Patrick Reed of LIV Golf sues Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee for defamation

Patrick Reed of LIV Golf sues Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee for defamation

Patrick Reed (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Patrick Reed of LIV Golf has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee for “misreporting information with false and/or reckless disregard for the truth”.

Reed claimed in Tuesday’s filing that the Golf Channel, Chamblee and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan have colluded against him for the past nine years in an effort to “destroy his reputation, create hatred and create a hostile work environment for him,” according to Reuters. (via ESPN). ).

The lawsuit states that in January 2020, Reed’s lawyer sent a letter of termination to Chamblee demanding that he stop suggesting the golfer was cheating at a tournament. Reed was penalized two strokes in the 2019 Hero World Challenge a month earlier for correcting his lie in a bunker, which he believes was done on purpose.

In January, Joel Beall from Golf summary
noted that Reed has faced allegations of cheating dating back to his college career, but he previously told the outlet it wasn’t a fair label.

“Being called a cheater. That’s so far from the truth,” he said in 2021. “No athlete, no golfer who works to reach the highest level is a cheater.”

Reed, whose biggest career win came at the 2018 Masters, left the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf in June. He was indefinitely suspended from the tour, as were other golfers who appeared in the rival organization’s events.

“Despite his exceptional world-class golf performance, Mr. Reed was constructively terminated from the PGA Tour in June 2022, as a result of threats and action taken by his commissioner Jay Monahan and his PGA Tour, and signed with LIV Golf,” the statement read. lawsuit according to Reuters.

Reed sues $750 million in damages Guardian.

On August 3, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau headed a group of 11 LIV Golf players who had filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

The US Department of Justice began investigating in July whether the tour committed antitrust violations related to LIV Golf, according to CNN’s Wayne Sterling.

Amid the legal battles, Tiger Woods held a rally Tuesday night to rally support for the PGA Tour in a bid to curb the defection of LIV, which is financially backed by Saudi Arabia and offers lucrative guaranteed contracts to make the jump.

“It was about getting all the top players aligned,” a golfer who attended the meeting told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “It was a good meeting.”

The PGA Tour playoffs continue with the BMW Championship starting Thursday, while the next LIV tournament kicks off in Boston on September 2.

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