The above photo is Jeff Overton’s mug shot at the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington, Indiana, after the PGA Tour player was arrested for resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and disorderly conduct on Saturday morning. That’s right – ’10 Ryder Cup team member, who played his college golf at Indiana, was thrown into the drunk tank and faces three misdemeanor charges, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times.
(Oh noes! I’m smelling potential suspension from the Tour! I mean, isn’t that conduct unbecoming of a professional? Well, not that it really matters, I guess, since we’ll never know one way or the other because they don’t disclose disciplinary actions.)
Overton’s reasons for attending the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game were admirable. He showed up at Assembly Hall to present a $50,000 check to the university to support the Play Golf America University program.
Unfortunately, the 28-year-old golfer forgot he wasn’t a college student anymore, causing police to arrest him for acting like a drunk fratboy. More details of the events from Saturday night, via the Evansville Courier & Press:
According to a police report, officers said Overton was yelling at people from a limousine that blocked traffic in front of Kilroy’s Sports Bar on Walnut Street.
The limousine driver told police they were waiting on others, and the driver was instructed to not block traffic.
Later, the limo carrying Overton pulled up next to Bloomington police, and officers report Overton was yelling at people on the street again. Police pulled the limousine over, according to the Herald-Times.
The newspaper reported that Overton repeatedly refused to give his ID to police and refused to step out of the limo. A police report described Overton’s behavior as “belligerent,” and he reportedly told officers “he wasn’t going to do anything.” Police say he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred.
Overton was removed from the limo and eventually handcuffed on the ground, a policeman said.
As police were arresting Overton on the public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges, Overton fought and pulled away from police. Overton continued to yell at other people, attempted to “wrench” away from police, and refused to give a form of ID to police, an officer told the newspaper.
Well, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not floored that this happened. This isn’t Overton’s first arrest for alcohol-related incidents, but to be fair, the others happened while he was a college student.
Jeff is a good guy and means well, but you just need to watch him play a hole — or maybe even a shot — to realize he acts like a child who throws (multiple) temper tantrums during his rounds. Which is a shame because he’s such a talented player that’s getting in his own way… all sorts of people in his life have tried to talk to him about his attitude problem, but to no avail.
Overton plans to contest the charges. I’m betting $1,000 they’re dismissed or he just receives a $500-ish fine. (No, I’m not suggesting he deserves hard prison time.) Sounds like he acted like an idiot and should pay up. (That would suck if he had to go to alcohol-abuse — or whatever it’s called — classes.)
“I feel my rights were violated,” he told the Herald-Times. “I’m sitting in my own limo and got pulled out. Other than that, I’m going to let my lawyer handle it.”