Patrick Reed’s defamation lawsuits continue to mount.
Reed has already prosecuted Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee, Shane Bacon and others and has now added even more defendants, including some of the largest media organizations.
Golf author Shane Ryan posted the filing on his Twitter account, which makes sense given he’s one of the new defendants.
Good morning I’m being sued by Patrick Reed for $250 million along with a few others: https://t.co/6oCkFyaqI2 Obviously I can’t say much about that now but I’ll say the same thing I said 7 years ago before when this was threatened: I stand by my reporting 100%.
— Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyanHere) November 2, 2022
Ryan’s 2015 book killing the tiger reported on previous college teammates of Reed’s (see above at an Oct. 30 LIV golf event) who accused him of cheating. Given how furiously lawsuits Reed and his notorious attorney Larry Klayman have hurled lawsuits, it’s actually a surprise that Ryan is only now being added to the list.
In addition to Ryan, the suit names Fox Sports, the Associated Press, the New York Post, AP golf writer Doug Ferguson and sportswriter Gavin Newsham.
It reads about as you’d expect, with claims that none of the authors or outlets involved spoke to people who would have exonerated Reed. You don’t have to be a lawyer to see how this is likely to play out, but it’s probably going to be annoying as hell for everyone involved in the meantime. The Post and Fox Sports are included to carry excerpts from Ryan’s book, which the Post did as part of a September Newsham article.
From a broader sports media perspective, there’s another key element to consider that Reed’s team may not have. Reed is an LIV golfer which means his future playing opportunities depend on the success of this tour. A key variable in LIV’s success for some time has been whether they will be able to find a broadcast partner in the United States.
There’s only one network that makes any sense for LIV, thanks to a lack of a deal with the PGA Tour: Fox Sports. In fact, it has been reported that LIV is indeed planning to buy airtime on FS1 to try and break into broadcasting.
One of the most prominent names on the LIV list, who has openly sued Fox Sports for tens of millions of dollars, is Reed probably not the best way to lubricate those particular wheels. The whole story just keeps getting crazier and will likely continue until Reed’s funding runs out or some level of the justice system throws the whole thing down.
Or, hey, maybe this will end with Patrick Reed vs. Everyone in Golf Media as a landmark Supreme Court case. Given everything that is happening in American society, could that even be considered a surprise?
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