Marlon Samuels calls Ben Stokes a ‘b****’ and brags of his ‘f***ing superior skin tone’ in extraordinary Instagram tirade after England all-rounder joked he wouldn’t wish quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’… as Michael Vaughan criticises racist posts
- Marlon Samuels launched discriminatory Instagram tirade against Ben Stokes
- He called England star a ‘b****’ and made derogatory remark about his wife
- It came after Stokes joked he wouldn’t wish Covid quarantine on ‘worst enemy’
- West Indies cricketer Samuels later had a pop at Shane Warne as well
- Samuels and Stokes have clashed during Tests and T20 matches in the past
- Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan led the condemnation of Samuels’ posts
Michael Vaughan has led criticism of Marlon Samuels after the West Indies cricketer launched a discriminatory tirade at Ben Stokes and his wife on social media.
Samuels, who has clashed with the England all-rounder on the pitch in the past, referred to his ‘f***ing superior skin tone’ and made a disparaging remark about Stokes’s wife Clare.
‘No white boy can diss me in the sports and no [sic] get diss back,’ Samuels wrote on his Instagram account, before calling Stokes a ‘b****’.
West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels (right) has launched into a discriminatory and foul-mouthed tirade at England’s Ben Stokes (left) on his Instagram account
Stokes had joked that he wouldn’t wish two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’ – even Samuels. In response, the West Indian cricketer made derogatory remarks about Stokes and his wife Clare
In another foul-mouthed Instagram post, Samuels described Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne as ‘b****’
Later in the outburst, after a derogatory remark about Stokes’s wife, Samuels says ‘it’s my f***ing superior skin tone y’all hate, f*** you.’
In a later Instagram post, Samuels, 39, had a pop at Stokes and former Australian spinner Shane Warne, also calling them ‘b****’ while promoting his ‘Sextillion 7th Power’ perfume range.
Samuels also posted a number of supportive messages from fans and also a recording of a message supposedly sent to him from an English cricket coach in which advice was sought on how to avoid ‘Ben Stokes syndrome’ of getting out early.
Some of the offensive posts were later deleted by Samuels.
It came in response to a joke by Stokes about not wishing two weeks of quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’ Samuels.
Stokes, 29, was forced to quarantine for two weeks as a Covid-19 precaution after travelling from New Zealand to the United Arab Emirates before joining up with Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals.
Stokes told the BBC Test Match Special podcast: ‘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.
Samuels continued his tirade against Stokes in another Instagram post, recalling how he saluted the England batsmen after he was dismissed at Grenada in 2015
Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, led criticism of Samuels’ ‘racist’ posts
‘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.’
Former England captain Vaughan criticised Samuels for his comments on Twitter, saying: ‘This is appalling @marlonsamuels… we are trying to stamp out racism…!! A bit of banter by @benstokes38 should not lead to this…’
There has been bad blood between Stokes and Samuels for more than five years.
Samuels famously saluted Stokes off the field after he was dismissed during a Test match in Grenada in April 2015 with the England man returning the favour by applauding when Samuels was out in the same match.
The pair also exchanged words during the 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata after Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Stokes deliveries in the final over to guide West Indies to victory.
Stokes is given a warning by umpire Steve Davis after an exchange of words with Samuels during the Test match in Grenada in 2015
Stokes applauded Samuels off the field after he was dismissed during the April 2015 Test
Samuels and Stokes exchange words during West Indies’ win over England in the 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata
In his 2016 book Firestarter, Stokes accused Samuels of ‘lacking respect.’
He wrote: ‘Marlon lacks respect. You get that if you have spent any time with him on a cricket field.
‘Marlon’s conduct after West Indies’ victory over us in this year’s World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game.
‘Without removing his batting pads, Marlon walked into a press conference, sat down and placed his feet on the desk. Totally lacking manners.’
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