Patrick Reed responds to book allegations of cheating, stealing
Over a month ago, Shane Ryan released an excerpt about Patrick Reed and his confusing past from his new book, "Slaying the Tiger."
In it, Ryan reported that Reed cheated and stole when he was playing college golf.
"During a qualifying round prior to a tournament, according to sources, Reed hit a ball far into the rough. When he approached the spot, he found another ball sitting closer to the fairway, and was preparing to hit it when several of his teammates confronted him. Reed pled ignorance, but the other Georgia players were convinced he had been caught red-handed trying to cheat."
"That same fall, several items went missing from the Georgia locker room, including a watch, a Scotty Cameron putter, and $400 cash."
Shortly after the excerpt came out, Reed released a statement saying that he and his team were looking into the matter.
Over the weekend, at the Cadillac Championship, Reed pushed his chips into the middle of the table and said his team has sent Ryan's book publisher a letter asking that they remove the excerpt from their book.
"We wanted to set the record straight," said Reed. "We wanted to let everyone know that none of that stuff is true, all of it is false. It's taken us a while to come out and say it because we wanted to get the evidence and facts to back it.
"I'm all for someone writing a book about me (or about anybody) as long as it's the right facts."
A reliable denial (RD) consists of three components. If there are more than three, or less than three, it ceases to be a reliable denial.
"I did not cheat" and "I did not steal" would show strength of:
1. The pronoun "I", taking ownership and responsibility for the sentence
2. The past tense "did not" or "didn't", rather than "never" or "would not"
3. The specific allegation addressed: stealing and cheating.
In the above denial, we note:
1. He uses the pronoun "we", when it is that "we" have not been accused of stealing and cheating, he has, alone.
2. He avoids using the pronoun "I" specifically.
3. He avoids using the past tense verb "did not" or "didn't"
4. He avoids specific allegations with "all"
5. He even feels the need to explain why he was silent.
6. Note that it is not just "facts" but "right facts", which is not only to avoid a denial, but an indication that what has been stated about him is "fact" but it is not the "right" facts to put in a book.
He goes a long way to avoid saying "I didn't steal" and "I didn't cheat."
Note a commonality among the deceptive is to ask audiences to be patient, or to wait.
There are no legal consequences for an innocent person to say
"I didn't do it", and there is no justifiable reason to delay a reliable denial.
Reed also told Golf Channel he has affidavits from his coaches at Georgia and Augusta State "contradicting" what Ryan wrote.
If Patrick Reed is unwilling or unable to say that he did not steal and cheat, we will not say it for him.