Honorary Lifetime DP World Tour member Reed, who is competing in the Open de France on the DP World Tour this week, was not eligible to take part in the Presidents Cup this week having resigned his PGA Tour membership to focus on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.
Earlier this week, Golf Channel were showing some archive footage of Reed forming a "formidable" partnership together with Jordan Spieth in both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
Despite Reed having nothing to do with proceedings this week, Lerner decided to give a frank verdict on why the 2018 Masters champion is not in the United States team this week.
WATCH WHAT LERNER SAID BELOW:
"Jordan Spieth was formidable with Patrick Reed, 4-0-1 together," says Lerner.
"Once known as 'Captain America', Reed now paid by the Saudis to play golf."
Spieth is expected to partner his good friend Justin Thomas for the majority of this week in Charlotte.
Reed last month filed a lawsuit against Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee for $750 million in damages for defamation.
In the documents that were released by a reporter from Courthouse News Service, it is understood Reed claims Golf Channel analyst Chamblee has a history of calling him a "cheater".