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McCullum drops plans of legal action after Parker apology

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 23, 2013

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Brendon McCullum talks to journalists, Auckland, December 11, 2012
As per a statement, "John Parker did not intend to mean that Brendon McCullum was involved in the decision to replace Ross Taylor as captain" © Getty Images

Brendon McCullum will not take legal action against former New Zealand captain John Parker, following an apology from Parker for his references to McCullum in connection with the Ross Talyor controversy. McCullum's laywers were expected to file proceedings in the High Court in Hamilton this week over the document titled "The Taylor Affair", which they claim was written by Parker.

When he made public his intention to seek legal redress against Parker, McCullum had said he was not seeking monetary damages but wanted Parker's "acknowledgment that the claims he makes are completely false".

Now, through McCullum's legal team, Parker released a statement saying he did not mean to discredit McCullum. "John Parker's focus in preparing the document was on addressing shortcomings in governance at New Zealand Cricket," the statement said. "However in the document John Parker stated that Brendon McCullum knew of the coach Mike Hesson's movements all along, according to certain players. John Parker did not intend this to mean that Brendon McCullum was involved in the decision to replace Ross Taylor as captain. 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. Both John Parker and Brendon McCullum have examined and resolved their differences successfully, and no legal proceedings by either party will occur."

Parker, in his document, had been critical of Taylor's removal as captain in controversial manner, as well as the wider governance of New Zealand Cricket.

Following McCullum's declaration that he was seeking legal action last week, coach Hesson too had issued a statement saying was seeking his lawyer's advice on the matter.

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Posted by lomutrain on (April 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

So no retraction to the statement from the article that Parker was told "McCullum knew about the imposing captaincy change" (only an apology that anything further than having simple 'knowledge' might have been inferred) ? does that mean Brendon's accepting that nobody believes its possible he was not told about it before hand, dropping this denial stance? or just that legally he cant go anywhere as what Parker wrote was (and was advertised as) hearsay?

Posted by JayBrock on (April 25, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Agree with much of what has been said here, the sucsessfull ODI series vs SA and the drawn test series vs ENG suggest to me that Bendan as captain is a sound decision.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (April 23, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Brendon, you have humiliated an old poor New Zealand ex-Test captain who was trying to improve how New Zealand cricket is run. If legal action and apology is due for every mistake another human makes then it is time you apologised and compensated New Zealnad fans when you threw your wicket away with reclkess shots or dropped a catch.

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 23, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

As a cricket fan my support is for NZ players who unfortunately have to go through the mess created by these administrators.And I thought these kind of problem only existed in India.

Posted by StevieS on (April 23, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Paul Tudor "How can he be an administrator of netball when he has never played the game?" it doesn't seem to be a problem with our cricket administrators, heck our coach hasn't even played first class cricket! Richard Campion I would rather Parker and the other members of his group run the show than a bunch of suits who haven't even stepped foot on a cricket wicket. When was New Zealand cricket last in a healthy state and were actually winning games? I would say when Rixon and Sneddon were running the show and funny enough they both played cricket at the highest level.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Parker and the group around him seem to be good at making disgruntled noises but none of them have put their hands up to administer the game....and I hope none of them do. Lets get a group of board members who are professional enough to take this wonderful game forward in the country rather than snipe criticise, and do nothing positive. McCullum was superb getting the team to perform as well as it did against England and the public responded. Hesson to, has certainly been positive and maybe what we have is the start of a very exciting cricketing future for NZ. The moaners dont deserve to be listened to.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

John Parker has lost all credibility in this saga. And people are now questioning whether he is a hypocrite. How can he be an administrator of netball when he has never played the game?

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