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Patrick Reed sues Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee for defamation

Controversial American golfer Patrick Reed is suing The Golf Channel and commentator Brendel Chamblee for defamation in US District Court.

The former Masters champion and LIV Golf recruit was the victim of “calculated, malicious” attacks that had a “direct impact on his life,” according to the lawsuit.

Among the background facts of the suit are that Chamblee and the Golf Channel “actively targeted” Reed to “defame his reputation, create hatred and create a hostile work environment.”

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“Mr. Reed is known throughout the tour to have been subjected to more abuse and perseveration than any fan or viewer who was allowed to shout obscenities on the NBC Golf Channel just for doing so…” the lawsuit reads. .

Reed has long been a controversial figure on the PGA Tour, most recently accepting a big cash offer to join Saudi-backed rival LIV Golf.

The 32-year-old has resigned from the PGA Tour in 2022 despite competing in all four majors.

Previously, Reed was at the center of several cheating scandals.

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In the year In 2019, on the eve of that year’s Presidents Cup, he was caught on camera illegally improving a lie in the undercover while receiving a two-shot penalty and a well-deserved rebuke from Chamblee.

“I think his ego is as big as Jupiter,” Chamele said at the time. “Ego monsters are upset by facts, but not affected by them. They either don’t know the facts or they think their version of what happened is better than the truth.

“This is going to follow the video of Nixon saying ‘I’m not a crook.'”

Chamble was later served with a cease and desist letter from Reed’s attorney.

In the year In 2021, Reed was making headlines again for the wrong reasons after he allegedly had a hit on the ball and removed the ball before any legal authority could investigate the lie.

Chambel said there was “zero chance” Reed’s ball went into the ground after being hit.

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“Ask yourself this. Would it be good for the game of golf if everyone on the course behaved this way around the golf ball? Will it be good for the PGA Tour? he said.

“It wouldn’t happen. It questions every move, every drop a player makes.

The lawsuit also took a swipe at Chambly, calling him a former professional who “didn’t quite reach Mr. Reed’s level.”

“(Chamble) has become the chief spokesperson and agent of The Golf Channel to push this defamatory agenda and to cause great harm to Mr. Reed, LIV and other golfers signed by LIV,” it says.

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