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Will Scottie Scheffler sue Louisville police for arrest? This is what he said

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Scottie Scheffler spoke at length for the first time since charges against him were dropped following his arrest on May 17 outside Valhalla Golf Club ahead of the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship.

When a reporter asked him when he learned that the charges against him would be dropped, Scheffler responded with a grin and a chuckle, “Man, I thought you were going to ask me about golf.”

The world's No. 1 golfer was arrested for allegedly injuring a police officer during an altercation outside Valhalla. The charges were dropped on May 29.

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Scheffler said he was confident the charges would be dropped later this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The tournament ended on May 26.

“Obviously we had a lot of evidence on our side,” Scheffler said. “We had to take legal action at that point.”

“It was pretty traumatic”

Scheffler said he understands that he will continue to be questioned about the arrest and that jokes will continue to be made about it, especially now that it is over, but he is not over it yet.

“It's not something I like to relive because it was pretty traumatic for me to be arrested on the golf course,” Scheffler said. “It's not something I like to talk about and it's something I want to put behind me, but if the charges are dropped, that's just the beginning of getting over it.”

Will Scheffler sue the Louisville Police Department?

Scheffler also discussed whether he and his team would take legal action against the Louisville Metro Police. Although his attorney was on standby if needed, Scheffler had no interest in pursuing litigation.

“I didn't want to take legal action against Louisville because at the end of the day, the people of Louisville are going to have to pay for the mistakes of their police department and that just doesn't seem right,” Scheffler said. “So at no point did I want to sue them, but if it came to that, I think my attorney was more than willing to use that as more of a negotiating tool.”

Previously: Charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped after arrest in Louisville

Watch Scottie Scheffler's press conference

Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Rachel Smith contributed to this report.

Katie Wiseman is a trending news intern at IndyStar. Reach her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @itskatiewiseman.