Former world number one Martin Kaymer has hit out at the reaction to Tiger Woods’ arrest on suspicion of DUI on Monday.
Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his car in Florida and put through sobriety tests, arrested and soon released before police revealed there was no sign of alcohol in his system; the 41-year-old insists it was the effects on a mix of prescribed medication.
Two-time major champion Kaymer is the latest star to come out in support of Woods, taking to Twitter to say: “Obviously a lot of people know what happened to Tiger Woods the last few days.
“There’s so many comments, so many opinions. They are so unfair and very disrespectful, in my opinion, because everyone who was involved in golf was changed by his legacy, his play and so many things that he has done,” Kaymer said in a heartfelt message.
“He inspired kids, teenagers; he inspired all of us.”
The German moved on to confess he feels the treatment of Woods has been uncalled for given his impact on the game.
“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,” he continued.
“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 in the way he inspired us?
“That’s why we are where we are now. That’s why we can have what we have.”
Kaymer rounded of his speech with a plead to support Woods in an hour of need rather than putting him further down.
“Stop being so nasty. Try to help. We all want to see him be happier and hopefully one day see him play golf again.”
You can watch the full speech from Kaymer below:
— Martin Kaymer (@MKaymer59) June 1, 2017