May 31, 2024

Louisville Metro Police Detective Bryan Gillis has spoken out on his arrest of world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler at the PGA Championship – insisting he received ‘visible injuries’.


Earlier this month ahead of teeing off for his second round at Valhalla, Scheffler was arrested in a remarkable turn of events. He rushed and made it to his tee time after his arrest, shooting 66 before falling away from contention with a 73 on Saturday as Xander Schauffele held his nerve to secure a first major title.


Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, a felony, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic – which are all misdemeanours – on May 17. Scheffler denied the charges, which were dropped earlier this week.


On Thursday, Gillis issued a statement to Louisville TV station WAVE where he spoke about the incident, including giving a light-hearted update on the status of his $80 pants that he infamously claimed were ruined when dragged by Scheffler’s vehicle. He insisted he was injured as the reigning Masters champion attempted to enter Valhalla Golf Club.


“To be clear, I was drug (dragged) by the car, I went to the ground, and I received visible injuries to my knees and wrists,” Gillis said in a statement. “I’m going to recover from it, and it will be OK. This is the extent of my commentary on the incident.”


He added: “Yes, the department has us buying freaking $80 pants. To those concerned, they were indeed ruined. But Scottie, it’s all good. I never would’ve guessed I’d have the most famous pair of pants in the country for a few weeks because of this. Take care and be safe.”


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Scottie Scheffler was led away in handcuffs


In the incident report following the arrest that sent shockwaves around the sporting world, Gillis – dressed in full LMPD uniform along with a rain jacket – suggested Scheffler ‘refused to comply’ with his instructions and accelerated forward, which dragged the officer to the ground. As a result, Gillis’ $80 uniform pants were ruined ‘beyond repair’.


Scheffler remained calm throughout, and even praised how he was treated during the remarkable experience. Both he and Gillis expressed condolences for the family of John Mills, the volunteer killed by a shuttle bus that caused the traffic disruption that ultimately led to Scheffler’s arrest.


“As I stated previously, this was an unfortunate misunderstanding,” Scheffler said on Instagram. “I hold no ill will toward 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 prayers continue 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.”

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