Patrick Reed files defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel, commentator Brandel Chamblee

Patrick Reed is the latest member of LIV Golf to turn his back on the pitches as the former Masters champion filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee on Tuesday.

The central allegation of Reed’s complaint is that Chamblee and the Golf Channel conspired with the PGA Tour and Commissioner Jay Monahan to defame Reed “since he was 23” – nine years ago.

Reed’s allegations include “misreporting information with falsehood and/or reckless disregard for the truth, ie, actual and constitutional malice, intentionally omitting relevant material facts to mislead the public, and active targeting.” [Reed] to destroy his reputation, create hate and create a hostile work environment for him.”

In January 2020, Reed’s attorney sent Chamblee a cease and desist letter, requesting that allegations that Reed cheated during a tournament not be repeated. Reed was given a two-punch penalty at the 2019 Hero World Challenge for improving his lie in a bunker, but he claimed he didn’t mean to.

Chamblee has continued to confront Reed over the years, not only over cheating allegations but his decision to switch from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf earlier this year. Reed claims Chamblee’s opinions have led to fans berating him and calling him a cheater at tournaments.

Despite being a nine-time PGA Tour winner, Reed apparently felt like Monahan and the Tour were after him.

The lawsuit states, “Despite his exceptional world-class golfing performance, Mr. Reed was constructively terminated as a member of the PGA Tour in June 2022, following threats and actions by his commissioner Jay Monahan and his PGA Tour, and signed with LIV Golf.”

The PGA Tour has indefinitely suspended its members who played in the first LIV event in June without tour approval. Reed only joined LIV at the second event of his eight-tournament schedule last month in North Plains, Oregon. As a result, he was suspended.

Reed’s lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas in his hometown of Houston.

https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34410268/liv-golf-reed-files-lawsuit-alleges-defamation Patrick Reed files defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel, commentator Brandel Chamblee

Emma Bowman

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