World No. 1 Golfer Scottie Scheffler Facing Assault Charges: Lawyer to Defend

Find out why world’s top-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler is embroiled in assault charges during the 2023 WGC-Dell Match Play. Follow the legal drama and his tournament progress amidst the controversy.

Golf World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler Faces Assault Charges, Lawyer Vows to Fight

According to Golf Channel, world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler was arrested on Friday morning after an incident involving a police officer near the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Scheffler is currently competing in the 2023 WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

Scheffler’s lawyer, Steve Romines, insists the Masters champion is prepared to go to trial if the charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals are not dropped. Romines argues that the incident was a “big miscommunication” and that Scheffler “didn’t do anything wrong.”

“The officer did not have bodycam footage turned on during the incident.”

  • Craig Greenberg, Louisville Mayor

The police report alleges that Detective Bryan Gillis stopped Scheffler’s car and attempted to provide instructions, but the golfer refused to comply and “accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground.” Scheffler is set to be arraigned on Tuesday, where his lawyer says they will enter a plea of not guilty.

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg confirmed that there is no police bodycam footage of the incident, but footage from a fixed camera near the entrance to Valhalla Golf Club is expected to be released in the coming days.

Despite the legal issues, Scheffler carded a second-round score of 66 at the WGC-Dell Match Play, leaving him three shots behind the halfway leader, Xander Schauffele.

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