It’s all been kicking off in the Patrick Reed defamation case with the American launching a fresh lawsuit against several new offenders.
Reed initially sued analyst Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel in August seeking a little more than $1 billion in damages. The 2018 Ryder Cup champion alleged they conspired with the PGA Tour to defame him “since he was 23 years old” with a series of “malicious” attacks.
But in a wild turn of events, Reed has now withdrawn the case, only to re-launch it hours later with several new offenders added. This includes Golf Channel employees Damon Hack, Eamon Lynch and Shane Bacon, as well as news outlets Golfweek and Gannett.
Filed by Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman, the revised lawsuit lists many of the same claims, most notably how each offender has “misreported information” with the intention to cause “malice”, “create hate” and produce a “hostile work environment” for Reed.
An extract accuses the defendants of having: “Defamed, falsely injured and tortiously interfered with this world class golfer and his professional endeavours, by falsely and maliciously branding him a cheater, liar, a thief, a murderer and someone who accepts blood money from terrorists.”
The suit also claims Golf Channel, the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour are acting together as “co-conspiratorial agents” to overthrow LIV Golf’s ascent in the world of golf.
As a result of the accused defamation, the suit argues Reed has lost multiple million-dollar sponsorships. No date has yet been set for the court proceedings.
Elsewhere, the PGA Tour have struck their first legal punch in the ongoing war against LIV Golf after countersuing the league over contract interferences.
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