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LIV Golf’s Patrick Reid threatens CNN with $450M suit that skips class by Jake Tapper – CNN calls threat ‘completely insignificant’

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golfer Patrick Reed threatened to sue CNN after Jake Tapper and sports broadcaster Bob Beaches Discuss the controversial LIV Golf Tour at Lead with Jake Tapper.

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Live golf He has been in the spotlight since his debut in 2022. Saudi Arabia The Startup Association is financially supported by the Public Investment Fund.

On Thursday, Costas joined Tapper CNN and the two discussed LIV Golf. Neither Tapper nor Costas mentioned Reed by name, but the golfer’s attorneys at Klayman’s Law Group claim the two made defamatory comments about the 2018 Masters champ.

In a letter he received golf per month Reid’s attorneys wrote on Tuesday:

Late last week, CNN and Jake Tapper, along with CNN sports reporter Bob Costas, aired a highly defamatory article titled, “The Court Fight Between PGA Tour and LIV Golf Escalates as Saudi-Backed LIV Tries to Avoid Handing Over Information.”

This broadcast, which was widely watched in Florida, the state and the world, was not only defamatory, but also designed to incite ridicule, hatred and violence against LIV golfers, such as my client Patrick Reed, the world champion professional golfer, by posting “blood money” From the Saudi Public Investment Fund, in the aftermath of the tragedy of the twenty-first of September twenty-two (22) years ago.

The article also, at the very least, falsely indicates that he is using a lawsuit, to which he is not even a party, to mine data and track down, intimidate, and harass the families of the 9/11 victims. The broadcast was republished with a reckless disregard for the truth, a previous Bloomberg article, and references the Bloomberg article in the broadcast.

Mr. Reid does not take “blood money”, as he is simply playing a round of golf funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which also owns significant shares in countless US companies such as Disney, Boeing, JPMorgan Chase, Amazon, BlackRock, Microsoft and others. a lot. In fact, many of the PGA Tour sponsors benefit from this investment fund, and PGA Tour players recently got versions of the PGA Tour to play at the Saudi International Golf Championship in Jeddah, on February 2-5, 2023, also funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund. Aramco, the oil company owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, also sponsors and funds a number of LPGA events. Are professional female golfers accused of taking blood money, too?

Therefore, Tapper, Costas, and CNN understand that if an on-air public apology is not made to Mr. Reid immediately and the broadcast removed and pulled from CNN’s websites, broadcast services, and other forms of publication, in order to mitigate the harm he has caused, in addition to To the discipline imposed on Tapper and Costas, we reserve the right after five (5) days to sue Tapper, Costas and CNN pursuant to Florida Statute 77.01 for damages in excess of $450,000,000 which includes actual, special and punitive damages.

Reed sued The Golf Channel and its analyst Brandell ChamblyBut judge eviction The case is on Friday.

Like Reed, former PGA players Dustin JohnsonAnd Phil MickelsonAnd Brison DechambeauAnd Brooks Koepka Join LIV Golf.

Update 3:50 PM ET: CNN Vice President Matt Dornick He provided a statement to Mediaite calling the lawsuit threat “frivolous” and stating that the network would “vigorously defend its reporting”:

This would be a totally frivolous lawsuit, designed to stifle free speech and intimidate journalists from covering important stories about the Saudi government and the Saudi-backed LIV golf course. CNN will vigorously defend its reporting that did not mention the plaintiff in its coverage.

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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