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FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, golfer Tiger Woods prepares to sign copies of his new book at a book signing in New York. Police say golf great Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says on its website that Woods was booked into a county jail around 7 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A fellow golfer criticized the 'disrespectful and unfair' reaction to Tiger Woods' arrest


Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer criticized the public's reaction to the news of golfer Tiger Woods' DUI arrest. 

 Kaymer posted a 2-minute video to his Twitter account Thursday, coming to Woods' defense. 

"Obviously a lot of people know what happened to Tiger Woods the last few days, few weeks,'' Kaymer said. "There's so many comments, so many opinions. They are so unfair and so disrespectful, in my opinion.''

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Woods was arrested for driving under the influence Monday in Jupiter, Florida. He had a 0.000 BAC, according to police reports. 

The 14-time majors winner issued an apology after the incident, emphasizing that alcohol was not a factor.

Woods fell asleep at the wheel and failed a sobriety test after taking prescribed medications.  

"What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly," Woods said. "I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too."

Kaymer, as well as other golfers, showed support for Woods after the incident. 

"He inspired kids, teenagers; he inspired all of us,'' Kaymer said. "I find it so nasty that people just 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 so nasty? Why don't you try to do the opposite and help him now in the way he inspired us?''

Woods is still recovering from back surgery and is expected to be out until October.

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