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All charges dropped.

Criminal charges have been dropped against world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler after 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.”

Mileage may vary, I suppose, but I was quite surprised at the depth of vitriol towards Scheffler in the comment threads following his arrest. It looked to me from a very early vantage that Scheffler had done little-to-nothing wrong and that the Louisville PD was over-reacting. Certainly interesting that the first reaction of a lot of folks was “rich white guy gonna be a felon hahaha” rather than “Louisville PD doing what it does so well.” Anyway, the saga is now over; it’s possible that Scheffler may file suit but seems unlikely…

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