Today, I received a letter from Player X’s lawyers in regards to my interview with Lalit Modi.
It initially didn’t open, so I had to write back and tell his lawyers the file was corrupt.
This is true. It was corrupt. It is also true that it was an unfortunate choice of words given the circumstances.
They did resend it and here is that letter:
I’m disappointed that they have under quoted my twitter audience and have completely ignored my Instagram followers.
They did however acknowledge that the interview was available in the UK and probably based on its quality, have predicted that it will ‘continue to be published extremely widely’.
I wish they would share the secret of knowing what may or may not go viral.
Anyhow, I also received a letter form Lalit Modi’s lawyers here::
Date: 12 May 2015 8:24 pm
Subject: Our client: Lalit Modi
To: Dennis Does Cricket <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Dispute Resolution <email@example.com>
Dear Mr FreedmanI write in respect of the radio interview given by Mr Modi to you on 31 March 2015, which was published via your website (www.dennisdoescricket.com/lalit-modi-unplugged).During the course of the interview, Mr Modi discussed a number of cricket-related topics including Mr Chris Cairns. You will be aware that Mr Cairns is a co-defendant in active criminal proceedings in the United Kingdom, and civil proceedings brought by Mr Modi in the same jurisdiction.Mr Modi is currently subject to a Court Order dated 26 March 2012 (made after the conclusion of the Cairns v Modi trial) the effect of which is to restrain him from publishing or causing to be published words to the effect that Mr Cairns is guilty of match-fixing or there are reasonable grounds to suspect the same. Mr Modi had no intention of breaching the terms of that Order during the interview. However, in order to avoid the possible inference that he has done so, or that there could be any prejudice to the on-going criminal proceedings mentioned above, I would ask that the sections of the interview identified below are removed as soon as possible. The sections include comments made by Mr Modi and your response to those comments:Section 1: XXXXSection 2: XXXXPlease also remove any links to the original version of the interview.Kind regards
Their letter was much more civil and less threatening.
Anyhow, to keep everyone happy, I have made the edits as requested:
The full interview, minus the bits that Player X’s lawyer took offence to can be found here:
For the record, Player X was less than a minor part of the interview and if Player X’s lawyers think I have an audience of note, then:
1) I am truly flattered; and
2) Their definition is misaligned with mine.
Don’t they know people don’t listen to podcasts?
Finally, any inference that Lalit Modi encouraged me or used any means for me to ask him questions or raise the topic of Player X are false.
Lalit had no indication prior to the interview of what I would be asking him.
In the meantime, here are the key highlights from that interview: