John Parker apologises to Brendon McCullum over 'Ross Taylor affair'

  • 22/04/2013

Former New Zealand cricketer John Parker has apologised to Brendon McCullum, prompting the Black Caps captain to drop the threat of legal action for defamation.

McCullum's lawyer Garth Gallaway confirmed Parker had apologised and retracted comments about McCullum made in a report released publicly this month which criticised several elements of New Zealand Cricket management.

Parker's assertion that McCullum knew in advance of New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's plan to drop former captain Ross Taylor as skipper late last year has been continually rejected by McCullum, who threatened to sue Parker unless an apology and retraction was made.

Gallaway wouldn't comment when contacted by NZ Newswire but released a statement confirming Parker and McCullum had resolved their differences and no legal action would occur.

"John Parker did not intend to discredit Brendon McCullum and sincerely apologises to him for any harm to his reputation which may have been caused," the statement said.

At the heart of the defamation threat was an inference by Parker that McCullum was dishonest with the New Zealand public, something that Parker now accepted was not true, Gallaway added.

Parker's was the only name on the report which he had said was compiled in conjunction with the views and knowledge of a number of former high-profile New Zealand players.

Gallaway said only Parker had been pursued for an apology as he had claimed authorship of the report and had repeated its material in a radio interview.

On Friday, Gallaway had said proceedings for defamation against Parker would be filed in the High Court at Hamilton early this week.


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