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Nine-time PGA Tour winner Patrick Reed has come under fire for criticism while playing on tour, leading to a “hostile workplace environment” led by longtime commentator Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel, according to A $750 million defamation lawsuit Filed earlier this week.
The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, lays out Reed’s complaint against Chamblee and the Golf Channel, in which he alleges both parties are “operating and acting as representatives” on behalf of the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and others. His commissioners focused recent attention on his decision to defame Reed and play. At LIV Golf Circuit.
“Mr. Reed abused more than any golfer and allowed fans or spectators on the tour to scream obscenities, as glorified by NBC’s Golf Channel, because it would get Defendant Chambly. And the Golf Channel ‘clicks,’ viewership, ratings and increased revenue. Defendants claim that they are somebody’s “It doesn’t matter how bad names and lives are destroyed, as long as they make more dollars and profits,” the lawsuit read.
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Reed’s lawsuit includes several examples of taunts, including personal attacks on his family and references to cheating, which he alleges were “damaging his performance at tournaments and events” by fans.
“You suck!” “Beat the cheaters a–,” “You cheat in college and on tour and you s—!” and “you piece of s—” are some of the insults listed in the document.
“This is a pattern that Defendants willfully and intentionally inflicted and caused with actual malice. These personal attacks frequently occurred during short periods of time when Mr. Reed was actively preparing to make his golf shot or during the course of the golf shot, as he was walking. For his next golf shot, as well as for layups and putts on the green manufacturing, which requires a high degree of concentration for the puts,” the lawsuit claims.
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The primary focus of the lawsuit is that Chamblee and Golf Channel acted as “agents.” PGA Tour and DP World Tour to defame and smear those associated with LIV Golf “in order to attempt to maintain their monopoly on professional golf”.
The lawsuit cites the involvement of Reed and others in the Saudi-backed circuit and several comments by Chamblee about “blood money”, “sports washing” and aligning themselves with a “tyrannical murderous leader”.
However, the defamation lawsuit alleges these are false and damaging statements, comparing the situation to LeBron James and the NBA’s ties to the Chinese government.
“It’s akin to LeBron James saying he aligns himself with a ‘tyrannical, murderous leader’ because he plays in the National Basketball Association (‘NBA’) which has complicated ties to the People’s Republic of China, whose government has been accused of violence against the Muslim Uyghur people. Current and Ongoing Genocide.”
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The lawsuit follows a decision by a federal judge in California Temporary injunction denied Three former PGA Tour players filed for injunctions last week against playing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Tour argued that lifting golfers’ suspensions and allowing them to play would “change the status quo” for the PGA Tour and “give them a tremendous platform” to promote the LIV Tour while competing in a PGA event.
It stems from an antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this month by Phil Mickelson and nine other LIV golfers who say the PGA Tour’s indefinite suspensions are aimed at hurting their careers.