Masters Winner Patrick Reed Sues Golf Channel Commentator for $750 Million Over On-Air Criticism

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Professional golfer Patrick Reed is taking action.

The 2018 Masters champion, 32, has launched a defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee, ESPN reported.

According to court documents, which were released via a reporter for Courthouse News Service and obtained by The New York Post, Reed accuses Chamblee, 60, and the golfing network of causing "continuing and aggravated harm to Mr. Reed's professional, business and personal reputation and livelihood."

"Defendants Chamblee and NBC's Golf Channel have conspired as joint tortfeasors for and with the PGA Tour, [sic] it's executives and it's Commissioner Jay Monahan, to engage in a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed," the documents stated.

The golfer's legal team claims that the defendants would misreport "information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth, that is with actual and constitutional malice, purposely omitting pertinent key material facts to mislead the public, and actively targeting Mr. Reed."

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Patrick Reed, Brandel Chamblee

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When reached Wednesday, the Golf Channel declined to comment to PEOPLE.

Per the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Tuesday, Reed has felt targeted for the last nine years, ever since he went pro at 23 years old.

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Regarding the effects the defendants' efforts have caused, Reed said in the complaint that it created hate and a "hostile work environment for him."

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Reed has dealt with cheating allegations in his career, beginning in December 2019, when Reed was caught moving sand from behind his ball at the Hero World Challenge, according to Yahoo News.

At the time, cameras caught Reed removing the sand while taking two practice swings, but he later blamed a "bad camera angle" for the accusations. He suffered a two-stroke penalty, but some believed Reed should have been removed from the tournament.

During the coverage, Chamblee said per The New York Post, "This is going to follow him around like the video of Nixon saying 'I'm not a crook.' " In 2020, Reed's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Chamblee demanding that he stop saying Reed intentionally broke the rules, the outlet reported.

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Since that instance, Chamblee continued to connect the golfer to his cheating allegations and his decision to defect from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf earlier that year, the lawsuit said.

"It is well-known on tour that Mr. Reed has been abused and endured more than any other golfer from fans or spectators who have been allowed to scream obscenities only to be glorified by NBC's Golf Channel for doing so," court documents stated. The plaintiff added, "it gets Defendants Chamblee and Golf Channel 'clicks,' viewership, ratings and increased revenue. For Defendants it does not matter how badly they destroy someone's name and life, so long as they rake in more dollars and profit."

The nine-time PGA Tour winner also addressed his suspension from the PGA Tour after he chose to join the controversial, Saudi-backed LIV Golf.

"Despite his exceptional world-class golfing achievements, in June of 2022, Mr. Reed was constructively terminated as a member of the PGA Tour, as a result of threats made and action taken by [sic] it's Commissioner Jay Monahan and his PGA Tour, and signed with LIV Golf," the complaint stated.

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The PGA Tour suspended its members, including Reed, who played in the first LIV event without the tour's consent, ESPN reported.

"As our regulations clearly state, there are no conflicting event/media releases available for events that take place in North America," Monahan said at the time, per Golf Channel. "As a result, these players did not receive the necessary conflicting event and media rights releases and their participation in the Saudi Golf League/LIV event is in violation of our tournament regulations."