Golf Champ Scheffler Charged With Assaulting Officer

Golf Champ Scheffler Charged With Assaulting Officer
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The Facts

  • World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was arrested by Louisville, Ky., police while driving to the PGA Championship on Friday on charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals.

  • Police were rerouting traffic due to a fatal bus accident earlier in the day. Police said Scheffler ignored an officer's orders and swerved into opposing traffic to get to the golf course, "dragging [the officer] to the ground," leaving him with "pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left wrist and knee."

The Spin

Narrative A

It seems Scheffler truly was confused and didn't mean to disobey. It was a dark and rainy morning, with police car lights blinding everyone attempting to figure out the traffic situation. Scheffler doesn't deserve these charges, but everyone, including the police, should learn to be more cautious in these sorts of scenarios.

Narrative B

Pro athletes, no matter how famous, aren't above the law and should not be treated as such. Not only is special treatment unfair, but it gives the impression that laws are malleable when enough money and power are involved.

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