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The Ross Taylor captaincy saga is headed to court with Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum initiating legal action against former Test opener John Parker with claims of defamation.
Parker, as head of a group of former players concerned about the handling of Ross Taylor’s axing last November, as well as the governance of the national game, released a report two weeks ago which claimed McCullum was aware of the moves to have him replace Taylor in the captaincy role.
The report levelled claims at McCullum and other senior players, that they fostered a culture of peer pressure among the squads younger members, encouraging them to drink more rather than train, while it also questioning the integrity of coach Mike Hesson.
Hesson today released a statement through his agent advising that he too has concerns over the Parker report and is weighing up his legal options.
“I have similar concerns to him regarding the comments made by John Parker about me,” Hesson said.
“I have taken legal advice and the matter is currently being dealt with by my lawyers. I have nothing further to say regarding the matter.”
McCullum is not seeking any financial compensation rather he says the lawsuit is intended to disprove Parker’s claims which he believes makes very serious attacks on his integrity, honesty and ethics.
The lawsuit is expected to take aim at the original recipients of the report, and any parties who published, forwarded, or broadcast the claims.
Both McCullum and Taylor are currently in India with their respective IPL teams, the Kolkata Knights and the Pune Warriors, although this matter could drag on, with the Black Caps return Test against England in less than four weeks.
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