An attorney representing Patrick Reed has filed a defamation lawsuit against Brandon Chamble and the Golf Channel, according to court documents released Tuesday.
According to the documents – which were released by a Court News Service reporter – Reed has a history of calling Chamele a cheater and that Reed and other golfers have criticized the PGA Tour for Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed LIV. Golf series.
Court documents allege that Chamblee, who works as an analyst with the Golf Channel, “conspired with the PGA Tour, executives and commissioner Jay Monahan, Mr. Reed, misrepresentation with lies and/or reckless disregard for the truth…deliberately omitting key relevant facts to mislead the public and actively target Mr. Reed since he was only 23 years old to defame, incite hatred and conduct a campaign of hate. Around him…”
The document, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Texas, alleges that Chamele and the Golf Channel are working with golf professionals to destroy LIV.
The suit seeks more than $750 million in damages. In civil cases, plaintiffs must prove that the defendant is responsible, not that the defendant is guilty. According to the filing, the lawsuit was filed by Larry Kleiman, who is losing several defamation lawsuits, accusing Arizona politician “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio of several national media outlets that defamed him and influenced his bid to win a US Senate seat.
Meanwhile, last week a judge ruled the first three LIV golfers disqualified from the FedEx Cup Playoffs in what will be several legal battles in the antitrust war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
Reed has played in two LIV golf events so far, finishing third at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland and fifth at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey. His team, 4 Aces, captained by Dustin Johnson, won both events. Reed finished T-47 at the Open Championship at St. Andrews.
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