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Who would have thought that one of the calmest golfers would end up in jail? Scottie Scheffler wanted to get in a workout before he teed off on Friday at Valhalla but instead got arrested. As he was being handcuffed and taken to jail, he was “rattled.” Upon returning to the greens at 9:12 AM, he issued a statement and termed the entire situation a “big misunderstanding.” Only if it was, though!

You see, the mayhem went out of hand pretty soon. It was revealed that the golfer was slapped with four charges: second-degree assault against a police officer, disregarding an officer’s order, reckless driving, and third-degree criminal mischief. Later, Kevin Van Valkenburg of the No Laying Up podcast reported, “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 AM on Tuesday.”

This meant Scheffler would have walked out of the civil court on Tuesday, May 21, without any criminal records. But no. The earlier update was utterly false. Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, debunked all the rumors and said, “Whoever reported [the charges] were going to be dismissed was not accurate.” Romines further defined his client and stated that the 27-year-old did nothing wrong and was just trying to follow orders like everyone else.

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A courtroom video of Romines has surfaced online, where he asked for a change in the arraignment date. The delay was reportedly requested because of a conflict in Romines’ schedule. Although the prosecutors argued against the motion and Jefferson County attorney Mike O’Connell opposed it, the date was pushed to June 3 at 9:00 AM.

With the date being pushed to June, Scheffler will be present in court next month for the charges against him. According to the arrest report, Officer Bryan Gillis was dragged to the ground when he was attempting to stop Scheffler’s car. Furthermore, the incident reportedly left Gillis with “pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left knee and  wrist.” However, as per ESPN play-by-play announcer Bob Wischusen, things might have gone down differently.

Wischusen told Golf.com that Officer Gillis “kind of jumped in front” of the golfer’s car enthusiastically. Scheffler might have been following another officer’s direction and started pulling away slowly. “When [Scheffler] drove past him, the cop got very angry pursuing the car. My impression was he was kind of running alongside chasing the car, and maybe he tripped and fell.” Explaining what he saw, Wischusen added, “I could see him stumble, but I did not have a very clear view of exactly how you want to categorize his contact with the car.” He did attempt to do so, though.

According to Wischusen, Scheffler was driving at “the speed that you would drive a car if you were pulling up to the front gate of a place.” Well, whatever happens in this case remains to be seen. But for now, one can say that Scheffler isn’t in the clear yet. Although he has found an ally in ESPN’s employees, the other side is strong, too!

Jeff Darlington’s video is the only visible evidence as of now 

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ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington was the first person to break the news at 6:00 AM. He posted a video on X wherein he was seen interacting with the police, and the golfer was handcuffed and taken away. Upon Darlington’s inquiry, the officer replied, “He’s going to jail.” As the case progressed, one might have assumed that proper evidence that would lay down what happened would come out, but nothing of that sort has happened so far.

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Louisville Mayor Craig Green revealed there was no body cam footage captured from Officer Bryan Gillis. The mayor explained, “The officer did not have bodycam footage turned on during the incident. We will release the footage that we have. We have not discovered any video of the initial contact between Officer Gillis and Mr. Scheffler.” Additionally, Craig Green also revealed there was footage recorded by the camera across the street. The mayor assured the footage would be released soon, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The date for Scottie Scheffler’s arraignment has been postponed as of now, and people will get to see him in court on June 3. As he and his team plan to plead not guilty, they will likely be on the lookout for more evidence. Will there be any more new twists and turns in Scheffler’s case? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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