Scottie Scheffler charges dropped as attorney issues fiery (!) response to reporter

Scottie Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines did not hold back to reporters after charges against the World No.1 were dropped on Wednesday.

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines issued a fiery response to a reporter moments after it was revealed charges against the World No.1 had been dropped following his arrest during the PGA Championship at Valhalla earlier this month.

GolfMagic provided LIVE updates from the Scheffler arrest hearing, which took place at the Hall of Justice in Louisville.

Scheffler, 27, was arrested just after 6am on Friday 17 May as he made his way to Valhalla GC for the second round of the US PGA.

The two-time Masters champion was detained by police after he misunderstood the traffic flow situation into the golf club following a fatal collision that happened around 5am.

Footage showed Scheffler being frog-marched to the back of a police vehicle in handcuffs.

He was then taken straight to jail and Louisville Department of Corrections soon posted a mugshot of him.

Scottie Scheffler's mugshot
Scottie Scheffler's mugshot

Scheffler was booked in to his jail cell at 7.28am and released at 8.40am, meaning he was able to still compete in the second round of the PGA Championship.

He somehow went on to post an round of 66 but would go on to finish T8.

Scheffler was charged with second-degree of assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals.

He was due to appear in court on Tuesday 21 May but his arraignment was rescheduled to 3 June, a week before the 2024 US Open.

However, after reviewing the evidence and learning Detective Bryan Gillis 'broke policy' for not having his body-worn camera on, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell cleared all the charges brought against Scheffler on Wednesday May 29. 

Charges against Scheffler have now been dropped
Charges against Scheffler have now been dropped

O'Connell said Scheffler's actions did not "satisfy the elements of any criminal offence" and "corroborated" Scheffler's assertation that the incident was a "big misunderstanding".

He added: "The evidence we reviewed supports the conclusion that detective Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr Scheffler."

Moments later, Scheffler's attorney Romines reacted to the news outside the courthouse. 

Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines hit back at a reporter
Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines hit back at a reporter

Romines told reporters how Scheffler was 'glad' the ordeal was over', but that they would have started civil litigation next Monday had the charges not been dismissed. 

He was then irked by one question put forward to him by WAVE3 reporter Natalia Martinez.

Romines did not hold back! 

Scroll below to watch what happened...

After seeing a fresh video of Scheffler's conversation with the officer that went viral on social media earlier in the day, WAVE3's Martinez said to Romines: "The statements that Scottie made after the arrest don't seem to fully align with what you're saying right now. He admits he got impatient, and went too far..."

"No," asserted Romines. "Here's what happened," as he looked into the eyes of the reporter and held up the palm of his hand. 

"He is being interrogated after the most stressful situation of his life. Alright? And a officer is actually asking him leading questions and trying to get him to agree with them, and THAT is why you don't talk to the police because they're going to try and put words in your mouth.."

The reporter then interrupts with: "But that was after he read his Miranda Rights, he didn't have to speak..."

Romines then hit back with: "Of course, he didn't have to speak, but again, he asked to talk to the officer. He wanted to explain to him what happened. However, they're trying to get him to confess to something that he didn't do, and the video evidence shows he didn't do it."

Once the case had been closed, Scheffler took to his Instagram Story to give his take on matters, and once again pay his respects to John Mills who lost his life in a fatal collision an hour before his arrest outside of Valhalla GC. 

Scheffler's post on Instagram Story
Scheffler's post on Instagram Story

Scheffler wrote on his Instagram Story:

"Earlier today, I was informed by my attorney, Steve Romines, that all charges were formally dismissed in regard to the incident outside of Valhalla Golf Club on May 17. 

"As I stated previously, this was an unfortunate misunderstanding. I hold no ill will towards Officer Gillis. I wish to put this incident behind me and move on, and I hope he will do the same. Police officers have a difficult job and I hold them in high regard. This was a severe miscommunication in a chaotic situation.

"I appreciate the support during the past two weeks and want to again encourage everyone to remember the real tragedy of May 17. My thoughts and praysers continues to be with John Mills and his family, and I hope to personally offer my condolences now that the case is over. May John rest in peace.

"Thank you, Scottie."

Scheffler is not competing on the PGA Tour this week, but he is expected to be back in action at the Memorial Tournament next week before heading into the US Open at Pinehurst. 

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