West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels boasted his ‘f *** ing superior skin tone’ in a racist attack on rival Ben Stokes.
The Jamaican also mocked 2019’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, saying, ‘Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] to Jamaican in 14 seconds, mate. ‘
The shocking outburst came after the English all-rounder joked that he wouldn’t wish for two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine for his ‘worst enemy’ – even Samuels.
The Durham cricketer has yet to publicly respond to Samuels’ post, but used his Instagram story to post a series of photos of his rival.
The 29-year-old posted two close-up photos of former West Indies captain, 39, followed by one of him arguing with retired Australian spinner Shane Warne.
The Jamaican also mocked 2019’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, saying, ‘Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] to Jamaican in 14 seconds, mate. Pictured: Stokes and his wife Clare last year
The shocking eruption came after the English all-rounder joked that he wouldn’t wish two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine for his ‘worst enemy’ – even Samuels (photo rowing in 2016)
Samuels’ post on Instagram, which has been widely condemned as racist and unacceptable
In a sordid Instagram post, Samuels described Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne as ‘b ****’
Samuels continued his rant against Stokes in another Instagram post and recalled saluting the English batsmen after being fired from Grenada in 2015.
How the row unfolded:
English cricketer Ben Stokes tells the Test Match Special podcast that he wouldn’t wish 14 days of Covid-19 quarantine for his ‘worst enemy’ – and even longtime West Indian foe Marlon Samuels.
Stokes was forced to quarantine as a precaution after traveling from New Zealand to the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.
He said, ‘I text my brother and say the same thing, and my brother asked,’ You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels? ‘
‘I said’ no, it’s that bad ‘- it was that difficult.’
Samuels responds to Stokes’ comments with a series of racist Instagram posts.
In one he writes, ‘No white guy could deceive me in the sport and no diss look at this b **** still thinking about me. Give me 14 days with your wife getting hard [sic] in Jamaican in 14 seconds degree.
“None of you know me that simple means it’s my damn superior complexion that you all hate, damn it.”
In another post, Samuels Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne call another longtime rival a ‘b ****’.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is leading the conviction of Samuels and his racist posts.
Warne hits back on Samuels, suggesting that he “has no friends at all and not even his ex-teammates like him.” He tells Samuel to “get help.”
Meanwhile, Stokes posts a series of photos of Samuels, including clashes from their career, in a cryptic Instagram post.
The feud started when Stokes told the BBC Test Match Special podcast, ‘Some guys from England messaged me asking what it was like and I said it wasn’t the nicest thing you’ve ever had to do … not wishing on my worst enemy.
‘I text my brother the same and my brother asked,’ you wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels’? I said, “ no, it’s that bad ” – it was that hard. ‘
Stokes was quarantined for a fortnight in August when he traveled to New Zealand to visit his father Ged, who is battling brain cancer.
He had to isolate himself for the second time after flying to the United Arab Emirates to play in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals.
But Samuels took the joke to heart and quickly hit back with his Instagram stories.
He wrote, ‘No white guy can drive me out in the sport and get no (sic) diss back.’
He also called Stokes a ‘b ****’ and added, ‘Give me 14 days with your wife getting harsh [sic] to Jamaican in 14 seconds, mate. ‘
Samuels later had a doll with Warne and also called him ‘b ****’ while promoting his perfume range.
He followed it up with some supportive posts from fans and a recording of a message supposedly sent to him by an English cricket coach.
He claimed it was advice to prevent ‘Ben Stokes syndrome’ from getting up early. Samuels later deleted some of the offensive messages.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticized Samuels on Twitter, saying: ‘This is awful @ marlonsamuels …’
‘We are trying to eradicate racism… !! A little banter by @ benstokes38 shouldn’t lead to this … ‘
Warne commented, ‘I just got what Samuels posted re @ benstokes38 & I.
It’s a very sad situation because he clearly needs serious help, but he has no friends at all and even his ex-teammates don’t like him.
Just because you were a regular cricket player, you don’t have to be an ordinary person. Seek help son. ‘
Broadcaster Piers Morgan added: ‘Absolutely disgraceful racist abuse by Samuels. If a white player said this to a black player, he would be banned for life. Shameful. ‘
It’s not the first time that Stokes and Samueals have clashed in the past, having feuded for over five years.
Samuels greeted Stokes from the field when he got out during a test match in Grenada in April 2015.
Samuels (right) and Stokes (left) have been out of the cricket field before – Samuels greeted Stokes as he left the field during a test match between the West Indies and England in Grenada in 2015
Samuels later had a doll in Warne (photo in 2013) and also called him ‘b ****’ while promoting his perfumery brand
The English man returned the favor by applauding when Samuels played the same match.
The pair also dropped out at the 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata after Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes on Stokes deliveries in the final.
In his 2016 book Firestarter, Stokes accused Samuels of ‘disrespect’.
He wrote: ‘Marlon lacks respect. That’s what you get when you’ve spent some time with him on a cricket pitch.
Marlon’s demeanor after the West Indies victory over us in this year’s World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game.
Without removing his punch pads, Marlon walked into a press conference, sat down, and put his feet on the desk. No manners at all. ‘
Stokes hit back by posting a series of photos of Samuels in action on his Instagram
Samuels has also collided with Warne on and off the cricket pitch in the past.
During the Australian Big Bash League in 2013, they got together when Samuels appeared to be holding on to batsman David Hussey’s shirt when he was about to go for a run.
Later in the game, when Warne was bowling and Samuels was hitting, the Australian put on his shirt yelling ‘do you want to catch more people? F *** your buddy. ‘
In another incident, Warne threw the ball to his rump while fielding, then Samuels threw his bat in Warne’s direction.
After retirement, Warne switched to the commentary profession and has criticized Samuels a number of times.