Attorneys for golfer Patrick Reed filed a $750 million defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamble in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, adding other Golf Channel employees and media groups to the complaint.
The suit accuses The Golf Channel, Golfweek and its parent company Gannett, as well as employees Chamley, Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamonn Lynch, of conspiracy, defamation, malicious falsehood and tortious interference.
Reed first filed the lawsuit in federal court in Texas on Aug. 16.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in anti-competitive behavior and anti-competitive practices on the LIV Golf Tour to destroy Mr. Reed and other LIV golfers in order to destroy any competition with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. According to a news release from Mr. Reed’s attorney, Larry Kleiman, this would constitute a violation of antitrust laws and go to extreme and outrageous measures to conspire to defame, falsely injure, and tort against Mr. Reed, LIV Tour players and LIV Golf. .
The news report called the defendants Reid a “swindler, liar, thief, murderer, and terrorist blood money acceptor.”
“The PGA Tour and ‘partner’ NBC Golf Channel’s mission is to destroy the top LIV golf tour player, his family and all LIV golfers in a concerted effort to further their agenda and destroy the new LIV golf tour,” Kleiman said in the release. “As alleged in the complaint, these calculated and malicious attacks have created hatred, created an atmosphere of hostility, aided and abetted significant financial and emotional harm in the workplace, and harm to Reid and his family.”
Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, withdrew from the PGA Tour, which banned its members from competing at the LIV Golf Tournament after conflicting event publications were not released. Reed, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, has earned more than $37 million in his tour career.
LIV Golf and three of its players have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, alleging that it illegally blocked them and used the competition to crush its monopoly power.
“While the defendants’ endless defamation and other wrongdoing allegations against Mr. Reid are nothing new as alleged in the complaint, they have reached new heights of insurrection by joining LIV Golf,” Kleiman said. Release. “For that reason, enough is enough and it is time for Mr. Reid to protect not only himself and his family, but all LIV Golfers who have been harmed by the malicious defamation and other illegal actions of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. To protect their virtual monopoly and their stranglehold on professional golf.” Illegal attempts to retain were charged.