.
Woods’ lawyer, Douglas Duncan, appeared in a Palm Beach Gardens court Wednesday morning, to meet with Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis. The two agreed to postpone a hearing for Woods in order to sort out the details to an agreement in which Woods would enter a rehab program to avoid jail time and give him a clean record.
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Woods is not in the clear just yet.
“Nothing is final until everyone signs on the dotted line,” Ellis said to the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday.
Duncan filed paper work on Wednesday and is set to appear back in court on October 25th.
If all goes accordingly, the 14-time Major Champion will enter Palm Beach County’s DUI diversion program for first-time offenders. A program started by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.
“The Program is an important effort to make our community safer by ensuring that drivers prosecuted for first-time DUIs (for both alcohol and drug use) have their underlying substance abuse issues addressed,” Aronberg said in a statement.
“Defendants accept responsibility for their actions, our streets are safer, and taxpayers benefit from fewer trials and lower costs to our criminal justice system.”
Four days prior to the arrest on May 28th, Woods wrote on his personal blog about the fusion surgery on his back. Woods urged his fans not to worry and that many other Tour professionals have undergone the same procedure.
“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse.”
Even if Woods is prepared to make another comeback, some people around the PGA like Paul Azinger believe Tiger may be in danger of these prescription medications. Azinger appeared on The Herd in early June and discussed what he heard from others in the professional ranks.
One thing is certain, Tiger Woods entering this program will be delaying his comeback to professional golf by at least another 12 months.