A defamation lawsuit has been filed by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith against TT Cricket Board Under-19 selector Deonarine Deyal, following statements he (Deyal) made about Gary Griffith III’s short-lived inclusion to the Trinidad and Tobago’s national football team.
Griffith is accusing Deyal of making a highly defamatory post on January 27th, under an article on the Wired868 Facebook page about the selection of his son.
The article was headlined: Fenwick adds 8 N/American players to T&T squad: No space for Cyrus and Lobo.
The lawsuit alleges that Deyal “saw it fit to publish” from his Facebook profile, in the comments section under the article, a defamatory statement questioning the selection of Griffith III.
The lawsuit further adds that the “ordinary and reasonable-minded reader, upon reading the post, would have believed the defendant to be implying or inferring or conveying by way of innuendo” that the commissioner was “guilty of bribing” the former head coach of the team as an inducement for his son’s selection.
Griffith is asking for an injunction to stop Deyal, or anyone associated with him, from making the same or similar allegations against him. He also wants compensation for the defamatory post.
Griffith is being represented by attorneys Larry Lalla, Vashisht Seepersad and Taruna Mangroo, of the law firm Atticus Finch.