Rachel Uchitel, the former Tiger Woods paramour who was at the center of the 2009 scandal that cost him his marriage, told The Post Tuesday she’s “shaken up” about the golf star’s crash and is concerned about what the injuries mean for his career.
“Obviously hearing the news has shaken me up as it’s probably shaken everybody up to see that. Hearing [agent Mark Steinberg] say that he’s in surgery for his legs is something that really worries me and when you hear a comment like that you know it’s true,” Uchitel said by phone Tuesday afternoon.
“He’s an athlete and his legs are essential to his sport and to him being who he is and he’s already had trouble with his body up until this point,” the 45-year-old, who’s currently studying for the LSATs, continued.
“He didn’t need any more injuries.”
Early Tuesday morning, Woods suffered injuries to both legs during a roll-over car crash in California and was in surgery following a rescue that required the jaws of life to get him free.
The golf legend, 45, was pulled from the mangled remains of his SUV following the single-vehicle accident in Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County just after 7 a.m.
The extent of his injuries were not disclosed but his agent told Golf Digest he suffered “multiple leg injuries” and was undergoing surgery.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. In 2017, Woods was infamously arrested for DUI in Florida after cops found him passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz following a minor car accident.
He told cops at the time he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax, and announced soon after he was seeking “professional help to manage my medications” and deal with back pain and a sleep disorder.
“I’m not gonna speculate on any of that until we see how he’s doing,” Uchitel said.
“First and foremost people should hear how he is before they go down the rabbit hole on… how he got there in the first place. Let’s just hear how he is.”