Marlon Samuels files defamation case against Geoff Lawson for ‘erroneous and malicious comments’

Marlon Samuels' statement then goes on to state that he found the comments not just defamatory but also deeply offensive and damaging to his character.

Written by Bharat Sundaresan | Mumbai | Updated: July 5, 2016 4:44 pm
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Marlon Samuels has filed a defamation case against Geoff Lawson for ‘erroneous, malicious and unjustifiable comments’ that the former Australian fast bowler had made about the West Indies batsman accusing him of being ‘tied up with gangs in Jamaica’ during a radio show in April this year.

According to Samuels’ statement, the defamatory comments were made by Lawson in a radio podcast, ‘Big Sports Breakfast’ on April 4, a day after the Jamaican had led his team to their second World T20 triumph in Kolkata.

“He’s tied up with some shady people back in the West Indies….he’s a guy you don’t muck around with on or off the field. He’s from Kingston, Jamaica, it’s one of the murder capitals of the world…he’s tied up with gangs there, it goes well beyond cricket,” Lawson is quoted as having told the radio podcast in the statement.

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The law suit also includes journalist James Matthey, who published a news story on the website news.com.au, accusing Samuels of ‘being involved with criminal gangs in Jamaica’. The statement states that both the website and Big Sports Breakfast have also been sued for defamation for publishing and airing the comments.

The article also highlights the strong comments that Samuels had made against Shane Warne following his second man-of-the-final winning World T20 performance in response to a few extremely critical remarks that the Australian spin legend had passed about the West Indian.

Samuels’ statement then goes on to state that he found the comments not just defamatory but also deeply offensive and damaging to his character.

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“Samuels has no criminal record nor has been the subject of any criminal investigations. The comments were published and aired with the absence of conducting proper journalist research, nor where Samuels contacted to give his views on the damaging remarks about his character,” it reads.

Furthermore, Samuels is quoted saying, “Through this case, I intend not only to defend my integrity and my image as a international cricketer but also the values I have defended all my career. I also wish to avoid any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.”

“If I win this case any compensation awarded I will donate some of the proceeds to the Marlon Samuels Society for the Blind in Jamaica,” he adds.

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    anonymous
    Jul 5, 2016 at 8:08 am
    Australians always have some -ve remarks for other national cricketers. They simple never digest someone better than them self.
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    B.S.Vidyaranya
    Jul 5, 2016 at 7:27 pm
    Mark Waugh and even the great OZ leg spinner had contacts with bookies and were severely reprimanded. It just stopped at that. God knows what all could have come out with deeper investigations! But no one called them thugs/criminals. It's OZlike to shoot and scoot like say, on the pitch! But this is a different kind of pitch they have got into and there is no escape; let alone scooting!
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    Kalpathy Gurumani
    Jul 5, 2016 at 10:36 am
    he was banned by ICC for 2 years sometime back.
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    Reon
    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    Good on you Marlon! Not everyone might agree with some of Marlon antics but to make that type of damaging remark is out of order. I hope these fools get to pay their balls off..
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    Richard
    Jul 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    so was ahzaruddin, ajay sharma, jadeja, cronje, gibbs and em malik and many other...Does that mean that they were all ociated with gangs and criminals and were shady charachters?
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    Ramesh Verma
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:57 am
    really insane , samule is a very good sportman thats all i know
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