It all started with a very innocuous comment from the England all-rounder Ben Stokes on his 14-day quarantine period in a hotel in New Zealand. The star all-rounder decided to leave the Test series versus Pakistan midway to attend his ailing father in the island nation. He described the quarantine period before joining his family as a “bad” and “tough” experience.
The 29-year-old explaining his experience revealed an incident wherin his brother had asked him if he would want West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels, with whom he had a history with, to undergo this 14-day isolation period. Stokes had answered his brother, saying, “No, it’s that bad.” That is it.
But Marlon Samuels has single-hadedly made this trivial matter an ugly one with just one social media post. Before we spread light on Samuel’s disgusting post, let’s have a look at Stokes’ plain and simple interaction with BBC.
“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out and get told what hotel to go to.
“There’s no choice, it’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government have chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels.
“I posted a few Instagram stories and some of the England boys were messaging me asking, ‘What it’s like?’ and I was saying, ‘It wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
“I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked, ‘You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?
“I said, ‘No, it’s that bad’, — that’s how tough it was,” Ben Stokes had said.
Marlon Samuels in reply has taken a direct hit at Ben Stokes, his skin colour and his wife. Samuels’ comment against Ben Stokes is nothing short of disgusting.
“No white boy could diss me in the sports and no get back diss look at this b***h still thinking about me give me 14 days with you wife turn her into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate none of yall knows me that simple means it’s my f***ing superior skin tone yall hate f*** you,” Samuels posted on his social media handle.
The comment has irked fans and many former legends of the game. After former England captain Michael vaughan slammed the West Indian calling his post “appaling”, Australian great Shane Warne has torn into Samuels and asked him to get help. Warne went on to add that even getting help will be a task for the 39-year-old as he has got no friends.
“Just because you were an ordinary cricketer-no need to be an ordinary person”
“I’ve just been sent what Samuels has posted re @benstokes38 & I. It’s a very sad situation as he obviously needs serious help-but has no friends at all & not even his ex teammates like him. Just because you were an ordinary cricketer-no need to be an ordinary person. Get help son,” Shane Warne has tweeted.
I’ve just been sent what Samuels has posted re @benstokes38 & I. It’s a very sad situation as he obviously needs serious help-but has no friends at all & not even his ex teammates like him. Just because you were an ordinary cricketer-no need to be an ordinary person. Get help son
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 28, 2020
The history between Stokes and Samuels
The rivalry between the two cricketers goes back to 2015 when Samuels had dismissed the England all-rounder during a Test match in Grenada. Samuels has sent him off with a mock salute. Things heated up once again during the T20 World Cup 2016 final when the England cricketer made some comments at Samuels. Samuels was also at the other end when Brathwaite took Stokes to the cleaners and won the game for West Indies in the final.
Clash between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels
Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels had a big on-field fight during 2012-13 season of Big Bash League. Marlon Samuels, while fielding had pushed David Hussey when the Australian was sprinting for a double. Warne kept the incident in mind and when Samuels came in to bat, he did not hold back and grabbed him by his collars. Warne then stopped a shot from Samuels and flipped it straight back at him. Samuels threw his bat over Warne’s head, prompting umpires’ intervention.