The lawyer who filed the defamation lawsuit on Reed’s behalf, Larry Klayman, has what might politely be described as a “colourful” past.
In the lawsuit, Reed alleges that Chamblee and the Golf Channel have engaged in a series of “calculated, malicious, false and/or reckless attacks that have had a direct effect” on Reed’s livelihood, causing him to lose multiple million-dollar sponsorships.
The lawsuit itself contains seemingly basic typos, including a reference to arguably the greatest golfer of all-time as “Tiger Wood’s” and repeated incorrect uses of “it’s”.
As golf writer Geoff Shackelford noted in his blog, Klayman appears to be well suited to representing Reed, one of the most divisive players in the game who has signed with Greg Norman’s LIV Golf.
“You must marvel at Reed’s choice of attorney,” he wrote.
“What a perfect brand match we must savour.”
Klayman shot to prominence in the 1990s, when he filed a number of lawsuits against Bill Clinton’s administration. A Clinton advisor, James Carville, once called him “a little twerp.”
“I get on people’s nerves, there’s no question about that,” Klayman told the Los Angeles Times in 1998.
“It’s like playing hockey and body-checking. If you’re weak at heart, you shouldn’t be doing this.”
The Southern Poverty Law Centre describes Klayman as a “pathologically litigious attorney and professional gadfly notorious for suing everyone from Iran’s Supreme Leader to his own mother.”
The latter statement is a reference to a 1998 piece in Newsweek, which claimed Klayman was suing his mother over nursing costs for his late grandmother, allegations he did not deny, instead blaming the Clintons for the smear.
In 2014, Klayman again made news when he filed a lawsuit seeking to have then-President Barack Obama deported from the United States, alleging he falsified his American citizenship.
Reed’s lawsuit isn’t the first time Klayman has ventured into the golf world either. As Golf Digest’s Joel Beall revealed, in July Klayman sued the PGA Tour, claiming the tour’s suspension of players such as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson would negatively impact his experience as a spectator at a number of events, including the Barracuda Championship.
However, given this year’s Barracuda Championship was played the same week as the Open Championship, any top player would be at St Andrews, regardless of any PGA Tour ban.
The lawyer’s recent defamation filing also appears to be in stark contrast to a tweet about Chamblee in February, when he wrote: “Brandon (sic) Chamblee of Golf Channel and Others Have it Right: Don’t Sell Your Soul to the Murderous Saudi Regime Which Gave Us September 11! There Is No Justification to Get Into Bed With the Saudis Other Than Pure Greed!”
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