Scottie Scheffler Arrested On Way To PGA Championship

On his way to the PGA Championship, Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was stopped by police in Louisville on Friday morning. Incredibly, cameras captured him being handcuffed, being led to a police vehicle, and being accused of assault after he allegedly tried to avoid traffic that was backed up due to a pedestrian fatality investigation. Scheffler resumed his tournament participation after being freed later in the morning.

Scheffler was reportedly charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, careless driving, and disobeying an officer’s traffic signals. Scheffler’s lawyer, Steve Romines, claimed in a statement to CBS News that the player “never at any point assaulted any officer with his vehicle” and that “we will litigate this matter as needed.”

The facts of the case have come to light that the police officer was hanging onto Scheffler’s car door.  Scheffler kept going because he didn’t think that it was a police officer because he was wearing a yellow outfit instead of the uniform.  Now, it was dark and rainy outside so the case for the misunderstanding is substantial.  Now why didn’t Scheffler stop even if he didn’t think it was a cop?  More details are sure to come from this complete mess.

In a statement posted to Instagram, Scheffler said he was in a “very chaotic situation.”

“There was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do,” Scheffler said. “I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.”

Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, later started the second round shortly after 10 a.m. EDT.

According to the police, a bus struck a person who was crossing the street in a lane designated for tournament traffic. WLKY, a CBS station, said that police stated the man passed away there. The only road leading to Valhalla Golf Club was jammed with traffic, backing up for over a mile in each way. Numerous police cars were stationed close to the entrance, flashing red and blue lights.

Scheffler was in an eastbound lane when he entered the westbound lanes, where a detective in a uniform was waiting, according to a police report. Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated forward,” the report states, after the investigator halted him and tried to give him instructions.

Scheffler has won four of his previous five competitions. For the past three weeks, he had been at home in Dallas, awaiting the birth of his first kid, a son, who was born on May 8.

In an attempt to become just the sixth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year, Scheffler started the round with a 4-under 67 and was five strokes off the lead.

In the previous month, Scheffler triumphed in his second Masters Tournament in three years, finishing four strokes ahead of his nearest rivals and at 11 under.

ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington said he watched this unfold. Police PULLED Scheffler out of the car, PUSHED him up against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs. “Scheffler was then walked over to the police car, placed in the back, in handcuffs, very stunned about what was happening, looked toward me and said, ‘Please help me,'” “He very clearly did not know what was happening in the situation. It moved very quickly, very rapidly, very AGGRESSIVELY.”

This is the cop who arrested Scheffler.

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