SILVIS, Ill. – Tour rookie Matt Every, who was arrested Tuesday at an Iowa casino on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, would not comment after his second round at the John Deere Classic.
Every, 26, was seen being briefed by a Tour media official before leaving the scoring trailer, where he signed for a 3-under 68 and a 138 total. Every, cleanly shaven unlike his appearance in his mug shot after his arrest on suspicion of possession of marijuana at a casino hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa, two days before playing in the tournament, marched past the reporters waiting to question him and three times repeated to reporters, “I can’t make any comment.”
It’s understandable that Every would refrain from commenting at this time, especially since the Tour said it is “treating this as an active disciplinary proceeding.”
The Tour’s policy is not to comment on disciplinary matters, spokesperson Joel Schuchman wrote in a text message.
Every already may have been convicted in the court of public opinion. Myron Hoffmeister said he discussed Every’s arrest with his 13-year-old grandson, Adam Eckburg of Rockford, Ill., on the drive to the tournament. While waiting for autographs from Every’s group, Eckburg asked his grandpa, “Which one is Every? I don’t want his.”
Eckburg smiled, showing a mouthful of metal, when Illini grad D.A. Points signed and gave him a golf ball.