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Scottie Scheffler might not have to face the trial for the charges labeled against him. A recent report indicates that the Jefferson County prosecutors are mulling over dropping the charges against the current world no. 1 golfer. There were four charges against Scheffler: 2nd-degree assault of a police officer, 3rd-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic.

The LMPD report claimed Scottie Scheffler ‘refused to comply’ with the orders by Detective Bryan Gillis. When the officer attached himself to the car, Scheffler pulled away, resulting in “pain, swelling, abrasions to his left knee and wrist.” Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, refuted the claims, however. Interestingly, the Louisville Mayor, Craig Greenberg, said there was no body-cam footage available from the officer. 

Now, Kevin Van Valkenburg, the editorial director of the No Laying Up podcast, tweeted, “Some news this morning: According to a source familiar with the office’s thinking, Jefferson County prosecutors are planning, as of now, to drop the charges against Scottie Scheffler early next week. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Scottie Scheffler was arrested on Friday morning after an alleged misunderstanding in front of Valhalla. Scheffler was trying to enter the course for a warm-up session before his morning. However, due to a shuttle bus hitting and killing 69-year-old John Millis, traffic at Shelbyville Road was at a standstill, and the officers were controlling the situation. 

Scheffler, unaware of the situation and the postponement of the second round, tried to avoid traffic. He said the ensuing fiasco, in which he was taken into custody, was the result of a big misunderstanding.

Scheffler also detailed the whole ordeal from his point of view. He said that one police officer helped him calm down and get out of the car before he was booked and fingerprinted. “This one older officer looked at me as I was doing my fingerprints or whatever, and he looks at me and he goes, ‘So do you want the full experience today?'” This left Scheffler surprised.

“I kind of looked at him, and I was like, I don’t know how to answer that.” Scheffler said the officer then offered him a sandwich which he accepted. An arrested Scheffler was released from jail later that morning and then competed in the second round.

Upon completing 18 holes on Friday, Scheffler told reporters, “I feel like my head is still spinning. I can’t really explain what happened this morning. I was pretty rattled to say the least. I was never angry. I was just in shock. I was shaking for like an hour.”

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who was there at the scene, claimed it was a chaotic and confusing situation. It has been shrouded in mystery as to how and when the confrontation began.

The lack of conclusive evidence available makes it all the more difficult to assess the situation. 

What’s next for Scottie Scheffler?

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Notably, yesterday, the Louisville Mayor, Craig Greenberg, revealed that LMPD Detective Bryan Gillis, who arrested Scheffler, didn’t have his body cam turned on or wasn’t wearing the device. So, there was no official footage of his altercation with the officer. But not all footage is lost. “We will release footage that we have… There is some footage from across the street from a fixed camera when Mr. Scheffler was being arrested,” Greenberg said. Although the mayor said they were looking at some CCTV footage, it hasn’t been made public.

Meanwhile, Scheffler has found support from golf influencer Grace Charis. She posted a photo of herself in a crop top shirt with Scheffler’s mugshot across her chest.

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On Saturday, the 10-time PGA Tour winner Scheffler told Todd Lewis of Golf Channel that he talked with his attorney. Romines, though, was ready to appear before the court on May 21, Tuesday unless the charges weren’t dropped. But it appears that might not be necessary.

Stay tuned to EssentiallySports as the excitement unfolds at Valhalla to get all the latest updates!

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