A story published by news.com.au in Australia surrounding a feud between West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels and Australian legend Shane Warne could land the publication and former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson in court.
News.com.au and journalist James Matthey, analysed comments made by Samuels at the end of the World T20 finals in India with a number of former Australian players, including wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Lawson weighing in on the issue.
According to Lawson, whose comments were taken from The Big Sports Breakfast radio programme, Samuels was not a player to be trifled with because of his association with “pretty shady people back in the West Indies.”
The article went on to paint a very dim picture of Samuels’ home in Jamaica, pointing to its high murder rate.
Samuels was understandably not pleased with Lawson’s comments.
“I am deeply disappointed that Geoff Lawson would make such damaging and untruthful statements about me” Samuels told sportsmax.tv.
“I find it extremely offensive.”
Samuels was also not happy about the way the murder rate of the country was used to add credibility to Lawson’s comments either.
“It is equally offensive that articles coming out of Australia, namely that from Matthey, would mention Jamaica’s crime rate in an attempt at maligning my character and that of all Jamaicans on the world stage. Both he and Matthey will be hearing from my legal team on this matter,” Samuels said.
Jamaican cricket legend and current international commentator Michael Holding was amused by Lawson’s comments.
“How can people talk about him like this? What do they know of Samuels? Have they been involved with any street gangs? Do they even know that world to smear-campaign like this? It’s absolute rubbish. People want to bring him down because of their jealousy or some other petty feeling. This is exactly the kind of cheap talk that Marlon has been raging against, and what’s made him the man he has become,” Holding said.