- A CNN journalist has been criticised online for his insensitive remarks while doing commentary on live television
- The scribe said he was not really surprised that the golf player was involved in an accident
- Social media users have rebuked him for what he said while the accident was still breaking in various outlets
A CNN sports journalist has found himself in trouble after making remarks on golf icon Tiger Wood's recent horrific car accident. The reporter was criticised on social media after saying that he was 'not entirely surprised' that Tiger Wood's car was wrecked.
According to the scribe, the veteran player was involved in another car accident in 2017 while taking prescribed painkillers.
He made these remarks while the news of the athlete was still breaking on various media outlets, including CNN.
While doing a live link on the media platform, Andy Scholes did not hesitate to say:
''I am stunned, I guess. But not entirely surprised by what we are seeing here. You know, Tiger back in 2017 was found by police, pulled over on the side of road, you know, asleep in his car.'
"You know, he had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time because we all know, Tiger has undergone a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become a part of his life.”
Scholes has however issued an apology saying he never intended to hurt anyone with his sentiments.
This is what he said:
In the referenced 2017 incident, Woods was found by police officers sleeping while behind the wheel of his Mercedes Benz in Florida and after undergoing tests, it was discovered that the player had an active ingredient of marijuana and other drugs in his system.
In his defence, Woods told the police officers that he had a reaction caused by several prescriptions drugs.
Here are some comments from social media users concerning the reporter's sentiments:
''Well, it did come out that way and it was totally insensitive. Report facts, not what you surmise!''
''It appears Andy realises he made a mistake. It is incredibly difficult to provide commentary on a story that you have not researched or anticipated. The "just keep talking" part of 24/7 news invariably means mistakes are made. Let us direct our energy to praying for Tiger.''
''Look at all the fake outrage. Andy’s thoughts were poorly verbalised but everyone thought the same thing when they first heard the news.''
“ 'Sorry it came out that way' is not an apology. Instead of saying you’re sorry you said it wrong, you should be saying you are sorry you said it. Period.''
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Woods suffered multiple leg injuries after the accident. Woods is currently in hospital after being involved in a near-fatal car crash on Tuesday, 23 February.
His agent Mark Steinberg confirmed the morning incident as he revealed in a statement the 45-year old suffered “multiple” leg injuries.
“Tiger Woods was in a single car accident this morning in Carlifonia where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” the statement said.
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Source: Briefly News