Cricketer Marlon Samuels successfully concludes defamation case

Cricketer Marlon Samuels successfully concludes defamation case

13th April 2017

West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels received a full apology and will get undisclosed "substantial damages", after successfully suing former australian cricketer Geoff Lawson and broadcaster 2KY for defamation. This morning, Thursday  13 April, broadcaster issued an  apology to Marlon.  

Samuels instructed his lawyer Richard Owen-Thomas of 3PB Barristers in Temple, London after defamatory comments were made about him on the Big Sports Breakfast radio programme on 4th April last year. During the radio podcast Lawson made erroneous, malicious unjustifiable comments accusing Samuels of being involved with criminal gangs in Jamaica.

3PB Sports and media barrister Owen-Thomas said "These comments were published and aired without proper journalist research, nor was Samuels contacted to give his views on the damaging remarks about his character.  We are delighted that Lawson and the Big Sports Breakfast radio have now settled and are issuing a full apology and agreed to pay substantial damages to Marlon".

Marlon Samuels said : "Through this case, my intention was not only to defend my integrity and 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. "

Richard Owen-Thomas of 3PB is part of the barristers' well-known Sports Group. He is a media and defamation lawyer with considerable work in the sports sector. He can be contacted on  0207 583 8055.