Patrick Reed's $750 million defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel is growing.
Reed pulled his initial $750 million defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee on Wednesday and refiled it in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida.
Reed added several other Golf Channel employees to the lawsuit, including Eamon Lynch, Shane Bacon and Damon Hack, along with the DP World Tour and its commissioner Keith Pelley.
Reed initially filed his suit last month, alleging that Chamblee and the Golf Channel were conspiring with the PGA Tour and its commissioner to “engage in a pattern and practice of defaming” him since he was 23 years old. Reed, now 32, said their goal was to “destroy his reputation, create hate and a hostile work environment for him, and with the intention to discredit his name and accomplishments.”
Reed claims he lost “multi-million dollar sponsorship deals” as a result, and that he was “terminated” from the PGA Tour. Reed, however, resigned from the Tour when he left for the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Chamblee has been critical of Reed in the past, both because of his decision to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf and due to Reed’s rule violations or near-rule violations — something he has been accused of since his time playing collegiately at Georgia.
Reed even went as far as listing personal attacks he’s heard while golfing on the Tour in his lawsuit.
If you go to a LIV Golf event (or an Asian Tour event, apparently) and you don't know what to yell at Patrick Reed during his backswing, here is a one-stop shop of things that will really piss him off. pic.twitter.com/tb29rtzOY2
— Len Hochberg ⛳ (@LenHochberg) August 16, 2022
Reed's new lawsuit lists many of the same claims that the initial one did. He said that defendants have "defamed, falsely injured and tortiously interfered" with Reed by "falsely and maliciously branding him a cheater, liar, a thief, a murderer and someone who accepts blood money from terrorists."
Reed won nine times on the PGA Tour before he left, including at the Masters in 2018. He has appeared in four LIV events since joining the startup in June.
Reed has played elsewhere since leaving the Tour, too, and he was set to play on the DP World Tour this week. Reed, a lifetime member of the European circuit, withdrew from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship due to a back injury — which he said he sustained due to a mattress that was “too soft” in a hotel room he recently stayed in, per The Athletic.