Patrick Reed libel lawsuit against Brandel Chamblee, Larry Klayman’s colorful past

Masters champion Patrick Reed is suing golf commentator Brandel Chamblee for over $1 billion, but it’s far from the weirdest part of the story.

The attorney who filed the libel suit on Reed’s behalf, Larry Klayman, has what could politely be described as a “colorful” past.

In the lawsuit, Reed alleges that Chamblee and Golf Channel engaged in a series of “calculated, malicious, false and/or reckless attacks that had a direct effect” on Reed’s livelihood, causing him to lose several sponsorships. of a million dollars.

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The lawsuit itself contains seemingly basic typos, including a reference to the greatest golfer of all time as “Tiger Wood’s” and repeated incorrect uses of “it is”.

As golf writer Geoff Shackelford noted in his blog, Klayman appears to be well-placed to represent Reed, one of the game’s most controversial players who signed with Greg Norman’s LIV Golf.

“You must marvel at Reed’s choice of attorney,” he wrote.

“What a perfect match with the brand we have to savor.”

Klayman rose to prominence in the 1990s when he filed a number of lawsuits against Bill Clinton’s administration. A Clinton adviser, James Carville, once called him a “little moron.”

“I get on people’s nerves, there’s no doubt about it,” Klayman told the Los Angeles Times in 1998.

“It’s like playing hockey and body checking. If you have a weak heart, you shouldn’t do that.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Klayman as a “pathologically litigious lawyer and professional gadfly known for suing everyone from Iran’s Supreme Leader to his own mother.”

This latest statement references a 1998 article in Newsweek, which claimed Klayman was suing his mother over his late grandmother’s nursing bills, allegations he did not deny, instead blaming the Clintons for the pap smear. .

In 2014, Klayman made news again when he filed a lawsuit seeking to have then-President Barack Obama deported from the United States, alleging he forged his US citizenship.

Reed’s lawsuit isn’t the first time Klayman has ventured into the world of golf, either. As Golf Digest’s Joel Beall revealed, in July Klayman sued the PGA Tour, saying suspending players such as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson from the tour would negatively impact his spectator experience at several events, including the Barracuda Championship.

However, given that this year’s Barracuda Championship was held the same week as the Open Championship, any top player would be at St Andrews regardless of the PGA Tour ban.

The lawyer’s recent defamation case also appears to be in stark contrast to a tweet about Chamblee in February, when he wrote, “Golf Channel’s Brandon (sic) Chamblee and others are right: don’t sell your soul to the murderous Saudi regime. What gave us September 11! There is no reason to sleep with the Saudis other than pure greed!”

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Michael C. Ford