Scottie Scheffler Assault Charges Dropped: Odds Were at 66 Percent

Written by:
Jordan Bach
Published on:
May/29/2024

A hearing was scheduled Wednesday to address the criminal case against Scottie Scheffler, 12 days after the world’s No. 1 golfer was arrested for failure to follow police instructions while on his way to the 2024 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.  Charges against Scheffler were ultimately dropped.

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Scheffler allegedly attempted to drive around a crash scene and drove on a median with the misunderstanding he was being directed that way.

The arresting officer, Detective Bryan Gillis, attempted to “attach” himself to Scheffler’s car and claims to have been dragged, however, security footage appears to dispute this claim and the officer was not wearing the required body cam.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell addressed the court at 1 p.m. ET.

Scheffler’s attorney had stated that he would not settle this case with a plea deal and will take it to trial if needed.

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In the end, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office in Louisville, Kentucky, said it would not pursue the case that stemmed from a traffic incident outside the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell asked for the charges to be dismissed with prejudice -- meaning they can't be filed again in the future -- during a court hearing Wednesday.

"Based upon the totality of the evidence, my office cannot move forward in the prosecution of the charges filed against Mr. Scheffler," O'Connell said. "Mr. Scheffler's characterization that this was a 'big misunderstanding' is corroborated by the evidence. The evidence we reviewed supports the conclusion that Detective [Bryan] Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr. Scheffler. However, Mr. Scheffler's actions and the evidence surrounding their exchange during this misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offenses."

Polygon offered a betting market on the charges being dropped against Scheffler with the odds peaking at as high as 90% just two days ago and dropping down to 66% or -194 by Wednesday morning, just hours ahead of the scheduled hearing.

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