Cricketer Jesse Ryder has responded to rapper Scribe’s criticism with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
Scribe had tweeted his more than 4000 followers to ask what Ryder said to deserve the attack, which left him with serious head injuries last week.
Cantabrians, he said, don't assault people for no reason. A few hours later Scribe tweeted again, saying when people aren't humble and look for trouble, they tend to find it.
Ryder, who has now been brought out of a medically-induced coma, has responded by thanking everyone for their support – "especially my good mate scribe. #NotManyIfAny".
Ryder's friend and manager Aaron Klee told the New Zealand Herald the batsman's tongue was firmly in his cheek.
"Jesse was just trying to make light of the situation. He was having a bit of a laugh," he said.
Scribe had apologised for his comments, saying he genuinely wanted to know what happened. But he blamed the media for blowing the story out of proportion.
He posted his response to an interview request on Facebook, claiming his comments were taken out of context.
"This is another publicity stunt Stuff has orchestrated to generate more website hits and create interest," he wrote. "Well done to them, however they are helping me with the defamation case my lawyers are building against them."
However, Scribe later took another shot at Ryder tweeting: "Are we gonna get to see that CTV footage coz I've been asking questions and now I smell a cover up".
He has since deleted the post.
"We're not particularly worried about Scribe passing judgment," Klee told the New Zealand Herald.
"We know there's hundreds of thousands of people around the country supporting Jesse. I know Scribe, and others, want to know more and we will, no doubt, have more answers on Thursday after the court appearance."
Two men charged with assault will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.