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In one defamation lawyer’s analysis, Patrick Reed’s lawsuit ‘has zero legal merit and will not succeed’



Earlier this week, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Brandel Chamblee and Golf Channel. The former Masters champion is alleging that Chamblee is attempting to damage his reputation. The 33-year-old is seeking $750 million.

In addition to his allegations against Chamblee, Reed also claims that the PGA Tour and Commissioner Jay Monahan have encouraged abuse directed at Reed and other LIV golfers.

According to Sia Nejad, who used to practice law but now writes about golf betting and daily fantasy for Win Daily Sports, Reed has no chance to succeed in his lawsuit.

Nejad explains his reasoning in a series of tweets, beginning:

“1/8: Patrick Reed lawsuit: I specialized in defamation during the 13 years I practiced and I can tell you, without equivocation, that this lawsuit has zero legal merit and will not succeed. The facts as set out in the Complaint (Paragraphs 29 through 72)…”

“8/8: If I were drafting a Motion to Dismiss the Complaint I would set out my legal defenses and then simply boldface Paragraph 67 as my best evidence that the statements by Chamblee and The Golf Channel (and half of Twitter) have always been legally protected.”

What do you think about Nejad’s opinion. GolfWRXers?

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  1. Don

    Aug 22, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    The fact that Reed filed this ridiculous lawsuit illustrates what a small-minded wussy he’s become.

  2. t100c1970

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I’m not a fan of the LIV … but it IS nice to have a place where generally obnoxious characters like Reed, Mickelson, and DeChambeau can be not seen and not heard.

  3. Chuck

    Aug 20, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Sia Najad knows, as I do (a fellow litigator), that it would be silly to blame Patrick Reed for this Complaint. Patrick Reed knows nothing about defamation law or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

    No; the blame goes to Larry Klayman, the attorney of record for plaintiff Reed. This is all Larry Klayman’s show.

    But that’s where it actually gets worse for Reed. Because Larry Klayman is probably the world’s greatest loser in terms of filing high-profile celebrity defamation actions, nearly all of which lost.

    This one is another Larry Klayman loser, and Patrick Reed would do well to get Justine working on an internet search of “unsuccessful Larry Klayman defamation lawsuits.” And then get a friendly qualified sports agent to put Justine in touch with as many of the unsuccessful defamation plaintiffs as may be willing to talk, and ask them how things went with Larry as their lawyer.

  4. Bob Zinna

    Aug 20, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Patrick Reed has obviously been slandered in a very one-sided manner. His taking down of the big powers in college golf by switching over to Augusta State was legendary and instead of receiving props for it he was lambasted as a thief and worse by the media. When he was at the big power team at University of Georgia he was hazed as a freshman mercilessly by his upper classmen team mates and instead of the media presenting both sides of that story in a fair manner, the legend of Reed the thief and cheat went up the chain to where we are today. Brandel felt emboldened to pile on the low hanging fruit story in egregiously ugly language and went beyond the pale in emphasizing just the negatives with Reed. Along the way this guy won at Augusta and is refreshingly human when compared to the sanitized Eddie Haskell’s of the game like Jordan, JT, and Rory, who speak like they’re St. Francis of Assisi when they talk about LIV golf. Jordan, JT, and Rory are hardly the paragons of virtue that the media presents them as. Brandel never talks about Jordan’s slow playing of Kuchar in the British Open, Rory’s sanctimonious rants, or JT’s annoying preaching about every little thing just to keep himself relevant in the news when he can’t do the talking with his clubs that week.

  5. Your daddy

    Aug 20, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Who cares move on already. Guys like Joe on here, get ready for your big weekend couch surfing “watching” guys golf. Always the opinionated worthless critic

    • Joe

      Aug 22, 2022 at 8:32 am

      I see I have a fan. Thanks for letting me live in your head rent free sport. On the other hand, sorry that you’re a mental midget, my condolences.


  6. MacAttack

    Aug 20, 2022 at 7:18 am

    But everything in the complaint is true. He should have sued the CBS announcers from the Farmers.

  7. Pat Bullrish

    Aug 19, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Fortunately I won’t have to watch Captain Arabia until his first two rounds at Augusta when he will miss the cut likely … ech

  8. Peter Sallis

    Aug 19, 2022 at 11:36 am

    The analysis is good but didn’t need to have any formal legal background to know its a joke and has no chance. I’m sure the same person who convinced Reed that there was zero chance he could get banned from the PGA Tour was the same person who convinced that this law suit was a good move. Completely clueless.

  9. John

    Aug 19, 2022 at 10:57 am

    How do you damage the reputation of a proven cheat and one of the least popular players in the game?

  10. Dan

    Aug 19, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Geez, what a crybaby. Who gave this guy the nickname Captain America? Ohh, maybe it was the Golf Channel in giving him props.

  11. Joe

    Aug 19, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Like I needed another reason to dislike Patrick….

    So many narcissists these days

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Immelman: McGinley apologized to me after saying Presidents Cup should be mixed event



With the Americans ballooning to a -900 favorite prior to this year’s competition at Quail Hollow, most analysts believed the current version of the bi-annual event must be tweaked in order to remain relevant.

All year, Trevor Immelman has been listening.

“Blow this thing up,” he said. “They got to change the format. They got to cut the points. We got to bring the women golfers in.”

“I’ve had to listen to that crap for two years now,” The International team captain said.

Despite losing 17.5-12.5, most would agree that the Internationals did as good of a job as they could have in keeping the match competitive throughout the week. A Saturday surge kept what could have been a historic blowout from taking place.

On Claude Harmon III’s podcast this week, Immelman said that Paul McGinley of Golf Channel has apologized to him for helping drive the narrative that the current Presidents Cup doesn’t work as is, with the Irishman last week touting the idea that women should be included in the event.

“I appreciate the fact that they may be trying to think outside of the box,” he said. “But they need to come up with something else. And I hope Paul doesn’t get offended by me saying this, but he texted me on Monday. And he apologized for saying that on Live From.

“Because he realized what playing for the shield means to us. What having the opportunity to compete in the Presidents Cup against the Americans means to us. And he realized that, and he realized that his take was incorrect and he texted me to apologize. And I thanked him for having the guts to text me and to apologize and I thanked him for realizing how much that event means to us.”

Despite the International team making it somewhat competitive, there’s no denying that the American team has absolutely dominated the Presidents Cup since it’s inception.

The Americans are 14-1-1 all time in the Presidents Cup. This year, the International team looked to have arguably their strongest roster yet before Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman joined LIV Golf. With those players now ineligible, it’s hard to see a path for the Internationals to get markedly better by the time the event heads to Canada in 2024.

However, Immelman still believes no tweaks to the format are necessary.

“I find it disrespectful on all accounts, to be extremely honest with you,” he said. “I find it disrespectful to us as international golfers that are professional athletes that compete at the highest level week in and week out. We’re not scrubs. Are we as strong as the Americans? Doesn’t quite look like it right now. Have they kicked our butts in this event? They sure have. But there’s been some close calls. And so I find it disrespectful to us.”

The former Masters Champion also addressed the suggestion that the event should become mixed with men and women golfers in detail.

“I find it equally disrespectful to the women golfers. And here’s why. I don’t think women golfers need men to make them and their competitions relevant. Their competitions are already relevant. I sit down and watch every single shot of the Solheim Cup. Every single shot. It’s one of my favorite times of the year when that event goes on. I watched the U.S. Women’s Open. I watched the Women’s British Open a few weeks ago when South African Ashleigh Buhai came down the stretch, almost coughed it up and won in the playoff at Muirfield, matching Ernie Els’ win at the Open at Muirfield. Women don’t need men to make them relevant in sport. My family and I were glued to the TV when Serena Williams played her last match at the U.S. Open. She’s one of the greatest athletes to ever walk on the planet. So I find it disrespectful on all accounts when people come with that opinion.”

“Let’s leave the Presidents Cup and the International team alone, for now,” he said on the podcast. “And let us compete. And allow youngsters from Thailand and China and Japan and Korea and Australia and South Africa and Canada and all over South America, allow them to grow up with this as their goal, to be able to compete on this level.

“Because we are eventually going to win this event, I promise you.”

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The wild story involving John Daly’s secret room inside Jon Gruden’s office at Hooters HQ



Most people who encounter golf legend John Daly walk away with a story to tell about him.

On the most recent episode of Theo Von’s “This Past Weekend” podcast, both Von and his guest Caleb Pressley of Barstool Sports shared a John Daly story.

According to Von, he once saw Daly carried out of a restaurant in downtown Nashville.

“I saw John Daly overdose on gin one night and had to get carried out of a restaurant. Not even a bar.”

Pressley came back with a Daly anecdote of his own. In his early days of working for Barstool Sports, Caleb was in search of some fresh content and decided to track down Jon Gruden, who’s always good for a quote.

After doing some digging, he discovered Gruden’s office was located at the Hooter’s corporate office. Upon visiting Hooters corporate, Presley stumbled upon something even better: John Daly’s secret hiding spot.

“I went into the corporate office, and I was like ‘I’m here to see Jon Gruden.’ By the way the corporate office of Hooters… So I go in there and was like ‘I wanna go see Jon Gruden,’ and they just take me back to his office.”

“He wasn’t there, but his assistant gave me a tour… And they were like ‘This is John Daly’s room.’ And I was like ‘What do you mean John Daly’s room?’ And they open it up and it was like, you know ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ the wall has a bunch of books that you can open?”

“It was literally that and you push it open, and it was a very small room smaller than this room, and it had a mattress on the floor, and a little putting thing, and I guess John Daly lives in there, in Jon Gruden’s office inside the Hooter’s headquarters.”

Daly has been affiliated with Hooters unofficially for decades, but he just inked an official sponsorship with them in 2022.

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‘Petty, cheap, childish shot’ – Greg Norman slams R&A over Open Celebration of Champions snub



Earlier this year, the R&A decided not to permit special exemption to Greg Norman, that would have allowed him to take part at the 150th Open at St. Andrews.

Whilst the LIV CEO maintained he was “disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is the 150th Open,” and that he had “been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year–twice,” the committee were insistent they were not altering any exemption rules.

Then, a few days before the historic major, the R&A informed Norman he was not welcome at the Celebration of Champions, insisting the event was to focus on, “celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend.”

Now, in October, that episode is still rankling with the two-time winner of the Claret Jug.

Norman appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored recently to discuss much about the split in golf, and how the status quo have treated him since LIV started getting momentum and huge media coverage, and he still regards the actions of the R&A as a “petty, cheap, childish shot.”

Norman believes he has the good of golf at heart, and his record proves it:

“I’ll be honest with you, at times, my heat shield gets a little bit weak because I am a human being. I’ve done a lot for the game of golf. I was number one player in the world for six years. I’ve done things in the game of golf, I promoted the game of golf, I’ve grown the game of golf globally.”

He continued, “I took a mission on myself as an individual player to fly all around the world. I was the first guy to do an exhibition match in mainland China. I was one of the first guys to go into the Middle East and, through my golf and business at the same time, I continue to do that. So, when they do these… What happened in the R&A was a petty, cheap, childish shot, to be honest with you. If you can’t rise above it all then shame on you.”

That was one of the many topics openly discussed, and as the title of the programme suggests, there were no holds barred.

About the PGA Tour’s attitude to LIV, Norman insisted there was much duplicity surrounding the opposition:

Norman expanded, “For you not to sit down and have a discussion and to understand what the LIV business model is and to see how it sits within the ecosystem, shame on you. In business, remember we’re a commercial entity, in business, you understand what your opponent’s got, you understand what your competitor’s got, unpack it all to see if you can actually work together within the system to make both entities better for each other, not try and destroy us. We haven’t tried to destroy the PGA Tour.”

Norman insists that he has lost friends over his involvement with the Saudi backed tour – “If they want to judge me on lack of information, they’re the ones with the small mind,” and asks one of LIV’s most fervent opponents, Rory McIlroy not to “begrudge other players.”

The full interview can be viewed on PMU’s YouTube channel,.

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