The $750 million defamation lawsuit against Patrick Reed’s Golf Channel is growing.
Reed withdrew its initial $750 million libel suit Wednesday against Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee and reopened it in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida.
Reed added several Golf Channel employees to the lawsuit, including Eamon Lynch, Shane Bacon and Damon Hack, along with DP World Tour and commissioner Keith Pelley.
Reed first filed his lawsuit last month, alleging that Chamblee and the Golf Channel had conspired with the PGA Tour and its commissioner to “engage in a practice of order and slander” since the age of 23. Reed, now 32, said their goal was to “destroy his reputation, create a hateful and hostile work environment for him, and discredit his name and achievements.”
Reed claims he lost “million-dollar sponsorship deals” as a result and was “terminated” from the PGA Tour. However, Reed resigned from the Tour when he left for the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Chamblee has criticized Reed in the past for both his decision to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf and Reed’s rule violations or near-rule violations – something he’s been accused of ever since playing in college in Georgia.
Reed went so far as to list in his case the personal attacks he heard while playing golf on the Tour.
Reed’s new case lists many of the same allegations as in the first case. He said the defendants slandered, wrongfully injured, and interfered with Reed “wrongly and maliciously branding him as a fraudster, liar, thief, murderer, and bloodbath from terrorists”.
Reed won nine times on the PGA Tour before leaving, including at the Masters in 2018. He has appeared at four LIV events since joining the startup in June.
Reed has played elsewhere since leaving the Tour and is due to play on the DP World Tour this week. According to The Athletic, Reed, a lifetime member of the European circuit, withdrew from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship due to a back injury he said he sustained due to a “too soft” mattress in a hotel room he was staying in recently. .