Chris Gayle Criticised After Asking TV Presenter For A Drink During Live Interview, Fined $10,000 : West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, who is playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, has come under stern criticism for his comments during an interview with a female TV presenter in his team;s victory over Hobart Hurricanes.
“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so. Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby,” Chris Gayle said.
McLaughlin replied by telling Gayle “I’m not blushing” before moving the interview back onto cricketing matters. Gayle’s comments were quickly criticised by many on Twitter, with former England captain Andrew Flintoff among them.
The comments drew heavy criticism on social media and were described by Anthony Everard, head of the BBL, as “disrespectful and simply inappropriate.”
“I heard Chris’ comments and they are disrespectful and simply inappropriate. We’ll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it. This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females,” he said.
Watch Chris Gayle Flirting With TV Presenter video here:
Gayle’s attitude attracted a welter of criticism on Twitter, though Network Ten did not help the situation when it described the West Indian batsman’s approach as “smooth” in a tweet that was then deleted.
Goes to work & gets harassed. Then her employer tweets it like it's a great joke. WTF @tensporttv ??? pic.twitter.com/WEALx1y1Bq
— Luke Hilakari (@lhilakari) January 4, 2016
Check out some of the Tweets here:
Well played @Mel_Mclaughlin in flat batting Chris Gayle. Unprofessional & inappropriate from him @BBL @tensporttv
— AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) January 4, 2016
Not good from Chris Gayle, using his social entitlement as a male to put someone in a very uncomfortable position when they're doing a job.
— And (@gothimyes) January 4, 2016
I'm absolutely outraged that everyone's so absolutely outraged by @henrygayle being a bit cheeky to a female TV reporter. #BBL05
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 4, 2016
Well played @Mel_Mclaughlin !! Big fan of @henrygayle but made himself look a bit of a chop there @tensporttv #bbl05
— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) January 4, 2016
Chris Gayle has a reasonably high opinion of himself it seems ….
— Josh Fraser (@jfraser17) January 4, 2016
Did Chris Gayle think he was in a bar? What a pathetic individual. #sexism #BBL
— Andrew Prentice (@apaway501) January 4, 2016
lighten up and have a joke @channelten @KFC_BigBashT20 ! Chris Gayle you are a character
— Pat Rooney (@pjroons15) January 4, 2016
Chris Gayle fined $10,000 over on-air remark to female journalist:
Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 after he propositioned Channel 10 sport reporter Mel McLaughlin live on the air.
The money from Gayle’s fine will be donated to the McGrath Foundation in recognition of Jane McGrath Day at the SCG today.
“Chris’s comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful. There is simply no place for these type of comments at the Melbourne Renegades,” Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said in a statement.
“The club would like to extend a formal apology to Mel McLaughlin. Mel is an outstanding sports presenter. We think of her very highly and the club and players will ensure we work with her in a professional and respectful manner in future,” he added.
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