Lawyers representing Patrick Reed are demanding an on-air apology from CNN following remarks made by Jake Tapper and Bob Costas last week.
The price for non-compliance? The threat of a $450MILLION lawsuit.
Larry Klayman, who has represented Reed in his defamation suit against various members of the golf media, has put the broadcaster “on notice” following what he claims was a “highly defamatory piece” titled “The Court Fight Between PGA Tour and LIV Golf Escalates as the Saudi-backed LIV Tries to Avoid Handing Over Information.”
Klayman states: “This widely viewed broadcast in Florida, the nation and internationally, was not only defamatory but also designed to incite ridicule, hatred and violence against LIV Golf players, such as my client Patrick Reed, a world champion professional golfer, by publishing that he takes “blood money” from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy twenty-two years ago.
“The article also, at a minimum, falsely implies that he using a lawsuit, of which he is not even a party, to dig up data, track down, intimidate and harass 9/11 victim families.
“The broadcast republishes with reckless disregard for the truth, a prior Bloomberg article, and references the Bloomberg article in the broadcast.”