McCullum taking legal action against Parker

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 15:03 19/04/2013
Brendon McCullum
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LEGAL ACTION: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is angry with accusations made in John Parker's report.

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Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum is taking out a defamation case against John Parker.

McCullum's lawyers at Chapman Tripp confirmed that proceedings for defamation against Parker, will be filed in the High Court at Hamilton early next week.

They claim Parker, a former New Zealand test captain, is the author of a document, self-titled "The Taylor Affair", which makes "false and highly damaging claims about McCullum".

McCullum, who is currently in India playing in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders, said in a statement released by his lawyers that he had "no option but to take legal action".

"Mr Parker's paper makes some very serious attacks on my integrity, my honesty andmy ethics as a professional sportsman. I have endeavoured to resolve these issues with Mr Parker but have been unable to do so. He has left me with no choice but to defend myself and my reputation this way," McCullum said.

McCullum is paying for the case himself and said he is not seeking monetary damages from Parker.

"I simply want his acknowledgment that the claims he makes are completely false."

A leaked document from Parker has been aired in public over the last couple of weeks with details of criticism against New Zealand Cricket's governance of the game, including its handling of the removal of Ross Taylor as New Zealand skipper, who was replaced by McCullum.

The Taylor document was one of several that Parker shared with a group of concerned former stars and was leaked.

Ex-wicketkeeper Ian Smith and batsman Mark Greatbatch confirmed they were in the group which Parker has been the front man for.

Sir Richard Hadlee, John Wright, John Morrison, Martin Crowe and Glenn Turner were all linked to the group and an email gaffe last week put Warren Lees, Mark Burgess, John Wiltshire, Evan Gray, Brian Hastings, Martin Bradley and Duncan Priest under the spotlight.

It is understood Parker is out of the country at present.

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