Marlon Samuels fires in a ‘defamation lawsuit’ bouncer to Geoff Lawson for the dreaded ‘G’ word
Marlon Samuels celebrates the ICC World T20 2016 triumph. (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Former Australian pacer Geoff Lawson may have fired in numerous bouncers throughout his career but now he will have to duck one from West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels. It is a known fact that the Jamaican does not gels well with the Aussies but Lawson took it a bit too far with his comments post West Indies’ empathic win against England in the final of the ICC World T20 2016.

Samuels was involved in a verbal duel with English all-rounder Ben Stokes. The following day Lawson made some controversial comments on the Big Sports Breakfast radio programme. Lawson had said, “He’s tied up with some pretty shady people back in the West Indies, he’s a guy you don’t muck around with on or off the field. He’s tied up with the gangs there and it goes well beyond cricket.” ALSO READ: When Marlon Samuels almost gave up cricket post the dark days of 2007

The comments did not go well with the former cricketers too with fellow Jamaican Michael Holding criticising them.

According to reports in Sports24, Samuels is also dragging news.com.au’s James Matthey to court because the latter published Lawson’s quotes and called the accusations “an extra reason not to get on Marlon Samuels’ bad side”. READ MORE:Marlon Samuels-Shane Warne battle further intensifies; the Jamaican has the last laugh

A website named inriefrm.net quoted Samuels’ statement, “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.”