Patrick Reed files a lawsuit against Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee
Ricky Gray | August 17, 2022
The latest LIV Golf member is filing a defamation lawsuit against the channel and commentator.
Another LIV Golf member is heading to the courts as Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee.
The claim central to the complaint is that Chamblee and Golf Channel conspired with the PGA Tour and commissioner Jay Monahan to defame Reed "since he was 23 years old", which is nine years ago.
Reed is the 2018 Masters champion and has filed several allegations against both the channel and commentator.
These allegations include: “misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth, that is with actual and constitutional malice, purposely omitting pertinent key material facts to mislead the public, and actively targeting [Reed] to destroy his reputation, create hate, and a hostile work environment for him.”
Back in January of 2020, Reed's lawyer sent Chamblee a cease-and-desist letter demanding he not repeat accusations that Reed cheated during a tournament.
According to the lawsuit: “Despite his exceptional world-class golfing achievements, in June of 2022, Mr. Reed was constructively terminated as a member of the PGA Tour, as a result of threats made and action taken by its Commissioner Jay Monahan and his PGA Tour, and signed with LIV Golf.”
The PGA Tour indefinitely suspended its members who played in the first LIV event back in June without the tour’s consent.
Reed, who didn’t play in that tournament, played in the second event and was suspended as a result.
Reed's complaint was filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in his hometown of Houston.