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Brandel Chamblee calls Mickelson a ‘highly paid ventriloquist puppet’ in scathing takedown

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Last week, Phil Mickelson made headlines due to his critical remarks regarding the PGA Tour. Lefty accused the Tour of not distributing revenue to the players fairly, and used the words “obnoxious greed” to describe their practices.

His comments didn’t sit right with many, including Brooks Koepka who said: “[Don’t know] if I’d be using the word greedy if I’m Phil”.

Add Brandel Chamblee to the list of those who have taken issue with Mickelson’s comments. In an op-ed on the Golf Channel website, Chamblee went after the six time major champion, calling Lefty:

“A highly paid ventriloquist puppet involved in a sportswashing operation for a murderous regime guilty of human rights atrocities.”

In the column, Brandel went on to say

“When it comes to competing in professional events, Mickelson doesn’t and never has owned his media rights, so there is nothing to ‘hand back’,” said Chamblee.

“No sports league – not the NFL, MLB, NBA, the PGA Tour, nor any other league – would allow their athletes to own media rights. The profits derived from aggregating those rights fees provides infrastructure, pays league employees and helps pay the salaries of the athletes themselves (in this case, the ever-increasing purses and bonus pools available to Tour members, including Mickelson), to say nothing of protecting the investments of the networks.”

Chamblee added: “Could you imagine being a network that had paid hundreds of millions – or billions – of dollars for broadcast rights, only to have to compete with a Tom Brady, Mike Trout, LeBron James or a Tiger Woods Channel, where they ran their highlights on a loop?

“The networks would cease paying the exorbitant broadcast rights fees if such content was omnipresent. Which means the leagues themselves, in their current form, would cease to exist.”

It will be interesting to monitor the situation between Phil and the Tour going forward.

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  1. Rich Lerner is a Tool

    Mar 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    So Rex Hoggard finally found a Ukrainian golf player after a conflict that started in 2014.

    The Golf Channel and NBC Sports are disgusting virtue signaling a$$es.

  2. Chumpblee

    Mar 10, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    The same fools complaining about Saudi Arabia, are the same fools praising Harold Varner for winning and taking the Saudi money.

    Hypocrites!

    • CrashTestDummy

      Jun 28, 2022 at 12:26 am

      Just tells you it is not about the human rights issues. Lol.

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  4. David

    Feb 26, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Chamblee is nothing but a mouthpiece. Guy tries to play heel on TV and he’s nothing but a chump!!

    • Ernest Mancuso

      Mar 5, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      Chamblee is just a puppet for Monahan and the PGA

      • Donnie Brasco

        Mar 10, 2022 at 5:01 pm

        100% correct! An enforcer for PGA Tour mafia boss, Jay “The Shank” Monahan.

  5. ij

    Feb 22, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    A slightly oblique view of Phil’s statement. He wants to use Saudi ‘resources’ to teach the PGA a lesson. Saudi resources were used by Laden et al to ‘teach’ the US a lesson. Phil a home grown terrorist now? Have suspected for long that the guy is driven by money. Money is his religion, money his God. Golf is merely a messenger, a path.

  6. BodeenJCS

    Feb 20, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Phils washed up and seeking attention as the new young crew of talented golfers are on the rise … His ego cant take it , the bomber swing thought didnt work out as he cannot control the ball … Hes teamed up with the other pga tour sore loser Greg Norman whos feeding this crap to Phil who just killed his brand … He cant help himself …Sad but I wont miss him and take that cheater Adam Scott with you , would just be great

  7. Mike

    Feb 18, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Phil is literally siding with murderers over the PGA tour which has donated $3 billion to charities just so he can be richer than he already is.

    • Benny

      Feb 27, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Well said. I really do no’t think there is anything malicious by Phil. Its just someone who’s ego has grown so large that he believes he is fighting something of purpose. When these comments about greed are correct. He is pushing an envelope so far that now sponsors are dropping him.
      I made similar mistakes in my lifetime as a top salesman being stroked and my actions had little to no consciences. Obviously a far difference from Phil level of $$ but making over a qtr of million a year my ego grew so large that I got all caught up in the company and its issues.
      I ried fighting the very company who made me and helped me in the Tech business only to fall from the top and be unemployed with a 6m old baby girl.
      I get it and unless you have been through it fully understand. But perspective is sometimes the only true influencer. Sounds like Phil needs some of his own.

  8. Jason

    Feb 13, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    All these other sports you mention the players get a guaranteed amount of money whether they play or not. They can take weeks or months off and still have money coming in. How much does Phil get from pga to take a week off or a month? Pga opened this up now mad about it.

  9. BJ

    Feb 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I’m going to wake up tomorrow scratch my ass, play golf, then watch the super bowl.

  10. geohogan

    Feb 12, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Phil like the USA government, follows the money.
    The USA protected Saudia Arabia after 9/11
    and ever since. Oil and money, Trump human rights.

  11. O

    Feb 11, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Is he speaking about himself??? Talk about pot calling the kettle…… really black lol

  12. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    You bunch of hypocrites.

    The same PGA Tour who saved a tee time for convicted wife beater and crackhead George Floyd.

    Spare me the outrage fools.

    • O

      Feb 11, 2022 at 3:12 am

      They also protect Eldrick because they need his image but won’t educate the young ones what a horrible human he really is with his infidelity

      • Tom

        Feb 28, 2022 at 9:32 pm

        Was JFK a horrible human too… or just you. Stay in your glass house idiot.

    • Drkviol801

      Feb 11, 2022 at 11:07 am

      Lmaoo ! That is too funny.

  13. Bob Jones

    Feb 9, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Cozying up to the Saudi regime for money. You’ve sold your soul, Phil (along with all the others joining you). Is it the North Koreans next?

    • Job Bones

      Feb 10, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      wanna do american corporations now? or international corporations with heavy american reliance? blackrock, pfizer, lehman brothers, world economic forum, or chinese companies like tencent and other international surveillance conglomerates like NSO group????….. nope? no hatred for them? funny how you seem to think people/corporations are bad only if theyre brown…

      btw bob, you very obviously have way too much time on your hands to still be as stupid (and confident) as you are currently

      • JC

        Feb 16, 2022 at 9:18 pm

        Funny that you’re calling others stupid, while drawing equivalence between the actions of a government and private companies in the US, none of which are associated with the PGA tour.

        Players who jump for the SGL are aligning themselves with the Saudi gov’t and all the negatives that come with that. No such alignment exists on the PGA tour.

        Do you think the tour itself is guilty of human rights violations? Because otherwise you sound rather…stupid.

  14. Bob

    Feb 9, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Phil is just pissed his wins were cut in half or more because Tiger came into the field. He sits up at night and wonders what it could have been without Tiger. So now he thinks money will make him feel better.

  15. Larry

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Talk about greedy. He didn’t play Pebble Beach because he got a guaranteed payout to play in Saudi Arabia

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  17. sandman

    Feb 8, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    All I know is that the PGA is pissed none of the top 10 played in Pebble Beach most likely due to commie California politics.

    • eric

      Feb 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      You just were dying to find a way to call California a commie state. Even though those players are all there this week at Riviera. The fact that it was at Pebble had nothing to do with it, bonehead. If you really graduated from 10th grade you’d understand that California is not even close to communism, which is state owned property.. You could exaggerate and label them socialist, but not communist. But you’re just parroting what you hear from others who are clueless.

    • John Krug

      Feb 23, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Absurd comment.You could not stand up in front of an audience and even explain what communism is.

  18. Me Geek

    Feb 8, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    If they continue on this path golf is going to end up like Indy and cart breaking up…. Boxing, and other sports that have split into secondary leagues. Those weeks never recovered and they used to be the most coveted sports to watch. I’m sorry but Phil is way off in this one…. And I can’t stand Chamblee… But he is correct.

    • gunmetal

      Feb 14, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      You’re not wrong.
      I’m 1000% sure that there is a lot more nuance and details that we’re not privy to regarding Phil’s “obnoxious greed” comment, but no matter how you slice it, it’s a bad look coming from him. Is the PGA tour greedy? Sure. It’s probably why they are where they are today. Is Phil greedy? Sure. Probably no less than the Tour.

  19. Kirk

    Feb 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

    To those that disparage Brandell’s bonafides — why not attack the quote or the idea? Is it because you know that he is kinda right on this one?

    • mrgeek

      Feb 8, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      Yeah I’m no fan of his but he’s correct on this one and Phil is way off…

    • brooks of the year

      Feb 9, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      my main issue is his use of so many buzzwords like “sportswashing” ‘murderous regime” and “human rights atrocities” (if they’re so atrocious then why cant you say one?? one???… i’ll wait)…

      much simpler for brandel (who is also literally by definition a “highly paid ventriloquist puppet”) to say “how much did you charge for that statement, ‘greedy’ phil?”

      • Mike

        Feb 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

        Have you never heard of Jamal Khashoggi dumbass.

    • AB

      Feb 10, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      “buzzword, buzzword, buzzword, buzzword..” ….. see??? im right!!!!!!!

      dont worry little guy, i already know who you voted for and i already know all of your other opinions and that youre right about everything, and even when youre wrong youre still morally correct….. shut your stupid pie hole up and use your semi-developed brain for once in your worthless life

  20. Aubrey

    Feb 8, 2022 at 7:57 am

    So many Phil apologists trying to defend the indefensible!

  21. Steve

    Feb 8, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I like Phil Mickelson, but in this case, he is standing in a glass house with a sharp stone. I wonder if Callaway, KPMG and Workday are wondering if Phil is going to wave the sponsorship fees they pay him, so that, you know, he won’t be seen as “greedy”, LOL. Sorry, Phil. It cuts both ways. Lastly, I don’t always agree with Brandel Chamblee either – I would guess few of us do. Then again, he isn’t being paid to make sure we agree with him. He’s paid to provoke debate – something he does very well much of the time. It’s show biz, folks.

  22. Paul Runyan

    Feb 7, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Who cares, The Goof Channel is over anyway and Brandel will have to find another gig.

    Hopefully on MSNBC with Rachel.Madcow.

    • KC Scott

      Feb 9, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Exactly right! Why does anyone pay attention to a 1 time winner on the PGA tour in 15yrs? He lost his card at 39 and has been making disparaging remarks about the top golfers on tour at TheGooFChannel since 2003, what a prick!

  23. Damon

    Feb 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Funny I’m not seeing any comments from Chamblee (or basically anyone else on the Golf Channel) slamming the Saudis but giving China a free pass for the Olympics. Seeing the travesty of their human rights record you hear very little from anyone.
    He keeps looking for his 15 minutes by conflict and apparently…, hypocrisy.

    • Danimal

      Feb 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

      Let me try to help. Phil made the comments that Brandel referred to last week, not during the 2020 Toyko games, and currently best I can tell is there is no golf in the 2022 winter games currently being held in China.

      I agree with Brandel as often as I disagree with him. But in this case he’s doing his part to provide a different take on the Phil’s comments. That is what sports journalism is about. Phil can own his comments and we hopefully all realize that the Saudi golf league provide both moral and economic dilemmas for golf fans, professional golfers, and the PGA tour.

    • Dan Rice

      Feb 8, 2022 at 8:35 am

      China, as well as Nike,who uses slave labor to make their products that doesn’t seem to bother Chamblee

    • GaGolfer

      Feb 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

      You’re right. I keep forgetting in America nowadays we can’t criticize one thing without criticizing everything. Thanks for the reminder. But I need to point out you forgot Korea, Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, and Nigeria. How can you call out China and give those other regimes a pass? Why, you must be just as bad as Brandel. There – didn’t we accomplish a lot while taking the focus off the Saudis?

    • Redo

      Feb 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Check it out on the Olympic Channel.

  24. carlos concepcion

    Feb 7, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Brandel Chamblee- doesn’t even have enough standing to make those comments. he’s nobody.

    • benseattle

      Feb 9, 2022 at 11:14 am

      “Brandel Chamblee- doesn’t even have enough standing to make those comments. he’s nobody.”

      You know, don’t you, that applying this standard means that YOU have no right to comment as well, as your “standing” is even less than that of Chamblee. Even LESS of a nobody.

      • FCCP

        Feb 10, 2022 at 12:19 pm

        keep your seattle opinions to yourself lil bud…. or dont reveal that youre a stupid worthless socialist next time you try to take a moral stance….

        • PCCF

          Feb 14, 2022 at 12:38 pm

          Hey FCCP, your remark reminds me of Trumps quote…

          “I love the poorly educated” :-0

  25. Drkviol801

    Feb 7, 2022 at 9:14 am

    So you’re telling me he’s like Club Champion?

    • Ronnie Mundt

      Feb 7, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Brandi’s never been a champion of anything. Those that can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, talk about it.

      • Al

        Feb 7, 2022 at 12:44 pm

        Why do you need to be a good golfer to have a valid and logical opinion on a golf matter,the revenue it generates and how it should be disrtibuted?Ad hominen argument Ronnie…

        • Shayno

          Feb 9, 2022 at 4:58 am

          Ronnie’s wrong… Brandel had a nice career… “Chamblee turned professional in 1985 and has one PGA Tour victory. He shared a first round lead at the Masters Tournament in 1999 and for six straight years was among the top-100 for money earnings on the Tour”. Tour card for almost 20 years and a win?? I dunno… Seems like he was alright.. plus he’s right here. Phil needs to take his foot off the pedal on this one..

          • GD

            Feb 10, 2022 at 3:54 pm

            anyone with slightly above average hand-eye coordination, average athletic ability, a middle-class income, and who didn’t play any real sports growing up should have at least 1 PGA tour win in their lifetime, and if you dont then youre a complete NARP and your opinions on sports and golf are not only misinformed, but entirely uninformed…

      • benseattle

        Feb 9, 2022 at 11:25 am

        “Brandi’s never been a champion of anything. Those that can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, talk about it.”

        Interesting, isn’t it, how contributions such as this choose to completely ignore the debate at hand and instead focus upon their personal dislike of the messenger. By this standard, we should pay no attention to reporters, observers, commentators and other experts as they’re not presently “champions” of something or other at precisely this exact moment. Oh, and resorting to tired cliches is hardly stimulating discourse. Everyone is entitled to voice an opinion on the tax-adverse, insider-trader, relentlessly dollar-hungry, attention-desperate, murderous regime-loving Phil Mickelson. Even you.

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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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